Happy Earth Day! Today is a day of celebration and gratitude for the earth and all of the resources it provides. It’s also a great time to reflect and think about our impact on the environment.
As an education technology company that helps educators with online instruction, paper saving is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Edulastic’s impact on our earth. To understand this better, we calculated the number of pages saved by the entire Edulastic community in the past 12 months. We followed the same algorithm as we have in past; this means we assume ten questions per average sheet of paper. We are blown away by the impact of this community!
Check it out below, and if you use Edulastic, thank you for contributing to such a great feat.
2020-2021 Paper Savings
How much paper has the Edulastic community saved this year? This is the big question and what we are always excited to answer!
To find our answer, we dove into Edulastic data. Edulastic Co-Founder and VP of Product, Aditya Agarkar, calculated how many questions have been answered on Edulastic from April 2020 through March 2021. Now the results are in…. students have has answered 881,378,161 questions; truly incredible!
Using our algorithm of ~10 questions per sheet of paper, we calculated that 88,137,816 pages of paper have been saved in the past year by the Edulastic community. This is a huge accomplishment, and truly something to celebrate (socially distanced – of course :)).
What does this mean?
To understand the impact of our paper saving on our earth, we turned to the Environmental Paper Network and their online paper calculator. With this, we can plug in our number of pages saved and calculate the impact this has on other resources as well, like energy, wood, CO2, and more.
88,137,816 pages of paper means that together we have saved:
- 3,520,000 pounds of wood, made from about 10,600 trees
- 11,200 million BTUs of energy, equivalent to 13,400 residential refrigerators operated/year
- 7,920,000 pounds of CO2e, equivalent to 719 cars/year
- 9,430,000 gallons of water, equivalent to 6,800 clothes washers operated/year
- 519,000 pounds of solid waste, equivalent to 118,000 people generating solid waste/day
- 164 acres of forest from being disturbed, that’s equivalent to the size of 124 football fields
Featured Earth Day Assessments for Your Class
We love working with and supporting educators who incorporate environmental and earth science curriculum into their classrooms. In fact, educators across the country and world have used Edulastic to create a plethora of free resources to help other educators teach all things earth science.
We’ve compiled a few featured assessments below, available to you for free in Edulastic. Assign them as is, or edit them to fit the exact needs of your students.
It’s amazing to look at the quantitative difference the Edulastic community has made over the past 12 months! If you use Edulastic with your students, thank you!
If you don’t currently use Edulastic but want to give it a whirl, you can create a free-forever account here. Trust us, you’ll save paper and time since Edulastic auto-grades for you, includes pre-made quizzes, tests, and lessons, and seamlessly syncs with Google Classroom.
From the Edulastic team to you, happy Earth Day! Let’s prioritize our planet today and every day.
An additional note: When creating our Earth Day report, we would like to consider the impact of physical devices, such as servers and laptops, and the energy use associated with them. This is difficult to calculate and quantify, but incredibly important to keep in mind and remember. If anyone has a way to gather this data, please reach out. We’d love to hear from you as we are always trying to listen, improve, and grow as a company and as people.