SCI 227: Dependence of Man on the Environment
SCI 227: Dependence of Man on the Environment PRG211
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Written Assignment Household Carbon Footprint Eileen Stafford SCI 227 Dependence of Man on the Environment Instructor Erin Poliakon July 30 2013 ASSIGNMENT 1 REPORTING FORM TABLE A Ecological Footprint Footprint Results Answers to the following 2 questions will be given upon completion of footprint If everyone lived like you how many planet Earth s would 44 we need To support your lifestyle how many productive global acres 196 area needed Ecological Footprint Breakdown Values can be obtained by scrolling over pie chart generated at completion of footprint Percent of emissions from Food 26 Percent of emissions from Shelter 12 Percent of emissions from Mobility 7 Percent of emissions from Goods 10 Percent of emissions from Services 45 TABLE B Household Emissions Household Emissions Results Answers can be found in bar graphs following completion of calculator What are your current household emissions 3918 What are the US average household emissions 1245 00 What was your reduced emissions 3704 22 Household Emissions Savings Answers can be found above bar graphs If you took all actions you would reduce annual emissions 2141 by If you took all actions your potential dollar savings would be 214 Your new total annual estimated C02 emissions 3704 2 Assignment Questions 1 What are the 3 everyday products and practices that contribute most to your environmental footprint The 3 everyday products and practices that contribute the most to my environmental footprint are Services Food and Shelter 2 What impacts might result if everyone in the world enjoyed the same lifestyle For example what might the impacts be on a Earth39s Climate The Earth s climate could be impacted greatly if everyone were to enjoy the same lifestyle as me due to the amount of shopping and traveling by car without carpooling as I do Although my footprint is signi cantly lower than the average household feel that I could do better by eating locally grown food instead of packaged products The amount of waste produced by my actions can pollute the Earth s soil and waters and possibly endanger animals that enter into the garbage ridden areas b Biodiversity The biodiversity of our planet could be at risk due to my actions because the amount of waste that is produced could endanger the animals that come into contact with it The excessive food packaging lls up disposal sites and the amount of gasoline and emissions from my vehicle could affect the water supplies and ecosystems of the wildlife cEconomic Security The economic security could be affected because the land and resources required to produce the amount of products that are purchased will eventually run out As it is the large based food companies have begun to use GMO produced foods and this has led to an increase in the price of locally grown and organic products This has forced lower income families to rely on the GMO product 3 Identify solutions to the issues you mention in question 2 What are the savings of BOTH carbon emissions and money you can achieve via each solution To solve these issues I would need to cease purchasing large quantities of prepackaged foods purchase vehicles that have higher MPG rates and carpool when possible and stop buying as many new and shipped household products I could shop for 2nCI hand household items and begin to recycle and reuse waste products when possible as well I also could begin to line dry 50 of my laundry to save energy power from the drying machine which is not energy ef cient This would allow me to save 214 a year and would reduce my carbon emissions by 2141 a year 4 Does reducing the size of our footprint necessarily mean reducing our quality of life Why or why not Are there ways of enhancing quality of life while lowering impact I do not believe that any of these solutions would decrease my quality of life If anything it would increase it By eating less GMO food products my family would be healthier and we would not produce as much waste less garbage to take to the curb each week By carpooling we would be able to enjoy each other s company while traveling and save money on gasoline And by line drying some of our laundry we will be able to further appreciate the resources that we have available to us when we choose Plus our clothes will smell like sunshine References Global Footprint Network 2011 September 8 Footprint calculator Interactive calculator Retrieved from httpWWWfootprintnetworkorgenindeXphpGFNpagecalculators Selhorst A 2013 Environmental footprint reporting form Word file College of Liberal Arts Ashford University Turk J amp Bensel T 2011 Contemporary environmental issues San Diego CA Bridgepoint Education Inc United States Environmental Protection Agency 2012 July 31 Household carbon footprint calculator Interactive calculator Retrieved from httpWWWepagovclimatechangeghgemissionsindcalculatorhtn
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