Narrator: Listen to a conversation between a student and a consultant in the computer lab.
Student: Could you check the settings in this computer?
Consultant: Sure, what’s wrong?
Student: I’ve clicked print like four times but nothing’s happening.
Consultant: Well, this will be an easy fix. Today must be the first time you’ve been in the computer lab this month, huh?
Consultant: Alright, well, on the first of this month we started something new. Okay, so you already knew how to send something to the printer.
Student: Right, that’s what I tried.
Consultant: So after that we added a new step, printing station.
Student: What are those?
Consultant: It’s a station. Well, a computer actually, next to every printer now. You’ll need to go to the printing station and you’ll see a list of all the documents that people have sent to the printer. Find your document on the list, click on it and it will print.
Consultant: Sometimes people print things by mistake so we end up wasting a lot of paper. We’re hoping that with this new system, this won’t happen as much. Somebody might click print by mistake, but they’re not going to get up and walk to the printing station by mistake, too.
Student: I see. Thanks.
Consultant: No problem. You’ll also see your printing allotment at the station so you’ll know how many pages you’ve got left for this term.
Student: Oh, good. Last time my roommate ran out and had to pay for printing.
Consultant: Yeah, it’s an issue. I couldn’t help but notice you’re printing an application for the greenhouse?
Student: Yeah, an internship through the biology department.
Consultant: Oh, are you majoring in biology?
Student: Engineering, actually. This internship is not really related to my studies but I found it interesting and it’s good to branch out, going about new things in different areas.
Consultant: Oh, okay. I ask because I got a friend, someone I graduated with who works in the greenhouse. He says it’s a great place to work.
Student: Cool! Is your friend involved in the summer youth program at all? That’s what the internship is for. I hope he runs that program. I think a lot of people will apply to this internship. It will be great to know somebody on the inside.
Consultant: I don’t know exactly what he does there. I didn’t even know that there was a youth program.
Student: Oh, I heard about it on the radio. The participants were going to plant some grasses and flowers and stuff for the new green roofs on campus.
Consultant: Green roof?
Student: Yeah, they’re basically gardens on the top of buildings.
Consultant: Why? So students can study plant growth or something?
Student: That’s not what they said on the radio. They said that green roofs can lower the temperature inside the building so you don’t have to spend as much on air conditioning.
Consultant: Oh, that’s a good idea.
Student: Yeah, and also in the city storm water runoff. You know, rainwater that runs into sewers and local lakes and rivers? This runoff contaminant picks up a lot of pollution from the pavement. Green roofs absorb some of that rain, which reduces runoff which in turn helps the water quality.