Measuring environmental impact

The Catawba River District is working with the public schools serving our area to create Eco-Footprints for each campus. Eco-Footprints are, simply, snapshots of a facility’s impact on the environment. This can range from the electricity used to run the building to the fuel burned to bring children to and from school.

We hope to gather data for the following areas and to update it monthly for a year. Our goal is to provide valuable information for use in future Eco-Footprint Challenges. The EPA and other groups have developed guidelines for Eco-Footprints. We expect to refine our goals as we develop the Footprint template in the next few weeks.

Example of Eco-Footprint data

Physical campus

(Additional information for multiple buildings)

• Building 1 size and age:

• Campus size:

• Impervious surface area (roofs, driveways, etc.):

Faculty, staff and students

• Faculty and staff:

• Students:

• Bus riders:

• Car riders/drivers:

• Walkers/cyclists:

Monthly consumption and waste:

• Electricity

• Water

• Gas

• Bus fuel

• Food consumed

• Paper consumed

• Waste to landfill

• Waste to recycling

Environmental upgrades to campus

Details physical upgrades to reduce a school’s impact on the environment, including Energy Star, improved windows, rain gardens.


Catawba River District

Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation