- The City of Lawrence established various goals to achieve 100% clean, renewable energy by 2025-2035
- Climate Action KC put together a policy playbook to help cities, school boards, county commissions, etc. meet the goals from the Paris Agreement.
- Microsoft pledged to be carbon negative by 2030 and to remove all of their historical emissions by 2050
Not all calculators are created equal
- Most calculators don’t have enough detail, they just focus on the big hitters: Electricity Usage, Natural Gas/Propane Usage, Vehicle Miles Driven, and Recycling. While this is a big part of your carbon footprint, it leaves out some very important components of your footprint, such as: Flights, Amazon Purchases, Dietary Preferences, and all of these little things that add up.
- It was quick and easy! When I recommend CarbonFootprint.com
to people, I typically say ” you can get a good understanding of your footprint in 5 minutes, but if you want to put 30 minutes into it you can get a great understanding of your footprint.” My recommended calculator takes into account things such as flights and how much meat is in my diet. But what I really like is that it asks me how much money I spend every year on clothes, vacations, pharmaceuticals, and a few other categories that make a lot of sense. They are then able to convert dollars into tons of carbon by using industry-specific averages. It’s not perfect, but it’s something that I can handle and it gives me a better picture than some other calculators out there.
- They tell me how much it would cost to offset my carbon footprint. Be warned: The calculator is free, but they are trying to sell you carbon offset credits. I actually really like this feature because now I can put a dollar figure on my carbon emissions. This will be covered more in a future post, but my wife and I are investing in a deep energy efficiency home retrofit en lieu of the purchasing carbon offset credits. Understanding what our carbon emissions are worth helped justify the cost of the project. For us, 1 year of carbon credits wasn’t even that much. They gave us a menu of options that ranged between $250-500. I’d imagine that most families would be $500-$3,000 per year. Again, check back for a future post because we did not buy the credits. Instead, we invested that money into a project that we would not have otherwise done.
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