Most people today are aware of the more typical ways to become an "Everyday Environmentalist" — use compact fluorescent bulbs, get energy efficient appliances, try to commute on foot or by bicycle.

But that awareness doesn’t seem to be translating into green actions. Based on the latest Harris Poll, only 3 percent of all Americans have switched to energy-efficient light bulbs; and only 4 percent have taken steps to reduce their utility useage.

So maybe it's time to do something even smaller, something with a rich tradition...