April 3 - April 24, 2019

Pooja Kashyap

Hennebery Eddy Architects

"“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 979 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    350
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Land Use

Research Peatlands

#13 Peatlands

I will spend 5 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

COMPLETED 3 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Micro Wind

#76 Micro Wind

I will spend at least 240 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of Micro Wind.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Research Retrofitting Incentives

#80 Retrofitting

I will spend at least 5 minutes finding out if my city, region, or state offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

#66 High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

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 17 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Buildings and Cities

Tour a Green Roof

#73 Green Roofs

I will set up a visit to tour a green roof in my city, and ask about the codes and process for installing a green roof.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Uncompleted
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

Feed

  • 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?

    Pooja Kashyap 4/23/2019 9:03 AM
    After my research, I learned that large structures cause turbulent winds that actually aren't ideal for micro wind turbines. In addition, it is far more efficient to install large diameter, tall wind turbines in open areas with steady, strong winds. Micro wind turbines are mainly used as a sustainability marketing statement. With that said, such a statement could be made on major government buildings or civic projects. However, this money would be better spent on solar panels. 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Express My Support
    What do you like most about biking in your city? What would you like to improve?

    Pooja Kashyap 4/22/2019 1:52 PM
    Portland has great biking streets that allow cyclists to get from place to place quickly. However, we could do a better job separating bikes from cars to reduce the number of bike accidents. 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Research Retrofitting Incentives
    How can you share what you have learned in your research with others?

    Pooja Kashyap 4/22/2019 1:50 PM
    I plan to add what I learned from Dan's presentation about retrofitting incentives to the Incentive's Document!
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Tour a Green Roof
    What did you learn on your green roof tour?

    Pooja Kashyap 4/15/2019 9:12 AM
    I learned that green roofs can turn brown during dry months. In the case of the project we visited, they requested that the roof be watered to stay green all year round. This resulted in excess water dripping off the roof- basically cancelling out the effort to reduce stormwater coming off the building. The roof still helps mitigate the heat island effect and provides employees with access to views of nature. Overall, it sounds like there are always trade offs with a green roof, but they still have a net positive impact on building occupants. 

  • Pooja Kashyap 4/08/2019 9:14 AM
    I'm realizing that with all these one-time challenges, I don't really have a reason to check in every day! Just more motivation to post I guess... 

  • Pooja Kashyap 4/02/2019 9:06 AM
    The Drawdown EcoChallenge starts tomorrow! Have you selected your actions?