Feb 15

Psst… Save The Planet, Pass It On

Why Act?
To make a dent in America’s huge CO2 emissions, we need to get many people to become part of the solution. Imagine each household that does this program successfully getting at least five other households to participate and each losing 5,000 pounds. Imagine that this cycle continues. Within a relatively short period of time, we would achieve an exponential reduction in CO2 emissions. This action helps you contribute to this vision becoming a reality.
CO2 Reduction Action
• Go through your address book or e-mail list and identify all the people you know who might be receptive to lowering their CO2 impact. When given the opportunity, most people want to do the right thing. Include family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and members of your faith community, social network, and community group.
• Determine your outreach approach. In person is the best, followed by a phone call. A personalized e-mail communication followed by a phone call is a good way to go if you wish to reach out to many people. Also consider enrolling organizations and networks who can get the word out to their members.
• In your communication, tell the person why you chose to participate in the program, the results you achieved, and why you have invited them to participate. Make it as personal as possible. For individuals who choose not to participate, continue to be a good example. Watching you may encourage them to participate in the future.
• If you have done this program as a team, a great way to get people involved is to invite them to an information meeting hosted by your team. At the meeting, encourage them to join a team and link them up. A meeting script is provided in the support section on page 57.
• Support people who participate with a call or e-mail. Ask how they are doing and offer your assistance if they need any help. Being able to translate good intention into behavior change is bolstered by support
Note: To take this further, consider hosting a Global Warming Café in your community. This is a powerful way to engage community members in a conversation about global warming and then translate their concern into action through participation in Low Carbon Diet Eco Teams. To learn more, visit

Jan 15

Befriend An Earth Smart Auto

Why Act?
If you are considering purchasing a new car in the near future, this is an important action for you. You can make a dramatic improvement in your CO2 emissions and save a considerable amount of money in gasoline costs by purchasing a more fuel-efficient auto. The average car in America gets 22 mpg. Compare this to currently available models that get over 60 mpg! This action will help you befriend an Earth-smart auto.
CO2 Reduction Action
• At the dealer showroom, check the fuel economy label affixed to the window for the model’s average mpg, estimated annual fuel cost, and the fuel economy range for other models in the same class. Compare the figures to those of other manufacturers using the Environmental Protection Agency’s free gas mileage guide that dealers are required to provide, or you can find it on the internet at
• Purchase the lightest vehicle you can, keeping in mind that every option adds weight. A 10% weight reduction improves mileage by nearly 7%. Studies have indicated that the design of a vehicle is more important in terms of safety than its weight and size.

Jan 15

Is your car physically fit

Why Act?
Every gallon of gasoline used generates approximately 20 pounds of CO2. A tuned car improves fuel efficiency as much as 30%. This translates as a big opportunity for saving CO2 and fuel costs. This action will help keep your car purring.
CO2 Reduction Action
• Have your car serviced on a regular basis.
-Consult your car owner’s manual for guidelines.
-If you are due for service, make an appointment.
• Buy a tire gauge and use it periodically.
-Inflate your tires to the pressure that is printed on them.
-Always check and adjust the pressure before the tires are too warm.
Time & Materials
• 10 minutes to study the owner’s manual, 5 minutes to make an appointment; a few minutes every now and then to check your tire pressure.
• Car owner’s manual and tire gauge.
Tune up your car
Co2 Credit
Note: Check the box as you take action.
□ 1,500 pounds of CO2 reduced annually for an engine tune-up and maintaining tire pressure.

Jan 15

Plug your electricity leaks

Why Act?
America’s TVs consume the output of 21 large power plants. It takes one large power plant to supply power for all these TV sets shut-off! Many other types of home appliances use electricity even when turned off. In an average home, the common mix of televisions, DVD and video recorders, CD players and other appliances use about 50 watts of electricity 24 hours per day. Over a year, that produces over 600 lbs of CO2.
CO2 Reduction Action
• Identify the appliances that leak the most electricity such as televisions and DVD recorders and plug them into a switched cord or power strip.
• Turn off the power to these appliances when not in use.
• If possible, unplug any devises and chargers that have block-shaped transformer on the plug when they are not in use (or turn off with a power strip).
• When you buy new equipment, look for the Energy Star label. Appliances that meet new Energy Star guidelines use much less standby power.

Jan 15

Chew on this..

