Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Paperless Earth Day!

[Updated w/ screenshot of 1,500th pledge coming in at 12:25PM EST.]

Over 1,500 teachers from Vietnam to Kenya to the UK to Missouri to Venezuela have all taken the pledge to go paperless for Earth Day.

The pledge list is available online and is organized by school. Congratulations to all of the schools represented!

Teachers pledging today can do so on our Google Form; we'll leave it open until Midnight today to be accessible to teachers taking on paperless night classes this evening.

All teacher participants are invited to contribute their paperless classroom experiences to our Paperless Earth Day Wiki. We've already got some FANTASTIC contributions!

Steve Katz -- the guy who first proposed this idea to begin with -- has started a Google Doc called "Going Paperless"; it's an excellent resource for classroom paperlessness. Steve is an inspiration to the paperless movement.

Thanks to the Earth Day Network for helping out and giving us the extra "push".

Thanks to folks in the media for helping to get the word out about the Paperless Earth Day Pledge -- especially the New York Times, the Arizona Republic, the Baltimore Sun, and the Dallas Examiner.

Thanks to Edutopia for featuring the pledge in its just-released issue of Think Green!

And most of all: thank you to all of the teachers, students, and admins who have made this possible. You all are fearless.

For posterity's sake, here's a link to the original call on TeachPaperless. I remember at the time, Steve and I were hoping to get 100 teachers to join us. The results have exceeded our wildest expectations.

Happy Earth Day,

Shelly Blake-Plock


  1. Hi!
    Thanks for the inspiration for our Earth day! We at Bradbury School in Hong Kong had a completely paper free day! It was wonderful - some of the children want to do it every how do I organise that...
    Thanks again!
    Have a great day!

  2. Happy earth day. What have you contribute to the earth today?


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