Climate calculators are tools that can help schools measure their carbon footprint. Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to the size of your carbon footprint. A carbon footprint measures total carbon dioxide directly and indirectly contributed by a school over the course of a year. The results can be used to take action to reduce your climate impacts.
Calculator for K-12 Students
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has developed a national challenge for schools to reduce their carbon footprints. You can download their Microsoft Excel spreadsheet designed especially for schools and even students to work through the tasks. While you're calculating your school's footprint, go ahead and check out their challenge to be a Cool School. The steps you take to be a Cool School also help you qualify to be a National Wildlife Federation's Eco-School!
Calculator for District Officials
School district administrators can use EnergyStar Portfolio Manager to track energy and water consumption. This benchmarking tool also calculates greenhouse gas emissions. You can set priorities, monitor progress, and verify improvements of school facilities over time.