Ego: 1624: C Bundy


Consumption Footprint: 91.10 gha

Cliven Bundy’s tentative Consumption Footprint using Sustainable Economy’s quiz, is 91.10 global hectares (gha). America’s average consumption footprint is 99.8 gha. If accurate, then if everyone on planet earth consumed like Cliven Bundy, we would need 5.8 earths.

Procreation Footprint Factor: 280

Cliven Bundy has 14 children. His procreation footprint factor is 14 x 20* = 280. [Each Child increases a parents footprint by factor of 20]

Ego Footprint = 25,508 gha (1624 earths)

Consumption (91.1) x Procreation (280) = Ego Footprint of 25,508 gha. If accurate, if everyone consumed and procreated like Cliven Bundy, we would need 1624 earths.


**  Inputs  **  Input Options   **  Additional Information **

1. Country:  United States
List of Countries
2. Measurements: Metric
* Metric
* US
3. People Living in Household:  03
* 1
* 2
* 3
* 4
* 5 or more
4. Annual household income in US Dollars:  $ 30,000 – $ 59,000
* $29,000 or less
* $30,000 – $59,000
* $60,000 – $89,000
* $90,000 – $119,000
* $120,000 or more 

5. Climate Zone: Warm to hot lowland desert (like Phoenix or Dubai)

* Arctic or high cold mountain regions (like northern Siberia or the high Himalayas)
* High latitudes with cold winters and cool summers (like Moscow or Stockholm)
* High desert (like Kabul or Mexico City)
* Temperate or Mediterranean (New York, Rome, Buenos Aires or Hong Kong)
* Warm to hot lowland desert (like Phoenix or Dubai)
* Tropical and wet, including rainforests (like Rio de Janeiro or Manila)
*  Tropical, but relatively dry, including savannahs (like Bhopal, Brasilia or Nairobi)
Colder climates require more energy for heat and somewhat more for lighting and cooking. Hot and humid climates, on the other hand, require more energy for cooling and refrigeration. It may not be immediately obvious which climate zones require more energy. Statistically, however, there is a strong correlation: the coldest areas require the most energy. The choices above are ordered from most to least energy intensive.
6. Size of Home: 150 – 200 square meters (average home, approximately 3 bedrooms)
* 50 – 100 square meters or less (apartment or studio)]
* 100 – 150 square meters (small home, approximately 2-3 bedrooms)
* 150 – 200 square meters (average home, approximately 3 bedrooms)
* 200 – 250 square meters (large home, approximately 4 bedrooms)
* 250 square meters or larger (very large home)
7. Energy Sources used in home: Electricity, natural gas & wood
* Electricity
* Natural gas, propane, or liquefied petroleum gas
* Heating oil
*  Wood or biomass

8. Electricity percentaged generated from renewable source:
8.29 (USA average)

* 27.00 (SA Average) 
* 8.29 (USA Average)
* Other Input

9. Kilometres travelled per year: 10,000 automobile

* Automobiles, including personal vehicles, taxis, and carpools
* Bus, including metro and long distance service
* Rail, including subways, inner-city light rail, cross country trains
* Air travel
9a: Vehicle: A mid size car (4 door sedan)
* A hybrid
* A small or compact car (2 door)
* A mid size car (4 door sedan)
* A large car (including vans and minivans)
* A pickup truck or sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) 

9b. Usually share rides: Yes

* Yes
* No
10a. Energy saving features in your home: Compact
fluorescent bulbs,  Energy efficient appliances, Extra
insulation, Insulating blinds, Solar panels,  Storm doors
and windows, Water saving fixtures
* Compact fluorescent bulbs
* Energy efficient appliances
* Extra insulation
* Insulating blinds
* Solar panels
* Storm doors and windows
* Water saving fixtures
Small things add up. Energy efficient appliances use 2 to 10 times less energy for the same level of functionality. Line drying clothes saves 3 to 4 kilowatt hours per load – about 5 pounds of carbon dioxide. Compact fluorescent bulbs use four times less energy and last eight times longer than incandescent bulbs.
10b. Energy saving habits:  Turn off lights,
turn off computers, keep thermostat low in winter.
* Turn off lights when leaving rooms
* Use power strips to turn off stand-by lights
* Turn off computers when not in use
* Dry clothes outside whenever possible
* Keep thermostat relatively low in winter
* Unplug small appliances when not in use
* Minimal use of landscaping power equip
11. Home: Rural
* Inner city
* Older suburb 
* Newer suburb
* Rural
12. Have you purchased offsets for carbon emissions
associated with your home energy use and transportation?
: No
* Yes
* No

