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#1 Old 04-28-2004, 02:26 AM
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I like that they have vegan as an option for the food question.

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#2 Old 04-28-2004, 03:20 AM
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I live alone in my own home and buy commercial goods, so my footprint is probably pretty big.



We did this a long time ago here: https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ead.php?t=4774 in case you want to see what other people were.



ETA: well last year this time I was at 33, now I'm at 29. I've dropped down one planetary rating.
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I got a 36.
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#4 Old 04-28-2004, 08:33 AM
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I got an 11. I had to guess on some of them though - I live with my parents, and have no idea how big our house is. But it's probably lower because I don't drive - I'm sort of scared to, so I don't have a lisence.
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I got an 11 too but I also had to guess about the size of the house and the gas efficiency of our car.
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#6 Old 04-28-2004, 08:51 AM
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CATEGORY / ACRES



FOOD / 3.2



MOBILITY / 2.5



SHELTER / 6.2



GOODS/SERVICES / 7.9



TOTAL FOOTPRINT - 20



IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.



WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.



IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 4.4 PLANETS.



Ouch. The processed food and daily commute don't help the numbers. We have a relatively small house, but only 2 people living there.
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I did this a while back, but I had a car then...



Here's how I did this time:





CATEGORY ACRES



FOOD 3.2



MOBILITY 1



SHELTER 5.7



GOODS/SERVICES 4.4



TOTAL FOOTPRINT 14







IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.



WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.









IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 3.2 PLANETS.
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Wow, I got 3.3



I guess our conservation efforts have really paid off! And it helps that we have chosen to live close to where we work.



IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 8.8 GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.



WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 1.8 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.



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IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 1.8 PLANETS.
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Oh mine is in hectares

I'm not sure what the conversion is.
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FOOD 3.2



MOBILITY 0.7



SHELTER 2.7



GOODS/SERVICES 3.2



TOTAL FOOTPRINT 10



Since the average is 24, I guess thats not so bad, even though it says 'IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 2.2 PLANETS.'
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#11 Old 04-28-2004, 10:27 AM
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Category Acres



Food 3



Mobility 0.2



Shelter 3.5



Goods/services 2.5



Total Footprint 9







In Comparison, The Average Ecological Footprint In Your Country Is 24 Acres Per Person.



Worldwide, There Exist 4.5 Biologically Productive Acres Per Person.









If Everyone Lived Like You, We Would Need 2.1 Planets.
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I got 21. It's better than average, but still not good.
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#13 Old 04-28-2004, 01:03 PM
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1 hectare = 2.47105381 acre
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We did this a long time ago here: https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ead.php?t=4774 in case you want to see what other people were.

Arrgghhh! Stupid search feature! I figured this had already been posted, so I searched for "myfootprint" before I posted it. The search didn't find anything though, I guess because I left out the ".org" or something. Oh well.

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Food: 4

Mobility: 2.2

Shelter: 9.6

Goods/Services: 8.2



Total Footprint: 24



So, not great, but about average for the U.S. My biggest dings are that I have a 32 mile commute round trip to work every day, plus errand running and such (and there's no public transportation available), so I put about 200-300 miles a week on my car; and my home is over 2500 square feet. My house is pretty energy efficient, though, and I recycle everything I possibly can. We're looking into the possibility of installing those solar shingles, but they're really expensive.
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I got a 24. I was good in the food category, but got not so good when it comes to transportation. Public transportation sucks here, and I have to drive 25 minutes to work and back every day! Oh how I wish I could ride a bike to work...



Guess what though... I bought a house today! It has some environmentally friendly features such as evaporative cooling instead or air conditioning, a gray water system from the washing machine, and a rain collection system that leads to drip irrigation for the front and back yards. I plan to start composting as well. I'll also be close to some good restaurants, book stores and a yoga studio that I can walk to!
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Congrats on the new house eggplant! Sounds pretty cool.
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Food 0.6

Mobility 0.4

Shelter 0.6

Goods/Services 0.9\t

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It doesn't figure calories for food. Food choices and proportions being equal, the 2000 kcal/day person's impact from food will be double that of the 1000 kcal/day person.



The calculator fails to determine the impact from cars more precisely. There can be a ten-fold difference in efficiency and emissions from model to model. This is of course a bigger issue in the US, where most people drive.



It also doesn't figure the impact of reproduction. If you reproduce 10 times and all 10 of your children live with you, you get a lower score.



It also neglects to ask about pets. If you have 150 lbs worth of pets in your house, it makes a significant addition to your impact in terms of food.



Also, the impact multipliers are regional. There isn't much you can do about that except to move to a lower impact area.
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Off topic - Only 1000 calories a day? Eep!
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I scored an 11.
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#22 Old 04-29-2004, 09:29 AM
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It also doesn't figure the impact of reproduction. If you reproduce 10 times and all 10 of your children live with you, you get a lower score.



It also neglects to ask about pets. If you have 150 lbs worth of pets in your house, it makes a significant addition to your impact in terms of food.



I also had problems with this - while I think the calculator is good from a "think about the impact you're making" perspective, there are some problems with it. My two dogs weigh a combined 170 pounds. They eat quite a bit, and since I buy prepared dog food, God knows where it comes from (I'm sure it's well over 200 miles away). As well, it LOWERS your score the more people you have living in your house. I'm not sure that makes sense - while square footage-wise you're not taking up more space, you're using a heck of a lot more energy and water, and generating a lot more waste. Not to mention, it doesn't ask how much land you live on - someone living in a 2500 square foot house on 1/4 acre (not uncommon for some neighborhoods around where I live) is going to use less to take care of their yard than me, who has an acre and a half. I guess the bottom line is that there are a lot of subtle differences that aren't captured in the calculator.
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Do not question the infalibility of the footprint calculator! These other issues you bring up are not important and do not effect your ecological foot print.



But, Marie says I have to add one point to my score because I use paper plates. So I guess I'm a size 30.
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Total footprint = 1.3 in hectares. Going by kpickell's conversion figures that's 3.2 acres.



IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 1.0 PLANETS.







Though, I did guess on the size of the house, and my bf and I are still living with his parents too. My footprint will be bigger when we move out (maybe sometime this century). Also, I'm about to start learning to drive and I'll be getting a car if we move somewhere rural.
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I got a 12.. 2.7 planets? man that sucks... I thought I was doing good.



For fun I filled out a survey how my average meat eater BF who travels would...



A 26, with 5.9 planets.

God.. and to think, most of the population would score like that. ouch.
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#26 Old 04-29-2004, 11:48 AM
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Do not question the infalibility of the footprint calculator! These other issues you bring up are not important and do not effect your ecological foot print.



But, Marie says I have to add one point to my score because I use paper plates. So I guess I'm a size 30.



You know what they say about big feet?
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#27 Old 04-29-2004, 01:11 PM
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I'm 2.1 hectares, 1.2 planets. It's a bit weird for me though because I live in student halls of residence.



It also doesn't take into account how much you recycle.
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8 acres here, planets required: 1.7
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#29 Old 04-29-2004, 06:40 PM
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i scored a 10. i definately need to be buying more locally grown food and cut down on my waste/junk mail.

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I got a 16, and the biggest areas of improvement are eating more locally grown and processed foods, and mobility. I have a 20 mile commute to work from my current residence.



Atlanta's public transit system isn't an option for going to work, and while I enjoy riding a bike as much as anyone else, it won't work for going to work. ^^;;



Also, I need to quit using so many convenience foods. There must be a farmer's market around here somewhere!

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