Green Tip: Carbon Zero Calculator

Green Tip: Carbon Zero Calculator

Jun 21, 2007

"Carbon footprint" is basically defined as the effect we have on the environment, figured in terms of the carbon dioxide we produce. Our household utilities factor in, as well as our various methods of transportation.

Go Zero is a new program created by The Conservation Fund which aims to educate the public about their carbon dioxide emissions. Then they tell us all how many trees we would need to plant to offset our impact.

In fact, they have a handy Carbon Zero Calculator!

When we calculated our usage, we found that we would need to plant six trees to "go zero." Ingeniously, on the same screen as the calculator results, there is also the option to donate.

Your charitable contribution of approximately $5.00 per tree helps support the Fund's Carbon Sequestration program – an effort to plant native trees to address climate change, protect wildlife habitat and enhance America's public recreation areas.

If you're not ready to put some trees in the ground, Go Zero offers a couple quick tips to reduce your impact immediately.

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