What is Your Carbon Footprint?

By Sally Miller

Woodstock’s average household carbon footprint as calculated on the CoolClimate interactive map.

Woodstock’s average household carbon footprint as calculated on the CoolClimate interactive map.

Calculating your climate footprint helps you understand your impact on climate change. A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production, use and end-of-life of a product or action. It includes carbon dioxide, the gas most commonly emitted by humans, and other gases like methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases, which trap gas in the atmosphere, causing global warming. Most of an individual’s carbon footprint comes from transportation, housing and food. (more…)

Time to Shred and E-cycle

By Sally Miller

On April 28, to celebrate Earth Month, Sustainable Woodstock is offering local residents and small businesses an alternative to throwing items into the landfill. At our third annual community e-cycle and shred event we will have a shred truck and electronics recycling. In the past two years we have collected almost seven tons of electronic waste and shredded two tons of paper. (more…)

Sustainable Woodstock Celebrates Earth Month

By Sally Miller

April is Earth month. It’s also the traditional time for Sustainable Woodstock to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. The organization was launched at a public event called “Our Green Villages” in April 2009, so this month we are heading into our tenth year. Our mission hasn’t changed in those intervening years. We still “seek to inspire, organize and empower community members to integrate environmentally, economically and socially responsible practices in all aspects of their lives. The organization’s volunteer-based action groups encourage a vibrant community, promote a thriving local economy, and educate community members about how to conserve and protect natural resources.” (more…)

Earth Day Network Focuses on Plastic Pollution

By Sally MillerEarth Day Network 2018

April is Earth Month and that gives us the opportunity to bring awareness about global issues affecting the environment. This year the Earth Day Network is focusing on plastic pollution. Many of you may have seen recent articles on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, that massive floating island of plastic. For those who missed article you can find it here – https://wapo.st/2G7oMIu.

While it turns out that much of the 79,000 metric tons of plastic in the patch is abandoned fishing gear caught in the slow moving current, microplastics make up 94 percent of the estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in the patch even though they account for only eight percent of the total tonnage.
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