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Carbon Footprint

What is pop­u­larly referred to as a person’s or business’s car­bon foot­print is a mea­sure of the impact our activ­i­ties have on the envi­ron­ment, espe­cially rel­a­tive to cli­mate change. It relates to the amount of green­house gases, par­tic­u­larly car­bon diox­ide, pro­duced in our day-to-day lives through such things as burn­ing fos­sil fuels for elec­tric­ity, heat­ing and transportation.

Reduc­ing your car­bon foot­print pro­vides an imme­di­ate pos­i­tive impact on cli­mate change by reduc­ing the amount of green­house gases released into the atmos­phere. Lower your car­bon foot­print and you directly effect cli­mate change – for the better.

To cal­cu­late your car­bon foot­print, check EPA’s web­site: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html.

To learn about the many sim­ple ways we can all make a dif­fer­ence in our daily lives, check out the slideshows below, cre­ated by Rose Wal­lace. Rose com­piled the infor­ma­tion about reduc­ing our car­bon foot­prints while work­ing on her Girl Scout Gold Award. She was a mem­ber of Girl Scout Troop #128 in Elli­cott City. Thanks for shar­ing your info and con­grat­u­la­tions on your Gold Award, Rose!

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Green Tip

Hi, I’m Howard and I’m here to provide you with green tips. Look for me throughout the site and check out my cool interactive games at the Kids Zone.