How Sustainable Am I?

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How Sustainable Am I?

Wonder how sustainable your daily behaviors are? Want to decrease your negative impact on the environment while helping your local economy? This quiz will show you how sustainable you are, highlight things you can do to conserve energy, spend less money, and help local businesses in your community.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
     I get most of my groceries (meat, dairy, produce, grain, etc.) from 
    • A. 

      A chain supermarket

    • B. 

      An independent local market or Farmer's Market

    • C. 

      I grow or raise them myself

  • 2. 
    The majority of the water I drink is: 
    • A. 

      Bottled water

    • B. 

      Tap water

    • C. 

      From a local well or spring

  • 3. 
    I cook my own meals:
    • A. 

      Not very often

    • B. 

      Often, I even pack myself a lunch.

    • C. 

      Just about every meal

  • 4. 
    When I wash my dishes I:
    • A. 

      Use the dishwasher

    • B. 

      Hand wash and dry

  • 5. 
     I use small electric kitchen appliances (microwave, toaster, coffee maker, etc): 
    • A. 

      Daily

    • B. 

      A few times a week

    • C. 

      Never

  • 6. 
     My garden is:
    • A. 

      I don't have a garden

    • B. 

      Ornamental with only flowers, grass and minimal or No edible vegetation

    • C. 

      Small or a container garden providing some herbs, lettuce, etc. for my own use

    • D. 

      Moderate in size, providing part or all of my family's produce

    • E. 

      Large in size, providing food for more people than just my own family

  • 7. 
    When I wash my laundry I:
    • A. 

      Use a washing machine

    • B. 

      Use an energy efficient washing machine

    • C. 

      Hand wash and air dry

  • 8. 
    The electricity in my home comes from:
    • A. 

      The local power company

    • B. 

      My own solar panels and /or wind or, or generator or water power

    • C. 

      An alternative, independent green energy power company (hydroelectric, wind, solar, nuclear)

  • 9. 
     The water in my home comes from:
    • A. 

      The local water company

    • B. 

      A local natural spring or well

    • C. 

      I have a gray water system that collects runoff

  • 10. 
     I use the heating and air conditioning units in my home:
    • A. 

      Whenever it is hot or cold

    • B. 

      Only when temperatures are extreme

    • C. 

      Never. I open windows when it's hot and use the fireplace or wood stove when it's cold

  • 11. 
     When not using my appliances (computer, stereo, kitchen appliances etc):  
    • A. 

      I usually leave them plugged in and turned off

    • B. 

      I usually leave them plugged in and turned on

    • C. 

      I usually unplug them

  • 12. 
    When I leave my house I usually  
    • A. 

      Turn all my lights off

    • B. 

      Leave some of them on

  • 13. 
    Generally, while I brush my teeth  
    • A. 

      I leave the water running

    • B. 

      I turn the water off

  • 14. 
    The average length of my showers are  
    • A. 

      5 min

    • B. 

      10 min

    • C. 

      15 min

    • D. 

      20 min

  • 15. 
    The majority of my clothing is:
    • A. 

      Brand name designer label

    • B. 

      Inexpensive, fashion or fad clothing

    • C. 

      Recycled, vintage or Fair Trade

    • D. 

      Hand sewn / knitted, by myself or a local seamstress

  • 16. 
    My main form of transportation is:
    • A. 

      Car

    • B. 

      Motorcycle

    • C. 

      Bus, train or other rapid transit

    • D. 

      Bicycle or walking

  • 17. 
     In an average week I drive a car approximately (not including work commute):
    • A. 

      30 miles or more

    • B. 

      30 miles or less

    • C. 

      None. I don't drive a car and use alternative transportation

  • 18. 
     In an average week I drive a car to and from work approximately: 
    • A. 

      30 miles or more

    • B. 

      30 miles or less

    • C. 

      30 miles or more with a carpool

    • D. 

      30 miles or less with a carpool

    • E. 

      None. I don't drive a car and use alternative transportation

  • 19. 
     How often do I recycle:
    • A. 

      My community does not offer recycling

    • B. 

      I go out of my way to an off site location to recycle.

    • C. 

      My community provides recycle bins or bags and green bins/bags so I recycle all that I can

    • D. 

      My community offers recycling but I don't recycle often.

  • 20. 
    I buy the majority of my new merchandise from: 
    • A. 

      Big chain stores

    • B. 

      Local businesses whenever possible

    • C. 

      Second hand merchandise stores or individuals

  • 21. 
    For entertainment I usually:
    • A. 

      Watch television, movies, surf the Internet or play video games

    • B. 

      Participate in outdoor activities (camping, hiking, biking, or other active sports) or write, paint, play music, read, etc.

  • 22. 
    What percent of my income do I spend on unnecessary things (clothes, electronics, dinning out, etc)?  
    • A. 

      75%

    • B. 

      50%

    • C. 

      25%

    • D. 

      10%

  • 23. 
    How many meals a day do I eat meat?  
    • A. 

      Every meal

    • B. 

      Half of my meals

    • C. 

      A quarter of my meals

    • D. 

      None of my meals

  • 24. 
    Generally, when I clean (my hands, kitchen counters, bathroom) do I use  
    • A. 

      Paper towels

    • B. 

      Cloth towels

  • 25. 
    Generally, when I preserve or store food, I use  
    • A. 

      Plastic wrap

    • B. 

      Reusable containers

    • C. 

      Aluminum or tin foil

    • D. 

      Plastic bags

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