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Climate Change Benefits from 33 Green Living Actions
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For those conducting education and action campaigns to effect 33 specific behavior changes, the MN Pollution Control Agency has calculated climate change benefits of each change.
The thorough explanation, assumptions and documentation of 33 actions individuals can take on their own - listed below - is available at http://www.nextstep.state.mn.us/download/ecoscale-calculations.pdf These behavior changes were highlighted as part of a climate change exhibit for the 2009 Eco Experience at the MN State Fair. Read more about this event at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/ecoexperience/
The 33 behavior changes are:
o Eat local and organic food 20%, 50% and 80% of the time.
o Stop unwanted mail and opt out of phonebook delivery.
o Recycle beverage and food cans, bottles and jars.
o Compost yard and garden waste.
o Use reusable bottles, bags, kitchen and food ware.
o Buy only long-lasting and repairable goods and clothing.
o Recycle more around the house, like boxes from pantry foods and bathroom items.
o Compost food waste.
o Make 10% of purchases second-hand products.
o Recycle when away from home and at work.
o Take advantage of curbside pick-up of compostables.
o Replace gas-powered mower and leaf blower with a manual push mower and rake.
o Leave grass clippings on the lawn when mowing.
o Buy USDA-certified organic fertilizers and use less of them.
o Strategically plant trees and vegetation for shade and wind break.
o Plant drought-tolerant native plants and use a rain barrel.
o Install a green roof.
o Buy green power from your local utility.
o Install a solar-thermal system that provides 50% of home hot water use.
o Install photovoltaic panels or a small wind turbine to generate about 20% of home electricity use.
o Regularly maintain vehicles.
o Combine errands when using a vehicle.
o Carpool or bus two times each week.
o Bike to work two times each week.
o Turn down water heater to 120 degrees.
o Wash clothes in cold water.
o Turn off unneeded lights and electronics.
o Install 12 CFL bulbs.
o Regularly maintain HVAC equipment.
o Install a low-flow showerhead.
o Use a programmable thermostat.
o Add home insulation and seal air leaks.
o Replace inefficient equipment/appliances.