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Global Footprint Network


The Global Footprint Network is a nonprofit research organisation, whose programmes 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 to get our economies back into balance with nature.


In order to reach this goal the Network uses a scientific method called the Ecological Footprint. This method makes it possible to measure how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. These scientific data form the basis of necessary social and economic change. It gives policymakers and companies the possibility to make well-informed choices.


The Ecological Footprint is a data-driven metric that tells us 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.


The Global Footprint Network strives for a society in which the human ecological footprint is monitored as closely as the stock market. According to the organization innovations should more often be based on ecological well-being and not solely on economic growth. On their website you can find many examples of projects worldwide.


The Global Footprint Network works with cities, nations, leading businesses, scientists, NGO’s, academics and more than 70 global partners in six continents.


Last update: January 2016


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Type of initiative Knowledge/advice organization, Action/campaign organization
Field of work Other (non-profit), Other (specify):, Environment Environment and economics
Date of commencement 2003
Legal form nonprofit organisation
Continent North America
Country USA
City Oakland
One or several keywords that describe your initiative Global Footprint Network, ecology
Publications Newsletter, interviews & films, publications, Living Planet Report, Footprint Calculator
More information Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+

Contact person(s)

Ronna Kelly


Contact information

Name Global Footprint Network
Address 312 Clay Street, Suite 300
Zip/postal code CA 94607-3510
Place Oakland
State/province California
Country USA
Phone +1-510-839-8879



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