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Reduce Our Carbon Footprint
"Carbon Footprint" means the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Global climate change is a serious problem and is directly attributable to the amount of CO2 released from burning fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas. The main producers of CO2 in our District are natural gas-fired heating systems and vehicles (parents driving students to and from school, District staff driving to and from their workplaces, District maintenance fleet and our contracted school busses, and paper consumption. Here's how you can do your part to reduce Delta's carbon footprint:
- Walk, ride a bicycle or take public transit to and from school or work.
- If you're in a vehicle that is parked, even for a few minutes, have the drive turn the engine off - don't let them leave it on and idling.
- On cooler days, bring a sweater or cardigan to school/work rather than ask for the heat to be turned up.
- Conserve electricity (this will mean less need for BC Hydro to purchase from a company that uses fossil fuels to generate electricity).
- Reduce the amount of office paper you consume and if you need to print or photocopy anything, use recycled paper, use duplex settings and make 100% sure there are no errors before hitting the "print" button!
To calculate your carbon footprint and see what you'll need to do to lower it, go to either the SafeClimate Carbon Footprint Calculator websites.