- Electing to use recycled paper for necessary printed materials
- Choosing FSC and Rainforest Alliance Certified papers for product catalogs
- Creating digital and e-learning solutions to reduce waste
- Replacing direct mail with email and web promotions
- Removing petroleum-based materials from product materials
- Swapping inefficient lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs
An essential step in creating a one-planet future is measuring human impact on the Earth so we can make more informed choices. That is why the Global Footprint Network aims to accelerate the use of the Ecological Footprint — a tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. The Ecological Footprint is a data-driven metric that measures how close we are to the goal of sustainable living. Footprint accounts work like bank statements, documenting whether we are living within our ecological budget or consuming nature’s resources faster than the planet can renew them.At Global Footprint Network, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) research organization, programs are designed to influence decision makers at all levels of society and to create a critical mass of powerful institutions using the Footprint to put an end to ecological overshoot and get our economies back into balance. Global Footprint Network's intent is that these initiatives will bring about new solutions and get people talking about the reality of ecological limits. They expect the results will redirect billions of dollars of investment toward making sustainable human development a reality.