Pounds of CO2 per pound of stuff
One pound of printer paper generates 4 pounds of CO2; one pound of newspaper produces 3 pounds of CO2; one pound of textbooks produces 5 pounds of CO2; one pound of 20oz plastic bottles creates 1 pound of carbon dioxide; and one pound of aluminum cans produces 5 pounds of carbon dioxide.
Case study: The Babcock School
We knew we needed to focus on the products that Babcock's used the most or else we would spend forever on this category. We narrowed it to printer paper, newspaper, textbooks, bottles, and cans. It's pretty tough to estimate the average life cycle carbon footprint of one product, but luckily the EPA had conducted a study to compare different disposal methods for different materials. We used that as a proxy.
 Jack Clayton
Case Study: Babcock Graduate School of Management
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We all consume a lot of stuff  coffee cups, pens, toilet paper, printer paper, staples, paper towels, togo boxes, and much more. When you try to estimate the carbon footprint of all that stuff, it's important to stick to your heavy hitters. When we looked at Babcock, we knew newspapers, printer paper, and textbooks would be biggies. With so many late nights, we knew plastic and aluminum bottles would also be big components too. Here's the rundown for our different categories of stuff.
Newspaper
57,310Pounds of newspaper purchased each year (1) 

2.66Pounds of CO2 per pound of newspaper (2) 

152,446Pounds of CO2 produced from Babcock's newspaper purchases (76 tons) 
Printer paper
32,749Pounds of printer paper purchased each year (1) 

4.36Pounds of CO2 per pound of printer paper (2) 

142,785Pounds of CO2 produced from Babcock's paper purchases (72 tons) 
Textbooks
18,144Pounds of textbooks purchased each year (1) 

5.00Pounds of CO2 per pound of textbooks (2) 

90,720Pounds of CO2 produced from Babcock's textbook purchases (45 tons) 
Plastic bottles
941Pounds of plastic bottles purchased each year (1) 

1.14Pounds of CO2 per pound of textbooks (2) 

1,073Pounds of CO2 produced from Babcock's plastic bottle purchases (0.5 tons) 
Aluminum cans
38Pounds of aluminum cans purchased each year (1) 

4.49Pounds of CO2 per pound of textbooks (2) 

170Pounds of CO2 produced from Babcock's aluminum can purchases (0.09 tons) 