Assignment 1 ? Environmental Footprint
TABLE A. Ecological Footprint
(Answers to the following 2 questions will be given upon completion of footprint)
If everyone lived like you, how many planet Earth?s would we need?
To support your lifestyle, how many productive global acres area needed?
Ecological Footprint Breakdown
(Values can be obtained by scrolling over pie chart generated at completion of footprint)
Percent of emissions from Food
Percent of emissions from Shelter
Percent of emissions from Mobility
Percent of emissions from Goods
Percent of emissions from Services
TABLE B. Household Emissions
Household Emissions Results
(Answers can be found in bar graphs following completion of calculator)
What are your current household emissions?
What are the U.S. average household emissions?
What was your reduced emissions?
Household Emissions Savings
(Answers can be found above bar graphs
If you took all actions you would reduce annual emissions by:
If you took all actions your potential dollar savings would be:
Your new total annual estimated CO2 emissions:
1. Based on your findings from the ecological footprint calculator, how many Earth?s would be needed to support the global population if everyone lived your same
lifestyle? Additionally, describe the impacts on the Earth?s climate, biodiversity, and economic security if every individual in the world lived your same lifestyle
and discuss why these impacts would occur.
2. Based on your findings from the ecological footprint calculator, what are the 3 everyday products and practices that contribute most to your environmental
3. Based on the information from the reduce emissions section of the household emissions calculator, name at least 2 actions that you can take to limit your carbon
emissions? Include in your answer the exact dollar savings and the weight of carbon dioxide that could be saved (from the calculator results) for each of these two
4. Does reducing the size of your ecological footprint necessarily mean reducing your quality of life? Why or why not? Are there ways of enhancing your quality of life
while lowering your environmental impact?
Any sources utilized in your question answers should be listed here.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric before beginning the assignment.
The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about how connected you are to the ecosystems and biosphere that you inhabit. You
will learn how your everyday choices impact our environment. Most importantly, you will learn about the benefits of joining the increasing number of people who are
making choices that reduce their environmental impact.
First, calculate your ecological footprint.
a.Use the Footprint Calculator to measure your ecological footprint and learn ?how many Earths? it takes to support your lifestyle. Be sure to choose the ?detailed
response? option for each question.
b.Answer each question in the quiz honestly and record your answers and results in the Environmental Footprint Reporting Form.
Second, calculate your household carbon emissions.
a.Use the Household Carbon Footprint Calculator to measure your carbon emissions and determine your environmental impact and the benefits of solutions. ?Section 1:
Estimate your current total household emissions (from home energy use, vehicle use, waste).
?Section 2: Explore actions you can take to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, and waste disposal costs.
?Section 3: See how much you can save (in dollars and emissions) by taking the actions you chose in Section 2.
b.Answer each question in the quiz honestly and record your answers and results in the Environmental Footprint Reporting Form. Complete Tables A and B as well as
assignment questions 1 through 4 in complete sentences on the Environmental Footprint Reporting Form.
Complete Tables A and B as well as Questions 1 through 4 in complete sentences on the Environmental Footprint Reporting Form and submit the document via Waypoint. The
document does not need to include a title page or other APA formatting; however, if you utilize any outside sources in your answers, you must reference these sources
in proper APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.