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Quiz: 10 hot green terms to keep you (and the planet) cool

1. This term describes surfing search engine results using an inverted palette, with white text on a black body, saving monitor wattage in the process. What is it?
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2. This is a fluorescent light bulb that has been compressed into the size of a standard-issue incandescent light bulb. Using them could reduce your energy costs by 75%. What is it?
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3. This commendable practice is when an organization's manufacture, use and disposal of IT equipment does not produce any harmful waste at any stage. What is it?
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4. Step carefully! This is the measure of the environmental impact of a particular individual or organization's lifestyle or operation, measured in units of carbon dioxide. What is it?
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5. EPEAT is a ranking system that helps purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. What does EPEAT stand for?
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6. Think big! This is the deliberate modification of a planet's environment by the addition or subtraction of a resource or energy input on a massive scale. What is it?
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7. This is any energy source that is naturally replenished, like that derived from solar, wind, geothermal or hydroelectric action. What is it?
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8. A CGO is tasked with all aspects of making an organization greener, including energy-efficient construction, e-cycling and e-waste mitigation, recycling, LEED compliance, OSHA standards and clean production, if applicable. What does CGO stand for?
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9. This flexible, ultra-thin energy storage and production device, formed by combining carbon nanotubes with a conventional sheet of cellulose-based paper, is biodegradable. Widespread implementation in the future could prevent toxic materials ending up in dumps. What is it?
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10. This storage technology, also known as "lazy disks," employs a large group of disk drives in which only those drives in active use are spinning at any given time, improving energy consumption. What is it?
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How did it go? If you missed any, make sure to review our glossary of green technology terms to ensure that you're the greenest geek in the room. Aced it? Try the e-cycling quiz. Do you think your "green IT IQ" is off the charts? Try our quiz, "Greening the cube farm," and find out!

This was last updated in August 2008

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