Test Your Knowledge

1. 25% of Britain’s car journeys are less than 2 miles, which equates to a 30-minute walk or a 12-minute bike ride.

2. 50% of journeys are less than 5 miles. There are a total of 38 million empty seats in private cars on the road every day.

3. The UK produces more than 434 million tonnes of waste every year. At this rate it would be possible to fill the Royal Albert Hall with rubbish every 2 hours.

4. A hot water tap that leaks one drop per second could be wasting up to 165 gallons a month. That is more than what one person uses in two weeks.

5. In the UK, TVs left on standby alone waste £88m worth of energy each year.

6. Recycling two glass bottles saves enough energy to boil water for five cups of tea.

7. One litre of oil can pollute one million litres of fresh drinking water.

8. Glass made in the Middle East over 3000 years ago can still be found today. The average family in the UK disposes of around 330 glasses and jars a year.

9. A compact fluorescent light bulb uses 75 percent less energy than a regular bulb - and it can last up to four years.

10. Three litres of water are used to manufacture just one litre of bottled water, not to mention the oil used to create the plastic bottles and the petrol needed to ship the product.

11. If all cans in the UK were recycled, 14 million fewer dustbins would need to be picked up.

12. Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than non-recycled paper.

Facts sourced from Waste Online and Recycling Guide Online.

Everyone has an idea of the impact our actions have on the environment. But how much do we really understand about the consequences of our actions and what can we do to reduce the harm we cause?

At Bedford College we encourage staff and students to be actively involved in increasing their knowledge about sustainability. We challenge your understanding of the environment with these quizzes, good luck!

Brain Teaser Quiz

1. What does sustainability mean?
A) The social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
B) Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
C) The science of mind and behavior.

2. How many ‘earths’ would be required if everyone on earth was to live like we do in the west?
A) One
B) Two.
C) Three.

3. What is renewable energy?
A) Energy which can be replaced by natural processes such as wind farms and sunlight.
B) Energy that is produced from burning fossil fuels such as oil and gas.
C) Energy that is lost while transferring it to be used.

4. What percentage of fruit and vegetables are imported every year in the UK?
A) 95% of fruit and 50% of vegetables.
B) 70% of fruit and 20% of vegetables.
C) 10% of fruit and 5% of vegetables.

5. Air conditioning an office for 1 extra hour a day uses enough energy in a month to power a TV for how long?
A) Six hours.
B) Over a year.
C) Ten years.

6. How can you save the greatest amount of water?
A) By reducing the amount of time spent in the shower.
B) By not having a bath.
C) By turning the tap off whilst brushing your teeth.

7. What material is wasted the most in the average household?
A) Paper.
B) Glass.
C) Cans.

8. Why should we turn off electrical appliances?
A) You don’t need to; keeping it on standby saves energy.
B) Because you are still using energy when it is left on standby.
C) It makes no difference.

9. What is an energy efficient way of heating a home?
A) Using electric plug heaters.
B) Leaving the heating on a low setting all day.
C) Using a timer programme to heat the house at specific times of the day.

10. Leaving a computer on overnight every night for a year creates enough CO2 to fill…
A) A double-decker bus.
B) A microwave oven.
C) A family saloon car.

11. How much money can the average family with children save on their food bills each year by not throwing away edible food?
A) £60
B) £240
C) £680

12. What is the name of the Sustainability character used at Bedford College?
A) Eeko
B) Greeny
C) Recyclops

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Answers 1B 2C 3A 4A 5B 6A (Bath = 70 gallons, Shower = 25 gallons, teeth brushing = 6-8 gallons) 7A 8B 9C 10A 11C 12B

NB: Some questions and answers are based on averages and assumptions of energy and water usage.

Greeny Wants to Know Quiz

1. Which of the following is NOT a fossil fuel?
A) Coal
B) Oil
C) Wood
D) Gas

2. Why is ‘living sustainably’ important?
A) So we can all afford cars.
B) So we can live responsibly, healthily and happily.
C) To prevent sea levels rising.
D) To keep gas prices down.

3. Which of the following is NOT recommended for composting.
A) Roast chicken left overs.
B) Tea bags.
C) Potato peelings.
D) Apple cores.

4. Recycling one plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a 60 watt light bulb for how many hours?
A) 1
B) 3
C) 6
D) 8.5

5. Why is buying locally produced food regarded as good, sustainable behaviour?
A) Shows local favouritism.
B) So you don’t have to walk as far.
C) Allows us to help support local businesses and communities.
D) Subsidizes local farmers.

6. What is the recommended temperature for a living room?
A) 18oC
B) 19oC
C) 20oC
D) 21oC

7. Which of the following statements is NOT true?
A) Energy efficient light bulbs are cheaper in the long run.
B) All electric cars are slow.
C) Living sustainably cost more.
D) Chargers that are not charging a device but still plugged into the mains don’t use energy.

8. Which is the BEST way of conserving heat in a house?
A) Loft insulation.
B) Double-glazed windows.
C) Cavity wall insulation.
D) Draft excluders.

9. Which of the following materials can you NOT normally recycle through your council?
A) Paper
B) Polystyrene
C) Glass
D) Tin cans

10. Global warming can mean that certain places, like the UK, might actually get colder.
A) True
B) False

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1. C / 2. B / 3. A / 4. B / 5. C / 6. B / 7. C / 8. A / 9. B / 10. A