Allison M LeachUniversity of New Hampshire, USA James N GallowayUniversity of Virginia, USA Jana ComptonEnvironmental Protection Agency, USA
Understanding and reducing the environmental impact of consumers—who are key decision-makers and stakeholders—crucial to increasing the sustainability and resilience of our communities. Environmental footprint tools connect consumers’ everyday resource consumption with the environmental pressure from those choices. Tools have been developed for different issues of environmental concern (e.g. carbon emissions, nitrogen losses, freshwater consumption, land use, phosphorus losses) and for multiple levels of consumers (e.g. individuals, institutions, watersheds, communities). In this special issue, we will focus on nitrogen footprint tools but we welcome submissions on other footprint research as well.