Zerofootprint Youth Calculator empowers world youth to reduce resource consumption

By Ron Dembo

Dr. Ron Dembo is the Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint, a cleantech software and services company that makes environmental impact measurable, visible and manageable for businesses, governments, institutions and individuals. Zerofootprint’s solutions mitigate environmental risk and drive cost reductions through behavioural change.

Apr 19, 2013 | Announcements | 0 comments


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Youth wanted

Today’s youth are taking the future into their own hands in over 100 countries through the Zerofootprint Youth Calculator initiative that engages them in a worldwide network to measure, compare and change their behavior. As both a carbon calculator and social engagement platform, the Zerofootprint Youth Calculator connects young people to one another around the world to mitigate their collective carbon footprint. Already during Phase 1, over 230,000 active users have committed to a reduction of 150,000 tons of CO2 released into Earth’s atmosphere and our Oceans.

Earth Day 2013 – Launch of Phase 2

On Earth Day, the Zerofootprint Youth Calculator will launch a new platform in English, French, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic. Through a partnership with iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), Phase 2 hopes to scale up to 1,000,000 active users and achieve a reduction of 600,000 tons of CO2 by Earth Day 2014.

iEARN’s database of over 60,000 schools in more than 130 countries enables Zerofootprint’s Youth Calculator to reach over 2,000,000 students. A partnership with WGBH Boston’s “Meet the Greens” initiative expands this reach even further.

Partners and volunteer translators wanted

In order to be accessible to children around the globe by Earth Day 2014, Zerofootprint seeks volunteers to help translate the platform into fifty languages. Find out how you can help youth take the future into their own hands through the Zerofootprint Youth Calculator by becoming a partner or volunteer translator. Please contact us at youth@zerofootprint.net.


Zerofootprint’s VELO™ social energy programs have engaged hundreds of thousands of people around the world since 2005. The company’s solutions include a mix of program design, services, and technology based on the VELO software platform. The company has completed both large- and small-scale social sustainability programs for educational institutions, corporations, community programs, green cities, and green buildings. Zerofootprint’s groundbreaking programs have been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative, the United Nations, the US Department of Energy, and the White House.

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 60,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. Since 1988, iEARN has pioneered on-line school linkages to enable students to engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in their own countries and around the world. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.

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