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Megumi S-usa, May 1, 2013

Hey people out there! I’m 16 year old who got introduced to this carbon footprint experiment from AP Biology.

My total footprint was 9036kg compared to California’s whopping 9727kg. My number is still pretty close though.

My home energy CO2 level was crazy high. Kind of scary in now that I can see it in numbers. A big 4751 kg. That is scary everytime I look at it and I didn’t think we were wasting so much!

Transportation isn’t too large. 1889kg, I personally don’t believe it’s huge. My family doesn’t go to a lot of places so, that really affects the numbers here.

Food is 2522 kg. My family generally tries to get locally grown food, at least made in USA food. But we don’t do the composting stuff.

Purchases is 562kg. I don’t really go shopping super often, I don’t even get fancy electronics, I would be lucky if I did get 2 in one year. The number here isn’t surprising at all.

Well, these numbers are SUPER SCARY. Worse than maybe all the horror games I watch on youtube.

Megumi S-usa
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 3, 2013
    Hi Megumi- did you identify what aspect of your home footprint is making the biggest contribution? Air conditioning? Using hot water in washing? Drying your clothes in a dryer rather than hanging clothes outside?

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Jacob Donato, May 1, 2013

Hi, I’m Jacob Donato from California, USA. I am 17 years old. The average carbon footprint in my area is 21,445 lb CO2 and 8358 lb CO2 worldwide. My carbon footprint total was 21566 l CO2. The majority of my footprint is from my transportation. I have been on a lot of flights in the past year due to flying to tournaments and competition around the whole country. Also flying to Hawaii a few times to visit family. My footprint due to food, home/energy and purchases were average with my area. In the future, I plan on reducing my traveling and continue to conserve energy around the house and recycle when I can. Hopefully this will reduce my carbon footprint and save our environment.

Jacob Donato
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Samantha B, May 1, 2013

Hello, my name is Samantha B and I am 17 years old, living in California. My total footprint is 15515 kg of CO2/year. This is relatively high compared to the average person with a footprint of 9727 kg of CO2/year and a footprint of 3791 kg of CO2/year world wide. I found that the huge factor that contributes to my footprint is in transportation. I found this to be the highest of all the other categories because I participate in quite a few extracurricular activities and volunteer in various places as well, all which are pretty far from where I live.

Samantha B
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  • Yousra Kandeel Yousra Kandeel May 1, 2013
    Hi Samantha! I can definitely relate to this considering my carbon footprint is also higher than the average in my country. Transportation is an issue for me too, but my Home Energy usage is higher than transpo.

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Christine H-usa, May 1, 2013

Hi from Union City, California!!
i am a 17 year old high school student that was introduced to this project from my Ap Biology teacher to further evaluate just how much my daily usage affects my carbon footprint.
My total footprint is 7,281 kg of CO2 per year compared to an average of 9727 kg for California and 3791 kg worldwide.
Transportation: 2167 kg
home energy etc: 3323 kg
food: 1189 kg
purchases: 602 kg

I was shocked by my outcomes of my carbon output in a year with each category and both amazed at the same time on how just small details in my daily life can impact my total results.
From my results i have learned to appreciate far more than i have in the past on the information i have discovered based my this project. In the future i hope to lower my carbon footprint by a significant amount especially in the home energy category by conserving electricity, gas, and water usage. The next time i retake my footprint calculations i hope that my numbers will be decreased than it is now. With this information from this project i wish to spread the ways to conserve and better use the details of my daily life to those around me.

sincerely,
Christine H-USA

Christine H-usa
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 3, 2013
    wonderful christine! every little bit that each of us is willing to change can help make a difference!

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Sara H-USA, April 30, 2013

Hi I’m Sara and I’m 17 years old living in California. My total carbon footprint is 8,007kg of CO2 per year. The majority of my footprint comes from transportation because my parents are divorced and I have to travel back and forth between two homes that live far apart from each other. I can’t change the transportation part of my life because it’s not easy just to choose one parent over the other. Even though I can’t change that aspect of my carbon footprint I’m going to try to be more conservative on the other portions of my carbon footprint, in order to be less harmful to the environment.

Sara H-USA
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  • Suvan A-USA Suvan A-USA May 2, 2013
    You could improve your transportation by using public transit or biking, like jordan said. The big step would be to get an electric car, and that would reduce it to almost 0, but it is expensive.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 3, 2013
    Electric cars are great, but we always have to ask where the electricity comes from. In places where electricity mostly comes from coal (like in Pennsylvania or Poland), then, ironically, an electric car is actually *worse* in terms of carbon footprint than an SUV or maybe even a HUMV! Instead of the carbon emissions coming out of the tailpipe, they come out of the factory that makes the electricity.
  • benny ritskes benny ritskes May 6, 2013
    I can solve your problem, never visit your parents again.
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Christine Lam, April 30, 2013

My name is Christine Lam and I live in Union City, California. After calculating my carbon footprint, I discovered that my usage of home utilities is extremely high compared with the state’s average. I know that most of the energy comes from using the house heater; however I cannot change how much my family uses the heater. In my household, my two grandparents, who have been living in Vietnam for the majority of their lives, still have not accustomed their selves to the cold climates of California. By using the heater almost throughout the year keeps them from getting sick. Because my grandmother is getting older and was frail for most of her life, any slight change in the temperature will make her gravely ill. One way we can lower the house temperature a few degrees is getting a personal heater for their room to get their preferred temperature and then we can lower the rest of the house by a few degrees. This might hopefully reduce the carbon footprint.

