What is your carbon footprint?

Follow the link below to the Nature Conservancy’s 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. http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/

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 will be led by Facility and Grounds Director, Jeremy Mussoni, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:00. The fee for these tours is $5.00 per person. 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)

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: