Carbon or Water Footprint
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Activity: CARBON FOOTPRINT WATER FOOTPRINT
(US Environmental Protection Agency)
(The Nature Conservancy)
Date(s) of Activity: 09/27/2021
Answer the questions below.
1) Describe the activity and your experience. Summarize the results that you found after you calculated your carbon/water footprint on at least three websites.
2) Explain the main results (differences in the calculations) and which of these results you consider most accurately reflects your true annual footprint.
Based on these results
1) Describe three actions that you could, or did do, to reduce your carbon/water footprint.
2) Estimate how much these actions would reduce your carbon/water footprint and report the number.
3) Discuss how likely you may be to carry these actions into your life as you potentially have multiple house-mates/family/partners/children.
4) What are two potential reasons the actions may become difficult when you are no longer a student?
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Your Household Carbon Footprint Report
Household Carbon Footprint Calculator
Your Household Carbon Footprint Report
Make a selection in all calculator sections and fields to improve your results.
If you take all of the new actions you’ve selected: Dollar Savings CO Reduction
Turn down heating thermostat on winter nights by 5℉ $8 69 lbs.
Turn up A/C thermostat in summer by 10℉ $50 427 lbs.
Replace 2 incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR lights $8 66 lbs.
Enable the power management features on your computer $13 108 lbs.
Replace your refrigerator with ENERGY STAR models $38 324 lbs.
Replace your window with ENERGY STAR models $150 7,441 lbs.
Reduce the number of miles you drive on Vehicle 1 $16 40 lbs.
Replace Vehicle 2 with one that gets MPG $NaN NaN lbs.
Replace Vehicle 3 with one that gets MPG $NaN NaN lbs.
Recycle: glass 102 lbs.
Your Estimated Totals: $283 8,577 lbs.
By taking all of the actions you are already doing: Dollar Savings CO Reduction
Wash your clothes in cold water $6 50 lbs.
Perform regular maintenance on your vehicles $33 181 lbs.
Recycling: newspapers, plastic, magazines 705 lbs.
Your Estimated Totals: $39 936 lbs.
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Energy Home Energy Transportation Waste
Your CO Emissions are lower than the U.S. average.
Keep up the good work!
Your Household Carbon Footprint
View Your Annual Estimated CO Emissions (lbs) from…
Home Energy Transportation Waste
Your Current Total
New Total After Your
Your Planned Actions Are Equal to:
437 gallons of gas
2,766 tons of waste
Let friends know what you’re doing to reduce CO emissions2
Small Actions Add Up
If 100 of your friends took these actions, over 5 years their households would avoid
4,288,415 pounds of emissions, equivalent to the emissions from burning
218,796 gallons of gasoline.
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A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide
and methane) that are generated by our actions.
The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the
highest rates in the world. Globally, the average is closer to 4 tons. To have the best
chance of avoiding a 2℃ rise in global temperatures, the average global carbon
footprint per year needs to drop under 2 tons by 2050.
Lowering individual carbon footprints from 16 tons to 2 tons doesn’t happen
overnight! By making small changes to our actions, like eating less meat, taking less
connecting flights and line drying our clothes, we can start making a big difference.
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YOUR FOOTPRINT IS 13.41 TONS
On average, every tree absorbs 0.07 tons of CO2 annually.
Your footprint of 13.41 tons of CO2 requires 192 trees per year.
A tax-deductible donation of $161 will offset
your annual carbon footprint.
When you contribute to CI’s carbon offset program, you protect forests that are critical for:
Absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
Sustaining livelihoods for millions of people
Helping indigenous communities build resilience to climate change
HOW DO YOU COMPARE?
Here’s your annual carbon footprint by household, transportation and travel
QUICK TIPS TO DECREASE YOUR FOOTPRINT
Decreasing your impact on the climate could be easier than you think.
Improve your fuel economy
For every 5 MPG you improve
the fuel economy of your car:
0.9 metric tons saved annually
Institute Meatless Mondays
For every day of the week where
you eliminate red meat:
0.4 metric tons saved annually
For every medium-length domestic
flight where you replace a layover
0.055 metric tons per flight
Take the bus
For each day of the week you
take the bus to work (or
0.7 metric tons saved annually
Purchase consignment clothing
For buying second-hand or
consignment for one out of every
two clothing purchases:
0.5 metric tons saved annually
Change your thermostat
For every degree that you turn
down your thermostat in the
0.06 metric tons saved
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OFFSET YOUR FOOTPRINT. PROTECT FORESTS.
Because forests capture and store carbon, CI protects standing forests and restores them where they have been lost – storing carbon, protecting species,
and helping communities. Your carbon offset will contribute to these efforts. We work around the world to sustain the nature that sustains us.
The Chyulu Hills landscape covers approximately 410,000 hectares and forms an
integral part of the Greater Tsavo—Amboseli ecosystem, one of East Africa’s most
important and extensive wildlife areas. It includes Kenya’s largest population of
elephants and remnant populations of critically endangered black rhino. In
addition, its high elevation cloud forest hold biodiversity value and is an extremely
important water tower both locally and regionally.
The ecologically rich Alto Mayo Protected Forest in Peru secures one
of the most threatened ecosystems in the tropical Andes. It is of critical
importance to the survival of Peru’s endemic fauna and flora and also
home to around 4,000 families that directly depend on the forests for
their livelihoods. It is also a crucial source of fresh water for more than
240,000 people living in the watershed.
HELP NATURE BE THE SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Offset your footprint by contributing $161
$ 161 USD OFFSET FOOTPRINT
TELL YOUR FRIENDS
Knowing your carbon footprint is a big step in the fight against climate change. Increase your positive impact by
challenging your friends.
SPECIAL THANKS TO
SC Johnson is committed to fighting deforestation and works with CI and its REDD+ program to engage
communities in conservation, safeguard forests and secure livelihoods.
It takes 192 trees to offset your
annual footprint $
You 99 Trees
US Average 243 Trees
You 3 Trees
US Average 72 Trees
You 33 Trees
US Average 43 Trees
* Goods & Services: 4 tons of carbon dioxide (57 trees) is automatically added to each person to cover Goods & Services, e.g.
clothing, furniture, appliances, entertainment, personal care, heath care and education. This component is complex and
variable, so we have based our estimate off several lifecycle analyses.
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