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Unformatted text preview: Personal Ecological Footprint From the Institute for Sustainable Energy Complete each of the categories for a typical day in your home. Add the points in each category to obtain a subtotal, and transfer each subtotal to the summary chart. Use the grand total to calculate your ecological footprint. Water Use My Score 1. My shower (or bath) on a typical day is: __140______ No shower/no bath (0) Short shower 3- 4 times a week (25) Short shower once a day (50) Long shower once a day (70) More than one shower per day (90) 2. I flush the toilet: ____20____ Every time I use it (40) Sometimes (20) 3. When I brush my teeth, I let the water run (40) ___20_____ 4. We use water- saving toilets (- 20) ____0____ 5. We use low- flow showerheads (- 20) ____0____ Water Use Subtotal 180 Food 1. On a typical day, I eat: __1200______ Meat more than once per day (600) Meat once per day (400) Meat a couple times a week (300) Vegetarian (200) Vegan (150) 2. ____ of my food is grown locally or is organic ___30_____ All (0) Some (30) None (60) 3. I compost my fruit/vegetable scraps and peels ___60_____ Yes (- 20) No (60) 4. ______ of my food is processed __100______ All (100) Some (30) None (0) 5. ______ of my food has packaging ___100_____ All (100) Some (30) None (0) 6. On a typical day, I waste: ___0_____ None of my food (0) One- fourth of my food (25) One- third of my food (50) Food Subtotal 1500 Transportation 1. On a typical day, I travel to school by: Foot or bike (0) Public transit/school bus (30) Private vehicle, carpool (100) Private vehicle, 1 student (200) 2. Our vehicle’s fuel efficiency is More than 30 miles/gallon (- 50) 24- 30 miles/gallon (50) 17- 23 miles/gallon (100) Less than 17 miles/gallon (200) 3. The time I spend in vehicles on a typical day is: No time (0) Less than half an hour (40) Half an hour to 1 hour (100) More than 1 hour (200) 4. How big is the car in which I travel on a typical day? No car (- 2) Small (50) Medium (100) Large (SUV) (200) 5. Number of cars in our driveway? No car (- 20) Less than 1 car per driver (0) One car per driver (50) More than 1 car per driver (100) More than 2 cars per driver (200) 6. Number of flights I take per year? 0 (0) 1- 2 (200) More than 2 (400) Transportation Subtotal: Shelter 1. My house is ______. Single house on large lot (suburbia) (50) Single house on small lot (city) (0) Townhouse/attached house (0) Apartment (- 50) 2. Divide number of rooms in home (no baths) by the number of people living at home 1 room per person or less (- 50) 1- 2 rooms per person (0) 2- 3 rooms per person (100) More than 3 rooms per person (200) 3. We own a second or vacation home that is often empty. No (0) We own/use it with others (200) Yes (400) __0______ __100______ ___200_____ ___100_____ __400______ __100______ 1000 __50______ ___0_____ ___200_____ Shelter Subtotal Energy Use 1. In cold months, our house temperature is; Under 59 degrees F (- 20) 59- 64 degrees F (50) 65- 71 degrees F (100) 72 degrees F or higher (150) 2. We dry clothes outdoors or on an indoor rack. Always (- 50) Sometimes (20) Never (60) 3. We use an energy- efficient refrigerator. Yes (- 50) No (50) 4. We have a second refrigerator/freezer. Yes (100) No (0) 5. We use 5 or more compact fluorescent light bulbs. Yes (- 50) No (100) 6. I turn off lights, computer, and television when they are not in use. Yes (0) No (50) 7. To cool off, I use: Air conditioning: car (50) Air conditioning: home (100) Electric fan (- 10) Nothing (- 50) 8. My clothes washer is a ______. Top load (100) Front load (50) Laundromat (25) Energy Use Subtotal Clothing 1. I change my outfit every day and put it in the laundry. (80) 2. I am wearing clothes that have been mended or fixed. (- 20) 3. One- fourth of my clothes are handmade or secondhand. (- 20) 4. Most of my clothes are purchased new each year. (200) 5. I give the local thrift store clothes that I no longer wear. Yes (- 50) No (100) 6. I never wear _____% of the clothes in my closet Less than 25% (25) 50% (50) 75% (75) More than 75% (100) 250 ___100_____ ___20_____ ___50_____ ____100____ ____100____ ____0____ ____50____ ___50_____ 