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created Sep 11 2015

updated Jun 21 2018

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Ecological Footprint measures the resources Edmontonians consume and the waste they produce, compared to Earth’s ability to provide these resources and absorb the waste. This measure is calculated by considering all of the biological materials consumed and all of the biological wastes generated nationally per person. The national footprint is converted to represent Edmonton’s footprint by using a combination of Edmonton-specific household expenditure data (food, shelter, transportation, goods and services, and government services) and physical energy use data. The data comes from several government sources and surveys that are
conducted or published at varying time intervals. As a result, there are limitations and lags in reporting frequency and timing. Ecological footprint is one measure of sustainability, but should not be considered an all-inclusive sustainability measure as it does not account for issues such as pollution and water consumption. An external consultant calculated results for 2006, 2012 and 2013 and extrapolated results for
2010, 2011 and 2014 based on these calculated results. As the City has limited control over Edmontonians’ consumption behaviour, Ecological Footprint is considered an indicator.

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Ecological Footprint measures the resources Edmontonians consume and the waste they produce, compared to Earth’s ability to provide these resources and absorb the waste.
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September 22, 2015
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