CoolClimate Carbon Footprint Calculator

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
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Web Site
Abstract: 

The CoolClimate Carbon Footprint Calculator is from the UC Berkeley's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory and is a tool for educators and citizens to learn more about their carbon footprint.

People can use the calculator for their household, sign up to be part of a community, or create a special calculator for small businesses. It includes the carbon footprint impact of our consumption of goods, services, food, home and travel.

CoolClimate Network Research Consortium
The CoolClimate Network (CCN) is a division of UC Berkeley's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). CCN carries out research on carbon footprint mitigation, develops carbon management tools for public, business and government users and implements best practice programs grounded in behavior research to engage business and individuals in voluntary carbon reductions.

CoolClimate Research
CoolClimate researchers have built the most complete, highest-resolution, peer-reviewed model of carbon footprints associated with transportation, foods, goods and services for households, businesses, organizations and cities. Our accurate cradle-to-gate assessments primarily do three things:

1. Provide an instantaneous snapshot of the most common sources of emissions and emission reduction opportunities for similar users.
2. Provide an intuitive understanding of carbon emissions by setting benchmark values to compare a household or organization to their most relevant peers.
3. Provide clear and customizable actions to reduce carbon emissions with quanitified environmental and financial benefits. This prioritizes actions with the greatest potential benefits for the consumption patterns of each specific household, business, or city.

Going Beyond Data
While data is crucial for benchmark assessments and monitoring progress, it is not always sufficient to change behavior. The CoolClimate tools, including the Household Carbon Footprint Calculator, integrate social context into carbon footprint management. Users may save their footprint and pledges to a profile after using the calculator to link with others in their zip code through our partnership with CoolCalifornia.org.

Users are encouraged to publish or share their pledges and carbon profiles as behavioral research shows that public commitments are more effective for encouraging real change. Support and visibility from social networks helps maintain accountability and keep goals in mind.

For more information visit http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/carboncalculator

University of California, Berkeley
CoolClimate Network
4th Floor, Sutardja Dai Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Office phone: (510) 643-5048
http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/

Author: 
University of California, Berkeley
Topic Areas: 
Sustainability
Resource Management
Target Audience: 
All
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
No
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
Contact(s) or order information.: 

University of California, Berkeley
CoolClimate Network
4th Floor, Sutardja Dai Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Office phone: (510) 643-5048
http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/