A carbon footprint is defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
“Carbon footprinting” and “sequestration” (carbon capture and storage) will soon become household words. In fact, they are quickly becoming an essential learning outcome for knowledge and skills of our graduates seeking employment in businesses and communities who see climate change as not only a threat, but as an opportunity. It is strongly assumed that it is only a matter of time before an economic market for carbon becomes a reality in the U.S. This will be seen as a tax by some, and as a revenue stream by others. Regardless, if we truly believe the data and trend analysis of the best climate science available today, we would be well advised to embrace carbon footprinting as quickly as possible in our personal, professional, and civic life. Our urgent rising to meet the challenge of climate change, whether on campus, in the community, the region, or beyond cannot be stressed enough. The links below provide excellent resources for carbon calculators, the carbon market, and related contexts. Please take advantage of them.
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