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Carbon Footprint vs Ecological Footprint

Going Green Counters Climate Change

Climate Change results from increases in greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, trapping heat that would otherwise escape the atmosphere.  You can reduce this build-up (and your carbon footprint) by being green!  Our checklist has many climate-friendly measures, such as:

·       Conserve energy with fluorescent lights and Energy Star equipment

·       Reduce waste at the landfill (and methane gas emissions) – recycle, compost, and buy products with recycled content.

·       Conserve water (and the energy to deliver it with low-flow toilets and drought tolerant plants.

·       Invest in renewable energy with renewable energy credits and solar panels.

·       Conserve fuel by taking public transit, your bike or a high MPG vehicle.

Ecological Footprint vs. Carbon Footprint

An ecological footprint is the measurement of resources needed to support people’s consumption of those resources.  An ecological footprint calculator quantifies the Earth’s ability to replenish resources at the rate to which they are consumed. 

A carbon footprint also measures resource use, however, it focuses on greenhouse gas emissions in relation to use of those resources.  A carbon footprint calculator quantifies the Earth’s ability to absorb the greenhouse gases at the rate to which they are produced.


Check out these and other sites which will allow you to calculate your Ecological and Carbon Footprint:

Ecological Footprint Calculator

Carbon Footprint Calculators