Understanding Green Living Lingo
Can you speak green? This going-green-terminology and green-glossary will clarify some basic terms that are quite commonplace in the green living vocabulary.
This list should also help to clear up the definitions of some rather strange terms that are becoming popular as well. In the world of carbon footprint reduction we need a better understanding of what people are talking about these days.
The range of living things in one area
and how they are part of the ecosystem.
Breaking down of materials with help
How animals and plants secrete toxins
in their tissues from their environment.
Containing feces and urine.
The measure of greenhouse gas emitted by
certain actions of humans or industries.
Or Carbon Neutrality - the term used to describe the actions of organizations, businesses and individuals taking action to remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as each put in to it.
Measures taken to make up for carbon dioxide
released into the atmosphere.
A proposed tax charge on carbon dioxide
emissions because of burning fossil fuels.
Greenhouse gas increasing global warming.
Also known as CO2 - chemical abbreviation.
Rapid change in global climate because of
Breaking down of materials into dirt.
Replacement for traditional light-bulbs.
Compact Fluorescent Lamp
A self sufficient environment formed by
biological and physical characteristics
existing together and in one place.
Gases or exhausts produced by human activity.
One of the new going-green-terminology phrases that
almost sounds a bit "scary" is becoming popular...
Refers to electric appliances that continue to use
energy after they are supposedly turned off.
Deposits such as natural gas, coal and oil
which has taken years to develop naturally
from the environment.
USA certification code that verifies that
farmers have received a fair price for their
products. They have received credit and are
helped with assistance to their business on
the road to being self-sufficient economically.
Way of farming which allow animals to roam freely
and not be caged.
Temperature increase in air and oceans
because of human activity.
GOLD STANDARD LEGITIMATE
A term given to truly legitimate carbon-offsets; geared to
The process a company undergoes in order to
become a "green" company.
Runoff from washers, sinks, tub etc.,
but has no sewage materials.
Used in reference to being environmentally
Devoted to the conservation of energy, green
building, soil health, smart electricity and
The practice of using eco-friendly building
materials, and the designing of energy
efficient homes and businesses. Relies on
wind and solar power.
Consideration of life choices made which
will have consequences on the environment.
Gases in our atmosphere contributing
to global warming.
Chemicals that stop plants from growing
or even kills them.
Government Panel investigating impact,
and solutions for the changing climate.
A place to bury garbage, waste.
Replacing the usual light-bulbs, known as
Light Emitting Diode.
"NET" ZERO CARBON FOOTPRINT
Same as zero carbon footprint.
No fertilizers, sewage, or pesticides are used
to grow plants.
Same meaning as Energy Vampires.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Commonly referred to as the 3 r's
of green living. The credo for
Finding alternate uses for something
instead of throwing it away as garbage.
Same meaning as "recycle."
Alternate forms of electricity through
natural resources such as wind and sun.
Conversion of sun's rays to energy.
"Living now" changes to make in order to
preserve our resources for generations
to come. Involves different methods of
building, farming and finding new ways
to produce electricity instead of using
up resources that will run out.
Someone who will not eat products from
animals or use material products from
Waste materials which come from various
commercial, industrial or municipal
ZERO CARBON FOOTPRINT
The goal of carbon neutrality, and the practice of carbon
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