What Is Your Carbon Footprint?

Green Home Blog

What Is Your Carbon Footprint? What Is a Carbon Footprint? The term carbon footprint refers to the amount of greenhouse gas released by a person or community. This means that each of us has our own carbon footprint – when you drive a car, turn on a light, or cook dinner you’re contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also possible to calculate the carbon footprint for particular countries or industries. How Can I Reduce My Carbon Footprint?

What Is Your Carbon Footprint?

Green Home Blog

What is YOUR Carbon Footprint? What Is a Carbon Footprint? The term carbon footprint refers to the amount of greenhouse gas released by a person or community. The majority of greenhouse gases come from burning fossil fuels like oil and coal, which means that each of us has our own carbon footprint – when you drive a car, turn on a light, or cook dinner you’re contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. How Can I Reduce My Carbon Footprint?

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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint with a Skeptic

Eco Friendly Daily

If there is a skeptic in your household, you can still find easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint and sell him to the idea. After all, the average American’s carbon footprint is less than 29 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 Eq.). About one-sixth of the average person’s carbon footprint comes from costs associated with shelter, such as cooling your home. Reducing your energy costs can save you significant amounts of money in the long run.

EnerAction: Lessons and Activities in Energy Conservation

The Green Changemakers

This expansive resource on energy conservation and efficiency meets learning outcomes for Grades 4 to 7. The student website and 11 lesson plans give you a range of ways to approach energy in the classroom. Lesson #1: Playing with Energy Students play with energy-related objects at a variety of stations and consider where energy comes from, discover different forms of energy and see energy transformations.

10 Ways to Use Electricity more Sustainably

Hug a Tree with Me

10 Ways to Use Electricity more Sustainably: Insulate the home: Insulating the home can reduce your carbon footprint while also saving you money on your electricity bill. Insulate your home by filling in all your air leaks, updating your windows and doors, and also by planting shady-trees and hanging energy efficient blackout curtains throughout the home. Green your laundry: The first thing that you should do is, update your washer and dryer to more energy efficient varieties.

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Hit the switch and join millions for Earth Hour 2014

Green Prophet

It’s Earth Hour this weekend, which means you have the chance to join millions of people around the globe in a united effort to consume less energy. With the recent report confirming that industrial civilization is on the brink of absolute collapse , it is more important than ever to unplug and reduce your dependence on grid energy. Energy 2014 earth hour Burj Khalifa Earth Hour energy conservation Middle East WWF

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The Truth about Energy Use and Data Centers

Eco Friendly Daily

Earlier this year, Greenpeace released a report, blasting the major data centers in the United States based on their green energy use. A study by the New York Times uncovered some startling information regarding Microsoft and its energy use. Redmond’s Quincy data center, which houses some of Microsoft’s cloud servers, was forced to waste $70,000 of electricity over a three-day period to avoid a fine set by the power company for failure to meet their energy target.

50 Gulf Companies Voluntarily Cut Energy and Water Use

Green Prophet

A host of private companies in Dubai and other emirates that have joined a voluntary initiative to reduce their energy and water consumption have experienced enormous success, demonstrating that it’s not impossible to do so. A total of 50 companies voluntarily signed on to the Heroes of the UAE program, which requires that they reduce both their energy and water consumption by at least ten percent.

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Dubai’s Radisson Blu Goes Green

Green Prophet

Energy-saving initiatives include motion sensors that only activate lights when there is someone around. Of course, the Radisson is not a great option for budget travelers , but if you are interested in traveling through Dubai and don’t want to rack up an enormous carbon footprint in the process, this hotel seems to be one of the best available options. Travel & Nature energy conservation green greenwash hotel Media City Radisson Blu travel water conservation

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5 Easy Ways to Keep it Green in 2013

Green Living Ideas

An energy vampire or phantom load is the electricity consumed by an electronic appliance when it is turned off or on standby. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, 65% of pollution attributed to global warming (or climate change) comes from generation of energy and its use. 5 – 20% of our home electric bill comes from vampire or phantom energy use. Understand your energy use – The US Department of Energy offers this tool to calculate your household energy use.

