Green Biz – August 28, 2009:

The study, commissioned by IBM, found that young adults in Generation Y — the folks currently aged 18-24 — had both the highest levels of awareness of environmental issues, and were the biggest wasters of energy and water in the country.

“The good news is that Generation Y is showing clear concern for environmental issues,” said Jon Z Bentley, a partner in energy and environment at IBM Global Business Services. “The not-so-good news is that far too few are taking even simple, small steps to control their own wasteful use of resources.”

Among the findings: 72 percent of Gen-Y members surveyed admitted that they wasted water on a regular basis. Fifty-six percent said they leave the tap water running while brushing their teeth, and 40 percent allow the shower to run for “a few minutes” before getting in.




  1. Angel H. Wong says:

    Kinda makes me wonder if the girl in the pics accepts recicled condoms.

  2. jbenson2 says:

    The ultimate in Global Warming Tree-Hugging hypocrisy: Weather supercomputer for predicting climate change is one of Britain’s worst polluters.

    The massive machine – the UK’s most powerful computer with a whopping 15 million megabytes of memory – was installed in the Met Office’s headquarters in Exeter, Devon.

    It is capable of 1,000 billion calculations every second to feed data to 400 scientists and uses 1.2 megawatts of energy to run – enough to power more than 1,000 homes.

    What’s good for the goose…

  3. Angel H. Wong says:

    #2 Jbenson,

    I can just hear a Mac fanboi yapping that their macs can outperform that machine just because they have a pretty O.S.

  4. Jägermeister says:

    The Gen Y kids have become numb… Future Republicans?

    #2 – jbenson2

    It’s called progress… you know… the thing Republicans are against.

  5. chuck says:

    So to fix global warming/climate change, we just kill off Generation Y – just give ’em a H1N1 flu shot.

  6. Mustardtits the blind harp blower says:

    and apparently we watch a lot of porn because I know that is pattycake sorry to say.

  7. Somebody_Else says:

    Sounds like a BS study if you ask me. Who the heck literally leaves the shower running “for a few minutes” before getting in?

    90% of statistics are made up.

  8. adoggz says:

    I take offense at be referred to as “generation y” it should be “Generation adoggz is awesome but everyone else sucks, because I am ,indeed, awesome.” Yknow, cause I am amazing and all that jazz.

  9. James says:

    Of course, if GenY stop wasting water makes circa no difference what so ever. Or any other generation, for that matter.

    90% of our water is used by agriculture and industry.

  10. LDA says:

    In other news IBM is planning to chip ‘Generation Y’ in the next 6 months to further study there behaviour and would like to again remind you that that whole holocaust thing was a clerical error.

  11. spt87a says:

    Well, no wonder. Look at their examples:

    Al Gore – his concern for the environment ends with is fleet of SUVs, private jets and mansion which consumes as much power as an entire middle class neighborhood. BTW: don’t forget his wealth came from the oil industry – his father was CEO of occidental petroleum.

    Obama – sold his Dodge Magnum with the Hemi engine as his run for the presidency got underway. Wouldn’t have looked good once he decided to market himself as “green”.

    Everyone in the Congress who voted for “Cap and Trades” – then voted to buy a bunch of new jets to accomodate the increasing number of “junket” trips which members of congress are taking.

    Gen-Y – just following their leaders examples – preach one thing for everyone else , do another for themselves.

  12. Thomas says:

    #4
    It’s called a clue…you know, the thing the Democrats have yet to find.

    #7
    I’m not Gen-Y and I do. My hot water takes a good minute or two to kick in.

    I honestly don’t see that Gen-Y is any more or less hypocritical with respect to “save the world” that previous generations were with “save the whales.” However, I definitely see a lack of motivation or tolerance for real work in Gen-Y. I’m guessing it will take another ten years or so for them to realize that living in their mother’s basement sucks and to get out requires real work.

  13. Miguel says:

    I think those kids are just oblivious and self-centered. Yeah, they’re sooo awesome…

  14. noname says:

    Isn’t our educational system grand.

    Yeah, our kid are educated about global warming.

    What good is that doing?

    Maybe if they had to pay for all that wasted energy/water, … uhm ….?

  15. soundwash says:

    #7 Somebody_Else…

    the quote proper is:

    “87% of statistics are made up on the spot”

    [and you randomize the numeric every time you quote it]

    —-

    as some have inferred..
    the problem in part is the educational system.

    –plus politicians & eco-terrorists
    that tell, no to force you to do one thing while they do another..

    -same as it ever was.
    –nothing new to see here, now move along little doggie.

    -s

  16. MikeN says:

    I do both of those things.

  17. Rider says:

    How is someone who is 18-24 right now Generation Y? Gen X is in there 30’s going on 40 now.

  18. noname says:

    # 17 Rider,

    A generation is typically 20 years.

  19. blanchefemme says:

    You would be better off letting that water run. The AWWA “American water works association” Recommend you run the tap five minutes for drinking. A lot of dissolved solids and chemical build up occurs when you do not run your water for a while. That bottle of beer you are drinking took a lot more water to make then you are going to save by turning off the water while you brush. Thirty years in the water industry says I am right. Now I got to get back to work making more water.

  20. Rick Cain says:

    The girl in the photo is Canadian.

  21. Benjamin says:

    I wait for the water to get warm before getting in. It’s normal use of water. I am not taking a cold shower as the house is already cold enough in the morning as it is. You got to flush the cold water from the hot water pipes. The only way to reduce this time is to move the hot water heater closer to the shower and that is usually not feasible.

    The only green I am interested in saving is the kind I fold up and put in my wallet. I signed a lease for an apartment across the street from work when gas was almost $4 a gallon, I walk to work, I turn off the lights when I am not in a room, and don’t have an air conditioner because it might drive up my electric bill. I did all those things to save money, but they all could be considered green if I worried about such things.

  22. 888 says:

    Who gives a fuck about all this shit LOL
    Use what you need, as much as you need.

    Want to really go green?
    DIE.
    You won’t waste anything anymore (no matter how much you “save” or “waste” all your life – it is all WASTED, because anyways you’d die in the end hahaha)
    Go green NOW and commit suicide! 😉


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