Climate Xchange is a 501c3 that provides "research, education, and advocacy to move us towards a low-carbon economy through market-based mechanisms." They host a monthly meeting where representatives from the states provide updates.
Daniel Poynter of Carbon Neutral Indiana provided an update for Indiana at 37:40.
Carbon Neutral Indiana was born April 7, 2020. In the year since, we’ve:
Isn’t all this worth celebrating? Because of your generosity, we will be able to help 1,000 households go carbon neutral in the next 12 months!
The tide turns for the better as soon as enough people start doing the right thing. Join this network. And let CNI be the change you wish to see. Thank you for giving.
It's here! Here is our new yard sign! Thank you to Andy Fry and Lee Eisenbarth for this new design.
There are about 100 of our first batch scattered around Indiana. Would you believe that about 200,000 people drive by them every day?
If you look closely, you'll see this one says Carbon Neutral Ohio... Stay tuned...
On Mon Mar 22, 2021, some of our community gathered to have a discussion. We have about $40,000 to invest annually and are growing quickly. As a learning network, we aim to learn in public and collect and synthesize research. That way our community can become more and more knowledgable and invest our resources in the most effective climate solutions possible.
We explored the basics of carbon offsets as well as what criteria we might use to select our next investments in carbon offset projects.
Thank you for participating:
Mentioned in the conversation:
Sonja & Alex Overhiser are writer and photographer of the award winning food blog A Couple Cooks, and authors of the book Pretty Simple Cooking, named a best vegetarian cookbook by Epicurious and Food & Wine.
The couple has a worldwide following for their vegetarian and plant based recipes. They are authors of a series with Washington Post Food called Voraciously: Plant Powered, a recipe newsletter on how to cook more plant-forward meals.
Do you want your household to be carbon neutral?
The UC Berkeley household calculator we use uses income as a proxy to determine total expenses. Then it breaks those expenses into 15 categories (e.g. medical, vehicle services, etc.) to determine the carbon footprint of a dollar spent in each category. These calculations are based on something called the Comprehensive Environmental Data Archive for Economic and Environmental Systems Analysis (CEDA 3.0 Climate). Here's more about that here (see PDF). And here's a deep dive into how the household calculator works (see PDF).
Emissions from supply chains is enormously complicated, but it's also a big source. It's a ball of knots we have to collectively untangle... Walmart for example has the 1 gigaton challenge, where they are facilitating their suppliers to reduce, collectively, 1 gigaton of emissions.
The UC Berkeley business calculator we use takes the same approach as the household calculator. Instead of household income, it uses revenue. That is -- all of the money coming into the organization. Then it uses that revenue number to determine how much money is likely spent on procuring things like paper, chemical products, printing, etc.
For an organization with an income of $700,000, the calculator assumes about $12,000 is used annually to procure things like paper, etc. So this number does not include salaries, benefits, or utilities.
Construction emissions are amortized over 50 years.
This question gets to the center of really important methodology questions. How to account for emissions from building a home or constructing a car? In the first year? Or spread out over time? The approach we use is to spread them out over time.
Here is a deep dive into how the UC Berkeley business calculator works (see PDF).
You can see the section on building construction says they assume 930 gCO2 per square foot. They go into much more detail on this in the household methodology paper (see PDF).
See page 19 specifically: "Amortizing these emissions over a 50 year expected life time for the average single-unit home built in 1997 of 2,150 square feet results in an annualized emission factor of 930 gCO 2 e per square foot."
NationBuilder is the nation's leading software for grassroots movements. For example, the tech savvy Presidential candidate Andrew Yang used it for his campaign.
NationBuilder is so proud of what Carbon Neutral Indiana is accomplishing with their platform that they just published a case study of our work.
Recently, they hosted a webinar highlighting five success stories. They selected Carbon Neutral Indiana -- along with ICAN which one the Nobel Prize in 2017. See 26:50 in this video:
"Carbon Neutral Indiana has given us a way forward in Indiana to make real contributions as private citizens. I hope you will reach out to them, ask questions, and ultimately learn how important your contribution to this effort is."
Thank you for writing this article, Gillian Field!
Thank you for asking Purdue to become carbon neutral.
Just got this from a carbon neutral household:
"A few days after we last spoke, I bought an electric car! Really excited to see how this changes my footprint. I know I dont drive a lot so I know it won't be monumental, but still!"
Each year, the Keeling Curve Prize goes to organizations, "with a proven track record of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere."
Chris Powers, Anne Laker, and Daniel Poynter invested the last week and a half applying. We just submitted it today! See the application below.Read more
"Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 160 communities.
As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Mr. Kauffman believed it was a fundamental right for anyone who had a big idea to be able to bring it to life—and we're here to fulfill that mission." -1 Million Cups (Indianapolis)
Our presentation begins at 16:30: