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Rose Armour

AUS Sustainability

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Food

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.

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RECYCLE EVERYTHING I CAN

I will recycle all my household recyclables, including office paper, metal/aluminum, #1 & #2 plastic bottles, glass and cardboard. To ensure the highest quality of recyclables, I will make sure everything is rinsed and free of food contamination. Contamination can prevent recyclable items from being accepted by recyclers.

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Transport

WORK REMOTELY

I will calculate the carbon emissions saved based on my modified COVID 19 behavior. Calculate the average distance driven by your family in one week, including, work commute, school pick-up or drop-off, shopping and errands, etc. Enter this information along with the make and model of your car into the Carbon Footprint Calculator (using the car tab). Then enter your total CO2 emissions in the Google Form. Click 'learn more' below for links to the calculator and the google form.

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Use a Reusable Waterbottle

Using reusable water bottles is a positive and easy action that everyone can take to make an immediate impact in reducing their single use waste.

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    Rose Armour 4/08/2020 3:23 AM
    Making an Impact! Week 2 of our EcoChallenge!

    Eco Challenge Team,

    Thank you for joining AUS Sustainability on our journey to reduce our impact on climate change in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We hope that this journey will help all of us consider small actions we can take and if multiplied can have a great impact, today and in the future.

    This week we are focusing on recycling. On campus the AUS community has access to recycle a number of different types of materials, including office paper/cardboard, aluminum/tin cans, #1 & #2 plastic bottles (look at the bottle of plastic bottles to find the numbers, for more information: https://learn.eartheasy.com/articles/plastics-by-the-numbers/)  and glass. 

    Our Week 2 action is “Recycle Everything I Can”. 

    Step 1: Recycle as many household items as possible. 

    Step 2: Track how much you recycle, for example two 50L bin bags, so approximately 100L total. (Note: the standard bins provided in AUS housing are 50L.) 

    Recycling is an imperfect system, with many plastics, papers, tetrapaks, etc. not being recyclable. This is why it is the last option in the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle). After tracking your recycling for the week, is there one action you could take to reduce or reuse any of the items that went into your recycling bin?

    Thank you to those of you who took part in the Week 1 action and for those of you just joining the EcoChallenge, there is still time to have your carbon emissions counted towards the total AUS CO2 emission saved through remote working. For more information, check out the 1st message on your EcoChallenge dashboard.

    Thank you for joining AUS Sustainability in our EcoChallenge!
     Rose
     
     If you are interested in learning more about recycling check out these links below:
    The video in this article is informative - https://fortune.com/longform/plastics-global-recycling-problem/

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    Rose Armour 4/05/2020 2:17 AM
    EcoChallenge Team,

    Hello! I hope you are all doing well and adapting to our new normal. I completed my week one transportation challenge and found it very interesting. My family’s average distance traveled/week was 200 km, for a total .05 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emitted/week. If you are like me, it is hard to visualize a metric ton. To get a better sense of this I calculated my weekly use by 52 weeks, giving me a rough estimation of my “annual” CO2 emissions as 2.6 metric tons. 

    I put this data into the greenhouse gas equivalence calculator, that clarified what a metric ton of CO2 looks like. This visualization tool showed that 2.6 metric tons of CO2 is equivalent to burning 2,885 lbs of coal or the amount of CO2 absorbed by 3.4 acres of forest in one year. 

    Wow, that is really powerful! My family’s driving really does have an impact. I have been giving some thoughts to what tweaks can I make to my driving to reduce my distance traveled every week. I can combine trips and we are all becoming much better at online grocery shopping. I have set a personal goal of reducing my weekly travel by 20%, which would be one less trip into Dubai a week. I am also seeing my reduction driving as a silver lining to the current remote working/social distancing. 

    Please take a moment to complete your week one: transportation challenge and share your insights and any way you can change your personal impact on climate change!

    Step to complete the week one challenge:

    Step 1: Estimate the distance your family usually drives on a weekly basis. This can be by car, taxi or other modes of transport. 
     
    Step2: Open the carbon footprint calculator, https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx, select the “car” tab and enter the weekly distance traveled in the “mileage” field (make sure you choose km), then select your vehicle type (Note: I used the US car database) and calculate. Your total car footprint will be displayed in the green box.
     
    Step3: Enter the calculated “Total car footprint” into the linked google form: CO2 Emissions.
     
    Step 4: The calculated amount of CO2 emissions, in metric tons, can be hard to visualize, We encourage you to put your CO2 emissions into the greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator. It might help to calculate your car emissions for the year, to get a better picture.
     
    All the best, 
    Rose

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    Rose Armour 4/01/2020 3:08 AM
    Welcome everyone! As you try to navigate the site check out the different actions that you can partake in individually You can find them by clicking on edit actions.under your profile picture, (see image below). You can then browse a number of individual actions that you can take to address climate change. There are potential actions pertaining to social justice, transport, food, materials, women and girls, building cities, electricity generation, and land use.
    If you select an action, it will show up on your dashboard. Once you complete that action, just click in the circle on the action description (see image below), and you will receive credit and the platform will calculate your positive climate change impact. 

    Enjoy and be sure to post if you have questions!  If you do other might also.
    Thanks

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    Rose Armour 3/31/2020 10:19 PM
    Welcome to Week One of the AUS Sustainability EcoChallenge - Transportation
     
    Each week we will have a different focus for the challenge and hope you find the activity and resources provided informative.
     
    This week we are looking at the emissions emitted through our different transportation patterns. Much has changed in our lives over the last couple of weeks, namely the amount of time we have spent in our cars, be it for our commute to work, school pick up and drop off or going about our weekly shopping and errands. 

    Step 1:
    Take a minute to estimate the distance your family usually travels on a weekly basis. This can be by car, bus, taxi or other modes of transport. For me with school carpool, errands and appointments that is about 200 km per week, (more than I expected considering I do not commute to work).
     
    Step 2:
     open the carbon footprint calculator, https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx, select the “car” tab and enter the weekly travel distance in the “mileage” field (make sure you choose km).then select your vehicle type (Note: I used the US car database) and press “calculate”. Your total car footprint will be displayed in the green box.
     
    Step 3:
    Enter the calculated “Total car footprint” into the linked google form: CO2 Emissions.
     
    Step 4:
    The calculated amount of CO2 emission in metric tons can be hard to visualize, We encourage you to put your CO2 emissions into the greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator. It might help to calculate your car emissions for the year, to get a better picture.

    Thank you for joining AUS Sustainability in our EcoChallenge!
    Rose

    If you are interested in learning more about remote working and carbon emissions check out these links below:
    https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/telepresence