How Digital Courseware Is Creating a Greener Future

In the spirit of Earth Day, we’re proud to reflect on the environmental impact Stukent® has achieved over the last decade. By opting for digital instead of traditional textbooks, a significant contribution has been made toward saving trees and reducing CO2 emissions.

How Stukent Saved a Forest of Trees

Imagine a forest of 13,855 trees. That’s the number of trees Stukent has saved by choosing not to print physical textbooks. With over 1 million students using our digital courseware, we’ve prevented the production of 815 tons of paper, which would have required an average of 17 trees per ton.

“Our mission is to help educators help students help the world,” said Liz Wildes, Stukent’s Chief Strategy Officer. “Part of helping the world is minimizing our environmental footprint. By choosing digital, we’re not just advancing education; we’re protecting our planet.”

The environmental benefits of digital courseware extend beyond saving trees. Without the need to ship physical textbooks, Stukent has avoided approximately 204 tons of CO2 emissions over the last decade.

Reflecting on her previous experiences in traditional publishing, Wildes understands the struggle of versioning issues and the costs of printing and shipping textbooks. “By going digital, Stukent is not only cutting down on emissions,” she said. “We’re also ensuring that students have access to the most current content without the environmental cost.”

A Paperless Office: Embracing Digital Efficiency

Stukent’s commitment to sustainability doesn’t stop at its courseware. There’s a conscious effort to reduce waste and increase efficiency by operating as a “paperless” office. This digital-first approach has also paved the way for seamless remote and hybrid work setups, ensuring that the team stays connected and productive, no matter where they are.

“Adopting a digital-first mindset has been key to our success in scaling with hybrid and remote positions. Our investments in communication software platforms mean that we can maintain strong collaboration without the need for paper-based processes,” said Wildes.

Staying Current: An Environmental and Educational Win

Another advantage of digital courseware is its ability to be continually updated, ensuring that content remains relevant and current. This enhances the learning experience and means that producing new physical textbooks each time a curriculum is updated is unnecessary. It’s a win-win situation: students receive the most up-to-date education, and the environment benefits from reduced resource consumption.

Liz Wildes emphasized the importance of this feature: “In rapidly evolving fields, having access to the latest information is crucial. Our ability to update digital courseware regularly means educators can always provide their students with content that reflects the latest trends and knowledge without the environmental cost of printing new editions.”

Educators’ decision to adopt digital courseware also plays a pivotal role in driving sustainability within the educational sector. By partnering with platforms like Stukent, educators are offering their students top-tier educational resources and making a significant contribution toward a more sustainable world.

As we move forward, the impact of these choices will continue to resonate, demonstrating the power of education to enlighten minds and protect our environment. Stukent is proud to walk this path alongside educators, fostering a greener, more sustainable future through the power of digital courseware.

Stukent digital courseware often include ready-made lesson plans, lecture slide decks, auto-graded quizzes, Expert Sessions videos, and more. Find a courseware for your course below:

Digital Resources for High School

Digital Resources for Higher Education

Disclaimer: The environmental impact calculations are based on estimates and sources from the Sierra Club, Conservatree, and 8 Billion Trees. For more information, please visit their websites below.

  1. Sierra Club. “How Much Paper Does One Tree Produce?”
  2. Conservatree. “Tree Stats.”
  3. 8 Billion Trees. “How Many Trees Are Cut Down Each Year For Paper?”

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