Your Carbon Footprint

Your carbon footprint is a measurement of your individual impact on the environment, and particularly climate change.  Carbon footprints measure greenhouse gases in units of tonnes (or kg).  Greenhouse gases allow direct sunlight to reach the Earth's surface unimpeded. Carbon dioxide contributes most to trapping excess amounts of heat in our atmosphere. In order to reduce carbon emissions our goal should be to reduce our carbon footprint by as much as possible.  Every time we drive, fly, run appliances at home and keep our houses lighted, warm and cool, we emit carbon dioxide, trapping heat in the atmosphere.

The best way to reduce your carbon footprint is through making changes to the “heavy hitters” like transportation and electricity. The average American is responsible for about 20 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, a far greater per capita number than that of any other industrialized country. In fact, the United States with only 4% of the world's population, is responsible for more than 20% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Your Carbon Footprint
Calculate your carbon footprint and decide what measures you can take to reduce your impact on the environment. Visit our energy savings page for more information.

Small Business Footprint
You can calculate the carbon footprint of your small business by visiting coolcalifornia.

Public Transportation Carbon Reductions
Calculate your carbon reduction by taking public transportation instead of driving.

Tree Planting Carbon Reductions
Calculate your carbon reduction by planting trees.

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