Greening - What Can I Do?


Itís simple: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. If everyone made an attempt to green their daily lives, it would make a significant positive impact on environment. The important thing is to use energy and materials efficiently to prevent new resources from being used and to also limit the amount of waste and CO2 produced.

Conscious Consumerism

Fact: The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags. (see http://www.reusablebags.com/facts.php?id=4)

Transportation:

Fact: U.S. autos emit more than 333 million tons of carbon dioxide each year, more than one-fifth of the nation's total carbon dioxide emissions (Environmental Defense Fund, http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=1126)

Water:

Fact: Every year, the U.S. thermoelectric industry uses 3.3 billion gallons of water. This number is projected to more than double to 7.3 billion gallons by 2030. (Environmental Defense Fund, http://blogs.edf.org/climate411/2007/11/07/water_and_energy/)

Energy:

Fact: If every household replaced just three 60-watt incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs, the pollution savings would be like taking 3.5 million cars off the road. (Environmental Defense Fund, http://www.fightglobalwarming.com/page.cfm?tagID=608)

Waste:

Fact: As a nation, Americans generate more waste than any other nation in the world with 4.5 pounds of municipal solid waste per person per day. (Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste)