Sustainability Assessment

Creative Sustainability Assessment 2 (CSA2): Drawdown Plan
Due: Sunday, November 10 by 11:59 pm
Worth 100 points; 3-5 pages, double spaced; 12 point font (except for table in part 3 where font can be 8
The purpose of this personal Assessment and Drawdown Plan is to explore and assess the impacts of
your lifestyle on the planet and the systems on which you depend and then devise a plan (goals, indicators)
to minimize your footprint on the planet. You are to create a thoughtful, bold, and articulate assessment and
plan to move towards zero waste and zero emissions and decrease your (and your social networks) overall
impact on the planet. Clearly articulate a plan for you to drawdown your resource consumption and help to
mitigate emissions. Your Plan thoughtfully incorporates the results from your completed footprint calculators
(links to calculators below) and includes well written and well thought through goals and indicators to keep
track of your progress.
Step 1: Conduct a baseline assessment Your baseline sustainability assessment is based on the results
of three calculators: ecological footprint calculator, OSU carbon calculator, and a water footprint calculator
(links below). This first step of conducting a baseline assessment of current environmental, social, and
economic impacts occurs at the start of any sustainability planning process. In this assignment, you will
apply basic project planning skills to developing your personal plan for a minimal footprint.
Explore the data. Calculate your three footprints. Follow the links and go through all of the steps of the four
footprint calculators. Save your results to include in your assessment.
1. Ecological Footprint Calculator:
2. OSU Carbon Footprint Calculator:
3. Water Footprint Calculator: (
For each calculator:
1. Display and analyze data to explain two key findings for each calculator. Include data and visuals of
your footprint results to illustrate your baseline assessment, such as pie charts and other displays of data.
Critically analyze the results of your footprint calculations based on the context of your life and the main
systems on which you depend (transportation, waste, energy, etc). (300-500 words for all three footprint
Ecological Footprint:
Carbon Footprint:
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Water Footprint:
2. Examine your personal behaviors and habits that adversely impact the planet through the lens of the four
sustainability principles ( . What does this
baseline assessment of your footprint results tell you about your habits and what sustainability principles you
are violating? Consider your consumption behaviors and those systems on which you depend (e.g. heating,
lighting, energy, transportation, food, clothing). (150-250 words)
3. It is important to think about broader social impacts and influences. Address how your social connections
may impact your lifestyle choices. How do you influence the people in your life? Are they knowledgeable and
empowered to make sustainable change? Does this influence your behaviors? And vice versa? (150-250
Step 2: Create a Drawdown Plan. Establish goals and indicators to address your six key findings identified
in step 1. Here you are to establish “S.M.A.R.T.” goals and indicators as your Drawdown Plan (use
template attached) to reduce your footprint. Establish S.M.A.R.T. goals to address the aspects of your
lifestyle that are most impactful on the planet based on what you learned from the calculators. For ideas on
setting goals, review this Personal Sustainability Checklist.docx . For each impact identified above,
create SMART goals designed to reduce specific impacts identified in the calculators. SMART goals are
defined as goals that are specific (S), measurable (M), achievable (A), results-focused (R), and time-bound
(T). Watch
this 4 minute overview of how to set SMART goals (
For inspiration and great ideas, watch this 13 minute TED Talk
Why I Live a Zero Waste Life (
by recent NYU graduate Lauren Singer. Notice the jar she shares which is her indicator of how much waste
she generated in a year. What creative ways can you achieve and measure your progress? Will you set
SMART goals for zero waste and/or zero emissions?
For Step 2, Create your Drawdown Plan based on this template: SUS 304 Drawdown Plan Template.docx
From this template, create your Drawdown Plan and synthesize your impacts (from step 1) with your SMART
goals and indicators (from step 2) with how you will assess and when. You may use your personal
Drawdown Plan as an accessible reminder of your commitment to creating a more sustainable world.
Be creative, have fun with this, and make some BIG and SMART goals and feasible indicators!
2019/10/29 CSA2: Drawdown Plan 3/3
总得分: 50.0 ,满分 50.0
标准 等级 得分
10.0 分
10.0 分
10.0 分
10.0 分
10.0 分
Grading Criteria
Adherence to instructions: full completion of Steps 1 and 2
Creativity and depth in content: create an articulate, clear plan addressing your impact on the planet
Construction and readability of Drawdown Plan
Overall effectiveness of baseline assessment through lens of four sustainability principles
Description of footprint calculator results
Effectiveness of SMART Goals
Effectiveness of Sustainability Indicators
Overall effectiveness of Drawdown Plan

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