- Personal Footprint Tools
- Personal Footprint Tools
Each of us is responsible for our own personal footprint, but how do we actually measure impact? Here are some of our favorites...
How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Use the Global Footprint Network’s calculator to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth. The footprint calculator represents the amount of land and sea area needed to provide the resources a person needs (food, shelter, etc.), and absorb their carbon dioxide emissions.
This Water Footprint Calculator is 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 calculator was created to initiate GRACE Communications Foundations Water Program. It will help you explore how you use water, estimate your household’s water footprint and learn ways to conserve. How much water do you consume?
Then check out this great infographic on 100 Water Saving Tips.
This Carbon Footprint Calculator provided by the EPA helps individuals and households estimate their greenhouse gas emissions and explore the impact of taking various actions to reduce emissions. The calculator is broken into three sections: current emissions, emission reductions and savings. It's more than a tool to calculate carbon emissions, it can also be used to figure out the best actions to take to reduce emissions and save money.
As web-based company founded on the belief that walkable neighborhoods with access to public transit, shorter commutes, and proximity to the people and places you love are the key to a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Walk Score helps you find a walkable place to live so you can drive less and live more. Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address.
Bike Score measures whether a location is good for biking on a scale from 0 - 100 based on four equally weighted components: Bike lanes, Hills, Destinations and road connectivity, and Bike commuting mode share. Like Walk Score and Transit Score, the goal of Bike Score is to provide an easy way to evaluate bikeability at a specific location.
Benefits Toolkit (Landscape Calculators)
The Landscape Performance Series Benefits Toolkit is a searchable collection of online tools and calculators to estimate landscape performance. The resources in the toolkit range from stormwater and rain water harvesting calculators to watershed and tree benefit assessments. The tools can be used to estimate specific landscape benefits for completed projects when actual measurements are not available, or they can be used in the design phase to compare projected benefits among various options. Many tools also allow the user to compare life-cycle costs for conventional and sustainable design features.
Food Access Research Atlas
Using the Food Access Research Atlas, individuals can view indicators of food access for selected subpopulations, create maps showing food access indicators and download data on food access measure. Limited access to supermarkets, grocery stores, or other sources of healthy and affordable food may make it harder for some Americans to eat a healthy diet. Expanding the availability of nutritious and affordable food by developing and equipping grocery stores, small retailers, corner markets and farmers’ markets in communities with limited access is an important part of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative.
Most measures and definitions around food access take into account at least some of the following indicators of access:
- Accessibility to sources of healthy food, as measured by distance to a store or by the number of stores in an area.
- Individual-level resources that may affect accessibility, such as family income or vehicle availability.
- Neighborhood-level indicators of resources, such as the average income of the neighborhood and the availability of public transportation.
Localize Sustainability offers personal and local sustainability solutions based on location and lifestyle and each person's unique opportunity to save money, live healthier, and with a lighter touch. To help implement the 2011-2015 King County Strategic Plan, Executive Dow Constantine proposed this website so residents could more easily learn about the sustainability of their communities and find resources to make informed decisions. Localize helps to measure and improve sustainability aspects of households, businesses, neighborhoods, and King County. Calculators inform travel behavior, energy usage and food consumption. Solutions and community resources are included to help individuals make improvements that reduce cost, pollute less and improve health.