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Teen suggests simple change that could save millions

Teen Says He Can Save Government $370M

It started as a middle school science fair project, but now one Pennsylvania 14 year old says he knows how to save the government $370 million. All it has to do is make one simple change, as WAVE points out.
"What I propose is that the government switch the font that they're using for all their documents to a particular font called Garamond," he said.

Last year, Suvir Mirchandani set out to discover how his school district could save money and conserve resources, through experimenting with different typefaces.
International Business Times says Suvir looked at four different fonts: Garamond, Comic Sans, Centhury Gothic and Times New Roman. After weighing letters printed in those fonts, he discovered Garamond used 24 percent less ink and would save his school district $21,000 annually.

Suvir was later encouraged by his teacher to work with the Journal of Emerging Investigators, or JEI, which is a publication for the work of middle school and high school students.

JEI urged Suvir to look at his project more broadly. Specifically, how could he save money for the federal government, which spends $1.8 billion on printing each year.

Using the same methods he employed for his science fair project, the Consumerist reports Suvir found the federal government would save $136 million a year on government documents, as well as another $234 million if the state governments started using the lighter and thinner typeface as well.

While the Government Print Office says Suvir's results are "remarkable," its public relations manager told CNN the office is currently working on shifting government content to the Web to be more environmentally sustainable.

But Suvir, who sat down with the news outlet, says he's okay with the government going another route.

"My goal is to get a few individuals to change, which would personally save their ink costs. ... Right now I'm just working to spread the word."

Suvir's findings were published in JEI's March 2014 issue.

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pruettee March 29 2014 at 4:08 PM

The government will make this change, but not right now. They will quietly make the change and claim it was a suggestion of our current resident in the office of the President of the USA. The young man will not even get an honorable mention. I has been happening for years.

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Calvin March 29 2014 at 5:05 PM

Well done Suvir.Keep up the good work.And don't pay too much attention to the comments made by the "adults" here,we're all a little jaded.

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KATHE BROWN March 29 2014 at 5:09 PM

don't forget the costs for transition from the old to the new

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bobopex March 29 2014 at 5:10 PM

this should work for all newpapers and book publishers too.

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rmrmsix March 29 2014 at 5:10 PM

Maybe writting eveything out by hand would save time and energy too.. They don't teach that in schools anymore so no one would be able to do it and then it would save money too!!!

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sellzmktng01 rmrmsix March 29 2014 at 6:27 PM


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steblawar March 29 2014 at 5:17 PM

There is no incentive for governmental departments to save money ... it would just lower their next budget.

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Anne March 29 2014 at 5:29 PM

Wow - I can't even imagine that the government would say thank you very much but no thank you - it's not like it wouldn't save them and us $$ for printing or - that the practice of printing hard copies is going to end any time in the next year or two! Would it hurt to save 1 or 2 billion dollars in the interim?????

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skempler124 Anne March 29 2014 at 5:38 PM

Anne - I work for the Federal government, and this is actually true. We just got rid of our printers and are working completely on-line now. We use the Cloud.

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moaber March 29 2014 at 5:33 PM

When this gov sez "environmentally sustainable", that really means they will cripple American industry even more, send the jobs that make the products we still use to China, so that the Chinese can pollute the planet at a rate far higher than we do. This is the insanity of the progressive mind, it is short sighted emotional based idiotic pseudo-intellectualism on full display. Whats worse is how many people just swallow it without thinking, like Hollywood.

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no1gum March 29 2014 at 5:39 PM

A 14 year old boy found an easy way for schools, households, and governments to save some money. He is to be congratulated, not vilified.

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doleeu7 March 29 2014 at 5:55 PM

Our Government (Republitard or Democrap) is NOT interested in SAVING money, only in SPENDING IT). Just ask GW or Barrack.

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