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Developing the Ecological Footprint Research Initiative

Developing the Ecological Footprint Research Initiative

Martin Bunch (PI); Peter Victor (Co-PI); Mathis Wackernagel (Collaborator, Global Footprint Network)

Status: Ongoing
Start Date: June 1, 2018
Theme: Resource Management

The Ecological Footprint Initiative is a partnership between the Global Footprint Network and York researchers who are working to enhance the accounting methodology and improve data on which the concept of ecological footprint is based. The goal is for York to become the global data center for the National Ecological Footprint Accounts, starting in 2019, and to lead an international network focused on making ecological footprint more accepted, accessible, and policy relevant. The research has the potential to make a significant contribution in the development and implementation of resource allocation, protection, and measurement policies in Canada and around the world.  Given the success of the Ecological Footprint narrative on an international scale, the research is expected to reach a broad and diverse audience that will provide new ways to improve individual behaviour towards achieving environmental sustainability. Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) $75,000.