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Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014 7:00 pm

In the annals of ideas to save taxpayer dollars, we liked one suggestion from a 14-year-old from the Pittsburgh area. His simple but brilliant idea? Use lighter type fonts and save ink. That’s it.

The idea began as a science fair project. Suvir Mirchandani wanted to help his Pittsburgh-area middle school cut waste; so, for the science fair, he started thinking about the many handouts his teachers gave him. He wanted to save money and reduce paper use. Suvir studied commonly used characters (e, t, a, o and r) to see how much ink was used for each letter in common typefaces: Garamond, Times New Roman, Century Gothic and Comic Sans. After much figuring, Suvir discovered that by using the thinner Garamond, his school district could reduce ink consumption by 24 percent. That added up to a savings of $21,000 annually.

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:06 am on Mon, Apr 7, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    We were warned about the slippery slope down which a plastic bag ban could start us. First it was our shopping bags, now it's our coffee. What will be next?

     

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