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Do we fit on the planet?
Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.5 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year.
Your Ecological Footprint: Defining, Calculating, and Reducing Your Environmental Footprint : TreeHugger
by Collin Dunn, Portland, OR, USA on 02. 7.08
REpublished from treehugger.com
Ecological footprint: what is it?
An analysis that gauges our impact on the planet’s biological systems, the ecological footprint measures human consumption of natural resources in comparison to Earth’s ecological capacity to regenerate them. Individually, each of us has “a footprint,” and, collectively, they aggregate across geographical zones and other means of classification. Calculation of the footprint takes into account just about everything we do; from the food we eat, to the house we live in, to the car we drive and the other consumption habits we practice each day. It’s a very complex calculation that answers a straightforward question: how much of the Earth’s resources do our lifestyles require?
The City of Chicago announced today that it has issued a grant to the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) for the re-launch of the Chicago Waste to Profit (WTP) Network, a by-product synergy project in which wastes and under-valued resources at one facility are matched with users at another, resulting in cost savings for the participating businesses while diverting waste from landfills, reducing energy use and CO2 emissions and helping create and retain jobs.
The highly successful network was started in 2006 by the Chicago Manufacturing Center and the US BCSD in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Environment, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and US EPA Region 5.
I LOVE case studies and success stories of how a group of teachers, parents and/or community leaders not only get it but GOT it done!
Check out how this Arrowhead High School Green Group structured their successful group almost completely ONLINE (how green) and made it work. Way to GO Arrowhead.
Although we still meet as a class at least once a week, all of the materials students need are online: we discuss and edit papers online, we talk about problems and solutions online, we read articles online, we take notes online, we watch videos online and we hold discussions online.
Within this form, students demonstrated learning and growth when they were able to:
• Set and have a goal they can reach (that makes sense to them)
• Be internally motivated
• Be positively challenged
• Be useful in the learning process
• Be given a chance to practice what they’ve learned
• Produce quality work they’re proud of
• See the outcomes of their learning
• Do something
• Complete enjoyable assignments
• Take charge of their learning
• Become competent in the subject
• Be partners with the teachers in their own learning
• Evaluate their own learning and
• GO GREEN!
Recycling is one of the easiest and most traditional ways to have a positive impact on your environment and community. The simple act of tossing a can into a recycling bin rather than a trashcan not only diverts needless trash from entering landfills, but also decreases the need to extract and process virgin materials from the earth. In this way, recycling saves natural resources and energy, thus helping the economy by reducing production and energy expenses.
Here is a great step by step path to going Green by starting with a recycling program at your school. Why reinvent the wheel? Use this great step by step guide to getting your program started and share with me your successes and failures!
I am about to start one at my daughters’ school here in Chicago and really want to expand the idea just beyond a recycling program.
Why are we recycling? What are the implications for our planet and how will our efforts measurably impact our school, our community and the world?
If kids can undertand in some way (depending on their grade level) WHY they are doing something then I think it will go a long way towards their involvement with and their more complete understanding of why we should recycle (and re-use and reduce) our waste.
A really great tool available to align home owner’s Green goals with contractors.
ASID Foundation and USGBC have partnered on the development of best practice guidelines for sustainable residential improvement projects. REGREEN fosters sustainable renovation practices and benefits by providing quality resources, including REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines, numerous case studies, educational offerings, a Certificate of designation for green remodel professionals, a green strategy generator that specifies green measures based on project scope and goals and much more.