April 3 - April 24, 2019

Hayley Allison

Penn State Drawdown

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 164 Total

Participant Impact

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    spent learning



Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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


Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will spend at least 45 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Generation Solutions.

One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.



Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

One-Time Challenge


Stay on the Ground

#43 Airplanes, #63 Telepresence

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

One-Time Challenge


  • Reflection Question
    Transport Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

    Hayley Allison 6/27/2019 5:42 AM
    This summer, I traveled by car to the north east. I had 4 reasons for my trip; visit my friends, attend the Drawdown REU program, meet my friend in NYC for wedding dress shopping, and attend the JKC Scholars weekend. Because I drove, I anticipated saving 4 flights to the same general area. Because I am irresponsible, I had to fly back to Florida once to register my car. So I saved 3 flights! (6 total instead of 8 round trip)
  • Reflection Question
    Food 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?

    Hayley Allison 6/27/2019 5:40 AM
    Though I have not been keeping a food diary log, I have been significantly more conscious of how much food I have wasted this summer. 

    • I almost never leave any food on my plate from the dining hall
    • Any food I have wasted has been put to compost, thanks to Penn State's awesome composting system
    • I ordered a whole plate of rice and vegetables which tasted TERRIBLE. At home, I would typically throw a poorly seasoned meal in a frying pan and try to salvage it with teriyaki sauce, however I am not able to do that living on campus. My friend and I picked at the vegetables, but unfortunately, most of that platter went to waste, 

  • Reflection Question
    Food Explore Other Food Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Hayley Allison 4/22/2019 9:23 AM
    I have been spending hours researching plant based foods and their solution. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions
    What is the most exciting solution you explored? Why is it exciting to you?

    Hayley Allison 4/04/2019 5:13 AM
    I was assigned an essay on wind and solar power in my Energy and Environmental Policy course. Like usual, I turned to Drawdown and read through a few energy solutions to find something that sparked my interest. Prior to reading about microgrids, I had very little knowledge about how our current energy grid worked. I found microgrids to be an exciting solution because they not only decrease dependence on fossil fuel powered grids, but they also increase independence for individual areas during times of catastrophe. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

    Hayley Allison 4/03/2019 5:11 AM
    I spent time choosing the most eco-friendly coffee for our office's breakroom. I found a few articles that outline the differences between labels on coffee packages. This was not difficult at all! 

  • Hayley Allison 3/28/2019 8:44 AM
    Instead of flying to Penn State for this incredible opportunity, I will be driving!