April 3 - April 24, 2019

Nory Griffin

The Climate Reality Project - Bay Area Chapter & Friends

Points Total

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Participant Impact

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Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 10 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

One-Time Challenge


Become A Master Recycler/Composter

#55 Household Recycling

I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Fund Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

One-Time Challenge


Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

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



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.

One-Time Challenge



#21 Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

One-Time Challenge


Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

One-Time Challenge


  • Nory Griffin 4/24/2019 8:32 PM
    My favorite thing about Drawdown EcoChallenge isn't what I do in the 3 weeks, but how much more I want to do after it's done.

    Well done, team and everyone!

    ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 🌱 ❤️ 

  • Nory Griffin 4/23/2019 8:42 PM
    Well, I had to swap out a couple of actions I couldn't complete in time with others that I could. It's been a great EcoChallenge and I'm feeling motivated and inspired by all the teams and participants! 
  • 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?

    Nory Griffin 4/23/2019 8:39 PM
    Planting trees seems like one good way to improve the health of my local watershed. Restoring kelp forests helps manage ocean acidification.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but may its carbon footprint is not obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

    Nory Griffin 4/23/2019 8:36 PM
    I have no idea what other everyday materials besides concrete might have an outsized carbon footprint. Maybe steel? I guess I could ecosia it and find out.

    Okay, I did. 

    "'What isn't often realized is that industrial energy usage is far greater than transportation or residential usage. This is the elephant in the room, and there has been very little technical progress in terms of being able to reduce industrial energy consumption,' says Karthish Manthiram, an assistant professor chemical engineering and the senior author of the new study."

    The article points a finger especially at plastics, iron, and steel. So lowering consumption seems like a really important part of the solution.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Become A Master Recycler/Composter
    What could you do differently to waste less?

    Nory Griffin 4/23/2019 8:30 PM
    I think most of our household waste is in the form of food packaging. This is tough to avoid, but I want to do a better job of it.
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Fund Family Planning
    When family planning focuses on healthcare provision and meeting the expressed needs of women, it results in empowerment, equality, and well-being, and the benefits to the planet are side effects. Why is family planning an important civil rights consideration?

    Nory Griffin 4/23/2019 8:28 PM
    When women can control how many children they have and when they have them, they can be more in control of their lives - whether that's getting an education, working or starting a business, or providing and caring for their families.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

    Nory Griffin 4/23/2019 8:24 PM
    Adding trees to managed grazing initiatives, which are beneficial on their own, is a powerful combination. In addition to acting as a windbreak and improving water storage in soil, silvopasture accelerates carbon sequestration, storing carbon at 5 to 10 times the rate of traditional treeless pastures.

  • Nory Griffin 4/14/2019 1:25 PM
    I've been somewhat derailed this week by life demands. Frustrating, but will just pick up again when I have time - assuming that happends!

  • Nory Griffin 4/10/2019 8:11 AM
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

    Nory Griffin 4/05/2019 9:04 PM
    We have a handful of decent restaurants within about 20 minutes of home by foot. The family walked to dinner tonight. It's that time of year here when the air smells likes flowers. Such a pleasant sensory experience. 

    • Kathryn Sterbenc 4/07/2019 12:04 PM
      I got a huge surprise this week from my boss. About half our small company telecommutes now. I asked him how he's feeling these days about taking the whole company that way, since the trend is obviously not reversing and our overhead is now unnecessarily high. He said he's intending to do just that by next year. !!!!! A huge change of life for me, as I now spend 90 minutes a day round-trip in my  car. So much to think about. But for me, my life would be much greener as a result of this.