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Green Giving

Buy gifts that Pass the SLED Test

Think about the resources that go into making a product: water , coal, oil, precious metals, polluting chemicals. Support manufacturers who have committed to lower waste, green chemistry, energy efficiency, and social justice.

Give the gift of time together

Give a Bike

Organic foods and clothes: For a comparatively large selection of organic fiber clothing, bamboo, or hemp, try,

For a fun article on the five best toys of all time:

Use a manufactured log (75% reduction of soot) (or make your fireplace into a decoration) to reduce soot (Black Carbon CH4) from regular wood fires, or install a new high efficiency woodstove with two combustion chambers (88% reduction in particulates from incomplete combustion).

Find sustainable gift ideas at http://globalstewards...

Conserve oil used for transportation, support local jobs and community

Shop at local shops or at Holiday Bazaars.

Find a huge list of wonderful Bozeman products at

Give donations: Earthjustice,, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Montana Environmental Information Center, Northern Plains Resource Council, Bozeman Climate Alliance, and many more


Ten 100 watt bulbs on for an hour = 1 kWh. The average Montana household uses 856 kWh. Most US electricity comes from burning coal. Coal plants, especially old ones like Colstrip, emit CO2, acid, mercury, and soot. Home appliances that produce heat are some of the biggest energy hogs: irons, hair dryers, ovens, dryers, water heaters. Check your energy usage (for the last two years!) at Northwestern Energy and try to reduce it by 15%. http://www.northweste...

Check out energy monitors and other 'cool' gifts from http://www.Ecofriend....

Get Greener Electronics:
http://www.electronic... or

Find the Top Ten most efficient TVs, cars, and appliances at
http://www.toptenusa.... Also check out all Energy Star ranked goods at http://www.energystar...

Many appliances have 'phantom' power, they use energy even when they are "off". This can be up to 5% of your home energy bill. Instead of unplugging, try getting a power strip for easy, complete on and off.

Waste, especially food waste, emits methane which is 21 x more potent than CO2. Buy to last, reuse, or recycle.

Gift Wrap with cloth or reusable bags and bows.

Use LED lights. They're 80-90% more efficient and don’t break.

Buy a tire pressure gauge for a stocking stuffer! Save $0.10 per gallon and your tires will last longer! (Find the right pressure in the driver's side door jamb, glove compartment, or manual. Don't use the maximum psi on the tire.)

Join Offer items for free; request items for free

Nerdy Vacation Ideas:

  • Read Eaarth, by Bill McKibben
  • Do an online carbon calculator or order a home or business energy audit from Northwestern Energy
  • Watch The 11th Hour film narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Help with the Bozeman Climate Action Plan: Call Natalie Meyer at 582-2317
  • Check out energy facts at US Energy Information Agency

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Carbon Fee and 100% Rebate Top Ten List October 3, 2014 4:50 PM Kristen W.
REMI Report: Jobs AND 33% Reduction of CO2 June 11, 2014 9:49 AM Kristen W.
Carbon Tax and the Social Cost of Carbon January 26, 2014 8:11 AM Kristen W.
President's Climate Action Plan June 2013 July 31, 2013 8:16 AM Kristen W.
Science versus the Scientist June 11, 2013 10:32 PM Kristen W.
Renewables within 20 years June 11, 2013 10:29 PM Kristen W.
Basic Climate Science June 11, 2013 10:27 PM Kristen W.
Elevator speech for Fee and Dividend June 11, 2013 10:25 PM Kristen W.
Coall Train Facts April 18, 2013 5:42 PM Kristen W.
Green Schools Study Resolution SJ 29 April 6, 2013 1:31 PM Kristen W.
Contacting Legislators April 7, 2013 7:33 AM Kristen W.
Oil and Gas Tax Holiday March 3, 2013 4:51 PM Kristen W.

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