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Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels.
Carbon Footprint is made up of the primary footprint and the secondary footprint. The primary footprint is a measure of our direct emissions of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels including domestic energy consumption and transportation (e.g. car and plane). We have direct control of these. The average American emits about 35,000 lbs or 17.5 tons of direct emissions the atmosphere each year.
The secondary footprint is a measure of the indirect CO2 emissions from the whole lifecycle of products we use - those associated with their manufacture and eventual breakdown. To put it very simply – the more we buy, the more emissions will be caused on our behalf.
The Town of Coupeville participated in a program with Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and Northwest Clean Air Agency to conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the community. This inventory created a baseline. Subsequently, the town adopted a Climate Action Plan with a target to reduce our emissions by 20% by 2020. Climate action plan.
Coupeville’s carbon emissions for 2005 are broken down as follows:
Calculating Carbon Footprint
Carbon Footprint Calculator for businesses
Airplane travel is also separated out because it is a big component of green house gas emissions. You will be asked how many miles you traveled in 1 year on an airplane.
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