Emerging Process: Additional Regional Organizations

Today I continued independently researching organizations for the Changing Climate Change Portal. I had several insights, with the help of my friend Susan, regarding community initiatives towards localization and efficient community development.

Localization, e.g. local food production and distribution, has an effect on our global carbon levels as less petroleum is necessary in the distribution of food. Additionally, many local farms are promoting organic and/or permaculture techniques that may be far less detrimental to the planet than large scale, petroleum dependent, industrial agricultural systems.

I also found several organizations promoting sustainable development of both dwellings and general community spaces. We can greatly reduce our carbon consumption, and increase our quality of living, by designing our homes and communities to promote resource sharing, proximity, efficiency,  and equality.

Emerging Process: Early Research Phase

Today we met at the Computer Applications Lab to continue researching organizations for the Changing Climate Change Portal. Tucker, Otto, and I refined the category of research where we are working, “Forest conservation and agriculture soils”.

We realized that there are aspects of conservation that are specific to watersheds, and the general bioregion. We extended the scope of our research slightly, as the watershed and bioregion conservation organizations are also working to reduce our global carbon levels.

After the research session, the three of us went to Downtown Olympia to have some pizza and hang out on a chilly Friday night!

EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator

I filled out the EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator, and was interested to learn different strategies to reduce my annual household carbon output. The process of filling out the fields doesn’t take very long, although some of the questions are a bit difficult to answer. The calculator is flexible with many answers, allowing different values to be entered (e.g. dollars spent, or kilowatt hours used). Midway through the process, the calculator offers several suggestions on how you can commit to a lower CO2 footprint, including calculating the CO2 savings.

At the end of the process, my results were:

Current Household Emissions: 3,816

Reduced Emissions Pledge: 2,673