Christine Lam
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  • jordan h- usa jordan h- usa May 2, 2013
    Hello Christine, I have a solution for you. Instead of using heaters, try using blankets more. That will reduce your carbon footprint more, but if you can't, I understand, but still give it a try.
  • benny ritskes benny ritskes May 6, 2013
    I can solve your problem, never visit your parents again.
  • Kelly Gilson Kelly Gilson May 14, 2013
    I agree with Jordan H on the blanket idea. Plus it is a great excuse to go buy some really soft blankets!
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Sanja Siladi, April 30, 2013

Hi eco-friendly people! I’m Sanja and I live in Kotoriba, Croatia. I’m 17 years old. I was really interested in this project, so I joined it.

My total footprint is 6885 kg of CO₂ per year, compared to
an average of 5736 kg for Croatia, and 3791 kg worldwide.

Transportation: 1638 kg
Home: 3816 kg
Food: 1302 kg
Purchases: 129 kg

I was very surprised of my carbon footprint! I thought that it would be lower because we grow our own organic vegetables, don’t use air conditioning, recycle and save electricity by using fluorescent bulbs in rooms where we spend most of our time… Hm, the problem might be my long showers (Mea Culpa :P) … Well I could lower my footprint by saving more water and by using fluorescent bulbs in each room of our house. The only problem is that these bulbs aren’t so cheap. Sometimes being eco- friendly is expensive…

Well, I saw that most of the students from the USA have a very high carbon footprint… I wonder why?

Sanja Siladi
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  • Airel E-USA Airel E-USA May 1, 2013
    Interesting. It seems as though your home emits a lot of CO2. I'm curious, do you guys often use your Air Conditioning or Heater?
  • Sanja Siladi Sanja Siladi May 2, 2013
    Well, we don't use air conditioning at all but we use heating 3-4 months per year…
  • Zoey S-USA Zoey S-USA May 2, 2013
    In my house we don't use fluorescent light bulbs. I'm guessing it's because it, like you said, isn't cheap :p My carbon foot print isn't very high and I think it's because I eat a lot of meat! :D
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Karla Zozoli, April 30, 2013

Hi all! My name is Karla Zozoli. I’m from a small place called Budinščina (1 hour away from Varaždin), Croatia. I’m 16 years old and I go to 2nd e class . I joined this project because of two reasons:
-I take care of planet daily and I enjoy living in a small but CLEAN place
-in order to encourage and make people aware of their contribution to harm the planet.

It’s not so fast life here in the countryside. I travel to school by train, so I travel 5 days a week, but sometimes even more… I was suprised because I spend a huge amount of CO₂ per year because of transport and with other results I’m not suprised. I expected them to be like that because I’m really economical. Only thing that I can’t do anything about is distance between home and school.

My total footprint is 9383 kg of CO₂ per year, compared to an average of 5736 kg for Croatia.
By category, my totals are:

Transportation: 4531 kg
Home: 3353 kg
Food: 1348 kg
Purchases: 151 kg

Karla Zozoli
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  • amandeep kaur amandeep kaur May 1, 2013
    Hi Karla, I'm glad that you are a very economical person and care about the planet. I also try to be less harmful to the planet, but I have the same problem as you when it comes to transportation; going to and coming back from school.
  • Jelena K Jelena K May 6, 2013
    Hello Karla! :) I'm from Croatia, too. I live in a small town named Kutjevo and I go to school in Požega so I must take the bus every morning. My transport was higher than our average but we really can not do anything about it so I started to take care about other things to equalize it all and not to deviate from the average of Croatia.
  • Nour Fahmy Nour Fahmy May 8, 2013
    Hey Karla,
    Good job! It's good that you care about the environment you live in! I don't know the average for home in Croatia, but if 3353 kg is above average then try taking less time in the shower; take about 10 minutes. I know this may sound impossible, but IF there is a way to walk to school, try waking up early for school and walk there, instead of taking the train (which absolutely increases your carbon footprint, as you have said). If you have a laptop or desktop computer, try shutting them down when you are done. I hope I helped!

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Jason Hodin, April 30, 2013

Dear ISCFC Students:

Great to have you all join the project and exploring Einztein!

But when you post information about your footprint, why not take it one step further?

Did you identify anything in the footprint calculator that surprised you? What aspect of your footprint made the biggest contribution? Do you have any ideas how you might be able to lower your footprint?

Best
Jason Hodin
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Jason Hodin
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Asea Gašparić, April 30, 2013

Hi! My name name is Asea. I’m from Varaždin, Croatia and I’m 16 years old. I joined this project because I care about the planet and think that all people should care about it, too.

My total footprint is 4248 kg of CO₂ per year, compared to an average of 5736 kg for Croatia.

You: Your Region:
Transportation: 182 kg 874 kg
Home: 2771 kg 1956 kg
Food: 948 kg 2308 kg
Purchases: 347 kg 597 kg

Asea Gašparić
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