470 __80______ __0______ __0______ __100______ ____- 50____ __75______ 7. I buy _____ new pairs of shoes every year. ____0____ 0- 1 (0) 2 to 3 (20) 4 to 6 (60) 7 or more (90) Clothing Subtotal 195 Stuff 1. All my garbage from today could fit into a: ___200_____ Shoebox (20) Small garbage can (60) Kitchen garbage can (200) No garbage created today! (- 50) 2. I recycle all my paper, cans, glass and plastic. (- 100) ___- 100_____ 3. I reuse items rather than throw them out. (- 20) ___100_____ 4. I repair items rather than throw them out (- 20) ___- 20_____ 5. I avoid disposable items as often as possible. __- 50______ Yes (- 50) No (60) 6. I use rechargeable batteries whenever I can (- 30) ___- 30_____ 7. In my home we have ___ number of electronics? __100______ (computer, TV, stereo, VCR, DVD, X box, Game Boy, etc.) 0- 5 (25) 5- 10 (75) 10- 15 (100) more than 15 (200) 8. How much equipment is needed for typical activities? __80______ None (0) Very little (20) Some (60) A lot (80) Stuff Subtotal 280 Summary Transfer your subtotals from each section and add them together to obtain the grand total. Divide the grand total by 300. Water use __1500______ Food _1000_______ Transportation __250______ Shelter __280______ Energy use __470______ Clothing ___280_____ Stuff __280______ Grand Total __5700______ ÷ 300 = ____19.25____ Earths If everyone lived like I do we would need __19. 25______ Earths to sustain the people of the world. Multiplying the number of Earths needed by 4.7 gives the number of acres used to support my lifestyle. ___90.25_____ acres Worldwide there are 4.7 biologically productive acres available per person, and this doesn’t include all of the other plants’ and animals’ needs. Some average footprints: United States: 24 acres Canada: 22 acres Italy: 9 acres Pakistan: Less than 2 acres Living Sustainably on the Earth A. Water 1. Take showers instead of baths; if you already take showers, shorten them. 2. Don’t brush your teeth or shave with the water running. 3. If you have a lawn, water early in the day or late in the evening if possible. B. Agriculture/Food 1. Grow some of your own food 2. Buy organically grown veggies. 3. Cook at night or outside to keep house cool. 4. Keep water in the refrigerator so you don’t have to run the faucet for cold water. 5. Reduce your meat consumption, substitute tofu for meat. 6. Help non profits plant trees in developing countries. 7. Support local farmers/farm stands. 8. Support/join groups that help restore ecosystems. C. Transportation 1. Ride your bike or walk to work or school or the store. 2. Take a bus, vanpool or carpool. 3. Drive an energy- efficient vehicle. 4. Keep your car tuned and tire pressure at correct levels. 5. Group your trips with the car. D. Personal actions that support sustainability are: 1. Be frugal. Use only what you need. Buy less so that you produce less waste. 2. Be efficient. Promote energy efficiency and use resources in your daily life efficiently. 3. Be a recycler. Recycle all wastes that you can and buy products from recycled materials. 4. Compost organic waste. 5. Help restore the environment, replant, and protect wetlands. 6. Help control population growth. 7. Print all assignments on both sides of the paper. 8. On a long trip take a train or a bus, not a jet. E. Home 1. Plant wildlife friendly yards. 2. Discuss environmental ethics with your family and friends. 3. Select nontoxic alternatives for cleaning products, pesticides and paints. 4. Don’t discard anything down storm sewers; recycle. 5. Don’t use an in- sink disposal. F. Energy 1. Shut off lights, stereo, computers, etc. when not in use. 2. Draw curtains at night, use insulated curtains. 3. Add insulation, caulk, and weather stripping. 4. Use fluorescent bulbs where possible. 5. Keep thermostat at 68 degrees F in winter and 78 degrees F in summer; use fans. 6. Dress more warmly in winter. 7. turn down thermostat on water heater. 8. Install flow reducers on faucets and shower heads. 9. Do only full loads of laundry. 10. Dry clothes on a line. 11. Repair leaky faucets. 12. Heat only used areas. 13. Install an automatic thermostat. ...
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