A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of carbon pollution produced. The larger your footprint, the more negative your impact on the environment. Over half of greenhouse gas emissions (carbon pollution) come from transportation (27%) and electricity use (25%). By learning about what contributes to these emissions, you can consciously make choices to reduce your impact.
Simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint include:
Drive less miles and utilize public transportation
Reduce your purchases of new items, opting for used items when available
Use energy efficient appliances
Eat less meat and choose local foods over imported options
Learn how to recycle, reducing the amount of waste going to landfills
Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
Want to learn how much you're contributing in greenhouse gases? Knowing where your emissions come from can help you find the best ways to reduce them, creating the greatest impact.