PAPER 2 TREE
I WALK EVERY DAY...
...to the coffee shop, to the grocery store, but mainly to go to work. I cross Carle Park and many other green areas near the UIUC campus and during these moments, I enjoy looking at the trees. For a living, I am a researcher and professor so I publish papers. Some time ago I realized that for every article I publish, I use many, many sheets of paper: writing, re-writing, reviewing, correcting... and I thought:
“What if we could reverse that? What if we could plant a tree every time a good paper comes out — and at the same time celebrate and share it with the wider public?”
This is where PAPER2TREE comes from: an online platform in which anyone who publishes an article can link it to a tree donated to a local park district - a tree that will grow together with the scientific reach of the research. Trees will be associated to the article reference, geolocalized, visualized on a map, organized in "science groves", sorted by species, scientific area, department, school.. all data publicly available.
Researchers can also organize an educational outreach activity for area school students related to the published research. The students could even help plant the tree! What better way to learn about both trees and world-changing research and technology?