Jen Chandler

Elders Climate Action

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 126 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    meatless or vegan meals

Jen's Actions


Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.




#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

One-Time Action


Reduce Single-Use Disposables

#47 Bioplastic

I will avoid buying and using 3 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.



Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.



Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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



Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

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.



  • Jen Chandler 10/30/2019 8:44 AM
    I enjoy the drawdown challenge because it reminds me to pay attention to my behavior and learn more about what I can do to help protect the planet!
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Jen Chandler 10/30/2019 8:43 AM
    I have purchased reusable food storage options, stainless and glass straws, reusable veggie bags, a reusable coffee filter, and beeswax wraps.  I have also began making my own beeswax wraps and plan to give them as gifts for the holidays.  I always bring my own stainless steel cup and stainless steel water bottle everywhere I go and refuse bottled water (unless there is no other option)

    • Addy Davidson 11/22/2019 8:13 AM
      My grandkids enjoyed making the beeswax wraps.  My 9 year old granddaughter has begun learning to sew.  Instead of an apron, we are making reusable sandwich bags with fabric, beeswax and zippers, for her to give to her friends.  It's a fun project!
  • 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?

    Jen Chandler 10/30/2019 8:39 AM
    I always make sure to recycle and reuse everything I can in my household.  I make choices at the store about products and their packaging, and tend to purchase items in recyclable packaging.  I purchase many personal and household items at the thrift store including clothing and home furnishing.  I also donate the items I am no longer using whenever possible.  I feel much better about my purchases by doing this and make better choices about how and when to spend my money.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

    Jen Chandler 10/30/2019 8:35 AM
    Composting is a huge benefit for the environment!  Not only does it reduce the waste going to a landfill, and the subsequent methane reduction, it also helps build rich soil that helps my garden grow!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smaller Portions
    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 from eating/serving smaller portions?

    Jen Chandler 10/30/2019 8:31 AM
    Eating smaller portions helps me maintain health body weight while also providing the energy needed to sustain daily activities.  It also helps me reduce food waste allowing me to finish all the food on my plate!  If I have made too much food, I can alway eat it at a later time.