Here in Portland we pride ourselves on being environmentally friendly. The sustainable architecture movement has flourished here arguably more than anywhere else in the country and we have created an urban environment that caters to pedestrians and mass transit.
But what about how each individual person affects the planet? On the Earth Day website, you can now answer a few simple questions to determine your own ecological footprint.
In the interest of full disclosure, here is the ecological footprint I apparently make: The average ecological footprint in the United States is 24 acres per person. According to the Earth Day quiz, my total ecological footprint - based on my consumption of food, my use of an automobile, and other factors - is 22 acres per person. But I can't feel too proud for being slightly better than the national average. "Worldwide, there exists 4.5 biologically productive acres per person," the website says. "If everyone lived like you, you would need 4.8 planets."
So how do you measure up?