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Clean Technologies For Cooling And Heating Your Home

Green Living Ideas

Today there are all sorts of different systems you can have installed in order to green your home and make it more energy and water efficient, but which ones give you the best bang for your buck? After all, your home is a serious financial investment and making it as energy and water efficient as possible could mean a lower overall cost of ownership and a higher resale value down the road. Both systems will drastically reduce your carbon footprint!

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Sustainable Architecture In The Middle East – Interview with Karim Elgendy

Green Prophet

As well as a growing team of representatives, they are hosting an event at the UN Conference of Parties (COP 18) at Doha in December and have also launched 24/7 Electricity , a research project that looks into energy generation challenges in Lebanon. Aburawa: How does sustainable architecture help countries deal with other environmental issues such as energy use and water? Ensuring that new buildings do not compound our energy and water challenges is a mandatory first step.

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Freak: “Conspicuous Conservation” and the Prius Effect

Environmental Economics

But are all those Prius owners thinking mainly about better mileage and a smaller carbon footprint, or is there another incentive at work? The result is an interesting draft paper called “Conspicuous Conservation: The Prius Effect and WTP [Willingness to Pay] for Environmental Bona Fides.” It marks whoever is driving it as someone who cares about the environment; it’s an act of “conspicuous conservation,” an update of Thorstein Veblen’s “conspicuous consumption.”

Cosaf - Providing Low Carbon Evaporative Cooling

Hug a Tree with Me

We are constantly in contact with energy. In fact energy is a pivotal entity in our lives, we would in the dark without the stuff… literally! Energy is in our homes, our work spaces and in our play. Energy warms us up and cools us down, it lights our darkness and aids in our travels, energy cooks our meals and entertains us. We certainly rely a lot on energy. Energy conservation refers to the efforts of downsizing the amount of energy we use.

Energy Sprawl is the Largest Driver of Land Use Change in the U.S.

Nature Conservancy - Science

According to a new paper out today in PLOS ONE , energy sprawl – the development of new land area required for energy production – is, and will likely continue to be, the largest driver of land use change in the United States for the foreseeable future. Most people recognize that air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions are a significant problem associated with energy development. A Different Perspective to Understand How Energy Impacts Biodiversity.

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Ways to go GREEN in College

Green Home Blog

Water Conservation: Global fresh water sources are extremely limited. Green energy: Renewable energy sources like small solar panels and wind turbines can be easily installed on college campuses. When possible, riding a bike to college is also a great form of exercise and reduction of one’s carbon footprint. They promise the only sustainable method of energy conservation and resources for our future. Ways to go GREEN in College.

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10 Things to Know Before Installing Solar Panels

Greentumble

with the idea of conserving energy and using more sustainable materials rather than things like coal and oil. It’s a surprisingly easy way to save money on your electric bill while minimizing your carbon footprint. The most important thing you need when you have solar panels is lots of sunlight, so you can take advantage of the energy savings that attracted you to install them in the first place. Solar EnergyEvery day, more and more people are getting on board.

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What is LEED, and How You Can Qualify

Green Home Blog

Almost as many would like to get “green” certification for their efforts, if it weren’t for a complex and maddening set of rules called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design). Department of Energy (DOE). construction landscape has come alive with ever more effective yet simpler methods of building or retrofitting homes and offices with energy and resource conservation devices or measures that increase building sustainability quotients, sometimes to near-zero or zero.

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Do You Know Your Electricity’s Pedigree?

Green Home Blog

If someone were to ask you where your electricity comes from, would you just say, “a power plant”, or would you be able to recite chapter and verse of the specific power plant, its primary fuel and fuel mix (if any), and how much that fuel contributed to your overall environmental footprint in terms of greenhouse gases (GHGs). This renewable component is largely wind energy, and hydroelectric energy with just a shadow of solar energy.

2013 109

JW Marriott Hong Kong: healthy green luxury

Green Traveler Guides

“Since then we’ve done many things to minimize our environmental footprint, particularly our energy and water use, and to provide a more comfortable and restful accommodations for our guests. Meeting our guests’ expectations for greater sustainability, exceeding Hong Kong’s environmental mandates and reducing our energy and water costs have been a win-win for everyone.&#. That, of course, is now a given for any energy-efficient building.

