April 4 - April 25, 2018

Lex Hundsdorfer

Blue Practice

"Making a positive change one day at a time"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 912 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    57
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    130
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Transport

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

#66 High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Restore Wetlands

#52 Coastal Wetlands

I will volunteer 1 hours with a wetland restoration project in my region.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 20 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 3 meal(s) with zero-waste each day.

COMPLETED 19 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

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Micro Wind

#76 Micro Wind

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

Completed
One-Time 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

Electricity Generation

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

#18 Geothermal

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Transport Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail
    What are the factors that influence your choice of transportation? These can include things like money, time, and convenience, as well as perceptions of danger or safety.

    Lex Hundsdorfer 4/23/2018 3:58 PM
    Time is a big one, money is also an important factor. But also convenience and safety are important as well. Most times I walk, other times I take the bus. If I'm running behind though and need to be somewhere at an exact time (such as in the case of a meeting), I'll call a lyft...but that happens MAYBE once a month. The other night I felt pretty unsafe in an area of downtown Portland and the bus was 15 minutes away. But I stayed, because, ultimately it's PORTLAND...not somewhere with serious crime rates. But I did consider calling a Lyft. Came down to money during that decision making process! $2.75 versus $15 is a big difference.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Biomass
    Had you ever heard of biomass techonology before this? What did you learn that surprised you? Share this with your friends!

    Lex Hundsdorfer 4/21/2018 6:40 PM
    I sure did - but had not really seen the benefit of using crops for fuel. We already have a limited amount of space available for agriculture - it didn't make sense to use land as a fuel source (also note lack of food for humans). Other than that I had heard about oils from fast food restaurants similarly to use as a fuel source for converted diesel trucks. However, this time educating myself I hadn't considered waste from mills and agriculture... I understand it could be a bridge, but I'm for the everything all at once approach and this seems like a step backward for the potential we have to innovate.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. What kind of investment seems most feasible for you?

    Lex Hundsdorfer 4/21/2018 6:37 PM
    Challenging for me to take this on as a renter. Here's to innovation to come for renewable energy options (outside of RECs...) for apartment renters! (P.S. let's make this a thing - a lot of people rent.)
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Restore Wetlands
    How do wetlands differ from other ecosystems -- both in the services they offer and in your personal experience of them?

    Lex Hundsdorfer 4/18/2018 1:04 PM
    They are nature's best recycling resources for contaminates in water and soil! They are a source for inspiration for us all to better cycle nutrients and restore ecosystems. They offer a supportive ecosystem for a wealth of life to flourish as well!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. In what ways can you support your closest regenerative agriculture farm?

    Lex Hundsdorfer 4/18/2018 1:02 PM
    Support by buying locally! Volunteer to cultivate crops, educate at farmers markets, keep pesticide out of my own community planting so it doesn't leach into waterway and soils that can affect regenerative farming nearby (or the rest of the ecosystem).
  • 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?

    Lex Hundsdorfer 4/13/2018 11:21 AM
    Never heard of this terminology before--but it makes sense! Trees are incredible organisms that can help mitigate some of the effects of open-area pasture farms. I think one of the biggest advantages would be to not have to use SO MUCH land toward farmland--and keep us from cutting down more trees that ultimately contribute more to the global warming problem.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

    Lex Hundsdorfer 4/08/2018 1:45 PM
    Paying rent!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

    Lex Hundsdorfer 4/04/2018 9:00 AM
    Luckily, my relationship with food is unique in that I don't eat for taste. I eat for nutrients. At least 1-2 meals is made in smoothie form, obtaining protein for my vegan diet in the form of pea or rice protein powder. That makes it pretty easy to put all pieces of celery, carrots and more veggies into the blender--eliminating waste. For the other meal I cook in a day, I only buy what I need. There's no reason to toss the stem of a portobello mushroom! As the challenge continues, I'll closely monitor whether I produce and food waste and innovative new ways I can incorporate it into my meal prep (like vegetable broth!).
  • 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?

    Lex Hundsdorfer 4/04/2018 8:56 AM
    A sustainable community in my mind would be one where everything is a nutrient for something else -- nothing is 'waste' and all materials are used in an intentional and beneficial way. The biggest change that is needed is a behavioral shift--changing people's minds to looking at their day-to-day lives as ones that matter and can have a positive impact. Spreading knowledge and education -- as well as attainable solutions -- can empower people to join together and build a resilient, truly sustainable community.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Micro Wind
    Micro turbines can be placed on large structures to take advantage of stronger, steadier breezes. The Eiffel Tower now sports vertical axis turbines that produce electricity for use on site. Where could micro turbines potentially be installed in your city?

    Lex Hundsdorfer 4/04/2018 8:50 AM
    Portland, Oregon is known for its bridges. I see the Steel Bridge, for example, and think it'd be a very interesting place to capture the wind current coming across the Willamette -- plus the design would fit in nicely with the structure. Perhaps bridges could be a host to vertical axis turbines.
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