Sustaining Orange County: Key Terms To Know

Illustration by Pete Ryan

The realities of the global climate crisis can seem overwhelming. Every day, there’s new information about how the environment and human health are being threatened. And the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic has people wondering about possible parallels.

But there are plenty of Orange County residents fighting to make positive change. We highlight that great work here—from green businesses and university researchers to volunteer groups and civil servants. Passionate locals are working together to create a sustainable future; let them inspire you to take action in ways large and small.

Carbon neutral: Offsetting emissions by doing things such as investing in renewable energy

Zero Waste: An effort to send as little trash to landfills, incinerators, and the ocean as possible

Sustainable: Going forth without harming the environment

Carbon footprint: The amount of carbon emissions produced

Upcycle: To reuse or repurpose discarded items to give them more value

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