Carbon Footprint

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When talking about going green, often companies and people think of reducing their carbon footprint, the impact of their activities on the environment. Essentially a carbon footprint is a measurement of the amount of greenhouse gases produced by the activities of a company or person each day. Understanding your carbon footprint can help you reduce it. For example, reducing the distance that your products have to travel by semi-truck can reduce your carbon footprint. Or, utilizing technology such as Skype or conference calls for business meetings rather than flying to other destinations for company meetings.

Company Examples

  • Tropicana, Florida: After certifying the carbon footprint of Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice, the company is piloting a program to reduce the carbon footprint that includes using reduced-carbon fertilizers in orange groves.

 Resources for More Information

  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: General Guidance for Carbon Footprint Development in Environmental Review (PDF 132.9KB)
  • Minnesota Sea Grant: Reduce Greenhouse Gases to Mitigate Climate Change
  • Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon: Carbon Footprint Calculator Tool
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Greenhouse Gas Emissions