Our Carbon Footprint

Project Goal: Collect ideas to help reduce individual and group carbon footprint.

Task: Collect data on carbon footprint.

Our carbon emission number is 60.

Deduced from http://www.conservation.org/act/live_green/pages/ecofootprint.aspx

Useful websites:
http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator (great for individual or family) Best for United States
http://www.kidsfootprint.org (great calculator and quiz for younger students) - too American for us :-(
http://www.bp.com (great for international use, created by gas and energy dealer) - too hard for my students :-(

Student Data:
Students should report their carbon emission number.
Students should report at least one thing they are doing to help reduce their personal carbon footprint
Students should report at least one thing their family is doing to help reduce carbon emission.
The class should report at least one thing that is being done by the school to reduce carbon emissions
The class should report at least one thing that the community/municipality is doing.

Philadelphia Children:
Student Data:

Odamis (teacher) – I personal bike 9 miles to work whenever I have the opportunity. At home my family and I keep the thermostat in the winter at 68 degrees and we continue to compose food scraps indoors (using worms).

Isarael – I keep my toys in good shape, clean them and donate them to charities. My family recycles regularly.

Zachary – I take the school bus and use public transportation. My family recycles and we use a timer for showers.

Justin – I am in charge of recycling for my class. I also turn off the water when I wash my hands. Often I walk into the school bathrooms and the water is running. I shut them off! In my community I help with trash pick-up.

Amanda – I save light by turning off the lights when I leave the room. I also remember to turn off the water while brushing my teeth and when I am done. At home we recycle.

School: Our school building has been renovated recently and the district has invested in high efficiency central air, heating, and double paned ergon filled windows. Students have also started a recycling program for waste paper, metals and glass. The cafeteria serves locally available fruits and vegetables (no apples from Chile or Australia).

Community: The local baseball team has gone green. They recycle and compost, purchase wind renewable electricity, and sponsor local community gardens and tree plantings. A local company (pedal-power) has started to work with shop keepers to collect recycling, used fryer oil, and food scraps. The trash is hauled away by bicycle and trailer to local recycling centers and bio-fuel center.