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John Gerwin


Points Total

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  • 80 This Week
  • 223 Total

Participant Impact

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

John's Actions


Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.



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.

One-Time Action


Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Reduce Single-Use Disposables


Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will avoid buying and using 5 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.


Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 60 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

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.



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    John Gerwin 11/25/2020 1:25 PM
    Now this may read a little gross but...... we are always looking for ways to eliminate using plastic and if it must be used, reduce said usage. Years ago, we began 'reusing' the bags we use to pick up what our dog 'deposits". That is, I figured out it's pretty easy to grab the bottom of a bag with stuff in it, invert it and pull the upper part down, and grab another round of stuff!  Now, this means saving the bag a few days and in the summer it's a little ripe in the carport but for most of the year it's not an issue and some bags get 4 uses.......... Rufus is a 45 lb mix, and sometimes doesn't leave much behind.  We also use bread bags and such........ 

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    John Gerwin 11/24/2020 10:07 AM
    Now is the time I mow the dead leaves in our yard and use those for mulch. I have a lot of plants and places for mulch. In the backyard, we leave most of the leaves to rot in place. While they do, a lot of the local birds like to poke and scratch around for food.  It's like we have every Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, or Northern Cardinal from the neighborhood, in our backyard, ha ha.  I can always find a Rough Earth, Brown, or Worm Snake. A couple times a Copperhead but I simply move those (to a neighbor I don't like.... just kidding!).  We have a small lake across the street, ringed by a tract of tall mixed pine/hardwoods. I place (toss!) the Copperheads over there.  I do "place" them as I am banished from 'tossing' critters into the woods. Even the tiniest caterpillar must be gently placed lest I receive notice from my secretary of homeland security.  

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    John Gerwin 11/20/2020 11:05 AM
    Marianne is cheating - there's no way!!! ha ha haha.  I gotta get going here. Stop drinking my sustainably grown coffee and get to work! 

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      Marianne Barrier 11/20/2020 5:03 PM
      I did used to work at the EPA as well as a company making solar hot water systems. It's been a long-time interest of mine.

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      Nancy Locquet Absillis 11/20/2020 2:08 PM
      LOL, yes, she's on a roll!  In a way that's good for our team...and if you also get going...who knows where we'll end up! ;-)

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    John Gerwin 11/18/2020 8:14 AM
    I do a lot of these already so it's nice to be able to click that option!  Finally, I get credit, ha ha. But still, I can see I have a way to go to beat out Marianne - that's my real goal! ha ha ha ha (I'm still thinking about the staff day scavenger hunt......... ). : )