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Where’s the Handle?

Designing and building sustainable developments will benefit all of us, from the builders to the buyers.  But there's also a huge and pretty complex set of variables to consider as we try to reduce the carbon footprint of our communities.  These include carbon emissions from our vehicles, buildings, water consumption, construction, solid waste vegetation-all factors considered in CEQA approvals.  How do we know the significance of each of these, and then, how do we modify their effects to create a development that meets local climate goals? 

CarbonPlanner does it by showing you instantly what these factors add to a development's carbon footprint.  Then it takes it a giant step further and give you some choices for reducing that carbon footprint.  Not all factors have equal weight. Transportation and land use are overwhelming contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.  Innovative building design can eliminate all land use-related carbon emissions, but transportation reductions may account for fraction of all emission reductions. 

Seeing how these impacts and mitigations interact with each other, in real time, is eye-opening, to say the least-that's what CarbonPlanner does for you.  Seeing is believing, and essential to mastering the art and science of sustainable design.

CarbonPlanner is a teaching tool that demonstrates the most effective strategies for reducing carbon footprints.

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