The Environment Equation: 100 Factors That Can Add to or Subract From Your Total Carbon Footprint

Overview

Americans currently make up 5% of the world's population, yet create 50% of the world's waste. But what if there were a way that we could eliminate some of that waste, and the other harmful effects we have on the environment? There is. This full color guide uses pluses and minuses to calculate the damage we do when we make poor choices - and the good we do when we make green choices. You will add and subtract from the size of your carbon ...
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Overview

Americans currently make up 5% of the world's population, yet create 50% of the world's waste. But what if there were a way that we could eliminate some of that waste, and the other harmful effects we have on the environment? There is. This full color guide uses pluses and minuses to calculate the damage we do when we make poor choices - and the good we do when we make green choices. You will add and subtract from the size of your carbon footprint, measured in pounds of carbon dioxide.
  • Take shorter showers-subtract 340 lbs
  • Unplug appliances-subtract 800 lbs
  • Don't weatherize properly-add 800 lbs
This is a green manifesto that anyone can live by. Delivered in a fun, readable way, it's perfect for those who care about issues such as global warming, pollution, and sustainability. After adding and subtracting your way through the book, you will be inspired to live green every day in every way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615511099
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Rollins is an award-winning writer, editor, and reporter specializing in the environment and natural sciences. He contributes regularly to The Daily Telegraph and is an editorial consultant for the Environment Agency, the leading public organization for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     6
How to use this book     8
Carbon calculator     9
Dream Home     10
New carpets     12
Microwave     14
Energy audit     15
Air leaks     16
Go tankless     17
Double meals     18
Leaky faucets     19
Energy Star     20
Full dishwasher     22
Clogged AC filter     23
Go fluorescent     24
Two fridges     26
Hug your water heater     27
Eco-flooring     28
Green power     30
Larger homes     31
Ice build-up     32
Insulate walls and roofs     33
Cold wash     34
Air-conditioning     35
Clothes dryer     36
Sustainable wood     38
Cook with gas     39
Unplug it     40
Long showers     41
Recycling     42
Wear a sweater     43
Hot water     44
LED tree lights     45
Out of Doors     46
City living     48
Patioporch heater     50
Compost     51
Double glazing     52
Rain harvesting     54
Leaf blowers     55
Solar heating     56
Plant a tree     57
Day watering     58
Wind turbine     59
Community garden     60
Geothermal heater     61
Outdoor lighting     62
Smart plants     63
Sprinklers     64
Solar shingles     66
Lawn and garden chemicals     67
Green roof     68
Lawn mowers     69
On the Road     70
New fuel     72
Bike it     74
Take the subway     75
Ditch the car     76
Driving aggressively     77
Carpool     78
Idling     79
Large car     80
Fewer short trips     81
Jetsetting     82
Use cruise control     84
Clean and maintain car     85
Speeding     86
New tires     87
Walking bus     88
Air conditioner     89
Hybrid car      90
Diesel     91
Biodiesel     92
At Work     94
Recycle cartridges     96
Telecommute     97
Junk mail     98
Reusable container     99
CRT computer monitors     100
Office lighting     101
Online newspapers     102
Screen saver     103
Reduce your commute     104
Single-sided copying     106
Switch off lights     107
Machines on standby     108
Lose the ties     109
Greener Consumption     110
Takeout     112
Grow your own     113
Plastic bags     114
Paper towel     116
Recycle paper     117
Local food     118
Plastic cutlery     120
Corn plastic     121
Bottled water     122
Vintage fashion     124
Disposable diapers     125
Cheeseburgers     126
Organic food     127
Less meat     128
Organic cotton     130
Pre-packaged lunches     131
Green wedding      132
Library books     133
Extra packaging     134
Carbon offsets     135
Conclusion     136
Resources     138
Index     144

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