I would recommend that all routine/non-essential printing default to a font such as 'ECO Font' which looks like a normal font but uses approximately 50% less ink. It does this by printing microscopic holes in each letter printed that are really not noticeable to the naked eye. This would result in savings of millions of dollars by reducing by 50% the number of replacement ink carterages purchased by all the D/As.
In addition to buying duplexing printers, operations staff should be directed to set most printers to automatically default to 2-sided copying. Most copy jobs can be 2-sided but it takes time and effort to manually change each copy job to 2-sided and people forget. Users could still manually change to single sided if necessary.
The suggestion to format training materials for e-books is great. However, it can go further than that. FEMA program manuals for federal programs as well as the CFR can be cumbersome and costly (printing and costs to ship to deployment sites and home again). Format the manuals one time for e-books so FEMA staff can load onto their e-books. This would save printing costs as well as repetitive shipping costs.
In university, each student had a 30 page quota per month, and every... more »
They could replace desktop computers, laptop computers and Blackberries. Video chat capabilities could replace cell phones (or agencies could opt for a stripped-down cell plan without data or texting) and expensive-but-rarely-used video conferencing equipment. Fewer projectors would be needed,... more »