Wow. Leave it to a teenager. In the Pittsburgh area, 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani did a sicen fair project on how his school district could save money on ink, which is the most expensive component of printing (about $75 an ounce, compared with $28 an ounce for Chanel No. 5). He calculated the district could save 24 percent, or as much as $21,000 a year, by switching to Garamond type, with its thinner stroke for letters. So what if this were applied to the federal government?
Using the Government Services Administration's estimated annual cost of ink -- $467 million -- Suvir concluded that if the federal government used Garamond exclusively it could save nearly 30% -- or $136 million per year. An additional $234 million could be saved annually if state governments also jumped on board, he reported.
You remember how we were going to go all digital and have a paperless world? Ain't happened yet. Put this kid on the fast track to a government budgeting job.