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Suburban sprawl cancels carbon-footprint savings of dense urban cores

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Monday, July 14, 2014

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UC Berkeley News Center

California Hydrologic Regions Map and Data

California Hydrologic Regions

CoolClimate Calculator for U.S. households

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How cool is your household? Calculate and compare your carbon footprint to similar households and create a personalized climate action plan with this popular, user-friendly tool.

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CoolClimate Calculator for Small Businesses

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See how the carbon footprint of your business compares to similar businesses, see which actions you can take will reduce your impact at the lowest cost and create a personalized climate action plan.

Go to the CoolClimate Calculator for small businesses.

Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference

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The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference 2013 is the premier event focused on understanding behavior and decision-making with respect to energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and sustainability. Annually, 700 participants come together to share new research, discuss innovative policy and program strategies, build networks, and find potential partners for collaboration. Chris Jones has served as co-chair since 2011.

Visit http://beccconference.org for more information.

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Like a thumb, carbon footprint is unique

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Monday, June 13, 2011

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Futurity

GreenPoint Rated Climate Calculator

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The objectives of this project are to improve and expand quantification of energy and carbon footprint scores in the existing GreenPoint Rated Climate Footprint Calculator and to align the calculation methodologies with HERS II. Additional features will include incorporation of time dependent valuation (TDV), energy and non‐energy benefits of water efficiency improvements, embodied energy in construction materials, and quantification of post‐occupancy recycling in homes.

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PG&E Supply Chain Analysis

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Supply chain carbon management is emerging as a promising new strategy to reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Roughly one third of all U.S. emissions result from the production of goods and services. Quantifying the environmental impacts of products and services is the primary objective of life cycle assessment (LCA); however, these techniques to-date have rarely been applied to companies as a whole. Instead, companies have typically limited accounting and reporting of GHG emissions to direct combustion of fossil fuels (Scope 1) and emissions resulting from purchased electricity (Scope 2).
New standards for inclusion of supply chain emissions in GHG reporting have been proposed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and dozens of companies are currently testing the protocol. While the proposed standard requires reporting of the largest sources of emissions, it does not specify methodologies to quantify these emissions.
The current proposal will illustrate a “stepping stone approach” to life cycle assessment, providing increasingly detailed information on supply chain emissions resulting from roughly $3 billion of procurement by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Input-output life cycle assessment will first be used to identify carbon “hotspots” in supply chains. Increasingly detailed information on PG&Eʼs suppliers will then be used to refine the results and to quantify GHG emission reduction opportunities. The published results will provide a detailed case study of supply chain carbon accounting and management.


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