Impact

Six cities in Portugal sign on to Footprint initiative

Imagine if a city’s state funding were calculated based on its Ecological Footprint and available resources? That’s a novel concept that will be tested by six cities in Portugal as part of a three-year project with Global Footprint Network, Portuguese... Read More

Switzerland

In December 2006, Switzerland became the first country in the world to complete a review of its National Footprint Accounts. The government published the review as a report titled Switzerland’s Ecological Footprint—A Contribution to the Sustainability Debate. INFRAS, a leading Swiss policy... Read More

Guiding sustainability in Montenegro

In the wake of last month’s elections in Montenegro, we are confident the new government will maintain its commitment to the 3.5-year-long process of revising the country’s National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD), which, through many consultations with diverse stakeholders,... Read More

United Arab Emirates

When Global Footprint Network reported that the United Arab Emirates was the country with the largest per capita Ecological Footprint in the world (at almost 12 global hectares, Living Planet Report 2006), officials were determined to learn why. The government... Read More

Cloughjordan leads the way toward sustainable living

If everyone on Earth lived the lifestyle of the Cloughjordan Ecovillage, we would be remarkably close to living within the budget of our planet’s ecological resources. Researcher Vince Carragher’s bottom-up Ecological Footprint accounting methodology helps residents stay on track. Seven... Read More