Energy Diet


A third-year photography student in Vancouver, B.C. at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, I'm known to always have a cup of coffee in hand (in a paper cup) and take great pride in eating out on the town. In addition to photography, I practice yoga as a part of my daily routine -- contrary to popular belief, that does not automatically make me have the smallest carbon footprint in the world. I believe it takes much more than just purchasing items that are labeled with the popular stamp of "eco-friendly" to reduce your carbon footprint. I live alone, so the pressure is all on me!


Canada Participants

Your Points Percentile:
Total Country Participants:

At Home (62%)

  • Changed thermostat
  • Changed settings on refrigerator, freezer, water heater and washer
  • Replaced at least one third of light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs
  • Disconnected electronic devices when not in use

Wild Card Items

  • Eliminated second freezer or refrigerator
  • Insulated water heater
  • Replaced appliances with green-certified products
  • Hung clothes up to dry instead of using the dryer
  • Sealed all of the windows and doors
  • My own action: repaired some old jeans and a ripped shirt!

At the Store (89%)

  • Switched to organic produce
  • Switched to eco-friendly cleaning methods
  • Switched to locally made (non-produce) products where possible

Wild Card Items

  • Cut use of disposable items
  • Repaired or extended use of clothing items
  • Stopped using wrapping paper for gifts
  • Rented or borrowed instead of buying infrequently used items

Food (68%)

  • Ate a vegetarian diet one day a week
  • Cut down on take-away meals
  • Limited daily intake of beef to 8 ounces
  • Switched to sustainable seafood

Wild Card Items

  • Started a food-based garden
  • Ate vegan or raw for a certain number of days per week
  • Bought grass-fed beef instead of conventional
  • Gave up at least one processed food
  • My own action: increased all organic foods

Transportation (25%)

  • Drove no faster than the posted the speed limit, avoided rapid acceleration or braking
  • Removed extra weight from car, inflated tires
  • Used public transportation instead of driving
  • Reduced your planned air travel by one trip

Wild Card Items

  • Bought carbon offsets for travel
  • Carpooled or found a ride-sharing program
  • Invested in a more fuel-efficient car
  • My own action: ran somewhere instead of taking the bus!

Waste Disposal And Reduction (0%)

  • Recycled all glass, aluminum, plastic, batteries and paper
  • Eliminated advertising mail
  • Changed to paperless billing
  • Eliminated the use of plastic and paper bags

Wild Card Items

  • Began composting at home
  • Used biodegradable bags for walking the dog
  • Recycled old athletic shoes and clothes
  • Recycled or donated old electronics

Water Use (45%)

  • Gave up bottled water
  • Turned off tap when brushing teeth, scrubbing dishes
  • Shortened showering time
  • Replaced shower head with a low-flow model

Wild Card Items

  • Used xeriscaping for yard
  • Installed a rain barrel to collect water for garden, lawn and plants
  • Insulated water heater
Total Points: 305

At Home!

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Home Is Where the Sustainability Is

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I guess I should start by introducing myself. My name is Lindsay, I’m 20 years old and I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I’m a third-year photography student at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Vancouver is known for its abundance of eco-friendly material items seen in the form of re-useable shopping bags and…