Thursday September 19, 2013, 2:41 am
Limiting greenhouse gas emissions starts at home. Personally, my carbon footprint is less that 25% of the national average for people who live alone. Oftentimes, our best efforts fall short of changing national policy, drowned out by the din of corporate money. That does not mean we should stop trying, but often we can do more to effect policies on a local level, so here’s how America’s largest cities stack up.
Thursday September 19, 2013, 3:18 am
Excellent map and article TC – wish they did ones for Europe – but the Germans and the Swedes would definitely be leading the field there I think – Malmo in Sweden is astonishingly Green and many towns in Germany too (sigh!). I doubt the UK would do well – but that is partly due to our weather – and partly due to our governments!
Thursday September 19, 2013, 3:20 am
Oh – I forgot to say – ever since we were able to buy Green Energy from a different energy supplier a few years ago I have bought all Green energy – it may cost a bit more but it does mean that trying to keep my house free of damp and mould is a little less guilt making(!).
When we finally get a leader that will throw off the yoke of the OIL and GAS companies, then we will see GREEN. Until then, it's all partial efforts and not enough to combat the encroaching climate change. If the Tesla company can build a 100% green car, then the least we can do is follow suit. That said, if are charging electric cars with dirty energy, we only solve half the problem of cars. When builders invest the money so that all new buildings are self sufficient, then we can see green.
San Antonio is on that list, I think because Mayor Castro said the city was dumping coal and building solar arrays. Not so fast, the city is still fully dependent on coal and that solar array has yet to show up. Talk is cheap, Mayor Castro. Another example of the strangle hold fossil fuels have on every part of our lives.
I think we are so propagandized by years of dependency on OIL, GAS and COAL, we don't really believe we can move forward without them. We can, if we have the will. The area of alternative energy is being developed and improved every day, but it's ready now to run a city. We just have to be ready to step away from the dirty trap of fossil fuels.
****Yes, Tesla is an expensive luxury car, but the price has fallen to meet demand. A year ago the 4 door sedan was coming in around three hundred thousand. Now the car can be purchased for about $70,000. Not because of the new engine that travels for almost 300 miles on a charge, but because they wish to stay as a luxury car but a bit more obtainable.
Thursday September 19, 2013, 9:18 am
Thank-you Tom .... Our household is about 22% of national average and we feel like we have a long ways to go...twice the target . . .
Your footprint is 4.56 metric tons per year
The average footprint for people in United States is 20.40 metric tons
The average for the industrial nations is about 11 metric tons
The average worldwide carbon footprint is about 4 metric tons
The worldwide target to combat climate change is 2 metric tons
Thursday September 19, 2013, 9:27 am
PS. Should have noted above that we live in same county as Seattle so have curbside recycling and compost pickup and green energy options with sustainable organic farms, markets, roof gardens,community pea patches and growing areas. . .and no stupid laws that say we can't grow food in our front yards so we do! Makes it much easier and affordable. . .
Thursday September 19, 2013, 11:04 am
I try to ge as green as possible. My 1500 sq ft condo is 3 floors and all electric and my electric bill monthly (even pyt) is $67. My Dad taught me to turn the lights off as I leave the room. It stuck. I use much less water than most. Don't let it run needlessly etc. When I take my car out, I plan multiple errands. My car is a 97 Prizm with only 56000 miles on it(I bought it new). It's an inborn habit - a little organization (one of my best assets) can save a TON of money and alot of carbon.
Thursday September 19, 2013, 12:29 pm
I think New York has a very small carbon footprint. the high rises keep the heat in the wintertime and cool on the summer, all that compared to a single fam. residence which is unsustainable.
Thursday September 19, 2013, 2:23 pm
Of course my city is not on there, but Vancouver is aiming at being the greenest city in the world by 2020, only 7 years away. From Reuters, here are a list of the 5 greenest cities in the world at 01 March 2010 Reuters 5 Greenest Cities 2010.
Makes me proud to live here. And there are additional programmes in the outlying suburbs which are not part of the City of Vancouver, but are part of Metro Vancouver. Right now, construction of the Evergreen Line of skytrain is underway in my area. It will mean faster access to the Vancouver core. There is talk that sometime in the future, cars will not be allowed in the city core, much like London, UK. Now if Toronto and Montreal would only get on board. Toronto has had some of the worst smog, but nowhere near like Beijing.
Thursday September 19, 2013, 4:26 pm
I live closer to St. Louis, MO. than Chicago, IL. but I think Kinmundy, IL. has a plan to shut down Greenhouses that contain footprints..;) Oh, you know you think rural peoples are all hillbillies..;)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 6:42 pm
very good.....remember its simple, reduce, reduce, reduce, offset and click at care2 every day...butterfly credits only 50 offset a pound of carbon, 500 plants a tree.......at least I think they do since that's what they say....
Thursday September 19, 2013, 9:53 pm
I live in a rural area, with no public transportation and it is too far to walk or bike for what we need. Our town does have recycling, though, and individuals are trying to reduce their carbon foot print. We recycle and compost and watch our energy use. It is a start. I am sure most rural Americans are in the same boat.