Carbon emissions are generally highest for households living in newer suburbs. This is because spread-out suburbs require far more energy per person for public infrastructure, housing, and both personal and commercial transportation. Compact urban living is much less energy intensive. In rural areas, greater self reliance on local food, energy, and water resources and fewer short trips on congested roadways lead to lower energy requirements relative to sprawling suburbs.

13. Diet:  Carnivore: meat, seafood and dairy several times a week
* Vegan – Plant based foods only
* Vegetarian – Primarily plant based foods, but some dairy 
* Omnivore – Assortment of meat, seafood, veg, dairy, and grains
* Carnivore – Meat, seafood, and dairy several times a week
* Top of the food chain – Meat, seafood, or dairy at almost every meal
A plant-based diet is significantly less land and energy intensive than a diet with a high proportion of meat, seafood, and dairy. A recent study found that a low-fat vegetarian diet needs 0.18 hectares per person per year while a high-fat diet with lots of meat needs 0.85 hectares because animals need so much more room. And because meat production drives deforestation and requires high inputs of energy for processing and transportation, it also comes with a high carbon footprint price tag. Globally, it has been estimated that up to 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions are associated with animal product consumption.
14. Where do you obtain most of your food: Supermarkets for some items, natural
food stores for others
* Farmers markets, gardens, cooperatives, local and fresh sources
* Natural foods markets
* Supermarkets for some items, natural food stores for others
* Supermarkets, convenience stores, and restaurants
* Restaurants, fast foods, and take out
Two important variables affecting your food footprint are food miles (or miles to market) and the amount of processing and packaging. If your food comes from far away – such as out of season produce imported from across the world – it requires lots of energy for transportation and refrigeration. If it is highly processed and comes in copious paper packaging, it puts a strain on forests. Buying fresh local foods from farmers markets and other locally owned sources or natural foods markets reduces these impacts.
15. How often do you select foods that are certified organic or sustainably produced?: Sometimes
* Most of the time
* Sometimes
* Almost never
16.  Which choice best describes how much you normally eat?: One large meal and a couple of light snacks per day
* One large meal and a couple of light snacks per day
* Two large meals and 2 or 3 light or medium sized snacks per day
* Three large meals and several hefty sized snacks in between

17. Do you have a garden or share one to grow your
own vegetables and herbs?
: Yes

* Yes
* No
17a. If Yes, what is approximate size of garden plot? 40 sq meters
Relevant input
Transitioning from global to local food systems is one of the most important challenges in the era of peak oil, climate change, and growing economic and political insecurity. Small scale food production at the local level relieves the enormous environmental impacts associated with industrial agriculture and is an essential source of nutrition for those in need. The Food Security Learning Center has found that community gardens – particularly those in underserved areas – address lack of access to fresh produce, making them a critical piece of a community’s food security. One study estimates that home or community gardening can add $500 to $1200 worth of produce per year to a family’s diet – a big difference for low-income families.
18. Which best describes your home
An estate, ranch or farm
* An estate, ranch or farm
* A free standing single family house
* A house or building with 4 or fewer units
* A small apartment building (5 – 20 units)
* A large apartment building (20+ units)

18a. What is the approximate area of land occupied by
your home, structures, and yard? If you live on an estate,
farm or ranch, please don’t count grazing lands, croplands,
or wildlands
: 150 sq meters

