Self-Evaluation and Carbon Footprint Reduction (Practicum)

I was unable to complete any of the suggested hands on practicum options for a number of reasons. First, I am the manager of the Fordham softball team and spend up to 20 hours a week working with them. I also have an on-campus job that normally takes up my time on the weekends and weeknights. Finally, I am a member of the Fordham University Band and Orchestra, which holds their rehearsal every Monday and Thursday night from 5:30-6:45. All of the meetings for the various environmental clubs and groups on campus intersect with this time and while I normally would have just dropped my commitment to the band for this semester to complete a practicum, there is a scholarship component to it that I cannot afford to loose.

In my self-evaluation, it was revealed that it would take 7.1 planet Earths if everyone lived in the same way that I do. As I stated in my second blog, some of the factors that add to my ecological footprint are beyond my control. I am forced to travel a great deal for softball, both by car and by airplane, and it is this component of my footprint that I am going to have to wait for technological advancements that provide for a cleaner and more efficient way of travel. However, until that day comes I have placed an emphasis and focus on the rest of the components that make up my ecological footprint and have tried to reduce it.

The Fordham University’s sustainability plan gives 10 simple steps to reducing your carbon footprint and I have used these to help guide me through my day-to-day activities and make sure that I am keeping the environment in mind with everything I do. The 10 simple steps are: switch it off, climate control, wasteful windows, minimize plug load, phantom power, Power down your computer, take the stairs, do only full loads of laundry, shorter showers and switch to efficient LED.  I also live with 5 other people, so not only have I adopted these easy methods but I have insisted that the rest of my roommates do the same so as to reduce the ecological footprint of this entire apartment.


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