How DreamApply is fighting Climate Change

Innovative companies know they aren’t only working for the present but are investing for the future. As climate change and other environmental issues occur more frequently, affecting all areas of our lives, responsible companies with conscious employees are taking initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint. With such a forward-thinking ideology, DreamApply is leading the way to a Greener future. 

A core goal of DreamApply has been to reduce the carbon footprint through its services. How is this possible? How can an application management system for higher education institutions around the world effect positive change for a more sustainable future? By going paperless and digitalizing the whole, application process. 

It starts with our headquarters being in Estonia, a nation known for being a global leader in digital savvy and non-material production. On the organizational level, DreamApply has invested time, technology, and human capital to optimize and simplify the application process reducing and, in some places, eliminating the need for printing. 

At the forefront, is a cutting-edge, highly adaptable application system which has, in addition to the Earth-friendly delivery, modernized the admission offices of over 250 institutions in over 25 countries. A side benefit to reducing the environmental impact is that the average partner sees an over 70% increase in applications in their first year working with us. In addition to paper, the platform, minimizes the operational costs and reduces travel of prospective students and staff for interviews with modules which handle the process. 

But, in terms of just paper, DreamApply’s impact and conservation efforts are significant. 

Consider the submitted application’s structure: 

  • Applicants’ side: 

– The main application (conservatively estimated at 4 pages per application) 

– The attached documents (conservatively estimated at 10 pages per application) 

The referees (conservatively estimated at 2 pages per application) 

  • Institutions’ side: 

– The offers (conservatively estimated at 2 pages per application) 

– The offers attachments/exports/letters (conservatively estimated at 2 pages per application)

So, as submitted applications differ for each applicant, an average submitted application can be approximated to be 20 pages.

Since 2009, the number of submitted pages in applications throughout the entire system is 5.912.998.

But, without DreamApply, how many pages would be used to proceed this amount of submitted applications?

17.369.528 A4 pages (considering that educational institutions would keep two copies of the main application and the attached documents per each submitted application)!

For context, the New York Times has published around 60,000 print issues containing about 3.5 million pages from 1851 to 2017, a figure that is less than 60% of what and we have saved since our inception a decade ago.

With the annual increase in applications being handled by our system along with forming new partnerships with environmentally conscious higher education institutions, DreamApply looks forward to leading the way to a brighter and greener future.

Want to cooperate with DreamApply on building a greener future? Have some ideas about how to do things more environmental friendly? Write me at my e-mail address.

Katerina Chantzi ([email protected])
Document Specialist at DreamApply