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David Ansell

TRS Carbon Calorie Cutters

"My goal is to incorporate actions into daily living that reduce my carbon footprint and minimize as much as possible the impact those actions have on the environment. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 192 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    spent exercising
  • up to
    meatless or vegan meals

David's Actions

Action Track: Building Resilience

Plant natives

Create biodiversity in my garden

One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

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

One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.


Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.



Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 1 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

One-Time Action


Advocate For Greener Vehicles

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars, Efficient Trucks

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles

One-Time Action


Recycle Everything I Can


Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.



Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

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 Action


  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    David Ansell 7/31/2021 8:41 PM
    Although the mind always wanders, I try and stay rooted to my physical environment as much as possible: my feet hitting the ground on every stride, the birds chirping and other sounds, and the houses, trees and other sights along my route.

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    David Ansell 7/22/2021 10:43 AM
    I try and minimize our trash as much as possible by composting kitchen scraps and recycling everything I can. There are three streams of recycling: 1) hard plastics and paper that can be recycled through curbside re-cycling,  2) glass which must be taken to a central drop off facility for recycling and 3) plastic bags and other "soft" plastic products that can be recycled at grocery store drop-off bins. Deciding what types of plastic can be recycled, particularly at grocery store drop-offs, can be challenging as guidance in this area is not always clear. Additional education and outreach in this area would be beneficial.  
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    David Ansell 7/20/2021 9:36 PM
    It is very satisfying to me to be able to reuse or re-purpose an item rather than discarding it. This is particularly true if the item has been sitting around and hasn’t been used for a while. There are myriad tangible benefits to re-purposing — it reduces clutter in one space while, at the same time, saves money and helps the environment, by not having to purchase a new product.