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Student footprints

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This is an open discussion associated with the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC).

Students from around the world calculated their class mean and standard deviations for their footprints and posted them on our web site (see link at right). Do you see differences across the globe? If so, why do you think those differences exist?

Did you use the calculator to identify areas in your life that you can make changes in order to reduce your footprint? Are you willing ot make those changes?
 
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Estefanía M_Spain, March 10, 2014

Hi, my name is Estefanía, I’m from Denia, Spain and my total carbon footprint is 6.430 kg of CO₂ for year. I thought that my carbon footprint would the same or higher as the average person in Spain, and the world. But after making footprint I have realized that was below average in Spain, my score is lower because I do not use much the transport and because my results in purchases are very low. Nevertheless, my carbon footprint is higher than the worldwide average.
I think should all do something to lower our carbon footprint, for example, a good way would be to use less the transport and start recycle a lot more, among other things. Together we can save our planet.

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Annie D-US, March 5, 2014

My name is Annie and after taking the carbon footprint challenge, I noticed my food footprint was not as high as others! This is because I try to eat fresh vegetables and fruit and limit my meat intake. This shows you that every little bit helps to reduce your carbon footprint. However, my driving footprint is what I need to work on and I will try to improve!

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Greta Petrušonytė, March 2, 2014

My name is Greta and I am from Lithuania. I was not that surprised by my carbon footprint. My two highest categories were food and home. We do not recycle. But my family members are ready to start recycling. I think we will become more environmental friendly and we will made some changes in our lifestyle :)

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  • Annie D-US Annie D-US March 5, 2014
    This is also my problem. My family does not recycle in our home and I am trying to teach them how! This will be very important because we dispose of so much trash that by recycling some of it will make a huge difference.

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Pachenc T-US, March 1, 2014

Hello my name is Pachenc, and I am from the US. When I looked my carbon footprint was lower than average. I believed this because i do not drive much, and I turn off lights and other technology when they are not in use. Since where i lived there are not many places in walking distance that i can go to it is very difficult to keep my carbon footprint down. When do I drive most of the places i go to are far from my house. This is also hard because that means i have to use more gas to get around. If there was a more energy efficant way of transportation to get around i believe my carbon foot print would be better.

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Lilee Vorachack, Feb. 27, 2014

Hi my name is Lilee and my carbon footprint was 12,489 kg of CO2. Comparing to some areas, there are a lot of areas that have higher carbon footprints than me or some areas that have super low carbon footprints. I think these are different because different places do not have to use that much transportation and do not have the same resources as i do? I know that those who live in Madrid, Spain or any part of Europe would have a less travel carbon footprint than I because they walk on foot a lot and theres not that much transportation being used because everything is walking distance. When me and my friends go somewhere, we all carpool and just use one car so that we wouldn’t have to waste that much gas. That’s one of the things that keeps my travel carbon footprint low. I’m willing to keep carpooling to keep it low and to eat more organic food and start using more fluorescent light bulbs in my house to keep my carbon footprint low.

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Annie D-US, Feb. 27, 2014

My name is Annie, I live in Lake Wylie. I realized my how much i drive raised my carbon footprint. I learned that i need to lower how much i drive by carpooling or riding bikes more. Where I live is not too far from certain places and I could easily ride my bike. Carpooling will also reduce my carbon footprint while saving money!

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  • Kelsey Bufford Kelsey Bufford Feb. 27, 2014
    I have the same problem as you Anna. My carbon footprint went up significantly because of the amount I drive. Carpooling and walking or even riding a bike would lower my carbon footprint. Not only will I save money for myself by doing these things, but also for my friends that I could carpool with!
  • Leonardo Ferrari Feb. 27, 2014
    I completely agree with Annie, I live in Rome, Italy and being a city everything you need is pretty close to you. Before taking your car or your moped you should think that maybe you can go to the grocery store by foot or by bike, reducing the carbon footprint, saving money and getting in shape! :)

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Lauren D-US, Feb. 26, 2014

Hey, my name is Lauren and I am from the United States. I was not that surprised by my carbon footprint. My two highest categories were my home life and transportation. At home, my family and me do not think about what we are doing to the environment. We turn down our thermostat in the winter but that is about it. I have been trying to get my family to become more environmental friendly and we have made some changes. We do not keep lights on and we are recycling. I was surprised my transportation category at first but when I started thinking about it, I realized I let my car idle in the morning all the time and I drive often. I haven’t been leaving my car running in the morning and I’ve been trying to drive less.

