Ann Carlson

Climate Action NWI

"My goal is to learn a little more, do a little better, and to support and inspire others to do the same."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,667 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
  • up to
    spent learning
  • up to
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  • up to
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Ann's Actions

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Help Students Overcome Health Barriers

Health and Education

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

One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

One-Time Action


Reduce Single-Use Disposables


I will avoid buying and using 2 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.


Buildings and Cities

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 9 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

One-Time Action


Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

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


Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

One-Time Action


  • Ann Carlson 10/25/2019 7:24 PM
    First 7 days reflection: This is good. I have learned about the leading causes of deforestation, converted the last of our incandescent bulbs to LEDs, purchased renewable energy credits, donated a Femme kit, and am renewing my quest for using/buying less plastic. Usually every year I give my music students chocolate as a little holiday gift. Today I ordered fair trade, palm oil free chocolate instead of just picking up the kind I usually get. The next thing I want to do is figure out how I can make at least one zero waste vegan meal per day. I'm in the process of collecting recipe ideas and will probably be making a trip to Molly Bea's with my own containers.

  • Ann Carlson 10/22/2019 7:50 PM
    Today I learned that there are now LED light bulb replacements for the globe-style incandescent light bulbs in our bathroom vanity light fixtures. I placed an order, and soon will be replacing nine 40W bulbs with nine 5W bulbs. Yay!
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

    Ann Carlson 10/19/2019 1:54 PM
    Well, I don't think that my diet is causing much of a negative impact as far as deforestation as I am a vegetarian, make most of my food from scratch, and I don't drink coffee. In the future I will pay closer attention to the chocolate that I buy. I, however, had no idea that palm oil is in so many personal care products (like the Colgate toothpaste in my cabinet)! I have printed off sustainable palm oil and palm oil free lists to guide me in future purchases, and will share deforestation and palm oil info with others on social media.

    • Ethyl Ruehman 10/20/2019 4:38 PM
      That's awesome! I haven't gone through this one, yet but I know how palm oil affects the land in the Philippines. I'm excited to see more people try to use less palm oil!