How green are you?
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Sep 03, 2009  |  Vote 0    0

How green are you?

Stratford Gazette

Tamara HarbarGoing GreenNow that it's the most wonderful time of the year - at least for parents sending their kids back to school - here's a green quiz to take. No studying required.Actually, it's just a checklist and you're the only one who can decide what your results mean for you. For instance, if you check only a couple of items, but that's more than you would have checked a year ago, then that represents a huge change. Give yourself some credit.Or you might find a pattern in your green habits. Are you super green when it comes to transportation but not with energy conservation?Maybe you'll spot new green habits you're ready to add to your repertoire.Check each statement that applies to you. Add up your checks. Then read the totally unscientific and made-up assessment of your results at the end.Transportation___ I group errands so I don't drive more than necessary.___ I car-pool, walk or ride my bike to work or for errands at least once a week.___ I telecommute at least once a week.___ I frequently take public transportation.___ I travel longer distances by bus or train whenever feasible.___ I drive a hybrid vehicle (or I've decided the next vehicle I buy will be a hybrid).___ I buy carbon off-sets when travelling by plane. Energy conservation___ I hang laundry to dry or run my dryer during off-peak hours.___ I unplug appliances not in use to avoid drawing phantom power.___ I turn off lights when I leave a room.___ I turn off my computer and printer at night.___ I choose natural cooling methods (drawing blinds, ceiling fans, etc.) instead of turning on my air conditioner.___ In the winter-time I put on a sweater instead of turning up the heat.___ I wash laundry in cold water most of the time. Water conservation/preservation___ I water my plants and garden from my rain barrel.___ I've installed a low-flow showerhead.___ I've installed a low-flow toilet.___ I have an aerator on my faucets.___ I never pour anything but water down sewer grates, knowing they flow directly into the Avon River. Waste reduction___ I've switched from plastic bags to reusable bags/bins for grocery shopping.___ I take reusable bags for all my shopping (clothes, books, hardware, drugstore), not just groceries.___ I compost organic waste.___ I recycle at home.___ If there's nowhere to recycle items when I'm away from home, I bring them home to recycle.___ I carry a reusable drinking bottle instead of purchasing bottled water.___ I leave grass clippings on the lawn to compost after mowing.___ I pack litterless lunches.___ I use rechargeable batteries.Handling hazards___ I take hazardous waste (batteries, unused paint, oil) to the landfill on hazardous waste drop-off days.___ I garden without pesticides.___ I purchase or make my own eco-friendly cleaners.___ I bring my own take-out containers to avoid styrofoam.Food___ I buy organic and/or local produce regularly.___ I eat a meatless meals at least once a week.___ I grow my own organic veggies, herbs, etc.___ I pick or buy berries and other produce from local farms to freeze or can for the winter.Tallying up 1-9 Good for you. Your green buds are showing.10-18 Your green sprouts are thriving nicely.19-27 You're a sturdy sapling, getting ready to flower.28-36 Congratulations! You're so green, chlorophyll is coming out your pores.

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