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Portlanders, we’re #3!

January 6th, 2012

If you engage in ten or more ecologically-minded activities regularly – things like recycling, taking transit or walking to work, etc. – you are a “super greenie.”

And chances are good that if you do, you live in Portland.

According to Sustainable Oregon Business, Portland ranks #3 in the nation in its percentage of Super-Greenies – 11%, compared to a national average of 5%.

(The top two in the study were San Francisco at 17 percent and Seattle with 13 percent).

How about we make a city-wide New Year’s resolution to come in first next year?

Here’s a quick list of activities – for starters – that make one “green.” If you can do ten or more (and please, think of more!), you’re a “Super Greenie.”

  • Commute by bus, rail, bike or foot.
  • Combine trips to markets, movies, etc. when you do have to go by car.
  • Carpool.
  • Recycle.
  • Eat local, fresh, and organic.
  • Use recycled paper.
  • Print on both sides – re-use your paper.
  • Use low-wattage light bulbs.
  • Install a programmable thermostat that reduces the heat while you’re not at home, and at night. (Cuddling and blankets work great!)
  • Turn off the heat (close vents, etc) to unused rooms in the house.
  • Use Energy-Star appliances.
  • Add insulation to your home.
  • Grow your own vegetables.
  • Buy green products – those without chemicals, pesticides, and excess packaging.
  • Volunteer to do local cleanup.
  • Walk more.