MIT 2 813 - Environmental Life Style Analysis (6 pages)

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Draft February 25 2008 Environmental Life Style Analysis ELSA Timothy Gutowski Amanda Taplett Anna Allen Amy Banzaert Rob Cirinciore Christopher Cleaver Stacy Figueredo Susan Fredholm Betar Gallant Alissa Jones Jonathan Krones Barry Kudrowitz Cynthia Lin Alfredo Morales David Quinn Megan Roberts Robert Scaringe Tim Studley Sittha Sukkasi Mika Tomczak Jessica Vechakul and Malima Wolf Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dept of Mechanical Engineering Abstract In this study we connect life styles and spending patterns to environmental impacts and economic implications for people living in the United States The results show that even the most modest life styles Buddhist monk homeless etc have impacts many times larger that the world average Key Words Life Cycle Analysis Input Output Analysis Life Styles Introduction The study of environmental impacts associated with household consumption has been an area of considerable attention for the last 30 years A few examples of this work would include the early papers focused on energy use in the U S Herendeen 1976 1981 and studies that look at energy consumption in other countries Lenzen 1998 2006 More recent work has looked at the growing importance of imports Weber 2007a 2007b and at the broader range of impacts associated with products Tukker 2006 These studies found among other things that large amounts of energy are embodied in products and services that there is a close correlation between energy use and expendable income that imports and their off shore energy use are of growing importance and that housing transportation and food often dominate environmental impacts While the current study does not disagree with any of these results it differs from other studies in several ways First it focuses more on individual life styles in the United States rather than national statistics This allows us to look at variations in life style within a certain income bracket and estimate what potential improvements are realistically



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