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Part 1 - Baseline Data sheet is designed for students at Skidmore College. It can be easily modified for your campus. Part 1 - Baseline Data is available as an Adobe® Acrobat® PDF® file by clicking on the link. You can get a free copy of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® by clicking on the link.

LIFESTYLE PROJECT

Part 1 - Baseline Data

Karin B. Kirk


       The lifestyle project is an opportunity for you to modify the impacts of your lifestyle to the environment. It will continue for several weeks.

        The chart below shows a simplified version of the types of impacts from our lifestyles.

1. Energy consumption

A. Transportation

B. Industrial consumption

C. Residential consumption

2. Water consumption

3. Food consumption

4. Waste production

       Part 1 of this project involves recording your baseline activities in three of the categories given above. The baseline is your "normal" behavior. Part 2 will be calculations of those impacts, and Part 3 will be our attempts to minimize the negative impacts of our lifestyles.

       We will start by measuring our baseline activities over a 48 hour period. You will do this during the week after Spring Break (Mon.-Tues. or Tues.-Wed), and we will proceed with Part 2 on the Thursday after break (March 30).

       First, you must choose your categories. Everyone must do all three parts of category 1 (A, B, and C) Energy Consumption. In addition to that, you should choose two other categories from the remaining three. Follow the directions below for the three categories you choose.


1. Energy Consumption

1A. Transportation (mandatory)

For a 48 hour period, record the number of miles driven or ridden in a car. Record each trip separately.

Example
Mon.
Scribner to Sports Center and back
2 miles
   
Scribner to downtown and back
6 miles
   
with friend to movies
15 miles
 
Tues.
to friend's house and back
5 miles
   
to Albany and Back, stopped at the mall
51 miles
   
Total
71 miles


1B. Industrial Energy Consumption (mandatory)

Much of the energy used during industrial processes is reflected in the products we buy. For a 48 hour period, record everything you buy, except food.

Example Mon. T-shirt, CD
  Tues. two pens, magazine, note pad


1C. Residential Energy Use (mandatory)

Hot Water-

Record the amount of hot water you use in any of the following ways.

Example  
Day 1
Day 2
  hot shower
_________ minutes
_________ minutes
  sink
_________ minutes
_________ minutes
  Laundry (hot)
___________ loads
___________ loads
  Laundry (warm)
___________ loads
___________ loads
  dishwasher
___________ loads
___________ loads
  other    


Electricity-

Record the amount of time in hours that any of the following appliances are operating.

Example  
Day 1
Day 2
 
Day 1
Day 2
  refrigerator (large)
______
______
microwave
______
______
  refrigerator (med)
______
______
stove top
______
______
  refrigerator (small)
______
______
oven
______
______
  washing machine
______
______
clock
______
______
  clothes dryer
______
______
dryer
______
______
  incandescent lights
______
______
iron
______
______
  fluorescent lights
______
______
hair dryer
______
______
  radio
______
______
electric razor
______
______
  tape player
______
______
fan
______
______
  CD player
______
______
humidifier
______
______
  TV
______
______
blender
______
______
  VCR
______
______
computer
______
______
  answering machine
______
______
other _______
______
______
  other __________
______
______
other _______
______
______

 


2. Food

For the 48 hour period, record everything you eat and drink!

Example Mon. Breakfast bagel with cream cheese, tea
    Break orange
    Lunch grilled cheese, salad, 2 glasses root beer, brownie
    Break Hershey bar, Snapple
    Dinner 3 slices pizza, 2 glasses juice
    Break ice cream, coffee
    Bed time glass of water

 


3. Water

Record your water usage in the chart below.

Example  
Day 1
Day 2
  shower (minutes)
______
______
  bath (minutes the tap runs)
______
______
  sink (minutes the tap runs)
______
______
  toilet flushes
______
______
  dishwasher loads
______
______
  washing machine loads
______
______
  other ______________
______
______

 


4. Waste

Record everything you throw out or recycle in a 48 hour period. Keep the recycling in a separate category.

Example Garbage CD wrapper, plastic bag, juice box, candy bar wrapper, pizza box, envelope, paper cup with lid and straw, paper plate.
  Recycling soda bottle, 12 sheets paper, cardboard box

 


Notes

BE HONEST! You will not be graded or judged on your use of energy or creation of garbage. This part of the exercise is simply to establish what your normal habits are, for your own purposes. If you are not honest on this part of the project, it will throw off you results for the remainder of the project (several weeks). So just record it all, and don't worry about how scary it looks when it's down on paper! (several weeks). So just record it all, and don't worry about how scary it looks when it's down on paper!


An Adobe® Acrobat® PDF file of Lifestyle Project Part 1 Baseline Data is available by clicking on the link.

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