What’s Your Carbon Footprint?
Your carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gases that you or your family generates as they go about their daily routine. Have you ever wondered what your number is, how you compare to your neighbours and what you can do to reduce it?
TREB’s Green Committee met recently with Project Neutral, an organization working at the juncture of homeowners, neighbourhoods, municipalities and the energy sector in supporting local and national greenhouse gas reduction efforts. By allowing households to benchmark and compare their carbon footprint to other households at the neighbourhood- and city-level, and to municipal reduction targets, Project
Neutral (PN) is creating a culture of awareness around greenhouse gas emissions and connecting individuals to actions. Over the last three years (2010–2013), over 1,000 households have completed the PN Household Carbon Footprint Survey. Eighty per cent of participants who completed the survey all three years achieved an average 20% reduction per household—or 5 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per household. That’s equivalent to taking one car off the road for a year for each participating household!
Why not take the Carbon Footprint Survey yourself to see how your household stacks up? The 2014 survey can be found at projectneutral.org
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