This sheet offers a number of steps we can take to reduce the impact of our ecological footprint on the
Earth. Please look over this and, if you feel inspired, commit to a few or more of them by marking the
blank with a “?” check. If you already are currently practicing the step, mark an “X” on the blank. When
you are done please copy your commitments onto a piece of paper that you can carry with you as a
reminder. We will collect this sheet so that we may post your commitments on a website, allowing other
practitioners and friends to see and to be inspired by your actions.
I, _______________________________________________, commit to:
___ Walk or bike to work ___ days per week.
___ Walk or bike to places within five miles.
___ Carpool to work or use mass transit.
___ Reduce flight-travel to less than ___ flight-hours per year.
___ Purchase energy credits to compensate for travel.
___ Have a car-free day once a week.
___ Have a car-free day once a month.
___ Work at home one day a week.
___ Reduce car trips by ___%.
___ Use stairs, not elevators and escalators.
___ Have an electricity-free day once a week.
___ Get an energy audit of my home and improve its efficiency.
___ Purchase and install solar panels at home.
___ Purchase renewable-source electricity (wind, geothermal.)
___ Air-dry clothes (without a dryer.)
___ Reduce the use of hairdryers and appliances.
___ Support farmers and reduce food-miles by buying local produce.
___ Grow produce at home.
___ Do not use pesticides or herbicides.
___ Purchase ___% organic food.
___ Join a Community-Supported Agriculture group near by home.
___ Replace light bulbs at home with compact fluorescents.
___ Eliminate the use of air-conditioning at home.
___ Reduce air-conditioning at home by ___ degrees.
___ Reduce heating at home by ___ degrees.
___ Install a programmable thermostat at home.
___ Install energy-efficient insulation and windows at home.
___ Eat only vegetarian food.
___ Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle.
___ Avoid purchasing disposable items with lots of packaging.
___ Replace paper napkins, towels, plates with reusable equivalents.
___ Use library instead of buying books, as much as possible.
___ Use cloth or other reusable bags for shopping, etc.
___ Use biodegradable cleaning products.
___ Compost kitchen waste.
___ Encourage office/school to recycle.
___ Share magazines and catalogs by donating them to clinics, etc.
___ Reuse and recycle all items possible.
___ Buy clothing in used clothing/thrift shops.
___ Plant native and drought-tolerant plants where applicable.
___ Plant ___ trees in my neighborhood.
___ Turn off computers while not in use.
___ Install a power strip for appliances to avoid drawing ghost electricity.
___ Set computer and display to turn off after 10 minutes of inactivity.
___ Reduce use of hot water by ___%.
___ Take only short, warm showers.
___ Install a solar water heating unit.
___ Re-use greywater.
___ When urinating only, do not flush the toilet.
___ Turn off faucet while brushing teeth or shaving.
___ Reduce overall water use by ___%
___ Install a system to capture and store rainwater.
___ Pick up trash along walking/jogging route.
___ Encourage a friend to commit to items on this list.
___ Educate myself on ecological issues.
___ Write articles, stories to help others get in touch with their ecosystem.
___ Meditate once/week on my relationship to the ecosystem in which I live.
___ Meditate once a week on how I can reduce my consumption, and act on this.
___ Write to local and national politicians calling for more effective environmental legislation.
___ Support local environmental organizations.
Add my own commitment proposals here:
I make the commitment to practice the items that I have checked above so that I may reduce the
ecological impact of my way of living.
Signed: ______________________________________________ Date: _______________________