Step-by-step guide on how to navigate through your impact report
June 12, 2023
What is an Impact Report?
Upon completing the myAclymate survey, which calculates your carbon footprint, you will be directed to your personalized impact report. The impact report will detail your monthly carbon emissions, emission equivalents, and a breakdown of how you compare to the US average for each emission category. The report will also allow you to see the impact of your work-related emissions and explore the different types of offset projects you can contribute to in order to offset your carbon footprint.
Monthly Carbon Footprint
The first thing you will see on your impact report is a footprint diagram that showcases the characteristics of your personal carbon footprint. The ball of the footprint displays the total tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) that you emit each month. The heel, in comparison, displays the US average for monthly CO2 emissions. This will allow you to see where you stand against the average American in terms of carbon emissions. Moving on to the toes, each toe represents a different component of your footprint. Included in your overall footprint are Costs, Home, Travel, Flights, and Diet. These five categories will reorder themselves in terms of size. For example, if most of your emissions stem from travel, then the toe labeled “Travel” will be the largest. Hovering over each toe will let you see the emissions for each category in terms of tons of CO2.
Your Emissions Equivalents section allows you to understand the magnitude of your carbon footprint. In this section, your monthly CO2 emissions are converted into four different equivalents. By clicking on each of the four icons in the section, you can see how your emissions translate into the different categories. When you select the red steering wheel icon, you will be able to see what your emissions equate to in terms of miles driven. The next icon is the blue icicle, which displays how many square feet of arctic sea ice your emissions could permanently melt. The orange hamburger icon displays the number of hamburgers someone could eat that would equate to your emissions. Lastly, the green cellphone icon shows you how many years your emissions could keep your phone charged.
You vs. US Average
In the third section of the impact report, you will be able to see how your emissions compare to the average US citizen in each category. The categories in this section are the same five from the foot diagram: Home, Travel, Flights, Diet, and Expenses. If you hover over each of the five colored icons, the label for each category will appear. On the left-hand side, under “You,” you will see your emissions for each category in terms of tons of CO2. On the right-hand side, under “US Average,” is the respective totals for the average US citizen. Each category also has corresponding bars on each side that adjust in size according to the amount of emissions. This allows you to quickly see the areas in which you have low or high emissions compared to the US average, and where you may want to reduce. For example, if your home emissions are double that of the US average, then the bar on the left-hand side will be double the length of the right-hand bar.
Offset Your Footprint
After learning about your emissions and the magnitude of their impact, you will reach the "Offset My Footprint" section. This section gives you the opportunity to subscribe to one of the three climate causes that myAclymate has to choose from. When you choose to subscribe, you will not only be supporting a collection of offset projects, but you will also be offsetting your entire carbon footprint. The three climate cause categories include: Natural & Working Lands, Clean Transition, and Climate Justice. Each of these categories has a small green icon in the upper left corner that tells you a little more about the category. If you hover your mouse over each of the icons, a short sentence will appear to provide some more insight into the cause.
When you click on any of the categories, you'll see examples of the types of projects you'll be supporting. For each offset project, a pop-up screen will appear with the project overview, story, UN SDGS, verification, and the option to support. The overview tab will provide you with a description of the project, the type of project it is, project photographs, and the location where the project takes place. The story tab gives you a more in-depth look at the project, how it works, and its impact. The UN SDGS tab stands for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In this section, you will be able to see which goals are satisfied through the offset project. Click here to learn more about the UN SDGS or select the green “Learn More” button at the bottom of the UN SDGS section. The verification tab allows you to see the verification documents, where available, for the offset project you’ve chosen. Lastly, if the feeling is right, you can select the purchase tab and move forward with supporting the project that feels right for you.
Towards the bottom of your impact report will be a section that tells you about your work-related emissions. This section will tell you how many pounds of your yearly carbon footprint is made up of work-related emissions. If you wish to learn more about how your company can help you offset these emissions, you can press the blue “Learn More” button that is at the bottom of the section. When you click on the button, it will take you to a page with information on how to invite your company to join Aclymate and offset its carbon emissions. If you choose to do so, you can click the “Invite Your Company” button and you will be prompted to enter a few details about the company you work for. After that, an account for your business will be created and you can then invite others from your company to join. You will also be sent a Make the Case to Your Boss slideshow that you can use to inform and persuade your boss to join Aclymate and offset the company’s carbon footprint.
At the end of your impact report will be a section with blog posts that can be helpful for you along your climate journey. You can select from a range of topics from informational posts to easy tips and tricks to help you live more sustainably. Being climate conscious is a lifestyle and a continuous learning experience and myAclymate is here to help. You can find a range of topics from ways to reduce your carbon footprint to the benefits of offsetting you emissions!