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About the authors

Nicky Chambers is Co-Director of Best Foot Forward. An environmental management and communication specialist, she has previously worked with industry and policy makers. Anticipating the need for resonant communication and robust metrics, she has been heavily involved with the development and promotion of resource efficiency indicators such as ecological footprinting since 1994. She has led several regional resource flow and ecological footprint projects including Island State, City Limits, Scotland's Footprint, Material Health and analyses for organisations, including Ecological Footprint Analysis: Towards a Sustainability Indicator for Business. She is co-author of Sharing Nature's Interest.

Rachel Child is a consultant with Energy for Sustainable Development (ESD), working on a range of activities designed to provide practical solutions to climate change by reducing CO2 emissions. These include working with businesses, local authorities, housing associations and communities to develop strategies that will provide economically viable solutions, particularly through energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies. Rachel is particularly interested in methods of alleviating fuel poverty in conjunction with reducing carbon dioxide emissions in domestic dwellings.

Nicola Jenkin is a projects manager at Best Foot Forward. She is involved in the management of resource flow, mass balance and ecological footprint projects, research and publications. Her main area of interest is in education and communication for sustainable development in industry, business and local authorities, having developed a background in this field in South Africa. She has managed, amongst others, the Material Health and Scotland's Footprint projects. She was also involved in City Limits, and produced Best Foot Forward's award-winning Environmental Report 2002.

Kevin Lewis is the senior researcher for Best Foot Forward. He is a principal specialist in ecological footprint methodology and has applied the concept in a wide variety of applications. He comes from an ecological background and for his degree specialised in and focussed on human interactions with the environment, using life cycle and ecological footprint analyses. He has worked on a number of important footprint projects, and has been involved in or produced a variety of publications, notably Scotland's Footprint, Material Health, City Limits, Island State, The Footprint of Wales, Sharing Nature's Interest and Ecological Footprint Analysis: Towards a Sustainability Indicator for Business for ACCA.

George Vergoulas is a researcher at Best Foot Forward, primarily focusing on resource flow analyses at a regional and sectoral level. He is also involved in ecological footprint at a local level in the UK. Some of the projects he has worked on include Material Health, Scotland's Footprint, City Limits and ecological footprints of Jersey, Angus, Essex, Buckinghamshire and East Renfrewshire. He has a background in environmental management and technology, and is particularly interested in sustainable resource consumption issues and their links to supply chain management.

Mark Whiteley is a consultant with Energy for Sustainable Development (ESD), working on a range of activities designed to provide practical solutions to climate change by reducing CO2 emissions. These include working with businesses, local authorities, housing associations and communities to develop strategies that will provide economically viable solutions, particularly through energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies.