Learn what your footprint is
You can't manage what you don't measure. - Project Neutral
Measuring your carbon footprint will help you understand where it comes from. Having this information is the first step towards taking climate action.
Through the energy you use in your home, fuel, food, services and more, this accounts for your footprint (the sum total of your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions). In just five minutes or less you'll see what your household climate impact is from Project Neutral's short survey. You'll be asked questions about your home energy, transportation, travel, waste, and food choices.
After completing the survey we encourage you to join a community team. Working together as a community helps us see what actions are making a difference for others. Plus, updating your household or community footprint on an annual basis will show us the progress we can achieve together.
Our goal is to make positive, lasting change and put us on the path to a more healthy, resilient and sustainable community and region.
Directly reduce your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
Low Carbon Living
Tell others what you are doing to help make it the new normal!
Gather support for meaningful climate action
Engage others to take action and measure their footprint!
I am very interested in this project and willing to lead a team. What is my role?Team leads are responsible for getting their Team organized and registered. Teamleads will be the contact for new participants to the Team and we hope Teams will continue to grow. When it comes time for the annual footprint recalculation, the Team leads can remind and encourage Team members to do this. We will share information with Team leads who can then share with their Team and conversely Team leads canshare with CCAT challenges for other Teams or Team success stories which we can promote. Team leads will ideally lead the conversations with their Team and others.
How is this project being funded?CCAT is a registered charity and we are supported by donations, local sponsors and aCommunity Recreation and Culture Grant from the Town of Collingwood. ProjectNeutral is partnering with CCAT on the Community Carbon Footprint Project and is a registered charity. Both organizations are always interested in speaking to anyone who would consider a donation or sponsorship.
I'm not sure about this. What are you expecting participants to commit to?Our ask is that you complete a baseline footprint for your household and then join the conversation. Each year we will ask Teams and participants to review and recalculate. Our hope is that participants will be inspired to take action but there is no expectation that you commit to more than honestly completing the footprint measurements.
What if members of a household want to belong to more than one team? My partner wants to join his co-workers and my children say there is a team at school. I want to take part with my friends.No problem – A household only does one footprint measurement but can join more than one Team. Each Team will have a Team code. These are entered on the ‘Your Community’ tab on the Project Neutral website and the Teams that your household belongs to will display there. Team codes can be entered anytime after you have completed your registration and baseline footprint.
How safe is my data?Project Neutral has been involved in household footprint projects in other Ontario communities such as Waterloo Region, Toronto, London and Mississauga. The SouthGeorgian Bay project is unique in using a team-based approach, which we think will be more engaging and inclusive for the community. We are planning to include our regional partners in the project and hoping to develop a model that can be used in othercommunities as well.
Is there a prize for the team with the lowest footprint?We have designed this project as a Challenge not a competition. We will not be ranking teams or individual households or sharing scores. We do plan to promote all Teams thatparticipate and also those that take action.