Hooray for Earth Day! We’re so grateful for the earth, its beauty, and all the resources it provides. Every April, the Edulastic Team makes a conscious effort to reflect on our environmental impact.
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 so excited to share this year’s awesome results. The 2023 stats are the most impressive and impactful as they’ve ever been!
Check it out below, and if you use Edulastic, thank you for contributing to such a great feat.
2022-2023 Paper Savings
How much paper has the Edulastic community saved this year?
To find our answer, we dove into Edulastic data. Dan Lakis, Senior Research Associate at GoGuardian, calculated how many questions have been answered on Edulastic from April 2022 through March 2023. Drumroll please…. students have answered 1,161,795,815 questions, and all we can say is WOW!
Using our algorithm of ~10 questions per sheet of paper, we calculated 116,179,582 pages of paper have been saved in the past year by the Edulastic community. This is a huge accomplishment worth celebrating with your students and colleagues!
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 such as energy, wood, CO2, and more.
116,179,582 pages of paper means that together we have saved:
- 2,320 U.S. short tons of wood, made from about 13,900 trees
- 14,800 million BTUs of energy, equivalent to 17,600 residential refrigerators operated/year
- 10,400,000 pounds of CO2 equiv., equivalent to 948 cars/year
- 12,400,000 gallons of water, equivalent to 8,960 clothes washers operated/year
- 684,000 pounds of solid waste, equivalent to 156,000 people generating solid waste/day
- 216 acres of forest, equivalent to the size of 164 football fields
You can check out the full report here
Featured Earth Day Assessments for Your Class
We love working with and supporting educators who incorporate environmental and earth science curricula into their classrooms. In fact, educators across the country and the 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.
Also, be sure to compare this year to 2022’s report!