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VIRGINIA NATURALLY

What's your Ecological Footprint?

Links to a Lighter Footprint

Buy locally grown & manufactured goods
Visit the VA Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services website for a listing of Virginia producers

Be a smart driver & Clean Air Champion. Keep your car in tune to prevent air pollution. Check out the VA Department of Environmental Quality daily air quality index for ozone.

Plant a SHADE tree
Trees cool our cities, filter the air, buffer noise & provide homes and food for wildlife. For information & assistance, visit the VA Department of Forestry.

Save energy to conserve non-renewable fuels and protect air & water
See DEQ's Pollution Prevention site for more tips.

Be water-wise
Return clean water to your watershed to keep the land productive. For ideas, visit the VA Department of Conservation & Recreation or the VA Department of Environmental Quality.

Recycle historic buildings & used sites
Visit the VA Department of Historic Resources. Learn about remediating idled, underutilized, or abandoned industrial or commercial properties.

Enhance healthy wildlife habitat
Help make sure wildlife has room for its footprint. VA Department of Game & Inland Fisheries can help.

Be a concerned citizen & support environmental programs
Don't forget to let your friends know that you care about Virginia's environment. To find a program that suits you, visit Virginia Naturally.

Our Community and the Environment
Often the solutions to environmental concerns can best be found in your own community. To find those solutions, you can identify the departments and people who handle environmental matters by conducting an “Environmental Inventory” of your community. If you are looking for ways to improve your community or lessen the amount of pollution generated or quantity of resources used, start with calculating your “environmental footprint.”

What’s your environmental footprint?
It depends on the shoe you wear. There are a variety of footprint calculators which can be used to gauge your personal impact upon the planet.

Two footprint calculators that have become popular these days focus on the Ecological Footprint and the Carbon Footprint. Both generate a number based upon personal lifestyle choices but the difference is what the numbers represent. The Ecological Footprint measures the amount of nature (acres) needed to support our lifestyle while Carbon Footprint measures the amount of carbon emissions our lifestyle generates.

Additional means to measure our impact upon the planet look at water consumption, the Chesapeake Bay, and nitrogen.

What’s your ecological footprint?
How much nature does your life consume?

Below are links for footprint calculators you can complete online, through a downloadable spreadsheet, or by hand.

The Earth Day Network has an online ecological footprint quiz to measure your impact on the Earth's resources.

Eco-spread
This is a downloadable self-guided program for calculating your Ecological Footprint using Microsoft Excel. Follow the instructions to learn the size of your footprint and make a commitment to reduce your footprint today!

What is your water footprint?
The average American lifestyle is kept afloat by nearly 2,000 gallons of H2O a day—twice the global average. Click here to use the National Geographic water calculator and learn tips to conserve water.

What is your nitrogen footprint?
How much nitrogen does your household produce? Click here to use the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's nitrogen calculator and learn tips how to reduce it. Click here to use the N-Print nitrogen calculator and learn more about the role of nitrogen in the environment.