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SCI207 Week1 Assignment Reporting Form1 Environmental Footprint

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Assignment 1 – Environmental Footprint
TABLE A. Ecological Footprint
Footprint Results
(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? 4
To support your lifestyle, how many productive global acres area needed? 17.9
Ecological Footprint Breakdown
(Values can be obtained by scrolling over pie chart generated at completion of
footprint)
Percent of emissions from Food 14%
Percent of emissions from Shelter 16%
Percent of emissions from Mobility 4%
Percent of emissions from Goods 18%
Percent of emissions from Services 49%
TABLE B. Household Emissions
Household Emissions Results
(Answers can be found in bar graphs following completion of calculator)
What are your current household emissions? 29,653
What are the U.S. average household emissions? 41,500
What was your reduced emissions? 25,826
Household Emissions Savings
(Answers can be found above bar graphs
If you took all actions you would reduce annual emissions by: 3,827
If you took all actions your potential dollar savings would be: $294
Your new total annual estimated CO2 emissions: 25,826
QUESTIONS

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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.
Answer = 4. If everyone lived the way I did the climate, biodiversity, and economic security
would be negatively affected. I do not recycle anything and if no one recycles the landfills
will be full of recyclable materials when the landfill could be used for items that can not be
recycled.
2. Based on your findings from the ecological footprint calculator, what are the 3 everyday
products and practices that contribute most to your environmental footprint?
Answer = Percent of emissions from Services 49%, Percent of emissions from Goods 18%,
and Percent of emissions from Shelter 16%.
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 actions.
Answer = Wash my clothes in cold water instead of hot. $64 annual savings and 851 pounds of CO
2
per
year. Turn down my household's air condioner thermostat by 2 degrees Fahrenheit in summer: $9
annual savings and 337 pounds of CO
2
per year.
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?
Answer = No I do not believe that reducing the size of my ecological footprint would
necessarily mean reducing the quality of my life. Starting to recycle paper, cans, and glass
would greatly reduce the amount of trash I create each week will enhance my life by
knowing I am not filling landfills with unnecessary items and will help reduce my carbon
footprint.

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References:
N.A. EPA: United States Environmental Protection Agency. 2013. Household Carbon Footprint
Calculator. Retrieved from: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/ind-
calculator.html
N.A. Global Footprint Network. 2003-2013. Footprint Calculator. Retrieved from:
http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/

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