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Michael Cordes

Team GreanBean

Points Total

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  • 276 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    5
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    2
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    2
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Michael's Actions

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Research Businesses Owned by Women, POC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 15 minutes each day researching businesses owned by women, people of color, or immigrants that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Industry

Calculate the carbon footprint of my household

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

Ocean Power

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 4 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Invite a friend to calculate the carbon footprint of their household

Individual actions are important, but people and organizations working together can make a real impact. I will share a carbon calculator with a friend and invite them to calculate the carbon footprint of their household.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? How do the needs of different people in different places compare to each other?

    Michael Cordes's avatar
    Michael Cordes 3/19/2021 10:29 AM
    Our population is increasing exponentially. Family planning and teaching these strategies may be helpful in the attempt to curb overpopulation and the problems that come with it. Different people in different places all have their own obstacles to overcome when it comes to this, such as income, their ability to access family planning resources, and more.

  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Michael Cordes 3/19/2021 10:29 AM
    Meat is really expensive to manufacture and get to consumers. In impoverished places, there may not be the funds to set up entire farms and meat manufacturing facilities. Eating red meat is not really healthy for humans. They have increased saturated fats that can raise your blood cholesterol and can cause numerous health issues. It’s not good for the planet because these farms in which the animals are raised and slaughtered put out a serious amount of methane and waste that is not always good for the environment. 

  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Michael Cordes 3/19/2021 10:29 AM
    The easiest way to be sure to use an entire vegetable would just be to research recipes that use these things. For example, if you are going to be using potatoes in a recipe that calls for them to be skinned, look for other recipes that put those skins to use, even if it’s not meant to be part of what you’re currently making, you could always freeze it for future use.

  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Research Businesses Owned by Women, POC, or Immigrants
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. What have you done in the past to support women-owned businesses? How can you better support communities by supporting women?

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    Michael Cordes 3/19/2021 10:29 AM
    I have several female family members that own or run very successful businesses of their own. Ways I have supported them is by giving them my business and spreading the word of their businesses in hopes it will reach even more people. You can better support communities by supporting women by investing your own money in their businesses, and choosing local, women owned businesses rather than large companies. 

  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use 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?

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    Michael Cordes 3/19/2021 10:29 AM
    I think other benefits besides those to the environment would be health related. Lessening the amount of food we put on our plates can have benefits to our bodies, since we would be consuming less and lowering our calorie counts.

  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy
    What did you learn about wave and tidal energy? How do they compare to other energy sources?

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    Michael Cordes 3/19/2021 10:28 AM
    I learned how wave and tidal energy harvesting works - How it uses the movement of the ocean’s waves and tides to generate electricity and how early in development it is. Though it’s a promising source, it’s considerably more expensive than other sources such as wind or solar, which is why it’s a less appealing option.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

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    Michael Cordes 3/19/2021 10:28 AM
    Next I’d like to continue working towards making my home efficient. Over time I’d like to switch all or most of my lightbulbs to LED or other efficient options, continue to reduce food waste, try to walk to more places etc…
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Invite a friend to calculate the carbon footprint of their household
    What kinds of discussions did you have, or are you hoping to have with friends about climate change?

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    Michael Cordes 3/19/2021 10:28 AM
    I was pretty curious to see one of my friends' carbon footprints of their household. I found the results interesting (They consumed much more than me). We spoke of the presence of climate change and how ridiculous it is that people refuse to believe it’s actually real, what the future will look like if we keep going down this path, and what efforts can be made to stop it. 

  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Michael Cordes 3/19/2021 10:28 AM
    This was a tough one. It’s hard not to look at your phone or watch TV or some sort of distraction while eating. I found that eating mindfully was actually pretty relaxing and was a nice change of pace that I think we’re all used to. Eating mindfully differs from eating with distractions because it forces you to be in the moment only thinking about eating and what’s on your mind - No outside distractions.

  • Reflection Question
    Industry Calculate the carbon footprint of my household
    After you determined your carbon footprint, did you see what different choices you can make in order to reduce it?

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    Michael Cordes 3/19/2021 10:27 AM
    After determining my carbon footprint I did see ways that I could rescue it. Shelter and travel were two of my most consumptive categories, and living in an older house makes it even more difficult to live an efficient lifestyle. Though most solutions to make my house more efficient would be pretty expensive, putting out less trash, possibly composting, and carpooling where necessary can be things I can do to reduce my highest consuming places.