Idaho's Carbon Footprint: One of the Smallest!


A hundred years ago the concept of a carbon footprint was unheard of.  People lived care free taking no considerations as to the cost or consequences of their actions nor how they would affect future generations.  At the turn of the Twenty-first Century the importance of understanding a carbon footprint and the necessity of controlling it couldn't be over emphasized.  As the populace takes into consideration the advent of global warming they begin to understand that their carbon footprint is a result of their everyday choices. Some have larger footprints then others, leaving a wake of damage and destruction.

· Carbon Dioxide enters the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels, solid waste, and wood.  It is in turn removed from the atmosphere by being absorbed by trees and plants.
· Methane is a result of the production of coal, natural gas and oil, livestock and agricultural practices, and the decay of organic waste.
· Nitrous oxide is emitted through agricultural and industrial activities as well as the combustion of fossil fuel.
· Fluorinated gasses including hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride are the result of industrial processes.

Idaho has ranked fourth as one of the fastest growing of the lower forty-eight states, so how does that affect Idaho in terms of its carbon footprint?

Where does Idaho real estate rate on the scale?

As the 47th highest CO2 polluting state in the U.S with the 39th highest resident population where each resident produces eleven tons of CO2 per year, Idaho’s Carbon Score is 47.  Industries that consume the greatest amount of energy include mining, forest products, and transportation equipment.  As a nation the United States is responsible for twenty-five percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions with Idaho being one of the states with the lowest emissions. Boise, the states largest city, knows it has the greatest impact on our lucious green surroundings and does its best to strictly watch its carbon emissions. Even the more rural parts of the state like Kuna, strive to keep the emission of carbons from their livestock and farming to a minimum. It doesnt matter if there is danger of mass emission or  hardly a concern at all. Every Idahoan strives to leave there place of home nicer than they found it.

What is Idaho doing to address the problem and increase the value of its real estate?

Idaho has successfully reduced its carbon footprint by eliminating the use of coal-burning for energy – the biggest emitter of CO2 – and relies on cleaner more efficient hydroelectric power.  The state’s rivers are some of the greatest producers of hydroelectric power in the nation.  In addition, the mountains offer a greater potential for geothermal and wind power.

In 2002 Idaho formed a Carbon Sequestration Committee to address concerns and has partnered with other entities to educate others on how to operate a carbon credit market.

Idaho joined the Climate Registry, partnering with other states to develop and manage a greenhouse gas emission accounting system.  As a member:

· Idaho has pledged to establish a greenhouse gas emission reporting system.
· It is working to identify emissions minimum data qualification standards.
· It is dedicated to providing data supported by an accounting and verification infrastructure.

Idaho is committed to a cleaner, healthier environment, raising the value and desirability of Idaho real estate. We all know that when we look to the horizon we dont want to see smog covering the downtown skyline. The state knows that a large portion of its value comes from its surrounding beauty, and not much is more beautiful than a breath of fresh clean air.

Kevin Hughes

Post a Comment