OUR FAVORITE LINKS
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Excellent Footprint Calculators
- Calculate greenhouse gas equivalencies with this EPA Calculator
- Personal carbon footprint calculator from Act on CO2, developed by the U.K. government
- Another great personal carbon footprint calculator can be found at the Cool Climate Network, sponsored by U.C. Berkeley
- Cool Climate Network also has a very good Business carbon footprint calculator
- Compare the impact of two cars with the Clean Car Calculator, developed by a team at U.C. Santa Barbara
- Calculate the life-cycle impact of your paper choices with this from paper calculator from the Environmental Paper Network in conjunction with the EPA
- Assess your current impact and get ideas about “greening” your cleaning with this Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator developed by the EPA, and made available by the Responsible Purchasing Network
- Evaluate the impact of the waste your business generates with the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) tool developed by EPA
- Determine the impact of switching to “green” power alternatives in your region of the country with EPA's Green Power Calculator
- Evaluate alternative power management and product implementation scenarios with EPA’s Low Carbon IT Savings Calculator (click on the link to download an Excel spreadsheet)
Useful Sites for Greening Your Business
- Ask Nature - This wonderful biomimicry site allows people to seek answers to every day problems. Most often thought of as a resource for product designers, organizations can also learn for 3.8 billion years of nature's experience.
- ENERGY STAR product information - Learn about energy efficient products then investigate the site more fully. ENERGY STAR has a huge amount of very useful information!
- The Natural Step - Learn about the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development
Taking Green Practices Home
- Compost Cab - If you operate in the Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD area, you can arrange to have Compost Cab offers a way to send your food scraps to local farmers for composting.
- Earth 911 - Find out how to recycle special items near you
- Mr. Electricity - A quirky but excellent resource on saving energy in your home
- The Green Guide - National Geographic's Green Guide
- Simple Steps Guides to Smarter Living - Excellent references written by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
- How to Go Green Index - PlanetGreen.com guides on how and why to "go green"
- Green Home Guide - U.S. Green Building Council’s guidance for leading a "green" lifestyle
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