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Ellen Henry

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Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 737 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    320
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    55
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    39
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    26
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Ellen's Actions

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Advocate for Forest Protection

Forest Protection

I will contact 1 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws, as well as the rights of local people to protect and restore the land in their communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

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 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

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

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity Generation

ENERGY SEMINARS

View and review a Stanford University Energy Seminar (weekly series of invited talks from Industry and Academia) https://energy.stanford.edu/energy-seminar/past-energy-seminars

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

DIY PHOTOVOLTAICS

Design a hypothetical solar PV system for your house & its cost pay-back period. 1) Needed capacity (from past year's electric bills). 2) Federal & State rooftop PV incentives (links). 3) Use NREL PVwatt to determine required PV array size. 4) Calculate solar PV system cost payback period (Installation costs are falling: Try $3.00/W, $2.50/W and $2.00/W for installed system cost and RG&E payment = RG&E cost).

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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    Ellen Henry 5/09/2020 11:38 AM
    Hello team!  I hope you all are well and tolerating the current surreal conditions we fine ourselves in.
    Apologies for not being a very inspiring team "leader" but we seem to be doing our bit anyway.  I suspect many of you, like me, may feel that some number of the "challenges" are things we already do or are things that really can't be done individually by the majority of people, especially in the 6-week time-frame. Since Harley wants points, I have been treating those already-routine actions as completed or on-going challenges for which points are accrued :-) 
    Another thing that you may or may not have noticed is that there are various challenges (likely in ALL the themes) that are to spend some time learning about a topic. Indeed, I think that the potential educational aspect of this whole program may be one of its greater strengths. For example, I was poking around today in the Materials theme and found an interesting link to a webpage of things one can use rather than using single-use items. I think that reading the various sources they list (plus any others that you are linked to from those and that catch your interest) could be used to meet one of those "spend time learning about____" type challenges.  [At least that's a lot easier than buying an electric car, or establishing a low-carbon cement manufacturing plant, or whatever!!!]
    At least the alternating snow and sunshine today, to say nothing of the stay-at-home situation, are consistent with spending some time with the EcoChallenge :-).