Project Light Feet (PLF) began in 2009 as a manifestation of Team 2415’s dedication to being “green” and spreading the “green message.” The goal of Project Light Feet is to inspire FIRST teams to demonstrate environmental stewardship by offsetting their build-season carbon emissions. To find the carbon footprint of the average FRC team during build season, the power required by each of the machines in our RoboDen was multiplied by the average amount of time each machine was used. Upon completing energy usage calculations, our team used an online carbon calculator to convert this measurement into pounds of carbon released and to calculate how many trees ought to be planted to offset this carbon footprint. Team 2415 found that, to offset emissions released during the six-week build period, each FRC team would need to plant at least three trees, so to kick start the project, the WiredCats decided to plant 84 trees to offset the carbon footprints of all the FRC teams in Georgia.
If your team would like to demonstrate environmental stewardship as well, you are encouraged to utilize an online carbon calculator, such as the one found here, to calculate your carbon emissions for the six week FRC build season. Once you have calculated these emissions, simply plant the suggested number of trees and send pictures of yourselves doing so to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bonus points if you are wearing team shirts in the pictures. Once we receive your email, we will add you to the list of teams on the Green Alliance, and send you Green Alliance membership materials which may be displayed in the pit area during competition.
If you happen to see a member of the WiredCats at competition, ask about our Adopt-A-Tree program to learn about how you personally can foster environmental stewardship in your own backyard.
Notes about Carbon Calculations:
You can find the amount of electricity used in kWh on your monthly electric bill; multiply that number by 1.5.
If you cannot get a bill for your specific workspace, you might have to calculate the kWh used by each individual appliance, tool, light bulb, etc., find the appliances wattage or voltage and amperage.
- Use the following formulas:
- Volts * amps = Watts
- Watts * hours/day * days/build season / 1000 = kilowatt hours
Calculate the amount of natural gas used to heat/cool your workspace. Again, this can be found on your monthly bill and multiplied by 1.5. If it is impossible to get a bill for your specific workspace, disregard this step.
Calculate the miles driven by the team during build season in each of the following types of vehicles: small cars (approximately 40 mpg), average cars (approximately 21 mpg), and SUVs (approximately 15 mpg).