July 9, 2009

What's YOUR Carbon Footprint? Nitrogen Footprint?

Size 5 narrow or 9 wide?

There are a variety of websites that you might use to calculate your carbon footprint. Just try "Carbon footprint calculator" on Google. You'll be amazed.

Some are better and easier than others. Some are probably just a guesstimate at best. User-friendly is my litmus test.

The Nature Conservancy has one that plots your footprint as you enter your info: http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/

EPA has an emissions calculator at http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html. It will take you about 10 minutes if you have your recent electric, gas, and/or oil bills so you can use real numbers for your household’s energy consumption.

BP even has one too at http://www.bp.com/productlanding.do?categoryId=6941&contentId=7050870

Now how about your nitrogen footprint too?

It was a VERY rainy June for the Chesapeake Bay area. . . and we're seeing even more Canada geese! Well aware of the bacteria danger to human health after rain events, the Anne Arundel County Health Department in Maryland issues a blanket advisory to avoid contact with our estuaries for at least 48 hours after a rain event.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has a nifty nitrogen pollution calculator at http://www.cbf.org/Page.aspx?pid=1136