What Can I Do?

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Lowering your carbon footprint benefits more than just the environment—it can make your home more comfortable, save you money, and make your family healthier. Did you know that 98% of emissions in Mountain View come from the community (as opposed to municipal operations)? YOU have the power to make a big impact by making your life more sustainable!

There are many things you can do to lower your carbon footprint, from small changes in habits that can have big impacts over time, to bigger actions with large financial savings. We hope we can help make the process a little easier by showing some of the most effective things you can do and providing resources to help you follow through.

Below are some actions you can take to stay informed, learn new information, and lower your carbon footprint.

For more information and ideas on what you can do, check out the "Resources" section on the sidebar of this page. Have an idea we didn't cover? Leave a comment below!

Lowering your carbon footprint benefits more than just the environment—it can make your home more comfortable, save you money, and make your family healthier. Did you know that 98% of emissions in Mountain View come from the community (as opposed to municipal operations)? YOU have the power to make a big impact by making your life more sustainable!

There are many things you can do to lower your carbon footprint, from small changes in habits that can have big impacts over time, to bigger actions with large financial savings. We hope we can help make the process a little easier by showing some of the most effective things you can do and providing resources to help you follow through.

Below are some actions you can take to stay informed, learn new information, and lower your carbon footprint.

For more information and ideas on what you can do, check out the "Resources" section on the sidebar of this page. Have an idea we didn't cover? Leave a comment below!

Top 10 Challenge

Welcome to our Top 10 Challenge! These are ten actions to green our community and our planet. Which actions will you commit to?

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Visit GreenCarReports.com, GreenerCars.org, or PlugInAmerica.org.
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Visit SVCleanEnergy.org (for Silicon Valley) or your local CCE.
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This could mean biking, walking, taking public transit, or telecommuting once or twice a week. Check out 511.org or Google maps.
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This can mean selecting food produced as nearby as possible, eating less red meat and dairy at least once a week, or trying a vegetarian or vegan diet. Check out MeatlessMonday.com.
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This means reducing the number of things I purchase, and then reusing, repurposing, recycling, and rotting (composting) all I can. Visit Recology.com/Recology-Mountain-View/what-bin/ and MyPlasticFreeLife.com.
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This means not buying foods (mostly processed) containing this oil. Visit Ran.org (Rainforest Action Network).
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This means using smart powerstrips, unplugging devices, and adding weather-stripping and insulation. Visit www.TakeControlAndSave.coop/documents/PhantomLoad.pdf.
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This means purchasing carbon offsets when I travel (or for all the carbon I produce) and flying once less per year. Visit TerraPass.com, CarbonFund.org, NativeEnergy.com, or TheGoodTraveler.org.
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This means replacing natural gas appliances with electric versions; for furnaces and water heaters, switch to electric heat pump versions. Visit EnergyStar.gov.
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This means aligning my finances with my environmental and social values. Visit FossilFreeFunds.org, Ussif.org, or Clean200.org.
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