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Shirley Adams

( UUCCI) Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, IN

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,244 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    32
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    106
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    106
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    74
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2,635
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    504
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    25
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

Shirley's Actions

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 70 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 33
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Bus to the airport

I did burn the carbon on the flight but I rode the PACE bus to and from the airport here and rode rapid trans in ATlanta.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Use Public Transit

Public Transit

I will use public transit 5 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Go by Bike

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 3 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Choose Recycled Paper

Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

I will avoid buying and using 1 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Encourage my company and/or organization to measure and manage their carbon footprint

Organizations have a responsibility to make sustainable business decisions. To understand how to improve sustainable practices, it’s important to start with understanding the current impact. I will share the Tradewater Business Carbon Calculator with my organization.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Calculate the carbon footprint of my household

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Organize a walking tour

I organized a walk in a forest preserve for UCE members on Wednesday, April 23. Seven members attended. Everyone loved the idea and promised to participate again.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Farmer's Market Expansion

I wrote our Evanston Farmer's Market coordinators. The market is 49 seasons old. It is held in a hard to find off street parking lot that has space and access but no public visibility. I suggested bringing the market to our town square - smack dab center of Evanston so the public could not miss it. They first ignored me, then responded and said it had been considered before. Then a few months later, the city announced the market will move in 2023 - to the center of town! Not due only to me but I may have been a catalyst!

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Drawdown Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Express My Support For Walkable Cities

Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 30 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

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    Shirley Adams 11/03/2021 9:07 AM
    composting really helps me see what is wasted. and also uses it to improve the soil.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Shirley Adams 11/03/2021 9:05 AM
    walking to and from church is meditative
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Express My Support For Walkable Cities
    How could better walking infrastructure make your city both more enjoyable and more equitable?

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    Shirley Adams 5/25/2021 7:35 PM
    More trees and parks in less wealthy neighborhoods

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    Shirley Adams 5/24/2021 9:16 AM
    I organized a walk in a local forest preserve, another one along the lakefront and a third on the 606 in Chicago. Why don't I do more of this/

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    Shirley Adams 5/24/2021 9:14 AM
    I have volunteered 3 times for a local nonprofit farm. I love this work: it inspired me to grow my own plants from seeds - on my balcony.


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    Shirley Adams 4/20/2021 8:18 AM
    Our green team presented a list of personal actions to help the environment last sunday. About 12 member s attended. 

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    Shirley Adams 4/18/2021 9:18 AM
    I invited other UCE members to join your team this morning!

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      Richard Boyce 4/19/2021 11:20 AM
      Shirley, thanks for asking additional people to join us. The program does actually run through the end of June, but they want to “wrap it up by June 15th so data can be compiled for GA.”
      Thanks 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

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    Shirley Adams 4/12/2021 1:51 PM
    shift my focus from volume of food to quality of food I am eating and how it satisfies me.

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    Shirley Adams 4/11/2021 3:51 PM
    I am a member of Unitarian Church of Evanston. I heard about Project Drawdown last week in an online conference. No one on my congregation has joined yet so I looked for a team 'nearby'. You all are 4 hours south. Can I be a part of your team? Thanks for considering me as a team member. My passion is the food chain and how to improve it. Coincidentally, my condo building just today put mulch around all of our trees.

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    Shirley Adams 4/11/2021 3:43 PM

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      Richard Boyce 4/12/2021 1:17 PM
      Glad to have you join our Team! Looking at what you can do daily , there is a "request" for the cups of fruits & vegetables that you consume . Might be a good place to start. Thanks Dick Boyce