Want to know whether you’re an eco-swine or an eco-saint?

A new online calculator, customized for Evanston residents, was unveiled Sunday at the city’s climate action plan gathering at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation.

The calculator, developed by the Toronto not-for-profit organization Zerofootprint and tailored for Evanston through a grant from the Evanston Community Foundation, lets a user estimate how much carbon dioxide his or her consumption practices release into the earth’s atmosphere each year.

Users can compare their impact against what’s typical for people in other countries around the globe, and learn strategies for reducing their negative impact on the environment.

The calculator includes both a “one-minute” summary version, and a more detailed calculation that works best if you have your utility bills and other consumption info handy. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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