Conservation Station: Calculating Your Ecological Footprint

In this activity, students will consider and estimate their consumption of energy used in the home, transportation, food, housing, and for goods and services, while estimating the amount of waste they generate.

The goal is to identify ways they can reduce the impact that they have on Earth.

In this activity, students will begin to understand the food-energy-water
nexus and how their decisions impact the Earth. Students will take a quiz
to estimate how many natural resources or nature their lifestyle requires.
This quiz allows students to consider and estimate their consumption of
energy used in the home, transportation, food, housing, and for goods
and services, while estimating the amount of waste they generate. After
completing the quiz, students will compare their score with others and
identify ways they can reduce the impact that they have on Earth.

Students will be able to:
• Assess their lifestyle to
estimate their consumption
of energy use and
production of waste.
• Analyze data to determine
how many biologically
productive hectares they
would require supporting
their current lifestyle.
• Compare the total number
of hectares needed for their
lifestyle to the number of
hectares per person the
Earth can support.

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes


Science Topics
Conservation & Sustainability, Natural Resources, Waste
Middle School, Educator
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade
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