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Community project (multiple users) carbon accounting toolkit
All downloads will be "read only" save to computer and then you can input data. There are three elements
Community master spreadsheet
This allows you to data input up to 100 participants to measure the carbon savings from "growing your own" fruit and vegetables. All FORMS from A - C (essential) or D - E (enhanced) are put into the white cells on the spreadsheet.
The participants are carbon audited at the beginning of the growing season (e.g. April) and audited at the end of the scheme (which can be anything up to 12 months - it is for the co-ordinator to decide). The carbon footprint of previous food purchases is estimated alongside the carbon saving from replacing these with fruit and vegetables the participant(s) have grown themselves.
If growing fruit and vegetables means that a participant is eating a lot less takeaways, then there will be large carbon savings but the carbon saving may be much less if growing your own vegetables replaces vegetables purchased from a local organic box scheme.
Data is put into an excel spreadsheet which has an "essential tab" and "enhanced tab".
Participants fill in
- FORM A - (end of scheme) Climate Friendly Food's gardener's carbon toolkit each (this can be downloaded as a paper booklet if participants do not have computer access) or as an excel spreadsheet
- FORM B - (end of scheme) Crop diary working out yields (this is downloaded in a paper form)
- FORM C - (end of scheme) Replacement records - this estimates what food items "growing your own" replaced (this is downloaded in a paper form)
When all three data sets have been inputed into the spreadsheet each participant's carbon savings are worked out along with the whole community. The community figures are ready to print.
- FORM D - (beginning and end of scheme) Based on the work of Garden Organic there is also an opportunity to survey participants about the carbon impact of their lifestyles using the widely respected Ecological Footprint Calculator.
- FORM E - (beginning of scheme) Participants are also surveyed in more detail about their dietary habits at the beginning of the scheme to provide useful statistics / monitoring evidence.
We suggest that both the "essential" and "enhanced" elements are linked to workshops on organic growing techniques and how to use the toolkits and the theory behind low-carbon lifestyles. Climate Friendly Food can offer these workshops in the North West or we can create bespoke training presentations for you to deliver anywhere that are interactive. For these services we charge our usual rates.
Please note that the toolkits are free but we cannot offer other support services unless we receive payment. We are a not-for-profit social enterprise with charitable aims which is dependent on our trading income and we aim to be independent of grant funding.