Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide you generate through daily living. When you heat your house with oil or gas, you generate carbon dioxide. When you drive a car or take a flight, carbon dioxide is released. Even when you buy food and other products, you leave a carbon footprint because the production of the food and goods emits some quantity of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that greatly contributes to global climate change. By becoming aware of your carbon dioxide emissions, you can help reduce your carbon footprint, and create a healthier planet for everyone.
Organizations have a carbon footprint, too. To help reduce Omega's carbon footprint, we serve exclusively vegetarian meals in our dining hall. A vegetarian diet consumes the least resources of any other diet, leaving the smallest carbon footprint possible. We also purchase our electricity from clean energy wind farms based in central New York State and have installed solar panels to help power several campus buildings, including the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, a net zero energy building. And, through our sustainable living workshops and the Low Carbon Diet & Cool Community class, we educate others about reducing their carbon footprint.
The choices we all make every day contribute to our collective carbon footprint. Through changes big and small, from bicycling to work instead of driving to opting for a vegetarian lunch, we can dramatically reduce our carbon footprint. Together, we can make a difference.