carbon footprint 2.0

A picture is worth a thousand words, the first image is my new carbon footprint and the second is the old one (difference of about 9 weeks, click on the images to see a zoomed version.)

So what is the difference, here are the numbers.

  • Planets required to support my lifestyle – dropped from 3.2 to 3.1
  • Global acres needed to support my lifestyle – dropped from 14.2 to 13.9
  • Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide generated – dropped from 15.3 to 11.9

These are small drops with the biggest difference coming in carbon dioxide production. The footprint breakdown also lost a significant portion of the pie in housing footprint, my suspicions are this is because of better recycling habits.

My problem with this method: this site does a really good job of measuring few things one might do to reduce their footprint. Other steps like refusing plastic, using environmentally friendly products are not measured. One may make the argument that these steps are so small that they do not have an impact on my carbon footprint. My response would be that this measurement tool is meant to be another way to encourage people to change their ways and if my day to day efforts (no matter how small) are not being measured than it might fail to positively encourage users.

If i had done everything i did the same as last 9 weeks except take the sustainability class i would be very inclined to think that my efforts made no difference. Hopefully this will change in the future as better metrics are created along with more robust technology to support them.

In the meanwhile my efforts to be more green and stay green continue on, and hopefully i will do this again in about 9-12 weeks time. I look forward to comments and suggestions, especially if you know of other ways to measure carbon footprint.

until next time

namaste.

update: here is where you can take the test yourself http://bit.ly/qwp5v thank you @econow for pointing that out.

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the many flavors of green

Quarter is almost coming to an end and as always i am struggling to summarize the vastness of all the information i have learnt. The sustainability goals are coming along pretty well before we get into details here is something i came across the web today.

Uptil now i just knew the terms “green” or “grey.” Each signifying friend or enemy of the planet respectively. Today i ran across an article on the web that talks about different types of green. I have tried to create one line summaries on all of them and you an always read the original post here.

There are 3 types of green based on the philosophy of the people that follow them, obviously there are many variations in each and crossovers.

Bright Green: People who believe that for green to be successful it also has to be profitable and care about overall well being of humanity.

Light Green: People that encourage change on an individual level will result in a global result.

Dark Green: People that promote the idea that we need to step away from consumerism and maybe even modern conviniences.

What type of Green are you? I currently fall somewhere under light and bright green. Continue reading

Its hard to change habits, especially the bad ones

Its been more than a week and the “green resolutions” are not going well. Before we get into the update here is a sustainability update from the interwebs. (click the titles to view)

Food needs “fundamental rethink” – Mark Kinver writes this article on BBC online to talk about the needs for a complete overhaul in the food production process.

Tim Lang from UK’s newly formed food council is quoted “The new approach needed to address key fundamentals like biodiversity, energy, water and urbanisation, he added.”

The article talks about the process from many perspectives and is a must read.

Cement that Eats Carbon Dioxide Invented by British Scientists – The new cement, which uses a different raw material, certainly has a vast potential market. Making the 2bn tonnes of cement used globally every year pumps out 5% of the world’s CO2 emissions – more than the entire aviation industry.

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if everyone lived like me, we would need 3 planets

Yup, this is the latest discovery i have made about myself. Before we get more into this here is some background.

This quarter i am taking a “Marketing Strategies for Sustainability” class. As part of the class requirements we will be blogging our personal efforts to reduce our ecological footprint. So in a similar effort to preserve the finite amount of web space i own, i am integrating this assignment in marketwala as a category called “Marketing 488

Ok now back to business. So as i was saying if the whole world were to live my lifestyle we would need 3 planets to support us. Now now, before you start to tell me i am killing the planet i would like you to take the test and find out how you are doing. If you take the test post the results in comments, i will try to post results from the rest of our class to add some frame of reference to this number.

Quick Stats for me:

  • If everyone had my lifestyle we would need 3.2 planets (yes i rounded it down)
  • It take 14.2 acres of earth’s productive area to support me
  • The 14.2 acres generates 15.3 tons of carbon dioxide
  • Most of my land consumption comes from Energy land

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