Carbon Neutral Households

STEP 1 – Measure your impact using our carbon footprint calculator
STEP 2 – Develop a Climate Action Plan
STEP 3 – Invest in RegenAll’s Community Climate Fund

Measure Impact

Our carbon footprint calculator was developed using the most local data available so that you can understand your carbon footprint in the context of your local community.

Climate Action Plan

When you know what is contributing to your carbon footprint in: Home Energy, Transportation, Food, Materials, Land & Water Use and Services, you can begin developing solutions to reduce your footprint. Identifying and prioritizing climate actions in your home can seem like a daunting task, but we are here to help! By using our Climate Action Plan template and exploring the links provided to solutions, you are poised to take climate action!

Climate Action Plan – Download Google Doc

RegenAll’s Climate Action Plan organizes your thinking about climate actions into categories. Each category is an important aspect of your plan and here’s why.

Living spaces, how they are constructed and how energy is used to heat and cool those spaces contributes to GHG emissions.  Redesigning your space, collaborating with neighbors, and evaluating your electricity source are all opportunities to take advantages of new technologies and reduce your emissions.
Reduce your green house gas emissions by replacing fossil fuel burning vehicles with hybrids or all electric options and do not overlook climate friendly alternative methods of transportation that are additionally good for your health.
What we eat impacts our climate!  Fossil fuel burning equipment,  packing materials, refrigeration, transportation, fertilizers,  and the use of nearly half of all agricultural land to support our appetite for meat accounts for 18-20 percent of GHG emissions annually. What we eat and how we handle food waste are top contributors to climate change.  An average of 6-25 kg of CO2 eq. are associated with 3.5 oz. of animal protein compared to 0.36-1.6 kg of CO2 eq. to produce 3.5 oz. of plant protein.  Buying food produced locally saves transportation and refrigeration emissions.  Better yet, support local farmers practicing regenerative agriculture that rebuilds soil health, captures carbon and yields nutritionally dense foods.
Every material in our life has a carbon footprint, a life cycle and an end of life; building materials, clothing and all the packaging associated with consumables.  Options for reducing consumption and engaging in responsible use of materials are abundant and recycling only has meaning if we also purchase items made from recycled materials.  Thanks to science, innovative technology, and bold entrepreneurs, we can choose climate materials.
Land and water use, along with conservation, have the power to reduce emissions, preserve biodiversity and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Regenerative agriculture builds soil health, produces nutritionally dense food and supports more humane treatment of animals.  Land populated with native plants and pollinators maintains a healthy and sustainable interaction between microorganisms and plants necessary for food stability.  Water may well be the “new gold”; a finite resource, without which we can not survive.
A surprising amount of carbon is embedded in services.  From where we dine out, to our smart phone service and the pharmaceuticals we use, more sustainable solutions are emerging.
Although there is not a carbon emission metric associated with how we invest and spend our financial resources, our actions are either promoting a healthy planet or contributing to climate change.  Do your mutual funds include fossil fuels?  Where are your credit card company and bank investing?  When you plan your spending can you allocate a percentage of your budget to save for a significant climate responsible purchase?  Are you offsetting your carbon footprint through RegenAll’s Community Climate Fund?
In addition to the actions of climate responsible individuals, addressing climate change requires policy changes, government funded programs and a chorus of voices advocating for Mother Earth.  It is believed the necessary cultural change that drives values and behavior will not happen without activism. This moment in time is an opportunity to find your voice in service to your family’s future and the future of our planet. Now is the time to engage: run for office, write letters, campaign, take to the streets. We have choices!

Community Climate Fund

The Community Climate Investment Fund is a new approach to funding local climate projects. The vision of the fund is to provide a meaningful way for people to offset their emissions while directly investing in improving the environment in Lancaster County.

Example Projects

Silvopasture

We are working with Trees for Graziers to identify and fund silvopasture projects in Lancaster, PA.

Energy Efficient Retrofit

We are working to identify community partners to implement energy efficiency retrofits, prioritizing low-income Lancastrians.

Rooftop Solar

We are working to identify community partners to implement renewable energy efficiency projects in Lancaster.

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