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Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP)

How sustainable is your lifestyle?

Enter in lifestyle data, get customized guidance on saving money, living healthier and polluting less.

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Enter addresses to map and improve your commute -- learn ways to save money, improve health and pollute less
(King County residents only).

Enter your King County home address:
(e.g., 1329 N 47th St, Seattle, WA 98103)



Where you commute to:
(e.g., 201 S Jackson, Seattle, WA 98104)










Did you know?
About half of greenhouse gas emissions generated in the Puget Sound region come from transportation. King County Metro offers a variety of green travel choices.

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Travel profile

See how small adjustments in your commute can reduce your carbon foot print and save you money.

Commute distance

Miles per gallon of your primary vehicle

Current commute method

Select how you commute to work or school each week. Check all that best describes what you do.

Mo

Tu

We

Th

Fr

Sa

Su

Bus*
Rail (Sounder)
Rail (Link Rail)
Bicycle
Walk
Telecommute
Car
(Ferry option not available a this time)
Improved commute method

Experiment with options to identify benefits: reduce pollution, save money, and improve health.

Mo

Tu

We

Th

Fr

Sa

Su

Bus*
Rail (Sounder)
Rail (Link Rail)
Bicycle
Walk
Telecommute
Car

*Please complete to calculate bus fare
Monthly parking cost at work or school

Current cost

Reduced estimated cost

Short trips/errands per week
Number of 1-5 mile non-commute trips/errands by car

Current number of short trips

Reduced short trips

Air travel

Hours of commercial air travel per month

Current air travel hours

Improved air travel hours

Current costs Improved costs

Current commute costs

Improved commute costs

  • estimated cost/week
  • CO2/week estimated carbon footprint from gas
  • weekly physical activity target met
  • estimated cost/week
  • CO2/week estimated carbon footprint from gas
  • weekly physical activity target met

Current air travel emissions

  • CO2/week estimated carbon footprint from gas

Improved air travel emissions

  • CO2/week estimated carbon footprint from gas


Total weekly savings/benefits

  • estimated savings/week
  • CO2/week estimated carbon footprint reduction
  • physical activity target met




Technical notes

For definitions and more detail.

Did you know?
Individual households account for about one-fifth of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, which scientist say contribute to the rising temperatures and other environmental changes being documented across the globe.

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Home energy use

Calculate the cost savings associated with heating your home and how much energy is consumed.

Type of home:    

Apartment building
<1000 sq ft
Town home
1000 - 1400 sq ft
Bungalow
1400 - 1800 sq ft
Suburban home
>1800 - 2200 sq ft
How many people in my household:

Type of home heating: Gas Electric

Type of water heater: Gas Electric

Current

Improved

 

Total yearly savings/benefits

Enter current values

Enter different values to adjust your results.

 

Adjust thermostat setting

 
  • estimated KwH saved
  • estimated BTUs saved
  • lbs of CO2 reduced
  • saved

Furnace system upgrade
(to Energy Star level)

No Yes

No Yes

Water tank upgrade
(to Energy Star level)

No Yes

No Yes


CFL bulbs in high use area
(Enter the number of bulbs)






Submit






Technical notes

For definitions and more detail.

Did you know?
Shifting from a meat oriented diet to a plant based diet can reduce your climate footprint equal to weatherizing your home.

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Food, health and climate impact

How do the foods you eat impact your health and your carbon footprint?


Select your gender, age, activity level and diet type and click submit to see how you can improve your health and carbon footprint.

Gender:  
Age:

Current activity and diet levels

 

Adjusted activity and diet levels

 

Total yearly savings/benefits

Activity Level:

Description:

Physical activity equivalent to walking about 1.5 to 3 miles per day at 3 to 4 mph in addition to day-to-day light physical activity.

Diet Type:

Description:

Diet that includes plant and animal products

Activity Level:

Description:

Physical activity equivalent to walking about 1.5 to 3 miles per day at 3 to 4 mph in addition to day-to-day light physical activity.

Diet Type:

Description:

Diet that includes plant and animal products

Submit

Greenhouse Gas Results and Nutrition

Summary for Adjusted Choices

USDA Recommended Servings

based on your gender, age, and activity level entered above.
Food Types Servings per day
Fruits
Vegetables
Grains  oz
Protein  oz
Dairy  cups
Oils  grams
Solid fats and sugars  calories max

Nutrition Recommendations

USDA RDA guidelines
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 provides evidence-based nutrition information and advice for people age 2 and older. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.

Greenhouse Gas Footprint (GHG)

Carbon Footprint by diet type
The following graph shows the estimated annual carbon footprint (metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, or CO2e) based on the selections you made for Gender, Age, and Diet Type. Choosing a vegetarian or vegan-based diet may lower your carbon footprint as shown below.





Technical notes

For definitions and more detail.

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Lifestyle summary

Learn how making small changes can impact your health and your carbon footprint.

Travel profile

Current

Improved

  Totals

Current commute costs

Improved commute costs

  Total yearly savings/benefits

  • estimated cost/week
  • CO2/week estimated carbon footprint from gas
  • weekly physical activity target met
  • estimated cost/week
  • CO2/week estimated carbon footprint from gas
  • weekly physical activity target met
  • saved
  • pounds of CO2
  • physical activity target met

Current air travel emissions

  • CO2/week estimated carbon footprint from gas

Improved air travel emissions

  • CO2/week estimated carbon footprint from gas

Home energy use

Total home energy savings includes improvements from appliance upgrades, thermostat settings and CFL bulb use.

  Total yearly savings/benefits

  • saved
  • pounds of CO2 saved
  • estimated KwH saved
  • estimated BTUs saved

Food, health and climate impact

Learn how the foods you eat impact your health and your carbon footprint.

Current activity and diet levels

Activity level:

Diet type:

Adjusted activity and diet levels

Activity level:

Diet type:

  Total yearly savings/benefits

  • metric tons of CO2
  • physical activity target met

  Total yearly savings/benefits

  • saved
  • lbs of CO2
  • estimated KwH saved
  • estimated BTUs saved
  • physical activity target met











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