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120 Dubai Buildings Latch On To Energy Saving Cloud Tech Every Day

Green Prophet

In order to reduce their energy consumption, hundreds of buildings are being connected to Pacific Control Systems’ M2M technology. Over one hundred buildings in Dubai are latching on to Pacific Control Systems’ machine-to-machine energy efficiency technology every day. Rahulan explains that M2M technology uses virtual robots called Gbots that manage energy efficiency and other data systems remotely.

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This Earth Day, 3M Makes Electronics Recycling Easier

Green (Living) Review

It is part of 3M’s DNA to identify how to help customers, like electronic manufacturers, find innovative new ways to remain competitive and decrease their environmental footprint.” For the eighth consecutive year, 3M received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy for its comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts. Electronics Bonding Adhesives Help Manufacturers Rework and Recycle Mobile Devices St. Paul, Minn.,

Qatar’s Msheireb Regeneration Project is Targeting 76 Acres of LEED Certified Buildings

Green Prophet

On one hand, the developers aim to consume fewer natural resources and generate less waste, slash operating expenses, and seriously cut down on the city’s carbon footprint. Water and energy conservation measures will be implemented, public spaces will encourage community interaction, and cultural centers will promote a strong Qatari identity.

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5 great green Maui beach resorts

Green Traveler Guides

Audubon courses take steps to protect water quality, conserve natural resources and provide wildlife habitat. The Grand Wailea, which is Maui’s largest employer, was honored in 2005 with a Hawaii Green Business Award and in 2008 by the island’s utility for energy conservation. More than a decade ago, Fairmont hotels and resorts launched its Green Partnership program, aimed at minimizing their properties’ eco-footprints. | Kapalua to Wailea |.

One in five homeowners takes no measures to reduce energy consumption

Green (Living) Review

A new YouGov survey undertaken on behalf of the Heating Helpline indicates that the Government has a long way to go to convince homeowners to spend money on energy saving measures. 19 October 2010 – A new YouGov survey reveals that more than one in five (21%) of GB homeowners has not taken any energy saving measure in the last two years.

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I’ve trained Muslim clergy on how to be green. This is what I’ve learned

Green Prophet

Here are my thoughts from the workshops which focused on sustainability and energy conservation issues. Also, Islamic teachings emphasize the concept of living lightly on earth (zohd), conservation and limit of waste and extravagance (israf). Green lifestyle and local development implies conservation as a way of life and supports small-scale local development models. Energy and water conservation is both a rational and ethical imperatives.

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Green Faith

The Green Changemakers

[link] GreenFaith inspires, educates and mobilizes people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership.

2009 40

Progress Solar Light Towers Turn Rock Shows ECO-Friendly

Green (Living) Review

This new technology provides music fans and venues with cost-effective, quiet and pollution free lighting option - NO Noise, NO Toxic Fumes, NO Carbon Emissions, NO expensive diesel fuel or high operating costs Runs on free renewable energy from the sun. The portable Progress Solar light plant provides bright light at night, powered by free solar energy gathered during the day. Hosting festivals and concerts can use a lot of energy and leave behind a lot of pollutants.

Nuclear Power – A Solution?

Eco Friendly Daily

Despite increased awareness about energy conservation and emissions reduction, there’s no decrease in society’s need for electricity. And this is at the heart of the UK’s recent resumption of their nuclear energy program. The changing focus has given nuclear energy a new competitive edge. Happily, the proposal also includes recommendations to increase energy from renewable sources, as well as incentives to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala: eco-wow Laguna Lodge

Green Traveler Guides

The subject headings alone paint the picture: energy conservation, water conservation, vegetarian food; reduced use of plastics; other sustainable materials; chemical reduction; waste management; pest control; ecological, renewable & recycled materials; local providers; education; employees; reforestation; philanthropy; lakeside care; carbon offset.

VT Rep. Potter supports renewable energy on principle just not if it means windmills in his town

Green Life Smart Life

This “I am for energy conservation and renewables&# but not in my backyard mentality must stop. Potter said he supports renewable energy on principle (and has done so in the legislature), just not when it means windmills in his backyard. And the slopes of those mountains have wind — wind that a developer wants to harness to produce an estimated 240,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy every year. I am tired of the hypocrisy.

