April 4 - April 25, 2018
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Jenn DeRose

St. Louis Earth Day

""There is no away.""

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 519 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    0
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    72
    miles
    travelled by bike
  • up to
    10
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

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Electricity Generation

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

#8 Solar Farms

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

COMPLETED 4 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Buildings and Cities

Go by Bike

#59 Bike Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 6 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 12 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Buildings and Cities

Choose LED Bulbs

#33 LED Lighting (Household)

I will replace 2 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 10 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Electricity Generation

Advocate for Solar Installation

#10 Rooftop Solar

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? Share some of the learning with your friends!

    Jenn DeRose 4/16/2018 10:26 AM
    I learned that " If all women in developing regions with an unmet need for contraceptives were able to use modern methods, an additional 35 million abortions and 76,000 maternal deaths would be prevented every year."

    I learned that when women have access to family planning tools, they are able to get an education and contribute to improving the wealth and health of their communities.

    I learned that family planning is cost-effective: "There are clear economic benefits to investing in family planning. For every additional dollar that is invested in contraception, the cost of pregnancy-related care will be reduced by $2.22. In terms of socioeconomic benefits, achieving universal access to quality sexual and reproductive health services is estimated to yield returns of $120 for every dollar invested."

    I learned that Irish women get abortions at the same rate as other European women, but have to travel abroad for it - making it a class issue that punishes the poor. 



    • Kathy Dolson 4/16/2018 7:01 PM
      Wow, that last one is extra sad to me. 

  • Jenn DeRose 4/06/2018 7:38 PM
    I wish I had pretended the things I do all the time were challenges (eat plant based meals, support women-owned businesses, composting) instead of clicking "I already do this." Apparently that is not in the spirit of this contest, and I agree that it would have been morally questionable, but apparently I'm competitive and *might* be less of a purist next time I do this. ;) 

    • Kathy Dolson 4/16/2018 6:58 PM
      I was kinda thinking that as well.  Plus, it's easy to earn lots of points if you have $$$ to donate!

  • Jenn DeRose 4/06/2018 7:33 PM
    MAN - USGBC - Gateway chapter is killing us!! Good thing we're still beating the tar outta MCE! TAKE THAT, Missouri Coalition for the Environment!!!

    • Kathy Dolson 4/16/2018 6:57 PM
      Aw, look what you did to MCE - they skipped out of our team competition.  ;)

  • Jenn DeRose 4/05/2018 7:43 PM
    I'm shocked at how much food I waste. I compost and I eat mostly vegan meals with a lot of local ingredients that I buy in small portions, so I thought my food waste would be minimal. ...but I've been out to eat twice in the last two days and I've thrown away most of my fries and chips both times. I think I need to split meals when I go out to eat from now on. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

    Jenn DeRose 4/04/2018 5:48 PM
    I'd rather spend it on better food - more local food, and more food from environmentally responsible sources. 

    ...I'd also spend it on buying fancy beer. 

  • Jenn DeRose 4/03/2018 4:38 PM
    Woo-hoo! I'm so excited about this Earth Month kickoff! GO TEAM ST. LOUIS EARTH DAY!!!!