Personal Sustainability

What is your carbon footprint?

Learn more about your car’s carbon foot print and click here for the Carbon Footprint Calculator. This short test will measure your approximate carbon footprint (in tons per year) using data from your life including food and travel, home energy, recycling and more.

Where do YOU stand in your energy usage?

This link will show how you compare to the national average and regional average of carbon emissions! Check out http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/energy/great-energy-challenge/personal-energy-meter/!

What is the impact of our consumption?

Out of all the main sources of pollution, few are as significant as that of food production. In order to feed an increasingly growing population and to provide customers with as wide a range as possible, big farming all too often favours profit over environmental concerns. Vegetation is irreparably removed to make way for farmland, livestock consume precious stores of water and emit many tons of CO2, at a rate that nature simply cannot cope with. This infographic updates in real time to show the scale of this global issue, and highlights the need for action from consumers wherever they may be.

How can college students go green?

Many people believe that going green means a large upfront cost with a long pay-back period. That can be true for bigger sustainable steps like installing solar panels or geothermal in your home. BUT there are many more smaller changes you can make to go green economically! Try these links to find some easy and cheap ways to live sustainably in college: Crash Course in Going Green at College, Going Green at School, and Student Activism in School.

Want to learn more about Ethanol versus Biodiesel?

Check out this link https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/?page=biofuel_home.

Save the Planet and Your Money!

Find out how you can be friendly to the environment and your wallet at the same time. This article provides easy, smart, and doable ways to make small changes in your lifestyle at home that will add up on your Carbon Footprint Calculator and your budget calculator! Check out this link provided to us by a local Girl Scout troop: https://www.onemainfinancial.com/ways-to-save-money-by-going-green.

Look for the label:

The Energy Star program makes it easy for consumers to find great energy efficient products when shopping. Simply look for this blue logo especially when searching for new appliances. Also, there are many great tax credits available for those who purchase energy efficient appliances, home improvement supplies, even cars! Check out this website for more information on federal credits and rebates: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_tax_credits.

CEC Sustainable Living Demo Home Tours:

Tours of the CEC Sustainable Living Demonstration Home are available by appointment. Call 765-855-3188 for more details. Learn more about these tours and the demo home.

Eat local:

The average mouthful of food travels 1,300 before making it to your plate. Eating local foods is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and it just tastes better! Check out the local food guide for options in our area (compliments of www.ProgressiveWayneCounty.org)

Composting:

“We’ve all heard of composting, but do we really know what it actually entails?

Compost is the natural fertilizer we get when we leave scraps from our garden and kitchen to decompose. It is a combination of all the things we most often throw out without giving them a second thought. In essence, it is the culmination of our eco-friendly ways, and a money-saver as well.” Check out Decompose.co, a simple composting blog, focusing on user experience that makes learning easy for both newbies and kids!

Gift Giving:

The holidays are approaching, and while we SHOULD pay attention to our gift giving habits all year long, it becomes especially important around the holidays when spending is up and gift giving is the mind of LOTS of people. Prepare yourself for a simple holiday instead! Here are some resources that might be helpful:

Looking for more?

For more information, check out sites like http://www.letsgosolar.com/consumer-education/colleges-going-green/!