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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Yahoo! Is At It Again

In March, I blogged about Yahoo's program to motivate people to install CFLs (click here to read the post). Now they are trying to get people to go even further.

You can now create your own Green Plan To Save The Planet at the Yahoo! Green website (click here to go to the site)

There are a few things that I like about this site:
  • There are A LOT of different actions that are listed. Just reading through the list gives ideas of what sorts of daily decisions can make a difference - many that I've not seen listed elsewhere.
  • You can have the actions listed by lifestyle, category, effort, and impact.
  • Each action has an short explanation of why it is a good thing to do and where to get more information.
  • The site records your commitments and totals your carbon savings.
  • The site also totals the commitments of all of the people users.
  • There is a map feature to see what areas have the most people participating.

There are a couple of things that I do not see in this program:

  • Any incentives. Wouldn't it be cool to make something like this a contest?
  • Any accountability. There is a huge difference between PLANNING to do something and ACTUALLY DOING it.

But, anything that gives people ideas of how they can change their behavior to reduce their carbon footprint is a good thing. Check it out!

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