#EcologicalFootprint accounting can help cities, states and nations measure their natural capital surplus or deficit, identify key challenges and opportunities, and forecast the impact of different policies. Our Net Present Value Plus (NPV+) tool can help government agencies at all levels manage their capital investments in a fiscally responsible and sustainable way.
An analysis by Earth Economics of outdoor recreation found there were about 446 million participant days a year spent on outdoor recreation in the state, resulting in $21.6 billion dollars in annual expenditures and 200,000 jobs. This analysis encouraged legislators to vote for new funding to prevent park closures as many other states shut down parks during this time. #USAfootprint http://buff.ly/1L7Meox
The most comprehensive economic valuation of the Delta to date is estimated between $330 billion and $1.3 trillion in benefits, which includes hurricane and flood protection, water supply, recreation and fisheries. The Army Corps of Engineers recognized the benefit of wetlands in mitigating flooding and storm surge and shifted $500 million toward restoration. Earth Economics #USAfootprint
In 2003, Global Footprint Network, a 501c (3) nonprofit organization, was established to enable a sustainable future where all people have the opportunity to live satisfying lives within the means of one planet.
An essential step in creating a one-planet future is measuring human impact on the Earth so we can make more informed choices.
That is why our work aims to accelerate the use of the Ecological Footprint — a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what.
The Ecological Footprint is a data-driven metric that tells us how close we are to the goal of sustainable living. Footprint accounts work like bank statements, documenting whether we are living within our ecological budget or consuming nature’s resources faster than the planet can renew them.
Our efforts are fueled by a future vision in which human demand on nature is monitored as closely as the stock market. A time when designers are shaping products, buildings, and cities that have one-planet Footprints. A world where all humans prosper and development succeeds because we are finally recognizing ecological constraints and using innovation to advance more than just the economic bottom line.
Making this vision a reality is our work. We provide the scientific data necessary to drive large-scale, social change.
Together with hundreds of individuals, 200 cities, 23 nations, leading business, scientists, NGO’s, academics and our 90-plus global Partners — spanning six continents — we are advancing the impact of the Footprint in the world, applying it to practical projects and sparking a global dialogue about a one-planet future and how we can facilitate change.