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The Trees Are Screaming!

Matthew Mihalik, Operations Manager, GW Libraries

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The trees are screaming, and no, we're not making a vague reference to the popular 90s grunge band.

From August 2012 to December 2012 the George Washington University Libraries went through 276 boxes of paper for printing services.  

To visualize this we measured the reams of paper in a box when stacked up, which is 22.5 inches high.  Then we multiplied this number by 276 boxes and divided by 12 to come up with the height in feet off all the paper printed by patrons of the GW Libraries over a semester. 

At a total of 517 feet, the amount of paper printed would be the tallest building in Washington, DC and the second tallest landmark exceeded only by the Washington Monument.  In total, over 1,380,000 pieces of paper were consumed in only one semester!

Paper is still a great technology, and we’re happy to see the new Colonial Printing service working so well.  Still, it can’t hurt to think twice before you print – when you need it, it’s there for you, and when you can save a few sheets of paper by copying a file to a thumb drive or by sending it to your Google Drive instead of the printer, we’ll all benefit a little. Especially the trees.

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