Week 2 Lab 1

Topics: Carbon dioxide, Greenhouse gas / Pages: 5 (1202 words) / Published: May 10th, 2012
The purpose of this lab is to learn more about how connected you are to the ecosystems and biosphere that you inhabit. You will learn how your everyday choices contribute to the human impacts on our environment you’ve been learning about. Most importantly, you will learn about benefits that you can achieve by joining the increasing number of people who are making choices that reduce their environmental impact.

The objectives of this lab are to: • Identify the products and practices that contribute most to your environmental footprint • Identify solutions for each of these products and practices and estimate your savings of BOTH carbon emissions and money. • Consider the multiple benefits (e.g., environmental, economic, health, etc) that humanity can achieve by reducing our individual and collective environmental impacts.

1. Find out your ecological footprint: a. Visit the Global Footprint Network web site. Use the footprint calculator to measure your ecological footprint and learn “how many earths” it takes to support your lifestyle. Be sure to choose the “detailed response” option for each question. b. Answer each question in the quiz honestly and record your answers in the following categories: • Your food (how much of it is animal products, processed, produced locally, and more) • Your home (energy sources, how much trash you generate, how much new clothing and furniture you buy each month) • Your mobility (how many miles you drive, the mileage of your vehicle(s), your use of public transport) c. On the results page, click on “Explore scenarios” to learn how to reduce your footprint. d. Use the questions that follow to reflect on your experience and feelings when taking this quiz.

2. Learn about specific products and practices that will help you reduce your environmental footprint and can even save you money. a. Visit the EPA Household Emissions Calculator and

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