Nationwide Survey Finds: Americans Resolving To Go Green in 2008 From Shedding Carbs to Shedding Carbon? Half of Us Plan to Make a 'Green'

or Environmentally Responsible New Year's Resolution

75% Say They Are Very or Somewhat Likely to Reduce Energy Consumption in

'08; 74% Say They Are Likely to Recycle More

Survey Shows Younger Americans More Focused on the Environment than Older

Americans

Green with Guilt? Three in 10 Americans Admit to Feeling Guilty About Not

Living a More Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle



    NEW YORK, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans may be dreaming of a white
 Christmas, but they're determined to lead a "green" New Year.
 
     Just under half -- 49% -- of all American adults say they will make a
 green New Year's resolution this year, according to the results of a poll
 released here today by Tiller, LLC, one of the nation's leading
 consultancies on the design and implementation of advocacy marketing
 programs.
 
     The telephone survey of 1,004 adults was conducted between December 7
 and December 9, 2007 by the national polling firm of GfK Roper. All
 respondents were at least 18 years of age. The margin of error for the
 1,004 interviews is +/-3.0%.
 
     "When it comes to life choices, green is clearly a primary color.
 Americans are viewing the environmental impact of their actions with
 increased responsibility and deliberation," said Rob Densen, Founder and
 CEO of Tiller, LLC. "New Year's resolutions being what they are, let's hope
 that Americans are more successful at reducing waste and energy consumption
 than we are at reducing our waistlines."
 
     Watching Our Waste in 2008
 
     Given a list of environmentally responsible lifestyle changes, reducing
 household energy usage was cited as the most likely to be undertaken in
 2008, cited by 75% of respondents. It was followed by recycling more (74%)
 and reducing the use of harmful household chemicals (66%). Carrying fabric
 bags to the supermarket (42%) and reducing one's "carbon footprint" (43%)
 were the least frequently cited.
 
     The survey found that, in general, the more involved or personally
 demanding an environmental responsibility, the lower the response.
 
     "Our desire for easy solutions relates to something we found in a
 survey we conducted on 'good works' at this time last year," said Tiller
 principal Traci Ayer. "Nine in 10 Americans say it's important to take
 actions in their personal lives (recycling, giving blood, conserving
 energy, etc.) to address social issues, but not nearly as many are actually
 doing so. We want to help, but between family and work, we're stretched
 thin. The easier we can make it for individuals to act on their good
 intentions, the better. There's a lesson in that for businesses looking to
 leverage the growing green sensibility."
 
     Densen said that when it comes to good works, the environment is a good
 place to start. "You may not have the time to coach Little League, mentor a
 young person, or volunteer at a soup kitchen, but everyone has the time to
 flip off a light switch or deposit a bottle in a recycling bin. The
 cumulative effects of millions of individual actions can be
 transformational."
 
     Young People More Focused on the Environment
 
     The survey found that younger respondents were generally more focused
 on the environment than older Americans.
 
     Fifty-eight percent of Americans 18 to 24 said they would make a green
 New Year's resolution for 2008. That compares with 50% of Americans 50 to
 64 and 40% of Americans 65+.
 
     "There are, of course, shades of green. Younger respondents tend to be
 more environmentally focused than older ones," Densen said. "We think that
 may be because they've grown up with heightened awareness of the
 environment and greater public discourse. Obviously, young people have a
 large stake in issues like climate change and sustainability of resources."
 
     Green with Guilt?
 
     Of those surveyed, 31% admitted to feeling guilty in recent years about
 not living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Women (36%) are more
 likely than men (26%) to feel "green guilt."
 
     "Americans are leading 'greener' lifestyles, and those who aren't feel
 badly about it," Densen said. "Guilt is not going to save the environment,
 but at least it's a step in the right direction."
 
     New York City-based Tiller, LLC is one of the nation's leading
 consultancies in the creation and implementation of advocacy marketing
 programs for major U.S. corporations. For a checklist of 10 things you can
 do now to help the environment, please go to the Tiller website:
 www.tillerllc.com.
 
     GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media is a division of GfK Custom Research
 North America. The division specializes in customized public opinion
 polling, issues management and corporate reputation measurement -- in the
 US and globally.
 
     Tiller's Top 10 Tips for Helping the Environment*
 
     There are lots of things you can do to help save the planet. Here are
 10 of our favorite ideas, gleaned from a variety of reliable sources. Some
 of these are new ideas, some are old standbys, but all are easy to put in
 place.
 
 
1. Use smart power strips for things like computers and home entertainment centers to prevent them from drawing current while idle. Along the same lines (no pun intended), unplug the chargers for your cell-phone, iPod and wireless handhelds when not in use. 2. Select the green power option from your local utility company. And if they don't offer it, call, write or e-mail them to request it. 3. Shower but keep them short. According to the EPA, every five minutes of shower time uses 10 to 25 gallons of water and a full tub requires 70 gallons. 4. Remove yourself from junk mail lists. Save one tree for each year you say no to junk mail. www.greendimes.com or www.41pounds.org can help. And to save more trees, remember to print on both sides of the paper. 5. Go fluorescent. Replace your regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps/light bulbs (CFLs) and you will use 66% less energy. According to Vanity Fair, if every household replaced just one regular light bulb with a CFL, pollution-wise, it would be like taking one million cars off the road. But please note: because CFLs contain small amounts of mercury, it is important to dispose of them in an environmentally responsible manner. 6. Use a reusable water bottle rather than disposable water bottles. 7. Stop rinsing your dishes before sticking them in the dishwasher. It doesn't help and skipping the pre-wash can save up to 10 gallons of water per dish load. And while we're on the subject, only run your dishwasher when it's full. 8. Many homes are accidental sources of water pollutants, because harmful substances like lawn and garden chemicals, outdoor cleaning products, and even pet waste wash off your property and into local waterways. Use all household chemicals sparingly, and dispose of all other potential pollutants properly. 9. When it comes to gift giving, send a card at www.treegreetings.com and a tree will be planted on behalf of the recipient or send a green starter kit from www.greensender.com. 10. Spread the word -- use environmentally-conscious e-mail signatures with helpful hints/reminders to think long and hard before printing out e-mails. *With special thanks to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Vanity Fair, The Green Team, and our friends at www.greensender.com.

SOURCE Tiller, LLC

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