Shifting public policy to achieve a sustainable economy, a healthy environment and a just society.


How We Use the Ecological Footprint

Redefining Progress is adapting the Ecological Footprint Quiz for policy and educational purposes, based on new methodologies and current data. In addition to the Footprint calculators for individuals and offices, we are working on local, regional, and national calculators that more accurately measure our impact on the Earth.

Footprint 2.0

Historically, Footprint Analysis has been a highly useful and yet imprecise tool. Redefining Progress is modifying the Ecological Footprint so that analysis includes our impacts on less productive lands, such as tundra and deserts, as well as on the open ocean.

This next-generation methodology, which we call Footprint 2.0, allocates space for other species, modifies how the global carbon budget is allocated, and more accurately measures the ecological productivity of our aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Footprint of Nations

Our first report using Footprint 2.0 methodology is The Footprint of Nations 2005 (download PDF), a nation-by-nation analysis of both footprint and biocapacity. Learn more about Footprint 2.0 and your country’s Ecological Footprint by visiting the Footprint of Nations website.

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Ecological Fishprint

Redefining Progress has developed a new way to measure the foot print of fisheries, or “fishprint,” component of the Ecological Footprint so that it better reflects the reality of over fishing. Because fishing on the high seas is an increasingly important component of the global catch, our new method includes the entire ocean in biocapacity.

The Ecological Fishprint changes the basis for calculating the fishprint from tonnes to tonnes of primary productivity required. It modifies the basic Footprint analysis equations to include an ecological sustained yield threshold, and it modifies biocapacity to account for marine protected areas.

This new approach suggests that humanity’s Fishprint exceeded the Earth’s marine biocapacity beginning in 1970. By 2003, Redefining Progress found a global overshoot of 157%.

For a quick calculation of your country’s Fishprint, visit the Sea Around Us Project.

Municipal, Regional, and Business Footprint Analysis

Redefining Progress conducts Footprint Analysis for governments, community organizations, and businesses seeking a tool to measure the success of their sustainability initiatives. Visit Indicators Analysis for more information.

Ecological Footprint Education

The Ecological Footprint is a fun, easy-to-grasp concept to use for teaching about the environment, science, math, and social studies. Redefining Progress has created materials for teachers interested in using the Footprint in their classrooms. Learn more at Footprint Education.

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