Reduce Your Footprint

There are choices we make everyday that have big consequences for our planet. Choices such as what to eat, how to heat and cool our homes, and how to get from one place to another - all have implications. Seemingly simple decisions such as the clothes we buy, the soap we wash them in, and how we dry them - even have big impacts. Understanding these impacts is the first step in reducing our footprint on earth. The resources here can help you make informed decisions and work towards a more sustainable and resilient planet.

Measure Your Carbon Footprint

A person's carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide) which were induced by their activities in a given time frame, usually for the time period of a year. Measure your carbon footprint to find out which of your activities can be modified. Then follow the suggested solutions to start reducing your impact on climate change.

What is the Global Carbon Budget?


Interactive Maps: Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint by Zip Code

Double click to zoom or drag map to any location. Hover for details.

For more maps, see http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/maps
Source: UC Berkeley CoolClimate Network, Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint (2013)

CoolClimate Carbon Footprint Calculator

From University of California Berkeley

Reduce Your Water Footprint

You can have a direct affect on water conservation by installing water saving devices, reducing the amount of water used at home in your garden, and by not disposing of toxic substances into the local water system. Did you know that you can influence your consumption of water by reducing the amount of energy you use? To learn more, visit the Water & Energy section.

Grace's Water Footprint Calculator

Water Calculator

This calculator features a brief set of questions that will get you thinking about how much water you and your household use and how water connects to almost every aspect of your life. The WFC will help you explore how you use water, estimate your household's water footprint and learn ways to conserve.

The Water Footprint Assessment Tool

Water Tool

This assessment tool and interactive map offer an easy way to calculate and map the global water footprint, assess its sustainability and identify strategic actions to improve the sustainability, efficiency and equitability of water use. The Water Footprint Network also makes its data sets, methods and tools, which available for free on their website.


Infographic: Water Footprint of an American

A recent report co-authored by Nature Conservancy scientist Brian Richter has found that water scarcity affects about 2.7 billion people for at least one month each year. This infographic from The Nature Conservancy shows how much water is used to produce the food we eat, clothes we wear and more. About 70 percent of the water extracted from rivers, lakes and aquifers is for agriculture.

Infographic Water

Food

Your food footprint is part of the overall ecological footprint and includes the land required for food production, absorption of carbon dioxide, and the sea area required for fishing.

Ecological Quiz

Ecological Footprint Quiz

The Center for Sustainable Economy has compiled a set of questions to help you determine your food footprint. Answer 27 questions to estimate the amount of land and ocean area required to sustain your consumption patterns and absorb your wastes on an annual basis. After taking the quiz you'll be able to compare your Ecological Footprint to others' and learn how to reduce your impact on the Earth.

Food sources

Understand Your Food Sources

Using data from the Drought Monitor project, Mother Jones magazine created this insightful collection of graphics, demonstrating the effect of a variety of foods on the California drought.

Eat Low Carbon

Eat Low Carbon Quiz

Bon Appétit is known for tackling pressing social issues such as local food, animal welfare, antibiotics in animal agriculture, farmworker rights, and more. Bon Appétit worked with Ecotrust to compile and conduct peer-reviewed Life Cycle Assessments and create this quiz, tips and food scores. Follow the images to test your knowledge about planet-friendly foods.


Infographic: Soil to Sky

The term agroecology encompasses a whole-systems approach to food, feed, and fiber production that balances environmental soundness, social equity, and economic viability. In this infographic from The Christensen Fund, modern agriculture technologies can be compared to sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound and economically viable, and that serve as a foundation for the future.

Infographic Food

Solutions

Here are some effective ways to slow down climate change by reducing your overall footprint.

What You Can Do

What You Can Do

The Environmental Protection Agency provides ideas for how you can reduce your footprint at home, at the office, on the road, and at school. Find out how you can reduce greenhouse gases and help make the air cleaner. Included are tips and resources to help.

The Natue Conservancy

5 Simple Things You Can Do

The Nature Conservancy has created this list of actions you can take now to reduce your water footprint. Start making changes today at home, online and outside.

Facing the Future

Facing the Future

Facing the Future creates tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future. The curriculum resources and professional development that Facing the Future provides are academically rigorous, easy for teachers to implement into their already crowded classroom schedules, and highly engaging for students. For climate change action projects, visit their Climate Change Action Project Database.