WS 20: Ecological footprint and lifestyles achetypes 

Organised by British Columbia Institute of Technology (BICT)
Time: Thursday May 19, 14:10 – 16:10

To achieve ecological sustainability, significant and absolute reductions are needed in demand on nature’s services to yield resources and assimilate wastes. Estimates range from a factor of five to ten. This translates to an 80% to 90% reduction in energy and materials flows through the global economy. An important question is what impact would this have on urban lifestyles and what is the magnitude of transformation needed for cities to become sustainable? This workshop presents consumption benchmarks in the domains of: food, buildings, consumables, transportation, and water that correspond to one-planet living. The method engages urban metabolism and lifecycle assessment data to test whether a city is above or below global ecological carrying capacity. Lifestyle patterns will be presented ranging from an unsustainable level commensurate with demand of over three earth-like planets down to a level that could be supported indefinitely by our one Earth.