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  • Annie D-US Annie D-US March 5, 2014
    It is a great idea to turn down the thermostat when you leave! It's also best to turn off the lights when you leave a room. This save tons of energy. When it's cold outside, I always let my car idle and that is something I need to improve on.
  • Annie D-US Annie D-US March 5, 2014
    It is a great idea to turn down the thermostat when you leave! It's also best to turn off the lights when you leave a room. This save tons of energy. When it's cold outside, I always let my car idle and that is something I need to improve on.

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Trey S-US, Feb. 25, 2014

Hello, my name is Trey and i live in South Carolina. After taking the carbon footprint test I realized how high my impact was on the environment compared to others. I’ve realized how just one person can make a huge change to the world just by cutting back on simple things
(driving, eating, etc.) and learn how to do them in a way that is good for the environment. My biggest impact was food, and even though I am a big eater of meat I know how i can cut back and learn how to eat efficiently to help lower my impact.

Trey S-US
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  • Adam Edmunds Adam Edmunds Feb. 26, 2014
    I was also surprised by the impact on the environment because of my carbon footprint. I believe that my impact because of transportation was the most surprising result I received. I do not think that I drive extremely often, I fill up on gas on average about twice a month. My family travels a fair amount during the summer. As average as I believed we were, my results proved that my family has a huge carbon footprint in the transportation category. We should consider ways to fix this. My impact because of food was also large, but I was not surprised about that one. I could also cut back and eat more efficiently.

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Harrison Brooks - USA, Feb. 25, 2014

Hey, my name is Harrison Brooks and I live in Clover South Carolina (practically the middle of no where). After completing my carbon footprint the first thing i noticed was how my food impact was way above average. Now, I really love food and eating meat is something i do in mass at almost every meal i have. I know having a ‘meat-less Monday’ would improve things a lot, but honestly its going to be very hard. What I’m going to try to do at first is start with a meatless meal for Monday. Then as my body becomes more accustomed to it, I can progressively build up the meat-less meals I have.

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  • Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Feb. 28, 2014
    Hello Harrison, my purchases section was about average. I buy new products regularly but not too often. This is directly affected by those weekends when heading out and shopping after a paycheck. I do this to replace my possessions that begin to become older and a little more out of date. But i think that everybody could lower their purchase footprints by holding on to those “out-of-date” possessions like phones for an extra couple of months. Over time if a lot of people would hold on to their possessions a little longer, then humanity's footprint would take the next step to removing our footprint.
  • Harrison Brooks - USA Harrison Brooks - USA Feb. 28, 2014
    Hola Ben, i understand what you mean about replacing “out-of-date” possessions. I often do that with things like athletic shoes (because of all the ware and tear from running). I completely agree with keeping more possessions for the better of the environment. I understand certain things are key to buying often, but for many people around the country, the media has been able to sway a huge amount of people to make 'unimportant' purchases. If we as could try to think logically in those situations, I feel our entire country could make large strides in making our footprint smaller in the world.
  • Harrison Brooks - USA Harrison Brooks - USA Feb. 28, 2014
    Hola Ben, i understand what you mean about replacing “out-of-date” possessions. I often do that with things like athletic shoes (because of all the ware and tear from running). I completely agree with keeping more possessions for the better of the environment. I understand certain things are key to buying often, but for many people around the country, the media has been able to sway a huge amount of people to make 'unimportant' purchases. If we as could try to think logically in those situations, I feel our entire country could make large strides in making our footprint smaller in the world.
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Quynh P-US, Feb. 21, 2014

Hello from the USA!
My name is Quynh and i took the carbon footprint test, comparing the my results to the average results of the carbon footprint, my result is about half of the average. Buttt that’s not the point, my results were still very high comparing to ones all over the world. The biggest category was my home. In a way, I can see how it was higher than the rest. To solve this, I can turn the lights off when exiting a room, turn fans on during the summer instead of blasting the air and/or even during winter, to wear more layers instead of increasing the temp in the house.

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