University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences


Experiment 267 - Twin Cities Household Ecosystem Project

We designed our methods to estimate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus fluxes through individual households, and to address two primary questions:

1. How are these fluxes distributed across households?
2. What biophysical and socioeconomic factors contribute to differences in these fluxes across households?

Our hybrid approach combines:

1. A mailed survey
2. Energy provider records
3. On-the-ground landscape measurements
4. A computational tool (the Household Flux Calculator)
4. Parcel data (interpreted using GIS)

The resulting dataset includes information on biophysical and socioeconomic variables that potentially influence household-level fluxes of elements. Using this method to study element fluxes at the household level allows us to explicitly link consumption choices and element fluxes.

Methods for e267


Dataset IDTitleRange of Years (# years with data)
abke267Data on age, gender, height, weight, activity levels for each household member.2008-2008 (1 year)
abbe267Survey results. All air travel trips made by households. Business vs. pleasure, miles and number of travelers.2008-2008 (1 year)
abee267Survey results. Preferences on diet type, meat-fish, vegetarian, vegan and reasons for preferences by family member.2008-2008 (1 year)
abge267Survey results. Adult education level and work status for all adults in household.2008-2008 (1 year)
abse267Survey results. Attitude on importance of landscaping choices for ease of maintenance, supporting wildlife, native species, esthetics, privacy seclusion, tidiness2008-2008 (1 year)
abde267Survey results. Attitudes about difficulty or ease of eating meat from each family member.2008-2008 (1 year)
abre267Survey results. Attitudes about the difficulty or ease of using a car for primary transportation. Includes answers evaluating attitudes of other household2008-2008 (1 year)
abne267Survey results. Attitudes on choices for lawn care and fertilization.2008-2008 (1 year)
abhe267Survey results. Attitudes on whether making choices to increase energy efficiency of the home are harmful or beneficial.2008-2008 (1 year)
abce267Survey results. Commutes to work and school by family member. Mode used, frequency and miles travelled.2008-2008 (1 year)
aboe267Survey results. Data on lawn fertilization, watering, leaf mulching vs. removal. Indicates if professional lawn services were used. Includes on site data from UMN survey team, when applicable.2008-2008 (1 year)
abie267Survey results. Energy consumption for heating and cooling, including fuel choices and use of programmable thermostats.2008-2008 (1 year)
abje267Survey results. Household planned or completed activities to increase energy efficiency of the home.2008-2008 (1 year)
abfe267Survey results. Leaf disposal choices between, remove from site, mulch, compost, burn2008-2008 (1 year)
abpe267Survey results. Magazines and newspapers subscriptions and amounts of paper and plastic recycled.2008-2008 (1 year)
abte267Survey results. Make and model of each car or truck owned by household. Odometer reading, year and month of purchase, number of cylinders and odometer reading at time of survey. MPG estimate from US EPA vehicle databases by vehicle.2008-2008 (1 year)
abqe267Survey results. Number and size of dogs and cats in the household. Each pet has singular ID associated with Household ID.2008-2008 (1 year)
abme267UMN tree survey team data by household for 360 households. Includes specific data on individual trees and vegetation beneath the tree canopy.2008-2008 (1 year)
able267Unique household ID relational to all tables. Data, from participating households, on utility company records and tree survey access for UMN survey team.2008-2008 (1 year)