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This project was last coordinated by Carly Lettero, who at the time was a graduate student at OSU. Carly now works at the Corvallis Environmenal Center helping residents reduce their energy use and improve energy efficiency.

For more information on how get involved locally, including volunteer opportunities, check out the Student Sustainability Initiative, Energize Corvallis, Campus Recycling, the Corvallis Bicycle Collective, and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.

Did you know?MU

  • The United States leads the world in carbon emissions. The average American is responsible for 144 pounds of CO2 per day, while the average European is responsible for 47 pounds per day. The target for global emissions by 2050 is 10 pounds per person per day of CO2, according the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
  • Your Carbon Footprint is the total amount of carbon dioxide, or CO2, emitted in order for you to carry out your daily activities.
  • The climate change we are experiencing now is from CO2 emitted into the atmosphere during our grandparent's time. Therefore the CO2 we are putting in the air now will greatly affect our children and grandchildren.
  • Eliminating meat from your diet entirely could save up to 4,000 pounds of carbon per yer
  • Three fewer minutes in the shower can save 715 pounds of carbon and 5,500 gallons of fresh water per year.
  • It is estimated that the average vehicle drives 12,000 miles per year. If the vehicle averages 22 miles per gallon, this annual travel uses 545 gallons of gasoline and creates more than 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year" Learn more about the "Ecological Footprint Facts"
  • Contrary to cultural ideas in our society, having and using less can lead to more. The "more" is improved physical health and a better outlook.
  • The most successful approach to changing behavior requires identifying 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tier actions. Basically, if it takes less time and and cheaper, do it first! Take your time to work up to solar panels.
  • The natural range for CO2 is 180-300 parts per million (ppm). By, 2010, CO2 levels reached 388 ppm. (Climate Change Handbook: A Citizen's Guide to Thoughful Action OSU College of Forestry, December 2010)

Other online resources: OSU Climate Plan, NOAA Climate Literacy, EPA Climate Change Site, Sustainable Communities Online

Feel empowered to create lasting change, take the Campus Carbon Challange!

We are very apart of the "biotic community" that Aldo Leopold, a well-known environmental philosopher, referred to in the quote above. The clearer we can see this, this more likely we are to making lasting changes to our lifestyle. These carbon reducing changes refer to the food we eat, the houses we live in, and the transportation we use.  Making such fundamental changes can be difficult on practical, economical, and emotional levels, yet these changes are becoming increasingly inevitable in the face of climate change. Many people feel like one person will not make a difference, but their actions create an enormous impact on the world around us.

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