Resources: Energy/Climate/Non-renewable Resources

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CALCULATE YOUR CARBON EMISSIONS: This post explains how to do a greenhouse gas inventory and offset your emissions.
http://www.sustainabilityallianceaz.org/2017/02/your-business-can-be-climate-neutral.html

Here are online calculators to compute your greenhouse gases:
  • For households and small businesses. Note that it does not include airline travel. https://www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/
  • For business: http://forterra.org/carbon-calculator-businesses
  • For airline travel: http://www.icao.int/environmental-protection/CarbonOffset/Pages/default.aspx

BUY GREEN POWER: You can buy green power without putting up your own solar panels. APS Green Choice https://www.aps.com/en/business/accountservices/serviceplans/Pages/green-choice-plans.aspx. Some people want an even cleaner source of power because APS's mix includes biomass from cut trees. So another resource is Arcadia Power: https://www.arcadiapower.com/.

OFFSET CARBON EMISSIONS YOU CAN'T ELIMINATE: GenIsis project developed by the owner of El Rincon in Sedona helps you calculate your carbon footprint, purchase offsets (to be ‘climate neutral’) and then direct that money to a school you care about to pay for energy efficiency, solar panels, etc. http://genisisproject.org/site/

CHOOSE GREEN ELECTRONICS: Check to see which products qualify for the EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Toll) design standard from the Green Electronics Council: http://ww2.epeat.net/searchoptions.aspx

ENCOURAGE ALTERNATIVE COMMUTING: GOGreen guidelines for encouraging employees to use alternative transportation for commuting to work: http://gogreenplus.org/nuts-and-bolts-guide/planet-nuts-and-bolts-guide/transportation/alternative-transportation/

IMPROVE THE CLIMATE RESILIENCE OF YOUR COMMUNITY: http://www.starcommunities.org/download-the-star-climate-change-guide/

ALLOW FOR FLEXIBLE WORK SCHEDULES: Workflex and Telework Guide: http://www.whenworkworks.org/downloads/workflex-and-telework-guide.pdf

GET KIDS INVOLVED: You Can program for kids: http://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/learn-how-to-start-a-youcan-chapter

AVOID CONFLICT MINERALS: For some background, see https://www.sourceintelligence.com/what-are-conflict-minerals/.