Ever wondered how many kilowatts of energy you could save by unplugging one appliance? Or how much waste is diverted when you switch to reusable bags, or avoid buying bottled water? What about posting your own, tried-and-tested eco-solution for others to see, or adopting or editing someone else's? Now all this is a little easier with the newly-launched Creative Citizen, an action-based, how-to "wiki" site, which allows you to post, share and refine eco-friendly solutions and to quantitatively track your impact as part of a community of users dedicated to "going green" — all for free.Increasing "Greenage"
Operating as a private beta version since September last year, the Los Angeles-based service was started by Argam DerHartunian and Scott Badenoch, who envision it as the missing piece in the sustainability movement. The site intends to make everyday sustainability easier to incorporate and more concrete by "[tapping] into the power of the community in order to help people incorporate creative solutions into their lives and track the effects in terms of waste, water, energy, emissions and money."
Whether these solutions are in the form of changing lifestyle habits, products or services, users can browse by popularity, date, tag, as well as edit, review or implement solutions in order to increase their own "greenage" points.
Like other how-to sites such as Instructables, 5min and Howcast, Creative Citizen will gather content from its community of members, in addition to sponsored solutions from companies which can be reviewed by users.
Vs. Carbon Calculators
Creative Citizen differs from other sites (such as carbon calculators) as it's geared toward more cash-conscious consumers who are more interested in saving money, rather than buying a more efficient car or appliance. "No one is going to throw away their lifestyle and start wearing loin cloths and walking everywhere. It's vital that the green movement find a place in people's lives that saves them time, resources and money, rather than the other way around," says Badenoch.
Both DerHartunian and Badenoch plan to add video capabilities and to widgetize the site so that it can be easily shared across social networks. Though it is a good start, the goal now is to have conscientious and dedicated users to take the challenge to fill in the blanks (some of the site's impact statistics are inaccurate or incomplete), and to develop a wider community generating a solid base of solutions - surely something that creative TH readers would be more than interested in. Check out the features in their video tour here.
::Creative Citizen via Venture Beat