Ecological Footprint Handouts
Click on a link to open a single document from the training manual.
Section 1: Overview
Section 2: Handouts and Transparencies
9- EF Definition
vs. Non-Renewable Resources
Distribution of Income
Affecting the EF
and Poverty Cycle
to a Sustainable Food System
27 and 28- Sustainable
Section 3: Connecting the Ecological
Footprint to History
the EF to History
EF Connections to Standards
35- Sample EF Activities
California State History/Social Studies Standards and the Ecological Footprint
Section 4: Lesson Plans
Footprints through Time
Them Eat Cake (www.facingthefuture.org)
the Chips Are Down: GUIDELINES
When the Chips Are Down (www.facingthefuture.org)
Section 5: Reading and Resources
of Change Article
French Fries, and a Cola"
Up the Earth
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Plans and Sample Student Work
Learn more about integrating the Ecological Footprint into your classroom from K-12 Educators who have attended the “Thinking Critically about Environmental Impacts throughout History” workshop.
Teachers submitted online evaluation forms after using the Footprint in the curriculum. They offered their integration strategies, what standards they addressed, barriers to integration, student reactions, and success stories.
Click a link to download a PDF file with sample lesson plan or student work.
Sample Lesson Plans
and 8th Grade History
Natomas High School teacher Serenity Vontroba restructured her geography unit to focus on the Ecological Footprint and the Impact of Human Societies. She has provided a detailed outline of the unit, sample student work, and her observations on student learning and interest.
OUTLINE- Objectives, Lessons, and Observations
1- Human Progression from Hunter/Gatherer to
2- Calculating Personal Ecological Footprints
- Objective 3- Determining Footprints of Products
4- Population and Consumption Trends
5- Global Inequity
- Objective 6- Impacts of Globalization
Mary Kahl-Redman, Natomas High School, integrated the footprint throughout 8 units in her class. Click here to see the units she taught and the materials she used.
Tish Tablan, Excelsior Education Center, created a unit and her own lesson plans to conclude her environmental science class, summing up all their work in an action plan.
Sample Student Work
the Chips Are Down Posters
Students in an AP Environmental Science class at Piedmont High School learned about the social implications of national Ecological Footprints in Facing the Future's activity, “When the Chips Are Down.”
Footprint of Transportation- Poster/Research Project
This student from Meg Gorman's Economics class at
San Francisco Waldorf School researched the Ecological
Footprint of transportation throughout history.
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Photo courtesy of J.C. Rojas