Hello Saluki Green Action Team - SGATs!
Everything that we do has a measurable impact on the world around us, from making the choice to walk instead of drive or changing the dial on your washing machine to cold instead of hot. The changes that we make don't have to be extreme; rather small choices we can incorporate into each day can add up to make a big difference.
Did You Know?
A student study at MIT calculated that the average American has a carbon footprint of 22 US tons per year. That is the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted as a result of each person's consumption, choices and behavior every year. Small choices have a big impact in terms of CO2 over time.
Here are ways to reduce your own energy impact and reduce your carbon footprint (source: MyEarth App):
- Opt out of having a mini-fridge = save 1.8 lbs carbon.
- Turn down your heat = save 3.5 lbs carbon.
- Switch to efficient light bulbs = save 1.2 lbs carbon.
- Air dry your clothes = save 2.7 lbs carbon.
- Take the stairs = save 0.5 lbs carbon.
- Bikers commute (5 miles) = save 1.8 lbs carbon.
- Park that car and take the bus (20 miles) = save 7.1 lbs carbon.
Understanding the source of your personal emissions is a great start! Calculate your carbon footprint with the MyEarth app (https://energy.siu.edu/learn/reduce-carbon-footprint/index.php) to help in making choices that are more environmentally responsible. You can calculate your own food, recycling, water, travel and electricity usage.
Choosing sustainable transportation is one way to reduce your carbon footprint. With so many events happening around town, Bike Month is a great time to start.
- Attend the ladies-only bike repair workshop at the Bike Surgeon at 5:30 p.m. on May 11
- Have your bike checked for safety at the Carbondale Farmer's Market 8 a.m.-noon on May 19
Invite your friends to join the team, too. If they mention that you referred them when they sign up, you'll receive an extra entry in our next prize drawing.
Keep up the great work,
Saluki Green Action Team