Carbon footprint

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Carbon Footprint The overall Vision and Mission of the Martin County Strategic Energy Master Plan establishes a county-wide Carbon Footprint baseline and creates strategic goals designed to produce reductions in of Greenhouse Gasses and Carbon Emissions and concludes with the recommendation of financially feasible best practices and technology to bring about reductions in the County’s Carbon Footprint. This process is critical, because it measures the past, current and future carbon footprint desirable levels for Martin County’s end users that utilize the Plan’s realistic goals that establish a new energy marketplace. (Propose possible financing initiatives that will be necessary to achieve concrete results in reducing its “Carbon Footprint” in a way that will utilize the best practices on a regional, national and global basis. We need to examine what is a carbon footprint and how to best measure it, what is the importance of measuring it, and what are the best ways to reduce it from a global, local and individual basis. The biggest challenges we face this century is climate change, decreasing fossil fuel reserves and the scarcity of potable water the SEMP is Martin County’s response to these crises. Carbon Footprint Defined A carbon footprint, also known as greenhouse gases, is the measure of gases that trap heat in the atmosphere. These gases are released as a result of our daily activities such as: heating and cooling your house, commuting to and from work, and using low efficiency appliances. The gases, carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) can be measured on a wide scale, from determining the carbon footprint of a nation or just the footprint of a single household. Measuring these gases helps determine the... ... middle of paper ... ...ure conscious dress codes help lower heating and cooling costs because employees will not be over dressed for conditions in the summer months. Placing solar panels on roofs of buildings that are at certain heights and get optimal sunlight is an option available that results in costs savings for the operation of the buildings as would encouraging employees to take the stairs when possible reduces the energy elevator load demand. The SEMP is written to support the implementation of these solutions that can shrink the County’s carbon footprint. Greenhouse gas emissions have been an issue for decades, implementing carbon reduction programs that require only small changes in our daily lives help us to reduce our carbon footprint and save us money. Works Cited

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