Why Act?
One of the most important actions you can take to reduce your CO2 emissions is to broaden your diet and become less dependent on meat. Livestock produced by factory and rainforest farming are inefficient at converting grains and other resources into useable food. Beef requires 16 pounds of grain just to produce a pound of meat. Add to that the resources used for producing grain, transporting meat to market, and packaging. A person with a red meat diet emits the global warming equivalent of approximately 5,000 pounds of CO2 a year more than a person with a vegetarian diet. This action will help you reduce the meat meals you eat.
CO2 Reduction Action
• Review your diet. See how much meat you eat and look for opportunities to substitute vegetarian meals.
• Look through cookbooks for tasty vegetarian recipes.
• Gather household members and discuss this action with them, encouraging them to join you in enjoying a vegetarian meal at home.
• Commit to eating at least one less meat meal a week.
• If you eat meat, consider choosing “free range” or “organic” varieties that will contribute to a healthy environment and greater health for you and your family.

Dec 14

The interview

Who is going to see The Interview on Christmas Day! Not me! I believe all the publicity is basically advertising a movie that Sony knew was going to lose money anyway. If anyone does see this movie let us know how it was, but I don’t think anyone cares. Have a great Christmas, yes Christmas and have celebrate new years with your friends!04539046

Dec 14

Wear it again!

Why Act?
Typical electric clothes washers and dryers generate 5 pounds of CO2 per washer/dryer cycle. Do your clothes really need to be washed after one wearing, or will the simple touch of an iron or the removal of a dirty spot allow you to wear them again?
For laundry machine-washed in hot water, 90% of the energy goes to heat the water, while only 10% powers the machine itself. In most cases, washing clothes in cold water get them just as clean as washing them in warm or hot water, and the CO2 savings are substantial—about 2 pounds per load.
The new, front-loading washing machines save even more energy by reducing the amount of water—hot or cold—used in each load by about 50%. These washers also have a faster spin cycle than conventional machines, so they remove more of the water from your clothes, reducing the energy it takes to dry them.
CO2 Reduction Action
• Wear clothes until they are actually dirty. Hang them up after each wearing to let them air out naturally.
• Use an iron to touch up creases or a wet cloth and a little soap to get a spot out when the rest of the garment is clean.
• When you wash your clothes, be energy-efficient by doing full loads and using cold water for washing and rinsing.
• Dry full loads or use a clothesline instead.
• Separate loads for fast- and slow-drying clothes and use moisture or automatic settings rather than the timer.

Dec 14

Scrub A Dub Tub

Why Act?
Each time you run your dishwasher, you produce approximately 2 pounds of CO2. Hand-washing dishes inefficiently can use up to 15 gallons of hot water or almost 3 pounds of CO2 per dishwashing. Through greater dishwashing efficiency you can reduce your CO2 footprint in this area by 25% or more.

CO2 Reduction Action
• Dishwasher: Run only when you have a full load. Scrape off food, but don’t rinse dishes before loading. Use the energy-saving setting to dry dishes (“air dry” rather than “heat dry”).
• Hand-washing: Wash dishes in a tub of hot soapy water. Fill a second tub for rinsing dishes.
• Make sure your kitchen faucet has an aerator. Aerators reduce water flow by about 25% and produce a water stream that is every bit as good for washing dishes, hands, or fruits and vegetables.

Dec 14

Am I clean yet?

Why Act?
How much water do you need to get your body clean? Many people spend 10 minutes or more in the shower. Heating hot water for a 10-minute shower can generate as much as 4 pounds of CO2. By staying in the shower for 5 minutes instead of 10 and ensuring that you have a low-flow showerhead, you can have a pleasurable shower and annually save several hundred pounds of CO2. A bath can use up to twice the amount of hot water you need for a 5-minute shower. Use an efficient shower to get clean, and use a bath or occasional long shower for relaxation.

CO2 Reduction Action
• If you don’t already have low-flow showerheads on your showers, purchase and install them.
• Time your average shower.
• Reduce this time so you are consistently at 5 minutes or under.

Dec 14

Dumping Garbage

The average US household produces about 4.5 pounds of solid waste per day. About a third of it is packaging used only to get the item to your home. Producing this waste requires energy for extraction of the raw materials, manufacturing them into various goods, and transportation throughout the whole process. Every pound of solid waste that goes to the landfill generates 2 pounds of greenhouse gases. These come from transporting and land-filling the waste and from the natural decomposition that occurs in an anaerobic environment. This action will help you reduce the solid waste you send to the landfill.
• If you are recycling less than you could or not recycling at all, get sorting guidelines from your local recycling center or trash collection service. Set up bags, boxes, or bins (your household recycling center) according to these guidelines.
• To reduce packaging, bring your own cloth bags when shopping, buy in bulk, purchase items with the least packaging, and buy reusable items.
• To reduce junk mail, write to, National Do Not Mail Registry, Prince Frederic, MD, 20678. Request that they remove your name from all 3rd class mailing lists. You can make your request at no charge via the internet at
• Contact those companies still sending you junk mail and request to be removed from their lists. You can use their self-addressed return envelope, fax or call the 800 number for customer service.

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