OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

CARBON CALCULATOR

About the Calculator


This carbon footprint calculator has been developed to help members of the Oregon State University community understand the connection between their everyday actions and their carbon emissions. This is an important step in Oregon State University’s initiative to be carbon neutral by 2025.

This calculator is based on a calculator developed by Santa Clara University. For more information, please visit their website.

To get started, please choose which of the following describes you:



Do you own a car or motorcycle?

Approximately how many miles do you drive per month? miles

Do you commute using the Corvallis or Albany Transit?
Yes No

Do you use the Greyhound, Bolt, Hut Shuttle, or Amtrak buses?
Yes No

Do you use the train?
Yes No

Have you traveled or do you plan to travel by airplane this year?
Yes No


How much do you spend on furniture and appliances each year?
dollars per year

How much do you spend on paper products (newspapers, books, textbooks, magazines etc.) each month?
dollars per month

How much do you spend on personal care and cleaning supplies each month?
dollars per month

How much do you spend on computers, tablets, phones, and other electronics in a year?
dollars per year

How much do you spend on new clothing in a given month?
dollars per month

How much do you spend on entertainment and other recreational activities per month?
dollars per month

If you drink your water from nonrefillable plastic bottles, how many do you buy per week?
bottles per week


If you're an on campus resident choose from the following dorms:

If you receive energy bills, select the "Simple" option. If not, select the "Complex" option.
Note: If you live in the dorms, you need to pick the "Complex" option. Simple    Complex   

How much do you usually pay for electricity each month?
dollars per month

How much do you usually pay for gas each month?
dollars per month

How often do you turn out the lights when you leave a room? Almost Never Sometimes Almost Always

From the following list of appliances, electronics, lighting, etc, input how many of each item are in your room and how many hours a day each item is in use or plugged in. If you own an item not listed below please be sure to fill in extra fields: What is the item and wattage? You can find the wattage on the bottom of most appliances. Be sure to multiply by 1000 if the wattage is given in kilowatts.

Item Quantity Watts Active Use (Hours per day) Standby (Hours per day)
Refrigerator 160
Microwave 1000
Clock radio 10
IPod dock 100
Stereo sound system 150
Computer desktop 225
Computer monitor 15" 35
Computer, laptop 60
Printer 100
TV 115
Portable fan 115
Floor lamp 300
Game Console 1440
Other

How often do you turn out the lights when you leave a room? Almost Never Sometimes Almost Always


Serving Sizes for Carbon Calculator:


Fruits & Vegetables Grains Meat & Poultry Fish & Seafood Eggs & Dairy Nuts
1 Apple, Banana, Orange, etc. 2 Slices of Bread 4-5 Ounces of Cooked Meat (steak, lamb chop, pork, etc) 4-5 Ounces of Cooked Fish 3 Eggs 24 Almonds
1 Cup of Diced Fruit 1 Bagel, Roll, English Muffin, etc. 1/2 Pound Burger 8 Pieces of Sushi or Sashimi 1 Cup of Yogurt or Milk 18 Cashews
2 Apricots, Kiwis, Plums, etc. 1/2 Cup of Rice, Pasta, Quinoa, Oatmeal, etc. 10 Pieces of Shrimp 4 Slices of Cheese 35 Peanuts
1 Potato or Tomato 1 Cup of Dry Cereal 4-5 Ounces of Cooked Chicken/Turkey 4-5 Large Scallops 12 Macadamia Nuts
1/2 Cup of Marinara Sauce 1 Slice of Cake 7 Chicken Nuggets 6-8 Clams 7 Walnuts
3/4 Cup of Cooked Vegetables 2 Medium Chocolate Chip Cookies 4 Chicken Wings
1 Cup of Salad 5.4 Slices of Deli Turkey

Questions (Continued):


How many servings of red meat do you eat in a week on average?

How many servings of dairy products or eggs do you eat in a week on average?

How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat in a week on average?

How many servings of grains and baked products do you eat in a week on average?

How many servings of poultry do you eat in a week on average?

How many servings of pork do you eat in a week on average?

How many servings of seafood do you eat in a week on average?

How many servings of nuts do you eat in a week on average?

How often do you eat processed food? (The average person eats 22 pounds of processed food a week)
Below Average
Average
Above Average

How much do you spend on eating out each month?
dollars per month

If you drink coffee or tea please select from the following options:

About how many times a week do you drink a cup or more?
times

Do you buy food at farmers markets?
yes   no


On average, how long are your showers? minutes

On average, how many times do you shower every week? times

On average, how many loads of laundry do you wash every month? times

On average, how many times do you flush a toilet every day? flushes

On average, how many cups of water do you drink every day (from the tap or a water fountain)? cups

Do you use a refillable water bottle? yes no


Why are there no solid waste questions? Direct disposal emissions from solid waste in Corvallis are negligible for a few reasons. About 10 miles North of Corvallis, the Coffin Butte landfill captures methane, which substantially reduces emissions associated with waste. Additionally, the OSU Corvallis campus composts and recycles enough tons of waste per year to counteract most of those emissions.

But what’s more important? While it’s great we have minimal waste disposal-related emissions, what really matters is purchasing and consumption – they have a significantly larger impact on your carbon footprint. So focus on reducing how much you consume, which will in turn create less waste! Buy used clothes and furniture, purchase food in bulk, print less, etc! More tips on reducing your footprint can be found in the “Next Steps” tab.

Key

■ Transportation
■ Consumption
■ Energy and Heat
■ Food
■ Water

Your Result

Previous Result

United States Average

Totals (By Category)


Category kgCO2e / year Percentage
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Consumption empty empty
Energy and Heat empty empty
Food empty empty
Water empty empty
Total empty empty

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Now that you have your results, how can you reduce emissions? Fortunately, there are some simple choices most people can make to easily reduce their individual carbon emissions. Collectively, these contributions will help our community do its part.

Think about trying some of the following actions. Start with the easiest one or two, and challenge yourself to add additional actions each month.

  • Have a meat free day once a week.
  • Use a re-usable water bottle to drink tap water.
  • Carpool or take public transit for a few commute trips each week.
  • Buy second-hand clothing to minimize your supply chain emissions.
  • Purchase carbon offsets to account for airplane travel.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water and run large loads to save both water and energy.
  • Volunteer on campus and in the community! Plant trees, restore habitat, etc.
  • Swap out incandescent lights for LEDs or CFLs to see up to 83% energy savings! Use natural light whenever possible.
  • Turn off lights, TVs, and other electronics when they aren't in use.
  • Clean the lint trap in your dryer after every load.
  • Enable energy saving options on your computer and cell phone.

In addition to individual action to reduce carbon emissions, collective action is important! The OSU Sustainability Office has launched a Carbon Planning Toolkit to assist OSU departments in planning to reduce carbon emissions and strengthening climate awareness through education, research and outreach. You can participate by establishing a team within your department to implement the toolkit. For more information or help with the Toolkit, or day to day actions, contact the Sustainability Office at sustainability@oregonstate.edu.



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