Carbon Footprint By: Julia Forget
What is a Carbon Footprint? • A carbon footprint is "the total set of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event or product" . For simplicity of reporting, it is often expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent of other GHGs, emitted. • An individual's, nation's, or organization's carbon footprint can be measured by undertaking a GHG emissions assessment. Once the size of a carbon footprint is known, a strategy can be devised to reduce it, e.g. by technological developments, better process and product management, changed Green Public or Private Procurement (GPP), carbon capture, consumption strategies, and others.
Your Carbon Footprint • Every year in the U.S. over 3.2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions are released into the air. Over three-quarters of these emissions are man-made and are created by the burning of fossil fuels for transportation. • Your carbon footprint has two different parts: • Primary Footprint – Measure of direct human emissions of carbon dioxide created by the burning of fossil fuels. These include energy consumers like electricity and modes of transportation. • Secondary Footprint – Measure of indirect human emissions of carbon dioxide that are created by the shipping and manufacturing of a product. This includes food and drink items from foreign countries.
Things that contribute to your carbon footprint. • Car emissions • Public transportation • Electricity • Heating • Cooling • Eating & drinking • Clothes & personal items • Recreational activities
Reducing my footprint • Americans consume about 989,985,594,240 half gallons of milk over the course of a lifetime. • You should recycle plastic milk jugs by taking them to the recycling center or placing them on the curb for recycling pick-up. Not everyone does that though. One way to recycle these gallon plastic milk jugs is to reuse them for other purposes. • Scooper • For an easy way to scoop up kitty litter, dirt or anything else, cut off the top of milk jug right above the handle. You can then hold onto the handle and scoop up whatever you need to. • Piggy Bank • With the lid on the top of the milk jug, cut a small slit opposite of the handle and drop in your change. You can even use markers, paint or stickers to decorate your piggy bank
Dustpan • With the lid still on, turn the milk jug container upside down and cut the top off at an angle. This is a great alternative to traditional dustpans. • Plant Base • Instead of buying a potted plant base or saucer you can just off the bottom of the milk jug and place the pot inside
Another great idea would be to carpool with my friends. Some of my friends live near me, and it would be convenient to drive to school together. Or if we are all going to hang out together one person could pick everyone else up.
Work Cited • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_footprint • http://www.greenstudentu.com/encyclopedia/carbon_footprint • http://images.wikia.com/green/images/d/de/Reduce_your_carbon_footprint.jpg • http://timeforchange.org/carbon-footprint-CO2-demo • http://www.greenstudentu.com/eco_lifestyle