Welcome to Winnipeg Public Library's Green Choices Info Guide
Green choices can be made daily. Start at home. Reach out and connect with others. Volunteer your time. Or do all of these things!
In this guide, we share information and ideas about "green choice" subjects (e.g. composting, green cleaning, renewable energy, etc.) and links to environment-focused organizations to connect with and learn from.
The library offers a series of programs that share information and ideas you can use, and actions you can take, for a sustainable earth. Register online or call any library branch.
Get Started with Green Choices
What green choices have you already made in your life?
I take public transportation, bike, or walk instead of drive.
I've installed renewable energy tech in my home (solar panels, geothermal).
I eat less meat or am a vegetarian or vegan.
I recycle and compost.
I've removed my lawn and planted gardens or microclover.
I make my own cleaning supplies.
I buy fewer things.
I've reduced my use of single-use plastics.
I've installed water-saving taps and toilets in my home.
I've bought energy-efficient appliances.
I borrow items from the library!
What's my environmental impact?
That's a great question! The term used to describe this - our individual environmental impact - is "ecological footprint". It's a measurement of how fast you consume resources and create waste compared to how fast nature can absorb your waste and generate new resources. The higher your ecological footprint, the more changes you need to make to reduce your impact on the earth. Here's a simple (and small) example of the factors considered when exploring the ecological footprint of purchasing one item - an orange:
When we explore questions like these, we quickly realize that buying an orange (or anything else) isn't quite as simple as we think! The answers to all of these questions become part of our footprint.
Ecological Footprint 101
This short video introduces the concept of "ecological footprint".
Calculate Your Footprint
Footprint calculators have been created to make things simpler for us. They work like a calculator. You enter the information required and the calculator will measure how much you depend on the environment plus give you a clearer understanding about how your choices impact the health of the planet. They're a great place to start if you're wondering where to focus your environmental protection efforts.
Developed by the Global Footprint Network, this calculator is used by individuals to measure their personal Ecological Footprint, discover their biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what they can do to tread more lightly on the Earth. Available for mobile devices.
Your carbon footprint is part of your ecological footprint. It is the amount of forest land that is needed to absorb all of the carbon emissions from your activities that aren't already absorbed by the oceans. Use a carbon calculator to get a better understanding about your carbon footprint.
This calculator helps you estimate your total water use. You know water comes from the tap, but do you know how much water goes into your sandwich? Your gadgets? The electricity that powers them? Soon you will!