* Acres
* Hectares
19. Was your home or any portion of it built with recycled
materials, wood certified as sustainably harvested, or any
other green design features?
: Not sure
* Yes
* No 
* Not sure
Green buildings significantly reduce demands for energy, water, and materials through ecologically sensitive siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal practices – the complete building life cycle. Passive solar heating, water efficient fixtures, recycled materials and other green design features can generate up to 30% in energy savings, reduce carbon emissions by 35%, reduce water use by 30 to 50% and save 50 to 90% in waste disposal costs.
20. Approximately what share of your home furnishings
are second hand or made of either recycled or sustainably
produced materials?
: A few
* Almost none
* A few
* A fair amount
* Almost all
21a. Water saving features in your home: Low flow toilets, 
Low flow shower heads and faucets, Instant water heaters
on sinks, Rainwater catchment system, Grey water recycling system, Drought tolerant landscaping.
* Low flow toilets
* Low flow shower heads and faucets 
* Instant water heaters on sinks 
* Rainwater catchment system 
* Grey water recycling system
* Drought tolerant landscaping
21b. Water Saving Habits:  Compost rather than use garbage disposal, Minimize shower time and toilet
flushing, Run clothes and dish washers only when
full, Wash cars rarely, Avoid hosing down decks,
walkways, driveways. Wash cars rarely, avoid hosing
down decks
* Compost rather than use garbage disposal
* Minimize shower time and toilet flushing 
* Run clothes and dish washers only when full 
* Wash cars rarely 
* Look for and fix leaks regularly 
* Avoid hosing down decks, walkways, driveways    
Fresh water consumed in households requires energy for both delivery and treatment. Household water use also takes water from other beneficial uses such as irrigation or in-stream flow for fish and wildlife. All of these impacts increase a household’s ecological footprint, so saving water is a key strategy for footprint reduction. It has been estimated that by installing water saving features and adopting water conservation habits such as those listed here, households can easily reduce their water footprint by 60% or more.
22. How often do you select cleaning products that are
biodegradable or non-toxic?
: Sometimes
* Almost never
* Sometimes  
* Most of the time
Products used to clean floors, carpets, bathrooms, and other building elements often contain harmful chemicals that can have serious human health effects and contaminate water supplies, fish, and wildlife if they are poured down drains, circulated through ventilation systems, or disposed of outdoors. Environmental damage can also occur during the development, manufacture, and transport of these products. Fortunately, biodegradable and non-toxic alternatives can significantly reduce or eliminate these impacts altogether while providing the same level of cleanliness.
23. What best describes your spending and saving habits?: I generally live within my means
* I tend to spend all of my income and then some.
* I generally live within my means.  
* I am a frugal spender, and regularly save money for the future.
24. How often do you buy new things to replace old ones?: Some items I use for years, others I replace before I need to
* I tend to use things until I genuinely need to replace them.
* Some items I use for years, others I replace before I need to.
* I frequently replace belongings even if they are in good condition.
The faster we buy new items, the faster we deplete resources and the more likely it is that we are exceeding the Earth’s regenerative capacity. Unfortunately, today’s economy is designed to convince us to buy often and replace items that are in perfectly good working order. Planned obsolescence – the deliberate manufacturing of products to wear out quickly – adds to the problem. To counter this, we can try to repair things as much as possible and only buy products that are designed to last.
25. How many standard size garbage bins does your household
fill each week?
: More than two.
* Less than one 
* One or two 
* More than two
26. Recycling: Paper: Fair amount; Alum: Fair Amount; Plastic: Fair amount; Glass: Fair Amount; Electronics: Fair Amount.
* Paper | Aluminium | Glass | Plastic | Electronics
* None | Fair Amount | Almost All
Recycling our wastes has enormous environmental and economic benefits in the form of reduced landfill space, fewer demands for raw materials, less energy consumption, less air and water pollution, lower waste-disposal bills, and cheaper goods. Recycling one metric ton of paper saves 17 trees. It takes 40 – 95% less energy to produce goods with recycled aluminum, glass, plastic, or paper than it does to manufacture them with raw materials. Communities throughout the world are striving for zero-waste economies where the outputs from each resource use are turned into inputs for another use. Zero waste does not aim to simply manage waste, but eliminate its creation in the first place.
27. When you buy clothing or paper products, how often do you
select items labeled as recycled, natural, organic, or made of
alternative fibers such as hemp or Tencel?
: Almost never
* Almost Never
* Sometimes 
* Almost always