New pledge offers insight to people’s carbon footprint New pledge offers insight to people’s carbon footprint

In cooperation with the City of Bellevue, Washington state agencies have developed a new online pledge to help Washington residents take individual actions against climate change.

In cooperation with the City of Bellevue, Washington state agencies have developed a new online pledge to help Washington residents take individual actions against climate change.

The new “Shrink Your Carbon Footprint” online pledge:

* Helps people identify actions they’re already taking that reduce their individual “carbon footprint” (their contribution to climate-changing greenhouse gas pollution).

* Helps people identify what more they can do to further reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The pledge is accessible from the Washington state climate change web portal: https://www.ecy.wa.gov/forms/carbonfootprint_pledge.html

“The problem of climate change is global, and the solutions are very complex,” said Janice Adair, Washington Department of Ecology manager who chairs the Western Climate Initiative - multi-state, multi-province regional effort to reduce greenhouse gases. “It will take all of us doing our part - through individual actions, societal actions and governmental actions - to turn back the clock on the climate-changing greenhouse gas pollution.”

In Washington state, transportation accounts for almost half the state’s total carbon footprint. This means individual actions can make a significant difference.

After transportation, the next largest contributor toWashington’s carbon footprint is burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) for residential, commercial, and industrial use.

Although most of Washington’s electricity comes from carbon-clean hydropower from dams, some of our electricity is produced by coal-burning power plants in and out of Washington.

The carbon pledge focuses on several aspects of daily life, including: household and kitchen appliances, office equipment, yard care and personal transportation.

To keep up to date on climate change strategies in Washington state, visit the state climate change web portal: https://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/index.htm.

In cooperation with the City of Bellevue, Washington state agencies have developed a new online pledge to help Washington residents take individual actions against climate change.

The new “Shrink Your Carbon Footprint” online pledge:

* Helps people identify actions they’re already taking that reduce their individual “carbon footprint” (their contribution to climate-changing greenhouse gas pollution).

* Helps people identify what more they can do to further reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The pledge is accessible from the Washington state climate change web portal: https://www.ecy.wa.gov/forms/carbonfootprint_pledge.html

“The problem of climate change is global, and the solutions are very complex,” said Janice Adair, Washington Department of Ecology manager who chairs the Western Climate Initiative - multi-state, multi-province regional effort to reduce greenhouse gases. “It will take all of us doing our part - through individual actions, societal actions and governmental actions - to turn back the clock on the climate-changing greenhouse gas pollution.”

In Washington state, transportation accounts for almost half the state’s total carbon footprint. This means individual actions can make a significant difference.

After transportation, the next largest contributor toWashington’s carbon footprint is burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) for residential, commercial, and industrial use.

Although most of Washington’s electricity comes from carbon-clean hydropower from dams, some of our electricity is produced by coal-burning power plants in and out of Washington.

The carbon pledge focuses on several aspects of daily life, including: household and kitchen appliances, office equipment, yard care and personal transportation.

To keep up to date on climate change strategies in Washington state, visit the state climate change web portal: https://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/index.htm.