Ecological Footprint

During the Sustainability Week the scan of the Ecological Footprint of students and staff of university and hospital will be launched. This campaign, that has been developed together with the ‘Gelderse Natuur- en Milieufederatie’ will last at least one year, and progress reports will be shared on a regular basis. Individuals that fill in the scan will receive some useful tips. Unfortunately the scan will only be available in Dutch (but maybe your Dutch-speaking colleagues can help you to fill it in).

What is the Ecological Footprint?

The Ecological Footprint measures how much area of biologically productive land and water an individual (population or activity) requires to produce all the resources he/she consumes and to absorb the waste he/she generates. This way it gives an insight in the balance between our consumption and use of resources.

A fair distribution amongst world citizens implies a Footprint of 1.8 global hectares (gha). Presently - on average - we use 2.7 gha per person. And for a person in the Netherlands this is even 6.3 gha; in the province of Gelderland this is 5.1 gha. Today each year humanity uses an equivalent of 1.6 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means that it takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year.

Annually the Global Footprint Network announces the Earth Overshoot Day: the day in a specific year that our world population has used the resources of one planet. This year (2016) Earth Overshoot Day was on the 8th of August. (See:

The Living Planet Report, that is published every two years by the Global Footprint Network, WWF and the Zoological Society of London, reports on the relationship between human consumption and the global biodiversity, based on measurements such as the Ecological Footprint. Apart from the Ecological Footprint also a Carbon Footprint and a Water Footprint have been developed. (see: and )

Mesure our own footprint

To mesure how much area of biologically productive land and water we all use on the Radboudcampus, you can leave your data on the website (in Duch)

Enter thes codes on the website:



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