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20 Questions To Improve Your “Green Q”

By Joe Laur |
Here’s a pop quiz to test your ‘Green Q”. Once you're done, click the button to challenge your friends on Facebook or other social media to try and do better than you did.

Do you know your "Green Q?"

Here’s a pop quiz to test your ‘Green Q”. For the answers, just scroll to the bottom of the test to see if you got them all right.

Once you're done, click the button to challenge your friends on Facebook or other social media to try and do better than you did.


1. What benefit does adding insulating your home give you?

a. Saves energy
b. Keeps home more comfortable winter and summer
c. Saves money
d. All of the above

2. What’s the best way to “green your ride?”

a. Drive less by combining trips
b. Buy a Prius or other high mileage, low emissions vehicle
c. Keep your tires properly inflated and your engine tuned up
d. Walk or bike whenever you can.
e. Any of the above

3. How much energy is saved by recycling an aluminum can instead of making anew??

a. 96%- enough to run a 20 watt cfl light for 100 hours.
b. 76%- enough to run a refrigerator for 5 minutes
c. 50%- enough to power an iPhone for a week
d. 2%- enough to turn on the dome light in a Hummer

4. How many average PET bottles does it take to make a recycled sweater?

a. 1,025
b. 63
c. 276
d. 1

5. How much of an average aluminum can is recycled?

a. 99%
b. 27%
c. 50%
d. 5%

6. What is the most common cause of pollution of streams, rivers, and oceans?

a. Dumping of garbage by cities
b. Surface water running off yards, city streets, paved lots, and farm fields
c. Trash washed into the ocean from beaches
d. Waste dumped by factories

7. Which of the following is a renewable resource?

a. Oil
b. Iron ore
c. Trees
d. Coal

8. Where does most of the garbage in the U.S. end up?

a. Oceans
b. Incinerators
c. Recycling centers
d. Landfills

9. Which of the following household wastes is considered hazardous waste?

a. Plastic packaging
b. Glass
c. Batteries
d. Spoiled food

10. Which plastics are safest and should be recycled?

a. #1 PET,#2 HDPE, #3PVC,#6 Polystyrene
b. #1 PET #2 HDPE,#4 LDPE,#5 PP
c. #2LDPE,#3 PVC,#6 Polystyrene,#7 Others
d. #1 PET,#4 LDPE #5 PP,#6 Polystyrene<

11. How is most of the electricity in the U.S. generated?

a. By burning coal
b. With nuclear power
c. Through solar energy
d. At hydroelectric power plants

12. Planting a tree will create oxygen, provide wildlife habitat, and soak up waste CO2. Which variety should you choose?

a. a fast-growing poplar
b. a long-lived oak
c. a variety native to where you live
d. An evergreen.

13. Which is the greenest quick meal?

a. frozen vegetarian lasagna
b. drive through tacos
c. baked potato with cheese and a beer
d. Hamburger and fries from Bob’s Greasy Spoon Diner.

14. What’s the most common reason for a species becoming extinct?

a. Pesticides are killing them
b. Their habitats are being destroyed by humans
c. There is too much hunting
d. They smoked as teenagers

15. What is the primary benefit of wetlands?

a. Promote flooding
b. Help clean the water before it enters lakes, streams, rivers, or oceans
c. Help keep the number of undesirable plants and animals low
d. Provide good sites for landfills
e. Moats to keep dragons at bay

16. Which of the following can’t be easily recycled?

a. Grandpa’s dentures
b. Disposable diapers
c. Coffins and caskets
d. Yesterday’s cold oatmeal
e. Plastic bags

17. What percentage of the earth’s water is fresh?

a. 67%
b. 33%
c. 2.5%
d. None of it anymore

18. Of the earth’s fresh water, how much is locked up as ice?

a. 70%
b. 35%
c. 18%
d. 0%- global warming melted it all

19. How far does the average American meal travel from farm to fork?

a. 50 miles
b. 500 miles
c. 1500 miles
d. 25000 miles

20. What material has the highest recycling rate in the U.S.?

a. Glass
b. Aluminum
c. PET plastics
d. Steel
e. Old jokes

Answers - Score one point for each correct answer:

  1. D- You can never have too much insulation. Most cost effective energy saver.
  2. E- Reduce your driving anyway you can.
  3. A- It takes over 20 times the energy to make a can from ore than to recycle it.
  4. B- 63. Some of us drink a sweater’s worth every week.
  5. C- Half of that can was a can once before
  6. B- Stopping runoff saves streams.
  7. C- But not inexhaustible. Forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. Buy FSC wood.
  8. D- Over half our trash ends up in a hole in the ground. We can do better.
  9. C- No matter how bed D smells, batteries are hazardous waste.
  10. B- 1, 2, 4, and 5: use ‘em and you’ll stay alive.
  11. A- 50% of US electricity comes from coal, and coal kills 30,000 of us a year.
  12. C- Plant local varieties for global impact.
  13. C- A local beer with an organic potato and regional cheese is better than processed foods, especially mystery meats.
  14. B- We are eating them out of house and home.
  15. B- Wetlands are like giant sponges, absorbing and filtering water.
  16. E- Plastic bags, while recyclable- gum up the works in most places. Recycle with care.
  17. C- Just 2.5% guys. That’s for washing, farming, drinking, beer making, everything.
  18. A- And 70% of that is ice.
  19. C- 1500 miles on average. Don’t tell the terrorists about our lack of food security.
  20. D- 70% of all steel is recycled. There are no statistics on recycling old jokes.

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