Resource: Climate Change Benefits from 33 Green Living Actions
Title: Climate Change Benefits from 33 Green Living Actions
Resource type: Checklist
Topics: Buildings, Energy, Individual Choices, Transportation, Water
Keywords: living green, sustainable living, metrics, calculators
Audience: Government, Citizens, Nonprofit
Region: Minnesota Statewide
Summary: 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.
Content: The thorough explanation, assumptions and documentation of 33 actions individuals can take on their own - listed below - is available at 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

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.

Suggested by: Philipp Muessig
Added: 09/17/10
Updated: 03/16/11