April 4 - April 25, 2018

Jason Gossard

The Circle School

"To educate the students of the Star Room on how to become Eco Warriors, as we research land use, recycling, water conservation, and much more; AND to empower those students to teach others how they can make a difference in the world through what they eat, buy, recycle, and consume on a daily basis."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,731 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    63
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    335
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    38
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    8
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    50
    miles
    travelled by bus
  • up to
    1,800
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched

Challenges

Land Use

Advocate for Forest Protection

#38 Forest Protection

I will contact 4 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Communicate With My Elected Officials

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore)

I will write or call 4 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Plan to Insulate

#31 Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

#66 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 Challenge

Women and Girls

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

#6 Educating Girls, #7 Family Planning, #62 Women Smallholders

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 Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 30 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

#47 Bioplastic

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 6 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

I will support women-owned businesses when I shop this month.

COMPLETED 6 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Use Public Transit

#37 Mass Transit

I will use public transit 10 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.49 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 5 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 19 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Start a Social Media Campaign

#6 Educating Girls

I will share stats on gender inequity in education with my social media feed to raise awareness.

COMPLETED 5 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transport

Improve a Bus Stop

#37 Mass Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 20 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 12 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Fix Leaky Faucets

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 12 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 3 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

COMPLETED 12 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Jason Gossard 4/25/2018 9:02 PM
    This is it- my last post. I am committed to contacting my elected officials on the regular. Committed to eating smarter as far as waste goes. No more disposable straws! When I go shopping, I now have a list of foods I will seek out and coffee producers- we drink a lot of coffee- that operates in line with a sustainable future. I look forward to doing this again next year and THANK YOU CIRCLE SCHOOL for the inspiration and support.  We rock!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

    Jason Gossard 4/25/2018 4:56 PM
    I am going to cheat on answering what my sustainable community looks like: Today, driving home from work, I saw TWO people throw bags of trash out of their window onto the highway. HOW are we to have sustainable communities when we cannot even get people to throw trash in a trash can? We need education and peer pressure from an early age promoting sustainable practices and giving people facts about the damage we are doing to our living spaces.  We need a complete shift in our view of the environment as Americans before any sort of sustainable community can become a reality. Adults make me lose hope; Kids give me back that hope.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

    Jason Gossard 4/25/2018 11:43 AM
    Bamboo alternatives are available and being promoted by local nurseries and by the Urban Program for Bexar County.  These organizations also have a lot of information online explaining the sustainability of and/or defending the villianization of "Damn-boo"!
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

    Jason Gossard 4/25/2018 11:39 AM
    We had a visitor from the local water authority who shared with us all the things we as humans do that negatively affect our water supply, from driving to littering to taking care of our personal gardens to washing our cars. It was pretty sobering to realize how aware we need to be so that we do not have a negative effect on our water. This link has 6 easy ways we can all work to keep our water systems clean. https://www.nrdc.org/stories/6-ways-you-can-help-keep-our-water-clean

  • Jason Gossard 4/25/2018 11:34 AM
    Star Room Kindergarten read a book today about an artist and when the book mentioned how the artist helped clean up his neighborhood, the class got really excited because he was being an "eco-warrior".  Then when he painted a mural in his neighborhood, there was a little disappointment that the mural was not about being an "eco-warrior." The five and six year olds have enjoyed this Eco-challenge and are ready to changed the world.
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Research Barriers to Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women's equal participation and/or representation in your community?

    Jason Gossard 4/25/2018 8:28 AM
    Barriers that exist to women's equal participation in my community? Is an answer other than "men" needed?
  • 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!

    Jason Gossard 4/25/2018 5:26 AM
    The World Health Organization's website has links and lots of in-depth information about the need for and lack of family planning globally.  Locally, the cutting of funds and demonization of Planned Parenthood has directly affected the family planning abilities of many communities in Texas and across the country.  Voting for representatives who support organizations such as Planned Parenthood (WRRAP, NARAL, and the Center for Reproductive Rights, among others) and helping fund these programs will help with family planning in this country.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Advocate for Forest Protection
    Higher standards of living are very often dependent on moving our environmental costs elsewhere. What are some specific ways in which the environmental impacts of your own lifestyle might be shifted elsewhere?

    Jason Gossard 4/25/2018 5:18 AM
    The biggest way my lifestyle impacts the environment elsewhere is through transportation, which is a primary one for most people/communities.  I try to take the bus whenever possible on weekends and days off, but I still use my car for work even though  it is not necessary that I do.  I have contacted officials about public transportation between here and Austin, as I think a rail system similar to one's I have experienced in California would be beneficial to South Texas for many reasons.

  • Jason Gossard 4/25/2018 4:28 AM
    If you don't know who your representatives are, this website is for you!!!! Bookmark this- it never stops coming in handy. http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Address.aspx?Address1=1506+TEXAS+AVE&City=San+Antonio&ZipCode=78201&DistrictType=ALL&Submit1=Submit

    • Heather Kim 4/25/2018 11:50 AM
      Thanks for this Jason!  Will use it.
  • Reflection Question
    Food composting
    Producing uneaten food squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these motivates you the most to change your behavior regarding food waste?

    Jason Gossard 4/24/2018 6:11 PM
    If I had to pick that motivated me the most to change my food waste behavior, it would energy. Considering all that an overuse of energy effects- from manpower to raw materials to pollution- that is the area that motivates me the most.