Spending Money But Saving Trees
In February, 2008, the White House decided to go paperless when it submitted all 2200 pages of its fiscal budget. In the past, they printed 3000 free copies for lawmakers and the media. But, this year, the fiscal budget was posted on-line.
Their claim: By going on-line with the copy, they will be saving nearly 20 tons of paper, or roughly 480 trees.
Question 1: Each copy of the budget equates to how many (or fraction of) trees? Does this sound right?
Question 2: How long would it take for you to down-load a copy of the budget on-line?
Question 3: How many trees could be saved if all of the mathematics textbooks used in United States classrooms in grades 7-12 were converted to a on-line format?