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Carbon Footprint Pledge

Join Shir Hadash in Promoting Sustainability

At Congregation Shir Hadash we are trying to make a difference, and we’d like to invite all our members to join us.

Working with Interfaith Power & Light, we’re hoping to become a “Cool Congregation.”  Help us by estimating your own “Carbon Footprint” and make a pledge to reduce your carbon footprint over the next year.

You can reduce your Carbon Footprint by installing solar panels or driving a hybrid vehicle or by hanging clothes on a line instead of using a dryer.  Other ways of reducing your carbon footprint include switching to a car with better fuel economy, or increasing your cars’ individual miles per gallon by transporting more people. Eating less meat can make an impact too. An average family of four that cuts its meat intake in half will avoid roughly three tons of emissions annually. Turning off power strips to curb “phantom loads” also helps. Your laser printer alone uses about $130 a year of power by being on when it is not in use. Upgrading old refrigerators and air conditioners makes a big impact, as does adding insulation to your home or installing an attic fan.

Collectively all actions have the ability to make an impact. 

So won’t you pledge to take at least one action over the next year to reduce your (and your family’s carbon footprint)? 

We’ve made it easy for you.  Just follow these three easy steps:

1) Assess your carbon footprint

There are many carbon footprint calculators one can choose to use, depending on how “deep” you want to drill, and how much data you want to enter.

2) Decide which area(s) you’d like to focus on for the next year

  • After using one of the calculators above, choose one or more areas to focus on to reduce your carbon footprint. (Ways to implement reductions are on these websites; check below for additional resources.)


Additional resources:

What is a Carbon Footprint? 

According to Interfaith Power & Light, “The vast majority of energy we use today is derived from the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas, or coal. A carbon footprint, as commonly known, is simply the weight of carbon or carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere each year from the burning of fossil fuels. The carbon footprint, however, can be expressed in other ways that are more useful and more consistent with the original ecological footprint concept: the area of the Earth's surface needed to absorb those emissions. On average, it takes roughly 41 acres to absorb one ton of carbon emissions. Other gases that contribute to global warming — such as methane from waste — are converted into ‘carbon equivalent’ units then added to the carbon footprint.”

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