Saturday, April 17, 2010

How's your "Carbon Footprint?"

Carbon Footprint-noun. A measure of the impact of human activities on the environment, and in particular climate change.  It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation, etc.

If you live in Oregon like I do then you need to try this carbon calculator. Today I received my spring/summer 2010 paper. I actually look forward to getting this because its packed with amazing information.  
If your curious about your household's habits and how they translate to a carbon footprint, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) online Carbon Footprint Calculator can provide answers. If you do not live in Oregon you can still try this out. You can still compare yourself to other average households. Individuals and households enter information about transportation, housing and shopping activities and the tool calculates their carbon footprint.

Try it out here and see for yourself.  Answer a few questions about your family, transportation, housing, and shopping.  At the end of the little questionnaire it gives you a summary and helpful hints on how you can reduce your carbon footprint.  

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