Please Consider The Environment

Posted on | April 26, 2011 | 5 Comments

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Admirals at the Death Star have horrible e-mail signatures. Not that anyone has a good e-mail signature to begin with.

Admirals like to add “Please consider the environment before printing this email” to the end of their message as part of their signature. It’s often embellished with webdings and colored green to bring attention to the message.

While good intentioned, it doesn’t add any value – this sums up most Admirals at the Death Star. Consider that the extra line generated from the message can cause a page break and print an extra sheet.

Or consider that nobody pays attention to it. It’s often buried below the sender’s contact information and above the “This message is confidential…” obligatory legal disclosure.

Most law firms refuse to go paperless.  An Admiral’s  need to get something done overrides any want to save trees from getting cut down.  Once an Admiral  finds an e-mail they need, it’s as good as CTRL+P before they see “Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.”

While conserving resources is a noble goal, Admirals  are usually more interested in appearing to be green than being green.

If you see “Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail,” you can praise an Admiral for doing their part to help the environment. Whatever you do, do not ask them about real ways to help the environment, such as turning off lights not in use or not using Styrofoam coffee  cups.  Why? Because these are things that they cannot give up.  Screw the environment on that!  Hypocrites.

PH

PS. Here’s a picture of emails printed yesterday and today:

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Comments

5 Responses to “Please Consider The Environment”

  1. Magnus
    April 26th, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Who in their right mind prints emails these days? Idiots.

  2. Sarah
    April 26th, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    One of my last employers was all about the paper. Whenever he was fired (which was frequently) and the former client wanted a copy of their file, I was required to make TWO complete copies. His rationale? He needed to know exactly what he had sent to the client. Um, how about *everything*? Didn’t matter how extensive the file, or how many multiple copies of things were already in there. And we can’t forget how many times he tried to get me to make multiple copies of rough drafts of documents that he hadn’t even read. I refused to print more than a single copy of anything that I was pretty sure wasn’t final. We went round and round over that.

  3. Corporate Paralegal
    April 26th, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    I sometimes wonder if people put the little “save the environment” to prove to the world that they are enviromentally friendly. More of a show then anything else.

  4. Grumpy Humbug
    April 26th, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    I’m SO printing this out!!! j/k

    Seriously, I think those people doth protest too much. Constantly telling the world that you are a thing is more about convincing yourself than anyone else.

  5. Anonymous
    April 27th, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    Is the message green with a little tree on the side? If so, we must secretly work in the same Death Star… Oh, and Magnus, you’d be surprised at the amount of emails (aka correspondence) printed out. I have to make binders for these fools.

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