EFFECTS OF CARBON FOOTPRINT CALCULATION3 To provide insight into the quantitative results from survey responses studenttrip leaders were invited to a focus group. Major trends from these groups included: study participants feeling that there was a positive impact (sustainably speaking) on their trip proposalsas a result of completing the carbon footprint calculation, OP should continue the practice of having student trip leaders calculate carbon footprints for proposed trips, and lastly that aneducational workshop would have been beneficial prior to the trip proposal so that they wouldhave a better understanding of why they were calculating carbon footprint.If outdoor professionals proclaim to be stewards for the environment, then howcan college outdoor programs begin to create awareness in staff about their impacts on theenvironment? The authors believe educating student trip leaders in the early stages of their development will lead to a ripple effect of positive changes within and beyond the outdoor industry. This pilot study will provide insight into educational interventions with OP studentleaders and methods to measure carbon footprint of university sponsored OP trips.
: carbon footprint, college outdoor program, environmental attitude,environmental sustainability