Make Earth Day fun: See how many points you can accumulate throughout the day, then total the score and find your shade of green.
The Challenge: Score 1 Earth Day point for each “R” choice you make today (try to score at least 10).
Score 3 Bonus points for each choice that incorporates all 3R’s.
Beyond Earth Day: Get into the habit of considering the R’s before you make daily decisions.
The Challenge: Score 1 Earth Day pointeach time you choose alternative transportation today. Some great options include: walking, bike riding, taking the bus and carpooling.
Score 10 Bonus points if you’re already driving green or using one of the above alternatives.
Beyond Earth Day: Discover your family’s footprint based on your car’s make and model and create a plan of action to reduce your footprint by 25 percent.
The Challenge: Free your home from energy vampires and score 10 points by unplugging everything that isn’t used on a continuous basis.
Beyond Earth Day: Shop for products that are Energy Star rated. You’ll save money and lessen your contribution to global warming.
The Challenge: Score 5 points each time you perform one of these actions today: shower instead of bathe, keep the faucet off while brushing your teeth or shaving, water gardens in the morning.
Beyond Earth Day: Learn more about the benefits of using rain barrels. Many cities give them away free or at a low cost, but you can find directions for making your own here.
The Challenge: Score 10 Earth Day points by making a list of what your family can and can’t recycle. Then place the list in a place where everyone can see it.
Beyond Earth Day: Schedule a trip to your local recycling station and learn the ins and outs of recycling. Bring a list of questions such as “What happens when we toss nonrecyclables in the recycle bin?” and “Why can’t lids be recycled?” You may be amazed at what you learn.
The Challenge: Plan a “small footprint” meal, sans meat. For deep-greenies, try preparing your veggie meal with at least 50 percent local food.
20 Earth Day points for going the extra “green” mile.
Beyond Earth Day Try eating green once a week, then more when you’re ready. Or eat greener all around by limiting your diet to poultry and sustainable seafood.
More people are getting hands-on with green building.
The Challenge: Today, participate in the local volunteer event of your choice. Score 25 points!
Beyond Earth Day: Make a once-a-month date to give back to the planet by continuing your volunteer efforts year round.
At Morning Side Elementary, the kids aren’t just growing vegetables, they’re also growing friendships.
Beyond Earth Day: Find ways to include at least oneof these challenges in your daily routine.
Total your Earth Day score and find your shade of green.
Wow! The rest of us are “green” with envy at your eco-cred!
Nice job! We can tell you’re “in the know” when it comes to green living.
Great effort! You went the distance for Mother Earth today.
You’re getting there! Now, let’s commit to being a little bit greener all year round. Don’t forget all the fun you had today.