April 3 - April 24, 2019

Alissa Aparicio


"**Human Being: Under Construction** Working towards self-sustainability, personal growth, helping others and FUN! =)"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,265 Total

Participant Impact

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


Action Track: Social Justice

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Help Girls Overcome Health Barriers

#6 Educating Girls

I will donate 1 Femme Kit(s) to help girls overcome health and sanitation barriers to being able to attend school.

One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Choose LED Bulbs

#33 LED Lighting (Household)

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

One-Time Challenge


Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 3 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

One-Time Challenge


Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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



Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.



Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

One-Time Challenge


Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and subscriptions.

One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Micro Wind

#76 Micro Wind

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of Micro Wind.

One-Time Challenge


  • Reflection Question
    Materials Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

    Alissa Aparicio 4/24/2019 11:28 AM
    I try to share stories and news articles that inform the public of what's happening with our environment.  I am continually working on my own part knowing that's where change starts first.  I know that my little part makes a difference and hope to inspire others to start in small ways as well.  It makes it seem less daunting.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

    Alissa Aparicio 4/23/2019 3:43 PM
    I am going to look into replacing fluorescent tube bulbs with LED options in my pole barn! 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Go Paperless
    What do you want to prioritize over material 'stuff' in your own life?

    Alissa Aparicio 4/23/2019 3:42 PM
    I am working at purging YEARS of inherited and personal clutter.  I look forward to having more space and time for other things, being organized so I don't buy more than I need, and having the space for more creative pursuits.  ART over stuff is my goal!  =)

  • Alissa Aparicio 4/22/2019 3:49 PM
    HAPPY EARTH DAY TEAM SEEDS!!!  We are doing amazing!  Thank you for all your hard work.  Don't forget to check off any actions that you did over the weekend.  Can you believe we only have 3 days left?  Let's finish strong!  

    Some of our elementary and middle school Seedlings worked hard on the Clean Energy Art Challenge today while the other group picked up trash outside of the school.  I am proud of our kiddos for making Earth Day amazing!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

    Alissa Aparicio 4/17/2019 3:32 PM
    We are a younger country and our history of living off the land meant that meat was a food source for survival.  Then came the cattle industry with rich cattle barons promoting their product.  It is now a part of our culture, to do many things in excess including eating meat for every meal.  Instant gratification, feeding our issues with food and cheap fast food all contribute to our declining health.  Meat and it's processing are just a part of it.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials 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?

    Alissa Aparicio 4/15/2019 10:08 AM
    I am putting more things into the recycle bin and also looking at what ways I can change my purchasing habits to include less waste.  Our range of plastic recycling is limited so you have to get creative with the remainder of your waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Micro Wind
    Micro turbines can be placed on large structures to take advantage of stronger, steadier breezes. The Eiffel Tower now sports vertical axis turbines that produce electricity for use on site. Where could micro turbines potentially be installed in your city?

    Alissa Aparicio 4/15/2019 10:05 AM
    My family farm sits at a high point in the county.  We have plenty of wind, lots of property and a situated close to main power lines.  I have been wanting to research various wind generation systems to see what is the feasibility of putting one in.  I know there has been in interest in the larger wind turbine systems but wanted to see if a smaller system would work to at least offset some of the electrical costs.  It is definitely worth further investigation!  

  • Alissa Aparicio 4/03/2019 10:30 AM
    Go Team SEEDS!  We are off and running.  Don't forget to check-in every day to mark off those challenges.  We got this!  =)

  • Alissa Aparicio 3/25/2019 12:13 PM
    Happy Monday Team SEEDS!  Wowsers, we are already hitting it out of the park!  We are currently ranked #14 out of 448 teams.  
    This week would be a great time to start picking your challenges if you haven't done that already.  Start with 5 and don't be afraid to add or change them as we go.  Under each challenge you have the opportunity to learn more specific information about that topic.  Knowledge is power, my friends!  
    Have a wonderful week!  =)

  • Alissa Aparicio 3/18/2019 10:06 AM
    Hello Team SEEDS!  I hope your Monday is off to a great start.  The EcoChallenge begins in a little over two weeks.  Our current ranking is 31 out of 341 teams.  This is amazing!  Keep sending out those invites and don't forget to choose your challenges.  If you need an assistance, please let me know.