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From Zero Energy Homes to Drip Irrigation to knowing your carbon footprint and more, it's important to be familiar with the growing lexicon of the environmental movement. Answer the below questions and see how green you are! Answers follow the quiz.
Test Your Green IQ
a) A university sociology class
b) The variety of life in all forms, levels and combinations in a given location. Often used as a measure of the health of biological systems
c) The name of the latest and greatest rock band from Seattle
2. Carbon footprint
a) A measure of one’s environmental impact in terms of greenhouse gas production www.carbonfootprint.com
b) The foot-shaped image left in the sky after astronauts visit space
c) What the black soles of the new $200 Nike Fireball sneakers leave behind
a) Common Sense Answer
b) Community Supported Agriculture. Farm membership system through which members make a seasonal financial commitment to a farm, and receive weekly produce in return. www.localharvest.org
c) Celery Stalks Association. Promotes the use of celery in recipes and snacks. Promotional ads are now running on the Food Channel on the Rachael Ray program among others
4. Drip Irrigation
a) Water-conserving system allowing water to drip directly into soil via a system of installed pipes with small holes.
b) What you experience when your cocktail glass is almost empty
c) The reaction you might have while watching a really sad movie
5. Humanely raised
a) Refers to waking someone up gently
b) The philosophy of rearing children while never yelling at them or asking them to do chores. Most common in utopian communes in south Arizona
c) Food label given to producers providing their food animals with adequate shelter and space, resting areas, nutritious food and the ability to engage in natural behaviors. http://www.certifiedhumane.com
a) License to Eat Environmental Desserts. Given to subscribers of the Slim-Fast diet program who want to eat fatty, sugary foods created according to earth-friendly recipes
b) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Provides verification that a building is “environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.” http://www.usgbc.org
c) The opposite of follow
7. Resin Identification Code
a) Number on plastic containers indicating recycling capabilities. In most communities, #1 and #2 are the only plastics collected in recycling programs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resin_identification_code
b) Will hopefully be able to include more recyclable items in the future
c) A and B
8. Sustainable development
a) “Meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” www.un.org/esa/sustdev
b) Better than arrested development
c) Buildings constructed sturdily so they don’t fall down
9. USDA Organic
a) Cleaner, healthier food source
b) United States Department of Agriculture label given to food grown without conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and certain other materials. Organically raised livestock are raised without antibiotics, growth hormones, or in most countries, genetic modification
c) A and B
10. Zero Energy Homes
a) Produce as much energy as they consume
b) Use no energy. Examples include tents and lean-tos. Also refers to homes that have been abandoned and are awaiting the wrecking ball or the action of the local government to rehab them
c) Are run by hired help, so you can save your energy
How did you do?
8-10 correct: You are leafy green!
5-7 correct: You have a green thumb.
2-4 correct: You are the other kind of green (but you can still learn).
0-1 correct: You are experiencing a brownout.