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Melinda Enochs-Baucom

HorizonUU

"To live my faith by learning about, practicing, advocating for, and spreading the word about sustainable solutions in order to help build a just world for all."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 3,436 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    854
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    843
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    327
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    125
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    2,574
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    437
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    33
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    124
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Melinda's Actions

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 46
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Purchase a Carbon Offset

Efficient Aviation

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Contact your Elected Officials

Abandoned Farmland Restoration

I will contact 2 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 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 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Express My Support For Equitable Biking Infrastructure

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact bike routes and express my support for better biking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Express My Support For Walkable Cities

Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars, Efficient Trucks

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 25 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

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

COMPLETED 35
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by participating in a training, workshop, or presentation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Organic Growing Methods

Nutrient Management

I will buy organic cotton and foods grown without the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will donate to Native American Rights Fund, which protects tribal natural resources and environmental rights and promotes Native American Human Rights.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Drawdown 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 69
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 63
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

More Fruits And Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 1 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 77
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

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

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 70
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 78
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 8/08/2021 1:54 PM
    I've been gone for a while. At first, I didn't know our challenge had been extended. Then I was just blah because I had completed all my one-time actions and it appears there is a limit on how many you can have on your dashboard.  I emailed support to see if I can add more. If anyone knows anything about this, please message me!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/30/2021 9:02 AM
    Our household uses about 30% less energy than the average for our state. However, there are only 2 of us, so I'm not sure how to get a more accurate comparison.
    I already keep the thermostat up, turn off lights, unplug appliances when not in use (and the dryer is a pain!), etc. Something that is not normally listed as an energy-saving habit is going to bed earlier and getting up earlier.  It saves on using lights and such, especially in the summer. 

    I'm considering putting the thermostat up yet another degree. When my husband is not home, LOL!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Express My Support For Walkable Cities
    How could better walking infrastructure make your city both more enjoyable and more equitable?

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/30/2021 8:49 AM
    If our city were to follow through on a 4-year-old plan to build more walking/biking trails connected throughout the city, it would improve residents' physical and mental health. There is much research that concludes that time spent outdoors, especially actively improves mental outlook. We can all use that with the terrible effect of the pandemic and political unrest on our mental health. 

    Such a system of trails would make infrastructure here more equitable because it would reach all parts of the city, and it would enable easier access to shopping and other needed amenities.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Express My Support For Equitable Biking Infrastructure
    What do you like most about biking in your city? What would you like to improve?

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/30/2021 8:45 AM
    Though I don't currently have a bike, I would very much like to get an adult 3-wheel bike to do my errands. Unfortunately, my city is not very bike-friendly. However, bike/walk trails all through the city with connectivity was rated the number one desire of residents here in 2017 when the city was forming a Parks Master Plan. 

    I just emailed our Parks Director expressing my enthusiasm for the idea. I pointed out human physical and mental health and the reduced carbon emissions and shopping locally that would result. Maybe I can get involved in prodding this plan forward!
  • Reflection Question
    Industry 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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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/30/2021 8:16 AM
    Whenever an opportunity comes up to discuss climate change and ways to mitigate it without it seeming confrontational or preachy, I take advantage of it. News stories are a good starting point. The current heat dome that is causing so much damage in the western United States is an example. I also point out reasons I make certain decisions, such as walking to the store and making an appointment with our financial advisor about "greening" our investments.

    The carbon use calculator linked in this action (Tradewater) is a good tool not only to offset your carbon contribution, but to figure ways to do better. You can see how much carbon you save by eating less meat, for example, just by clicking on the different options.

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/29/2021 7:03 PM
    Hello, HorizonUU team members! Tomorrow is the last day of our challenge, but there is still time to earn points and act for the good of the earth and its inhabitants. Let's go out strong!

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/28/2021 6:40 PM
    Only 2 more days of our challenge, Team Horizon! One-time actions are worth a lot of points and involve some interesting new knowledge and a chance to have an impact. Let's get to 10,000 points as a team and show the other UU teams what we can do!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Purchase a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2—per person. That’s a lot of carbon! What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/27/2021 5:22 PM
    My husband just bought his plane ticket for a round trip from Texas to Montana from American Airlines. They now offer a link to purchase a carbon offset! No need to remember to go to a different website, maybe at a different time (and maybe forget). What a great and easy thing to be able to do. It was a little over $5. More airlines should do the same.

    We have purchased carbon offsets a couple of times before for air travel. I'm thinking we need to look into doing it for our lives in general. If we don't pay now in actions and resources, those who come after us will pay an even steeper price.

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/25/2021 6:48 PM
    I ate a salad yesterday with lettuce, carrots, turnips, grape tomatoes, and cucumber from my garden. It was delicious!

    Since I've harvested all the turnips and the first planting of carrots, I'm about to attempt to plant sweet potatoes in the empty spots. It's not something I've ever grown. You have to start the plants from pieces of sweet potato-grow the slips indoors and then plant them in your garden. And so the mini-farming adventure goes on...

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/23/2021 5:34 PM
    Last night I decided to walk to the store for something after the worst of the heat had dissipated, and to enjoy the almost full moon and the fireflies before it gets too hot and dry for them. There was such an obvious difference between the temperature as I walked across the cement parking lot and that of the grassy park I cut through or even the suburban sidewalks with their adjacent grass and trees. 

    Urban heat island effect is real, and covering so much of our natural surface area with cement and buildings has to be increasing the global temperature. Neighborhoods with few to no grass, trees, and shrubs are hotter, and these neighborhoods are mostly in lower income areas and those whose residents are people of color, it seems. A clear case of environmental injustice when people don't have any greenspace nearby. One thing I do is donate to Texas Trees Foundation, which plants trees in neighborhoods that don't have many, and also on school grounds. I've even volunteered for a couple of their tree plantings. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning.