|Ecological footprint is a metaphor used to depict the amount of land and water area a human population would hypothetically need to provide the resources required to support itself and to absorb its wastes. It is commonly used to explore the sustainability of individual lifestyles, goods and services, organizations, industry sectors, regions and nations. Ecological footprint analysis approximates the amount of ecologically productive land and sea area required to sustain a population, manufacture a product, or undertake certain activities, by accounting the use of energy, food, water, building material and other consumables.|
The purpose of taking the ecological footprint quiz is to educate you about your resource use and, hopefully, trigger you to alter your consumption. Worldwide, there exist 4.5 biologically productive acres per person. The average American lives a lifestyle that requires 24 acres per person. At the end of the quiz you will be shown an estimate of the number of acres required to support your lifestyle.
Calculate your footprint. When asked 'How big is the city where you live' for Seattle select 100,001 to 1,000,000. If you live in a residence hall, select '7 or more people' for the number of people in your household, '2500 square feet or larger' for the size of your home and select 'multi-story apartment building' for housing type.
Seattle Climate Action Now offers practical tools and resources that help us all become part of the solution to climate change. The Seattle CAN web portal is a one-stop-shop designed to help you take climate action. The site features:
- Get Started Guide for Climate Action in Seattle
- Zerofootprint Climate Action Planner - Tool to help residents calculate their carbon footprint, create an action plan for reducing it, track progress over time, and connect with others taking action
- Partners & Resources - Information about campaign partners and resources to help you take climate action
- Community Events Calendar