Teachers, Go Paperless on Earth Day!

ritasimsan RT @TeachPaperless Who will B the 40th teacher 2 pledge 2 go paperless 4 Earth Day? http://ow.ly/195pb Sign at: GoogleDoc http://ow.ly/195pc

According to @TeachPaperless on his blog TeachPaperless, “…the EPA notes: “source reduction is waste prevention“. According to that agency:  Recycling one ton of paper would…

  • Save enough energy to power the average American home for six months.
  • Save 7,000 gallons of water.
  • Save 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent (MTCE).

But not using the paper to begin with would do so much more.”

As you’ll see by reading his article, Go Paperless for Earth Day! @TeachPaperless has started a Google Doc asking for teachers to pledge to go paperless on Earth Day, i.e., not to use paper or accept work from students on paper that day.  I think it’s a great idea, and a perfect way to celebrate Earth Day.  I’m signature #44.  How about you?  I say we start a campaign starting with our own departments, our own schools!

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for joining the movement! I wanted to let you know that I started a Google Doc to gather ideas for alternatives to using paper. There are many ideas here. Feel free to add more. http://cot.ag/bLqH1L

    Steve Katz

    • I’ll see how many people I can get at my college to spend at least Earth Day without using paper. Maybe that will at least plant the seed that we need to be careful not to waste our resources. Thanks for your comment, Steve.

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