I’m sitting at my desk for the first time all summer. This is the first time I’ve had to really contemplate my impact. This past summer, I did a lot of traveling…to New York City, Paris, Pennsylvania road trip and San Diego. Realizing that no matter how much recycling, composting and conservation I do at home, one trip in an airplane pretty much negates all my efforts. So, I set out to off-set my carbon impact by doing a bit of research.
I quickly found www.carbonfootprint.com and used their calculator to determine my carbon footprint just from flights and the road trip.
Denver –> New York –> Paris (Return) (Plane)
2.58 metric tons of CO2
Denver –> Northeast Corner of Pennsylvania (Return) (Hybrid SUV Automobile)
1.30 metric tons of CO2
Denver –> New York (Return) (Plane)
.82 metric tons of CO2
Denver –> San Diego (Return) (Plane)
.43 metric tons of CO2
Total: 5.13 metric tons of CO2
For a little as $58.92 I can off-set my usage. Wow. There’s one way to get the “should” off my back!
Other options include:
among others…. Google has a wealth of resources on reducing your carbon footprint and off-setting your carbon contribution.