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About Us

Global Footprint Network is changing how the world
manages its natural resources. We offer:


that are simple, meaningful, and scalable

Actionable Insights

about natural resource consumption and capacity


and analysis to guide informed decisions


Global Footprint Network, an international nonprofit organization, was founded in 2003 to enable a
sustainable future where all people have the opportunity to thrive within the means of one planet.

Our mission is to help end ecological overshoot by making ecological limits central to decision-making.

Our vision is that all people live well, within the means of nature.

Supported by a Global Team

We are scientists at heart. Scientists who love the outdoors. We measure everything and use data and facts to guide decisions. Optimistic and persistent, we pursue systems change to achieve global sustainability.

Our Partner Network comprises more than
70 organizations around the world.

Partners help guide our research agenda and contribute
to the development of Footprint methodology and standards.
They work with business, government, and individuals to make
the Footprint more relevant and practical.

What does the word “footprint” mean?

Today, it’s less likely to refer to the tread mark your sneaker leaves in the dirt, and more to the imprint you’ll leave on the planet. So said New York Times writer William Safire (1929-2009) in a 2008 “On Language” column. In the column, Safire described how the concept of the Ecological Footprint was developed by University of British Columbia Professor William Rees and Global Footprint Network co-founder Mathis Wackernagel.

Join us in creating a world where people,
planet, and economies thrive.