Ecological Footprint

Ecological Footprint 
Step 1 – Find your ecological footprint
Calculate your ecological footprint using Calculator tool at (Links to an external site.) using the ADD DETAILS TO IMPROVE ACCURACY option. 
Here’s a few hints to help you through the process:

If your home is stucco (the bumpy plaster-like material used in most SoCal housing) select Brick/Concrete as the closest match.
If you purchase electricity from a utility company about 20% of your energy comes from renewable sources. If you have solar panels attached to electrical grid about 80% of your energy comes from renewable sources. 

Take screen shots of all of your results and include the screenshots in your document. 
For more information and FAQs visit (Links to an external site.). 
Step 2 – Analyze your results

Find your global hectares in the results. Find the population and area in hectares of the city you live in (you may need to convert from sq. miles or acres). If everyone in your city lived like you, how may global hectares would be needed? Is this more or less than the land area of your city? 
Find your carbon footprint in tonnes of CO2 per year. Multiply this by the global population of 7.9 billion people. If everyone lived like you, what would be the carbon footprint of humanity? Would this be more or less than the current global average of 36 billion tonnes per year? 

Include your math and results in your document. 
Step 3 – Discuss the ecological footprint concept
Write a short essay (approx. 1 page) critically assessing the concept of the ecological footprint as a tool. Weigh its theoretical and practical pros and cons. Consider how urban life contributes to ones ecological footprint and how the I=PAT equation (population, affluence or consumption, & technology) may influence the person or societal results. 
Carbon Footprint Alternative
Do the above analysis and discussion, but replace the ecological footprint concept and Global Footprint Network calculator with a carbon footprint concept and use the EPA’s carbon footprint calculator at (Links to an external site.). Note that to do this alternative you must know the cost of utility bills for your residence, which is not always practical for students and renters.

Results screenshots (Step 1).
Math and analytical results (Step 2).
Works cited, properly formatted using APA guidelines. Be sure to cite the calculator and other sources of data used.