Climate Change Coalition Introduces 2017 Carbon Footprint Challenge for Businesses

The Climate Change Coalition of Door County (CCCDC) announces a yearlong “Carbon Footprint Challenge” to businesses countywide, scheduled to launch Jan. 1.

The Carbon Footprint Challenge is designed to help Door County businesses understand the impact of their energy consumption on not only the climate, but also on their bottom line.

A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.

The CCCDC is an organization that promotes the understanding of climate change through nonpartisan educational means. For the past four years the CCCDC has presented a monthly speaker forum, an annual all-day speaker forum, and outreach to schools and businesses to increase understanding of global climate change.

Nearly 100 businesses throughout Door County have supported the CCCDC’s educational mission by becoming signatories of the CCCDC’s Climate Change Declaration.

The Carbon Footprint Challenge is a voluntary activity, and all signers of the Climate Change Declaration are eligible to participate. Starting Jan. 1, participants will evaluate their carbon footprint based on UC-Berkeley’s Business Footprint online software.

Each month participating businesses will receive at least three suggestions on how to reduce their footprint. At the end of the year they’ll be encouraged to recalculate their footprint to see how following the suggestions reduce their energy use.

Any businesses who would like to participate in the challenge but have not yet signed the declaration are also invited to participate. For more information, visit or email [email protected].

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