And the Big (Bad) Footprint Award goes to…

What is a carbon footprint? Let’s put aside the complex scientific definition. Let’s go with the simple one, because that is the one we can do something about today. My carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) I generate because of my energy use over a period of one year.

My direct carbon footprint comes from energy I use in my home, my car, the airplane flights I take, etc. It also includes indirect emissions of CO2 from the goods and services I consume.

OK, here is the deal: We agree going green (less CO2 creation) is what we want. Send us an e-mail, 25 words or less on what gets the Big (Bad) Footprint Award. Rules are simple, the Big (Bad) Footprint Award will go to the biggest needless waste of energy leading to increased CO2 in the Heights area.

Judging will be arbitary and, in the event of ties, the winner will be drawn from a hat. The top ten entires will be published in the next issue of the Heights Observer. The winner will receive a 50 foot (energy friendly) clothesline. We want to hear from you. E-mail your nominee to Deadline for submission is January 19, 2009.

Anita Kazarian is a resident of University Heights and enjoys being an active citizen.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 10:57 AM, 12.08.2008