Having a baseline Greenhouse Gas inventory allows us to set quantified decarbonization goals and measure progress along the way.
You always start a journey from a starting point, and our current 10502 carbon footprint is our starting point. We also know where we want to end and by when. So, measurement is key in this journey to let us know where we are, how we’re doing, and to help us adjust along the way.
We have calculated the carbon footprint for the Village of Ardsley, more specifically the 10502 zipcode. The information you see above is taken from many sources, including the EPA and the CoolClimate Network. Though our baseline is for 10502, activities and tips we offer can be used by anyone in the Ardsley School District or by anyone in general. We’re using 10502 because we have the data for Ardsley by zip code.
Let’s look at the average carbon footprint for each household.
Since Ardsley is a small community, Village overhead is a small piece of our footprint and, therefore, the main opportunity for change is in Ardsley households. That is where we are placing most of our focus because it will yield the most dramatic results.
The highest Carbon lever is transportation, then followed by housing, services, food and goods. Housing includes the heating and cooling of your home, as well as electricity usage. Food includes the amount of waste, proportion of plant based food in our diet, and use of organic and locally sourced food. Goods cover a lot of our lifestyle needs and choices. Some examples of how to reduce the carbon footing in the goods area would be to:You may wonder what is included in goods and services. Some examples of how to impact goods and services are to:
Purchase local goods and services
Divest from fossil fuel funds in your financial portfolios; invest in funds with high ESG scores. ESG stand for Environmental, Social and Governance and is a way to measure the sustainability of a company or country.
Buy items with less packaging
Shop thoughtfully to reduce waste
Buy energy efficient appliances
Choose brands (of clothes, shoes, etc.) that are more sustainable than others. Many brands have embraced eco-friendly, sustainable, and ethical practices, such as fair wages, carbon reduction, less waste, recycling, and ethically sourced material.
A way to reduce one’s carbon footprint in the services area is to support business that are committed to reducing their carbon emissions and waste while delivering a service. Landscaping services, where gas powered blowers and mowing equipment is used, falls under services.