Development of a Community-Based Ecological Footprint

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The aim of this research was to test and roll out blueprint research on a community and in so doing to disseminate the EF-EAC (Ecological Footprint-Environmental Action Campaign) method and its learning. This report outlines the method used and presents the carbon-consumption scrutiny and benchmarking of the community of Killaloe, County Clare. The emissions associated with domestic lifestyles were calculated for the Killaoe community and low carbon solutions were generated, negotiated and re-interpreted within the school and community environments engendering ownership of this measurement and intervention endeavour. An Environmental Action Campaign (EAC) followed the Ecological Footprint (EF) measurement in which low carbon literature and advice were generated within the community environment. EAC outreach material was disseminated to all households. The blueprint research has previously supported the lowering of consumption related emissions significantly and this underlines the benefit to communities of the creation of a carbon exchange/market. Such an exchange could represent the carbon interests of communities and sell carbon reductions or credits to corporate or public entities providing mutual benefits and much needed local scale funding for social, economic and environmental betterment. The success of the project, its policy implications and suggestions for future work are discussed within this report.

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Dr. Vincent Carragher
University of Limerick

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Author(s)Carragher, V.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationDevelopment of a Community-Based Ecological Footprint
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-07-23

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Resource KeywordsCommunity carbon, ecological footprint, customised awareness campaign, ascription of responsibility for consumption, consumption accounting and scrutiny
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeClimate Change
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 1
Project Start Date Friday 1st September 2006 (01-09-2006)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 1st September 2006 (01-09-2006)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 31st August 2007 (31-08-2007)
Published on SAFERThursday 17th October 2013 (17-10-2013)
Date of Last EditFriday 18th October 2013 at 11:12:03 (18-10-2013)
Datasets or Files Updated On Thursday 17th October 2013 at 17:26:34 (17-10-2013)

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Killaoe, County Clare, Ireland (

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The research tests a blueprint method established in another community and aims to establish its potential for transferability. In so doing it demonstrates the capacity for communities to reduce their emissions and consumption levels in a relatively autonomous way.
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Doctoral Thesis 2011:
Using an ecological footprint to operate and maintain a short-term self regulating and community based environmental programme. (Opens in a new window)

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