It has been "City of Champions" for a while now, so how about this one: "The City that spends tax dollars on things you can get for free!"
In fitting with it's new slogan (it's only a matter of time until it's adopted...) the City of Edmonton has just spent $40,000 to launch a carbon footprint calculator. Apparently the site will cost an additional $5,000 per year to maintain.
It's unknown as of yet whether the $40,000 includes the cost of paying for banner ads (below) on various websites (seen already on the Edmonton Sun and Edmonton Journal websites).
It's also unknown whether the $40,000 covers the costs of the prizes the City of Edmonton is giving away for people who sign up and commit to two actions to help the environment, such as a one-year lease of a hybrid car. Of course you just have to sign up, you don't have to actually do them.
But what is clear is that there is absolutely no need for the City of Edmonton to spend a single cent on this project. There are dozens of free carbon footprint calculator websites already available on the internet.
Here's a short list: (h/t: David Suzuki Foundation)
Bonneville Environmental Foundation (USA)
Carbon Neutral Company
The Nature Conservancy (Climate change: what's your impact?)
Sustainable Travel International (hotels)
Environmental Defense Paper Emissions (Paper)
SafeClimate Carbon Footprint Calculator
EPA Personal Greenhouse Gas Calculator
EPA List of Emission Calculators
Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator
The National Energy Foundation CO2 Calculator
UBC's Ecological Footprint Calculator
Environmental Defense - Calculate Your Personal Impact
CarbonZero (includes trains & buses)
cleanairpasscool drive pass
Certified Clean Car
Climat Mundi (includes motorcycles)