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How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at Home, At School, and More


From zero waste to low impact to carbon footprint, there are so many buzzwords surrounding sustainable living these days. One helpful way to get started on a sustainable journey is to understand your carbon footprint, which is an interesting way of measuring your environmental impact.

Read on for everything you need to know about carbon footprints, how to calculate your personal carbon footprint, and easy ways to lower that number.

What Does Carbon Footprint Mean?

A carbon footprint is the “total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities” for a particular individual, according to Time for Change. It is also possible to measure the carbon footprint of a company, event, or other entity. 

Carbon footprints are usually measured in metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CDE or CO2e). Your carbon footprint essentially represents the equivalent number of greenhouse gas emissions that your activities are responsible for.