100 green actions you can take today

A group of Girl Scouts planted 100 trees on National Public Lands Day at Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge
flickr, USFWS/Southeast (Jose G. Martinez)

When we visit wild lands, we get a glimpse of the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Often these experiences lead us to reflect upon our role in ensuring that these place remain wild, and in protecting the planet in general. 

Here are some ideas on how you can have a positive impact upon our precious planet:
  1. Don’t idle your car - ever
  2. Fill your freezer to save energy
  3. Bike to work instead of driving
  4. Use CFLs or LEDs instead of incandescent bulbs
  5. Grow your own food
  6. Carpool
  7. Turn the power off when not in use
  8. Air dry your clothes, hair, etc.
  9. Inflate your car's tires
  10. Displace water in your toilet with a brick or filled two-liter bottle

  11. Compost
  12. Use a reusable water bottle
  13. Eat locally grown or raised food
  14. Turn down your thermostat
  15. Go for a walk
  16. Recycle what you can
  17. Use public transportation
  18. Reuse what you can 
  19. Buy organically grown food
  20. Buy or rent solar panels 

  21. Use a fan (instead of A/C)
  22. Reuse bathwater for watering flowers
  23. Wash and reuse plastic when possible
  24. Use re-useable shopping bags
  25. Use curtains (lowers use of A/C)
  26. Use cloth towels instead of paper (towels, napkins, etc.)
  27. Use cloth napkins instead of paper
  28. Buy certified wood
  29. Wash full loads of laundry
  30. Wash full loads of dishes

  31. Use cold water instead of hot
  32. Take shorter showers
  33. Replace your shower head with one that is "low flow"
  34. Get "low flow" faucets and toilets for your home
  35. Fix leaks and drips
  36. Unplug or use power strips
  37. Use your computer's "sleep" mode instead of a screen saver
  38. Use rechargable batteries
  39. Get a push mower instead of a gas one
  40. Use a rake instead of a leaf blower

  41. Put yard waste in a trash bin, not on the street
  42. Use a broom instead of a vacuum
  43. Buy items that are second-hand when possible
  44. Give away your hand-me-downs to friends or organizations
  45. Replace your old fridge with a more efficient one
  46. Use small appliances
  47. Use "energystar" approved appliances
  48. Slow down when driving
  49. Drive sensibly - braking too often wastes gas
  50. Contact your representatives to support environmental legislation

  51. Buy in bulk to save packaging waste
  52. Buy items made from recycled materials
  53. Spend less time in front of a screen
  54. Try to repair items instead of replacing them
  55. Do things by hand (mixing, etc.)
  56. Flush your toilet less
  57. Print on both sides
  58. Pay your bills online
  59. Share files electronically instead of printing documents
  60. Plant native plants/grasses

  61. Collect rainwater (if your area allows it)
  62. Buy locally made and/or sold items
  63. Weatherize/insulate your home
  64. Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer
  65. Use natural light when possible
  66. Combine your errands
  67. Use cruise control in your car
  68. Avoid Styrofoam if possible
  69. Bring your own mug to the coffee shop
  70. Bring your own take-out box when dining out

  71. Mulch your garden to conserve water
  72. Properly dispose of household wastes and fluids
  73. Properly dispose of pet waste
  74. Use fertilizers sparingly
  75. Use pesticides sparingly
  76. Plant bee-friendly flowers
  77. Avoid animal-tested products
  78. Water your lawn in the evening
  79. Wash your car at a shop - not in your driveway
  80. Get regular tune ups for your car

  81. Try meatless mondays
  82. Get rid of junkmail
  83. Pay your taxes (after all, this money does fund public lands)
  84. Plant trees
  85. Pick up litter
  86. Volunteer to help an environmental non-profit in your area
  87. Teach a school group about environmental issues
  88. Vote
  89. Donate to organizations that work for environmental issues like ours
  90. Help register others to vote

  91. Shut your fridge door 
  92. Read your newspaper online
  93. Spay or neuter your pets
  94. Use biodegradable paper bags instead of plastic for trash, etc.
  95. Buy produce that is in season
  96. Filter your own water instead of buying it
  97. Fly less frequently
  98. When you leave town, put your water heater in "vacation mode."
  99. Calculate your "carbon footprint" to find out what else you can do
  100. Share these ideas with others!

If you want more good ideas, check out our tips on what you can do to protect wild lands.