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There is a great deal you can do to learn more and get involved in sustainability efforts. Sustainability is all about both little steps taken by millions (if not billions) of people as well as overarching paradigm-changing concepts adopted on societal and industrial levels. Follow the links below to open up a world of possiblities.

What can individuals do to combat global warming, what actions have a real impact, and which are most likely to be acted upon? A team led by human ecologist Thomas Dietz of Michigan State University in East Lansing asked these questions and restricted their analysis to actions that can be undertaken with on-the-shelf technology at either no cost or with very positive payback for any upfront costs, and that don't involve changes in lifestyle.

The answer is that you can do quite a bit. By taking a few well-known, readily available measures, Americans could cut their emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by as much as 7% over the next decade. Their study, "Household actions can provide a behavioral wedge to rapidly reduce US carbon emissions," has calculated the total amount of carbon emissions that would be slashed via these measures, the likelihood that people will undertake them, and how many households have already implemented each item

Here are the categories they researched, listed together with potential emissions reductions and likely reductions based on behavior (RAER) listed in order of the carbon reduction (in units of millions of tons of carbon, MtC).

 

Behavior change Category

Potential emissions reduction (MtC)

RAER (MtC)

Fuel-efficient vehicle

56.3

31.4

Carpooling and trip-chaining

36.1

6.4

Weatherization

25.2

21.2

Driving behavior

24.1

7.7

Efficient Appliances

14.7

11.7

HVAC equipment

12.2

10.7

Thermostat setbacks

10.1

4.5

Standby electricity

9.2

3.2

Change HVAC air filters

8.7

3.7

Routine auto maintenance

8.6

4.1

Low rolling resistance tires

7.4

6.5

Line drying

6.0

2.2

Efficient water heater

6.7

5.4

Tune up AC

3.0

1.4

Water heater temperature

2.9

1.0

Low-flow showerheads

1.4

1.1

Laundry temperature

0.5

0.2

 

This video clip is stirring call to action by a young woman speaking to the United Nations.

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