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Global Stewards - Green Eco Tips for Sustainable Living

20 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Here are twenty ways to cut down on your carbon footprint. Even small changes can have big impacts on both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and inspiring others to follow in your footsteps.

  1. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Green-E Certified Renewable EnergySwitch to a renewable energy option through your utility or a certified renewable energy provider (U.S. and Canada).

  2. Calculate your carbon footprint and buy carbon offsets from a certified provider (U.S. and Canada).

  3. Reduce energy use.

  4. Reduce water use.

  5. Minimize purchases of new products, especially resource-intensive or heavily-packaged products.

  6. Swapping is the New Shopping - Reduce your Carbon FootprintBuy or borrow used clothing, electronics, house decorations and furniture, cars and other products whenever possible.

  7. Buying locally sourced, organic, vegetarian or vegan foods.

  8. Recycle as much as possible and buy recycle-able packaging.

  9. Compost Food Waste to Reduce Your Carbon FootprintCompost your food waste.

  10. Green your transportation.

  11. Fly less and, when you do fly, purchase carbon offsets (select "Individual" then click on the airplane icon to view the airplane carbon calculator).

  12. Reduce standby power consumption by taking the zero-volt challenge.

  13. Reduce your junk mail.

  14. Pack waste-free lunches.

  15. Choose low energy-intensive activities (i.e., hiking vs. sky diving).

  16. Sierra Club Ready for 100 - Support Climate Action Organizations Choose green hotels and encourage hotels you visit to green their practices.

  17. Support climate action organizations.

  18. Promote a carbon fee and dividend policy to provide incentives for companies and individuals to reduce carbon emissions.

  19. Learn more about climate change and share what you learn with others (PowerPoint Recent Findings on Climate Change and EPA's Climate Change & You: What You Can Do at Home).

  20. Resilient Neighborhoods Reduce Your Greenhouse Gas EmissionsEncourage and support greenhouse-reducing practices in your community: