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What's a "Greenerator"?

Find out how you can play your way to a healthier environment

By Michael Riordan | April 22 , 2008
The Act Green! Greenerator. (Photo: Courtesy of Act Green!)<br />
The Act Green! Greenerator. (Photo: Courtesy of Act Green!)

GO GREEN! That is what everybody is talking about on the educational and earth-friendly Web site, Act Green!

On the site, you can find fun ways to go "green" for yourself, your home, your school, and even your whole community. You may even find out that you are greener than you thought.

More than 10,000 people have already signed on to the "Greenerator." And the site has already saved 82,789,156 pounds of carbon dioxide, 4,709,685 pounds of trash, and 35,036,335 kilowatts per hour (kWh) of energy. WOW!

When I first tried out the site, I took the Green Quiz to find out how much I was already doing to help the environment. I did not score as high as I would have liked. So I continued adding many things onto my Green Plan and followed through on doing them. Then, my points started to rack up in the Greenerator. I managed to score 1,315 green points in just a few days!

I talked to Rick Abrams with Scholastic Education about how he came up with the idea for the Act Green.

"It started when I read the book Field Notes of a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, by Elizabeth Kolbert," Abrams said. "I started asking myself what I could do to help the environment." Abrams felt he "needed to take action and to make a change in the world."

The Act Green logo.
(Photo: Courtesy Act Green!)

So along with others at Scholastic, Abrams worked with an environmental scientist from the University of California at Berkeley to develop Act Green!

The site isn't just fun and games; it provides kids, parents, and teachers with free information that will help them take action to preserve the environment.

Abrams is pleased with how the Web site has been received so far. "The interest kids and teachers have shown [has been] beyond my expectations."

So after getting my green points, I introduced my friend Andrew to Act Green! He said he liked it. He also said he would probably go on the site again. I think this Web site can help Andrew become a greener person, and I think it will help you too.

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