Did you know?

According to the EPA, in 2006 the US (residents, businesses, and institutions) generated more than 251 million tons of trash (municipal solid waste or MSW).  This equates to about 4.6 pounds of waste per person per day. Of that 4.6 pounds, 1.5 pounds was recycled and around .1 pound was composted. The remaining  3 lbs of trash was discarded or incinerated. The largest portion of waste generated, 31.7 percent, was made up of containers and packaging.  See the full report at http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/msw06.pdf

Carbon Footprint

Popular media has been talking about “carbon footprints” for the last few years, but what exactly is a carbon footprint? Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines it as “the negative impact that something (as a person or business) has on the environment ; specifically : the amount of carbon emitted by something during a given period.” A carbon footprint is simply a measurement of your impact on the Earth.

There are many carbon footprint calculators in the internet. I decided to try out a few to see what my carbon footprint was on different sites and compare the results. Here is a sampling: Continue reading “Carbon Footprint”