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GLOBAL FOOTPRINT NETWORK INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/08/2012: GLOBAL FOOTPRINT NETWORK INC

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Oakland, CA
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GLOBAL FOOTPRINT NETWORK INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/08/2012: GLOBAL FOOTPRINT NETWORK INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: GLOBAL FOOTPRINT NETWORK INC

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Physical Address: Oakland, CA 94607 
EIN: 73-1672982
Web URL: www.footprintnetwork.org 
NTEE Category: C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C30 Natural Resource Conservation and Protection
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C60 Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
Ruling Year: 2004 


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Mission Statement

The mission of Global Footprint Network is to create a sustainable economy by making ecological limits central to decision-making everywhere. We accomplish this mission by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a measurement and management tool, which quantifies human demands on planet Earth and compares them to the planet's capacity to meet those demands. Together with 75 partner organizations around the world, Global Footprint Network coordinates research, develops methodological standards, and provides decision makers with robust resource accounts to help the human economy operate within the Earth's ecological limits.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $2,016,407
Total Expenses $2,343,816

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Dr. Mathis Wackernagel

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Profile:

Mathis is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and has worked on sustainability issues for organizations in Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia and Australia, and has lectured for community groups, governments and their agencies, NGOs, and academic audiences at more than 100 universities around the world. Mathis previously served as the director of the Sustainability Program at Redefining Progress in Oakland, CA, and directed the Centre for Sustainability Studies / Centro de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad in Mexico, which he still advises. He is also an adjunct faculty at SAGE of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mathis has authored or contributed to over fifty peer-reviewed papers, numerous articles and reports, and various books on sustainability that focus on the question of embracing limits and developing metrics for sustainability, including Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth,Sharing Nature's Interest, and WWF International's Living Planet Report. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he completed his Ph.D. in community and regional planning at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. There , as his doctoral dissertation with Professor William Rees, he created the Ecological Footprint concept.

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Budget:
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Category:
Environment
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

To accomplish our overarching mission, and to influence decision makers at national, state, and local levels, we are working with 75 partner organizations around the world. We actively work in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa to build a common language and approach that will resonate in all countries and cultures. Together with our partner organizations, we carry out six key programs: 1. National Footprint Accounts ResearchGlobal Footprint Network serves as the steward of the National Footprint Accounts, the calculation system that measures the ecological resource use and resource capacity of nations over time. Based on approximately 4,000 data points per country per year, the Accounts calculate the Footprints of 152 countries from 1961 to the present. These accounts provide the core data that is needed for all Footprint analyses worldwide. 2. International StandardsThe adoption of the Ecological Footprint as a trusted sustainability metric depends on the scientific integrity of the methodology, consistent and rigorous application of this methodology across analyses, and results being reported in a straightforward and non-misleading manner. To meet these goals, we have created a consensus-based committee process to establish standards governing all Ecological Footprint analyses worldwide. In June 2006, we launched the first Ecological Footprint standards. (www.footprintstandards.org)3. Network Building and OutreachWe are building a network of the world?s leading practitioners and institutions working to expand awareness and use of the Ecological Footprint. The network currently includes 75 partner organizations on five continents. Through our newsletter, website, trainings, and media campaigns we are sparking a global dialogue about ecological limits and overshoot. 4. Strategic ApplicationsIn order to extend the Footprint into new domains and to develop new application methodologies and tools, Global Footprint Network engages in a select number of strategic projects with government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses. Many of these projects are conducted in collaboration with our partners.5. Global and Regional ActivitiesTo help establish the Ecological Footprint as a prominent, globally accepted metric, we work with a range of multi-national agencies, including the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, WWF International, UNEP, and UNESCO. We also produce global and regional Living Planet Reports with WWF International.6. Ten-in-Ten CampaignGlobal Footprint Network is now in active dialogue with contacts in 23 countries, which are likely to be early adopters of the Ecological Footprint. We have begun to work with partner organizations in Switzerland, Japan, and a number of other countries to initiate reviews of their National Footprint Accounts. These reviews will enable the national governments to verify the scientific validity of the accounts and to begin the process of institutionalizing the Footprint as a national metric.

Program Long-Term Success:

Many countries have taken the first, critical steps towards adopting the Ecological Footprint as a national metric: · European Union (27 countries): Last May, the European Commission selected the Ecological Footprint as an indicator for its biodiversity targets. The EU is now initiating a scientific review of the Footprint to identify how best to use the tool. · Wales: Wales has adopted the Ecological Footprint as an indicator of sustainability. · Switzerland: Switzerland recently completed a scientific review of its National Footprint Accounts. In 2007, the Swiss Government plans to incorporate the Footprint into its national sustainability development plan. · Japan: The Japanese Ministry of the Environment is conducting a scientific review of the National Footprint Accounts for Japan. The Ministry has already incorporated the Ecological Footprint into its national environmental plan. · Germany, Finland, and Ireland are conducting reviews of their National Footprint Accounts. · Belgium: Belgium has invited Global Footprint Network to submit a proposal to us to conduct a review of the Belgian National Footprint Accounts. · Africa: We published an Ecological Footprint fact book for Africa and are convening African leaders through a series of interactive workshops focused on how to use the Ecological Footprint to strengthen human development in the region. http://www.footprintnetwork.org/africa

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