Instructions: Enter the data you are collecting from the ecological footprint calculator in the appropriate place in the table. Then answer the related questions.

Total Travel

(tons of CO2/year)

Total Housing

(tons of CO2/year)

Total Food

(tons of CO2/year)

Total Shopping

(tons of CO2/year)

Your Household’s Total Ecological Footprint
[Enter total tons of CO2 your household produces/year from travel here.] [Enter total tons of CO2 your household produces/year from housing here.]

 

[Enter total tons of CO2 your household produces/year from food here.]

 

[Enter total tons of CO2 your household produces/year from shopping here.]

 

[Enter total tons of CO2 your household produces/year here.]

 

Questions:

  1. What is your impression of your carbon footprint? Is it larger or smaller than you expected? How so?
  1. Which factors contribute the most to your carbon footprint? Is this what you expected? Or were some surprises? Explain.
  2. What type of travel produced the most CO2? How consistent is this with your expectations? Explain.
  3. What actions will you take to reduce your ecological footprint? Be sure to provide your rationale for selecting these actions.
  4. What challenges do you anticipate you will face in reducing your ecological footprint? How might you overcome these challenges?