Brandywine Zoo Ecological Footprint Calculator

Water Use:
If your shower is less than 6 minutes or bath is ½ full +50
If your shower is usually more than 10 minutes or bath is full +80
If you brush your teeth w/ the water running +30
If you use water-saving device (in toilet tank, washer, shower head etc.) -15
If you wash your clothing in cold water -10
  WATER SUBTOTAL
Clothing:
You own some brand new clothes +100
You wear more than ½ of the clothes you own+40
You wear less than ½ of the clothes you own +80
¼ of your clothes are second-hand, hand –me-down, homemade, or repaired -20
You wear some clothes more than once before washing-5
  CLOTHING SUBTOTAL
Stuff:
You use non-environmentally friendly pesticides +400
Your garbage on a typical day fills more than ½ garbage can +115
Your garbage on a typical day fills less than ½ garbage can +45
You use environmentally friendly household cleaners -10
You recycle most items (paper, plastics, glass, clothes, batteries, oil, cardboard, etc.) -50
You recycle some of the time -20
You don't recycle 0
  STUFF SUBTOTAL
Shelter:
The number of rooms in your home (not bathrooms) - A 
The number of people that live in your home - B  
The number of rooms per person (A divided by B)  
The number of rooms per person is less than 2+20
The number of rooms per person is 2-4 +70
The number of rooms per person is 5-10 +100
The number of rooms per person is more than 10+150
You have a second or vacation home +400
You always turn off the lights and electrical appliances when done -20
You keep the temperature cool in winter and wear a sweater -20
All your light bulbs are energy conserving bulbs -20
Some of your light bulbs are energy conserving bulbs -10
  SHELTER SUBTOTAL
Transportation:
You spend more than 1 hour in a vehicle per day +70
You spend less than 1 hour in a vehicle per day +30
Your family owns 1 or no vehicles +10
Your family owns 2 or no vehicles +50
You usually walk or bike on a typical day, instead of drive +5
You use public transportation or carpool +40
  TRANSPORTATION SUBTOTAL
Fun:
If you use little (ie. Binoculars) or no equipment for your activities +15
If you use some to a lot of equipment (ie. Ski gear vs. soccer ball) +35
If you spend more than 1 hour on the computer and/or watching TV +70
If you spend less than 1 hour on the computer and/or watching TV +30
Consider how much land has been changed into fields, rinks, pools, gyms, ski slopes, movie theaters,
parking lots, etc.
If little to no land has changed for your activities +10
If some to a lot of land has changed +50
  FUN SUBTOTAL
Food:
If no or very little of your food was grown in your state+40
If some to all of your food was grown in your state+15
If some or all of your food is organic +10
If none or very little of your food is organic+30
If you compost some or all of your fruit and veggie waste-10
If you do not compost +30
If you throw out more than 1/3 of your food +85
If you throw out less than 1/3 of your food+30
Note: You are going to get a lot of points in the next section because you have to eat!
For each time in one week that you eat non-organic meats (beef, poultry, pork, farmed fish, or non-free range eggs) +100 (each meal)
For each time in a week you eat organic or free-range +50 (each meal)
If you consume dairy, fruit and/or vegetables +60
  FOOD SUBTOTAL
Now add up all your Subtotals Total =
Divide by 100 = (hectares)
Multiply by 1.5 = 
MY ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN FOOTBALL FIELDS IS:  
This is how many football fields of resources I need each year to sustain my lifestyle. Our Planet, right now, can only provide and sustain about 2.7 football fields per person. YOU have the power to make changes TODAY that can decrease your ecological footprint.



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