Did You Know?
Insulation is your primary defense against heat loss; up to 15% of heat is lost through walls and 30% through the roof. Insulating your walls and roofs can reduce a household's carbon footprint by 2,000 lbs of carbon dioixide a year!
Green roofs (intentionally covered with vegetation) reduce the carbon footprint of a building by approximately 2,500 lbs of carbon dioxide a year, depending on the size of the structure.
Hardwood forests store billions of metric tons of carbon, but are slow-growing. If you have the choice, avoid hardwood flooring or furniture. If you wish to use hardwood, look for Forest Stewardship Council-certified products, which reduce your carbon footprint by 40 lbs of carbon per square yard of material used.
Taken from "The Environmental Equation," by Alex Shimo-Barry, 2008