April 4 - April 25, 2018

Shane Hansen

Green Dinosaur

"If you are going to do it, do it with meraki"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,368 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    174
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    20
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    125
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    19
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    8
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    526
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched

Challenges

Women and Girls

Host a Film Screening

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

I will host a film screening and discussion about women's and gender equality issues.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Test Drive an Electric Bike

#69 Electric Bikes

I will test drive an electric bike at a local distributor to see if it makes sense to use one in place of my car, or to extend the area I can cover by bike.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will donate to The Nature Conservancy, which works with Indigenous Peoples to secure land tenure and resource rights, support improved governance and local institutions, assist in natural resource mapping, planning and management; and strengthen livelihoods and sustainable economic development.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Replace Manual Thermostats

#57 Smart Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with smart ones.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Install a Toilet Bank

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time 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

Materials

Become A Master Recyler/Composter

#55 Household Recycling

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

#66 High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 25 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Express My Support

#59 Bike 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 Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Express My Support

#54 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 Challenge

Electricity Generation

Communicate With My Elected Officials

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore)

I will write or call 1 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 1 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time 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

Transport

Purchase a Carbon Offset

#43 Airplanes

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day.

COMPLETED 19 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

#63 Telepresence

I will not travel for meetings and will instead conduct them virtually.

COMPLETED 20 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Support Nutrient Management

#65 Nutrient Management

I will buy from organic and local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

COMPLETED 8 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Launch a Recycling Program

#56 Industrial Recycling

I will set up a recycling center at my workplace or school.

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 8 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Buildings and Cities

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 Challenge

Materials

Choose Recycled Paper

#70 Recycled Paper

If I have to buy paper products, I will only purchase products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

COMPLETED 8 OF 22
DAILY 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 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 21 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 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 20 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 15 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Host a Film Screening
    What is the next step beyond raising awareness of women's and gender equality issues?

    Shane Hansen 4/25/2018 1:10 PM
    Beyond awareness, action is the next step in changing any issue. I can stand up, speak up, and act to support equality.

  • Shane Hansen 4/25/2018 7:06 AM
    This may be the last day of the challenge but the efforts will continue!

  • Shane Hansen 4/24/2018 7:44 AM
    “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” 

  • Shane Hansen 4/23/2018 7:48 AM
    "Don't be so cool that you can't cry
    Don't be so smart you can't wonder
    don't be so set on you sunny days that you can't love the roll of the thunder"

  • Shane Hansen 4/22/2018 3:30 PM
    Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots. 
    -Rumi

  • Shane Hansen 4/21/2018 5:38 PM
    Today has been such a lovely day to play outside #optoutside :) 
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Test Drive an Electric Bike
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Private vehicles account for 60% of trips of a mile or less. Do you feel that these facts apply to you? If so, how might you incorporate an electric bike into your lifestyle?

    Shane Hansen 4/21/2018 5:37 PM
    I used to bike a lot more than I do now. Having a family has changed my habits dramatically. I hope that as my 4 kids get older that I will be able to re-ignite some of those old habits like biking for short errands that have become difficult to do while carrying small kids in tow.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

    Shane Hansen 4/20/2018 4:32 PM
    Sustainability is all about maintaining a system at a steady level. If that system is not balanced, it would be impossible to maintain it. Balance and Sustainability must go hand in hand with each other.

  • Shane Hansen 4/20/2018 8:48 AM
    “What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.” 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Learn about Local Indigenous Practices
    What did you learn about indigenous peoples' land management that you can apply in your own life?

    Shane Hansen 4/19/2018 7:11 PM
    I really appreciated our local tribes view of land as a history of their ancestors. There may not be many books written by their forefathers, but the land tells the story of their people. The history embedded in the land is worth saving.