Humans have a dramatic impact on the landscapes we inhabit. Communities can moderate their impact by using fewer resources, conserving water, electricity, and limiting trash.
The FHI tracks resource use by tracking the energy used per person in each watershed. Communities that are reducing their per capita energy use are more likely to be reducing other sources of consumption. Per capita energy use can also be impacted by business and industry coming and going from communities.
Resource use was near average for this watershed. While population may have fluctuated the amount of energy used per person is close to what it has been historically.
Electricity use is one of the largest sources of fossil fuel emissions, the primary driver of climate change. Colorado is aggressively building renewable energy capacity to mitigate these emissions but increases in energy efficiency and conservation are necessary to minimize future climate change. Additionally, a conservation ethic and mindset are reflected in other aspects of an individuals lifestyle. This can lead to less water being removed from rivers and streams, fewer landfills, and a lighter impact on recreation resources.
Over the past 40 years per capita energy use in the United States As appliances and electronics continue to become more efficient energy use will likely continue dropping. To help prevent the worst impacts of climate change energy conservation will be necessary in addition to continued gains in efficiency.