Making the Grade: College Students Take the Carbon Test
Students at Santa Clara University wanted to know their greenhouse-gas footprint. But even with the many carbon calculators out there, they couldn’t find one that took into account all the critical parts of student life, like textbooks, red plastic cups, and caffeine preferences. So they made one.
BronCO2 Hoof Print (named after the university’s mascot) is a user-friendly questionnaire that translates transportation, partying, energy, consumption, food, waste, and water into carbon-emission estimates. At the end, a handy pie chart breaks down your GHG habits, and a bar graph compares your emissions to the average person in other countries.
While pondering that, check out Sierra magazine's annual Coolest Schools issue, a new one of which will be publishing this fall. Stay tuned!