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David Owen’s Rules for Urban Environmentalism

The Green Changemakers

Oversized dwellings permanently raise the world’s demand for energy, and they encourage careless consumption of all kinds. Live closer: The main key to lowering energy consumption and shrinking the carbon footprint of modern civilization is to decrease the distances between the places where people live, work, shop, and play. Drive less: Making automobiles more fuel-efficient isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but it won’t solve the world’s energy and environmental dilemmas.

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35 eco-friendly travel tips - travel green!

The Green Changemakers

The more your bags weigh the larger the carbon footprint you create when traveling. If traveling in summer or winter follow the same energy conservation tips in your hotel that you do at home - for example, shut the curtains, dress for the weather, turn down the AC or heater when you leave the room, and so on. From Travelling the Green Way Planning your eco-vacation… Know that where you visit and stay does make a difference.

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The Water-Energy Connection

The Green Changemakers

[link] In the United States, generating power consumes 3 percent of our nation's water annually and 13 percent of the energy produced in this country each year is used to treat, transport and heat our water. Conserving water saves energy, and vice versa. The water-energy connection is complex, but it provides an excellent opportunity to get students thinking about the interrelatedness of ecological and environmental concerns. Tags: Water Energy Education

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Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

The Green Changemakers

Conserving water not only helps to preserve this irreplaceable natural resource, but also helps reduce the strain on urban wastewater management systems, saving money and energy. There are many, easy ways to conserve our water resources into the future. Bottled water may be a healthy and increasingly common alternative to soft drinks, but the plastic bottle has a hidden dark side: energy consumption, waste disposal, and other environmental concerns.

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Conserve energy, Cut carbon, Cash in

The Green Changemakers

[link] Before you look to carbon offsets and renewable energy, shrink your carbon footprint the old-fashioned way: turn off the lights! Energy conservation at home by switching off lights, unplugging electronics, and choosing energy efficient appliances is the simplest way to be a carbon conscious consumer. Home energy efficiency is a triple-win scenario. Whether your own or rent, it is easy to reduce how much energy you use—and pay for.

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Sustainable Urban Development

The Green Changemakers

Research Creating a Regulatory Footprint for Healthy Community Design , Smart Growth Network Growing Smart , American Planning Association “ Positive Development: From Vicious Circles to Virtuous Cycles Through Built Environment Design.” Communities should also move toward energy conservation and non-oil and coal based alternatives, such as solar, wind, thermal, and biomass, which can reduce dependency on non-renewable resources, as well as minimize air, water, and thermal pollution.

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Interview With Abu Dhabi's Most Innovative Design Couple

Green Prophet

Their teachings, their design studio Studied Impact , and their public initiatives such as the internationally-acclaimed Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) have coincided with a thrust to incorporate more renewable energy sources into the region’s portfolio. You put a lot of emphasis on the notion that renewable energy can be beautiful. T he Land Art Generator Initiative is focused on expanding the popular notion of what renewable energy infrastructure can look like.

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The New Economy Challenge: Implications for Higher Education

The Green Changemakers

The creative energy of the species was redirected from securing the well-being of the tribe and Mother Earth to advancing the technological instruments of war and the social instruments of domination. Indicators like the Living Planet Index and the Ecological Footprint promoted by the World Wide Fund for Nature are an excellent place to start. A new economy requires a new approach to education.

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Urban Research Symposium 2009

The Green Changemakers

Mr José Lopez, International Conseil Energie Monday, June 29, 2009 Cities and Climate Change in Public Policy Moderator: Daniel Hoornweg, Lead Urban Specialist, World Bank The French Case. Mrs Michelle Pappalardo, Commissaire Général au Développement Durable, Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning The urbanizing of strategic components of the global environmental challenge.

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The Garden Of Simplicity

The Green Changemakers

Surveys show a distinct subpopulation -- conservatively estimated at 10 percent of the U.S. Commercial Simplicity: Simplicity means there is a rapidly growing market for healthy and sustainable products and services of all kinds -- from home-building materials and energy systems to foods. Ecological Simplicity: Simplicity means to choose ways of living that touch the Earth more lightly and that reduce our ecological footprint.

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