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Footprint Calculator

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  • This interactive web tool will allow students to answer questions about their personal choices and living conditions, see the many ways their choices affect their ecological and carbon footprints, and adjust their answers to gain insight into the changes they could make to reduce their individual footprints.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource provides insight into the many activities and choices we make each day that require energy, space, and resources. 
  • Students will see that they can make a difference every day.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It would be beneficial for students to have a basic understanding of what an eco-footprint or carbon footprint is and know how to read a bar graph or pie chart. 
  • Students will see their results in a pie chart, bar graph, in the number of Earths, and in their personal "overshoot" day. 


Scientist Notes
The resource is suitable to analyze individual carbon footprints. The calculator is user-friendly and contains relevant climate indicators and controls. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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  • Social Studies
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      • Personal Finance: Students understand the nature of personal finance as well as key foundational ideas by describing situations in which personal choices are related to the use of money.
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