April 3 - April 24, 2019

Susan Bardel

Woodstock Day School

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,768 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,241
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    15
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    5
    people
    helped
  • up to
    16
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    4
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    9
    donations
    made
  • up to
    900
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    65
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 1 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

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

COMPLETED 2 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Donate

#21 Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Fund Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Fix Leaky Faucets

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will donate to The Nature Conservancy, which works with Indigenous Peoples to secure land tenure and resource rights, support improved governance and local institutions, assist in natural resource mapping, planning and management; and strengthen livelihoods and sustainable economic development.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 4 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Rooftop Solar Consultation

#10 Rooftop Solar

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will research and tell 2 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 8 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Make School More Affordable

#6 Educating Girls

I will raise funds to help make school affordable for girls around the world.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

#63 Telepresence

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Purchase a Carbon Offset

#43 Airplanes

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Help Girls Overcome Health Barriers

#6 Educating Girls

I will donate 5 Femme Kit(s) to help girls overcome health and sanitation barriers to being able to attend school.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • 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?

    Susan Bardel 4/24/2019 5:20 PM
    We have built a maker space in our basement for our kids. They constantly pull things from our recycling to use in the maker space. 

  • Reflection Question
    Materials Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

    Susan Bardel 4/24/2019 5:18 PM
    Shorter showers
    Rain barrels

  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

    Susan Bardel 4/24/2019 5:15 PM
    A sustainable community is one in which neighbors are friends with neighbors and a sense of trust and safety is inherent in your day to day. In order for this to happen people will need to learn to communicate without feeling challenged and to think about the whole instead of just the self. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Make School More Affordable
    Why is it important that girls have equal access to education in order to reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions?

    Susan Bardel 4/24/2019 5:04 PM
    Every person needs to be educated in the effects our daily actions have on our environment. Without access to proper education girls cannot be part of the solution. 

    • Harrison Bardel 4/24/2019 5:12 PM
      Also the percentage of girls plus the percentage of boys will make a great impact into this activity.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Learn about Local Indigenous Practices
    What did you learn about indigenous peoples' land management that you can apply in your own life?

    Susan Bardel 4/23/2019 2:15 PM
    The talk we had was more about the impact indigenous people had to the area. We heard a lot about the importance of what were called fire islands. Many of our east coast cities grew in locations important to local tribes. They all have  a river with a waterfall, an island, a tributary, and important trails leading to and away. It was very interesting and will lend itself to interesting conversations. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

    Susan Bardel 4/23/2019 3:12 AM
    I love planting trees. Every year for Mother’s Day and my birthday I get 2 new trees. Usually I get flower trees which help the bees too. 

  • Susan Bardel 4/15/2019 3:06 PM
    Buying things for kids’  Easter baskets today and found myself thinking hard about what to buy. Usually put toys and trinkets but I know they usually end up being a one time thing and eventually would end up in the landfill. Decided against buying them! 

    • Susan Bardel 4/24/2019 5:42 PM
      Sometimes I have to buy things for the Easter Bunny to put in your basket. He doesn’t always know what you’d like. 

    • Harrison Bardel 4/24/2019 5:15 PM
      You packed my Easter basket?!
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

    Susan Bardel 4/09/2019 5:07 PM
    It aligns with our mission of being stewards of the environment. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. 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 out of eating smaller portions?

    Susan Bardel 4/09/2019 5:05 PM
    Losing weight to be healthier.