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Revist the prison island solution as it worked with Australia. We could use Mars.

Australia is a unique among the nations of the world because it originated as a prison island. In the 17th and 18th century the British took their common criminals and other prisoners halfway across the world to Australia. There they would leave them with some supplies, and the prisoners, all alone, began to cultivate the island. Also many of the prisoners became shepherds. They began to raise many, many sheep. Sheep ...more »

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Department of Labor

SAVE PAPER< TIME< MONEY

All agencies that require paper drafts for review by another person could electonically send their draft to the reviewer for edits and release. Thus elminating less paper, less time spent reviewing, and less ink ,and less energy.

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Department of Homeland Security

Change Printer Font to Century Gothic

Change government printing fonts to the Century Gothic font. From Printer.com "Arial, reigning as the most popular font, was used as the “zero” measurement, against which nine other fonts were tested. The clear winner was Century Gothic, which returned 31% savings in both printers. For the average private user, printing approximately 25 pages per week, this will easily generate a net reduction of $20 in a year. A business-user, ...more »

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Social Security Administration

SAVING SSA $12 MILLION THE FIRST YEAR

I suggest that dual function copiers be utilized as network printers. This can be done without any additional costs. In my office we converted 9 out of 16 employees to the new BizHub 350 copiers to serve as their network printers. This is 57% of the office staff. The copier supplies are covered under the current contract, and supplies like toner and staples are provided at no additional cost. Based on toner replacement ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Save on Ink, Print in Draft Mode

Proposal: Reduce the amount of ink used on documents by changing the printer settings. Implementation: The implementation is a quick and easy 4 step process that can be done by the individual employees in less than five minutes. Benefits: I contacted Lexmark, and they unfortunately could not give me a quantifiable amount that would be saved; from checking various websites online the amount of ink that is saved ranges ...more »

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Department of State

Minimize the Printer usage and Monitor printers

Nowadays Inks for printers cost a lot, and every year we buy different types of printers, but we don not supervise how efficiently these printers save Ink or not give the priority for the Ink consumption no of the printer, because we always give a priority for printing speed and to the quality. IDEA: When replacing Toner/Ink Cartridges we will paste a removable sticker on the printer with date we replaced the Ink. So ...more »

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Department of State

Minimize the Printer usage and Monitor printers

Nowadays Inks for printers cost a lot, and every year we buy different types of printers, but we don not supervise how efficiently these printers save Ink or not give the priority for the Ink consumption no of the printer, because we always give a priority for printing speed and to the quality. IDEA: When replacing Toner/Ink Cartridges we will paste a removable sticker on the printer with date we replaced the Ink. So ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

The Pen Pals Program

A VOLUNTARY program to eliminate the use of issued (free) general purpose pens. It’s not a lot to ask from each employee. Implement the program on a voluntary basis- not by forcing an employee to comply, simply state the facts: “We want to save money, and here’s how you can help”. Explain the incentive: the money saved will go towards ‘x’, for example, “The money saved will create 185 government jobs per annum, ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Buy the same type and brand of printer for every organization on center

I suggest we buy printers and printer ink in bulk. My office has 3 different printers with 3 different ink cartridges. Ink refills are expensive. If we had a few standard printers for our entire center, we could buy printer ink in bulk and save a lot of money.

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Department of Homeland Security

Default Double-Sided Printing

Set all printers at the Nebraska Avenue Complex (DHS HQ) to print double-sided. I know it sounds simple but for a lot of internal documents double-sided pages would not inhibit productivity in the least. Of course for official documents it can be adjusted to single-sided. If it is subsequently implimented across the entire federal government would not only save millions of dollars a year in paper costs but also reduce ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Ink/Money Saving Font

I suggest we change the font for all internal documents, if not all documents to an ink saving font like Ecofont, which saves up to 25% ink.

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General Services Administration

Save money on Ink

NPR reported that Wisconsin University was able to save money on ink by changing their font to Century Gothic. This should be the default setting for all government documents.

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