Font Changes to Cut Costs

In what is surely one of the more creative ways to save money, the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay has chosen to change its e-mail type font. According to an Associated Press article about the matter:

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has switched the default font on its e-mail system from Arial to Century Gothic. It says that while the change sounds minor, it will save money on ink when students print e-mails in the new font.

Printing something in Century Gothic apparently uses about 30 percent less ink than printing it in Arial.

In theory this could save the college big money. Printer ink costs about $10,000 a gallon.

The type font with the least ecological and economic impact, incidentally, appears to be Arial Narrow, though that one is pretty hard to read.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer