I Need to Learn How to Reduce My Carbon Footprint

I have a big, fat carbon footprint! I’m surprised and I’m not happy.  I took a survey to determine my carbon footprint and found out that it takes over 30 acres to support my lifestyle. If everyone lived the way I did, it would take multiple planets to support all the people on earth!  Very humiliating and disappointing.

I recycle as much as I can. I recycle a lot, in fact. My recycle bin is overflowing every week and my trash barrel holds just a small bag.  I don’t eat much meat.  I prefer fish and chicken.  I don’t drive a lot, except for work. (Driving is a hazard of my profession.) I have many reusable bags.  I rarely use paper bags.  I unplug electrical appliances.  I use CFL’s. I turn my lights out regularly.

So where have I gone wrong?  Why wasn’t my carbon footprint score better? I have a few theories for things I can do better, but I plan to learn and do more.  Over the next few days, I’ll be attending a class put on by the Earth Advantage Institute from Portland, Oregon.  The class is Sustainable Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals, S.T.A.R.  The group got off to a good start by sending out a list of all the class attendees hoping we would hook up to car pool.  Wouldn’t it be great if people and organizations did that for all their meetings, classes, etc.?  Such a simple idea, but one most of us don’t take time to consider.

I’ll share what I learn, because if I have a poor carbon footprint score, I imagine a lot of us do.  Stay tuned!  By the way, take the survey and see how you do.  You may be surprised.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm
The Beaupain Team | Category: Built Green and Sustainable Living, Energy conservation, For Homeowners, Real Estate, sustainable living | Tagged , ,

6 responses to “I Need to Learn How to Reduce My Carbon Footprint”

  1. Good on you Debra! I cannot wait to hear about/read what you learn in the class.

    In the meantime a couple great resources to learn about sustainability and green living (as well as how to reduce your utilities bills) are Microsoft’s Hohm – http://www.microsoft-hohm.com/ and http://www.EastsideGreenDrinks.com – which is the local chapter of an international Green organization.

  2. Debra Sinick says:

    Hi Joe,

    My head is spinning. Lots of great stuff at the class today. I did not know it takes 2 bottles of water to produce one bottle of water. Looks like my bottled water will be for emergencies only! I do recycle the bottles, but apparently, many people do not.

    Thanks for the links. I will check them out. I do know about your green drinks, just haven’t gotten there just yet!

  3. YES – bottled water is poison for our planet. I purchased a stainless water vessel for drinking at they gym, the car, etc at the Green Festival two years ago (and a Brita filtering pitcher) and have not purchased bottled water since.

    FYI – I am not involved with Eastside GreenDrinks outside of supporting them – but they have a great mission!

  4. Debra Sinick says:

    Sounds like a plan. I have a SS water bottle and I am going to use. it.

  5. Mike says:

    A Brita water filter will not filter out fluoride and chlorine, and is marginal at best to take out anything else.

    There is a free spring in lynnwood where you can get unlimited water (just google it) that doesn’t have added chlorine or fluoride in it, and is a much better bet than drinking anything out of the tap.

  6. Debra Sinick says:

    Hi Mike,

    I am not up on Brita Water filters. I appreciate your input, though.

    Thanks for the tip on the free spring water in Lynnwood! Great tip. I didn’t know about it. Here’s a link:


    There were a number of links which mentioned this water source.

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