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Chantal Kendrick

Lilac goes Green

" All our actions make a difference! Consume minimally, choose consciously, teach others. "

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Chantal's Actions

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Micro Wind

Micro Wind Turbines

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of micro wind.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

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One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

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

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DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

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One-Time Action

Materials

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings and Cities

Explore Other Buildings Solutions

All Buildings Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Support Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management

I will research and support local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 25 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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  • Reflection Question
    Materials Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    Chantal Kendrick 5/16/2020 8:05 AM
    We've been slowly doing this for a little while. It's really challenging to purchase things that cost less while also avoiding the packaging. For example, we are Costco members because we can buy more "in bulk", but there's often undesirable packaging. If you want to buy with no packaging, you need to by in bulk for real, which offers fewer choices, or at a market, which can often be cost prohibitive. 

    Even considering all this, we have made improvements on choosing things packaged in glass versus plastic. I purchased reusable produce bags, which I love! We were already composting and recycling. I also wrote to one of the places I shop to ask if they could consider using glass for their containers vs. plastic on an item that is popular in my household. 

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    Chantal Kendrick 5/13/2020 1:01 PM
    I'm pretty sure this isn't the goal of the Drawdown challenge...the more I'm learning, the more depressed I am about us actually being able to make a difference. We are a handful of concerned citizens. We can each make small or even significant changes in our actions, but unless more people actually care or even believe that there's a problem, I don't see how things are going to change until things become so dire that there won't be much we can do. I have enjoyed learning about everything, and the work put in to research and compile all this data is amazing, but what we need is some serious advocacy, lobbying, and financing to back up all these ideas. 

    • Cindi Rittenhouse's avatar
      Cindi Rittenhouse 5/17/2020 8:29 PM
      I hear you.  Let's see if we can keep moving forward. Maybe advocacy is our next step!

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      Chantal Kendrick 5/13/2020 5:05 PM
      Awww, thanks for the personal response. I really appreciate it. I can see that if many people at least earn what's available out there, they would at least know what to ask for.

    • I'm so sorry that you are feeling more depressed as you learn more, Chantal. It can be overwhelming as we lean more about what's wrong in the world. But it can also be inspiring to learn more about solutions and the people who are already implementing them! We can't change the world on behavior change alone - we need, as you say, "serious advocacy, lobbying, and financing" as well. But we also need mass behavior change to add to those things - a sort of "yes, and" approach. That's what this program focuses on, while pushing people to think about the next steps for bigger change, like advocacy and large systems change. Hopefully you can see everyone's work here as thousands of people putting drops into a bucket that also needs drops from other places. Thank you for caring, thank you for your honesty, and thank you for working for change - both small and large.
  • 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?

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    Chantal Kendrick 5/13/2020 12:57 PM
    I had wondered if it was possible to put a windmill on our property. It seems that it would be less useful and more expensive than simply adding solar panels on our house. Like all these solutions, we could create all sorts of solar arrays and wind mills, and Biomass systems, but it's expensive in the upfront costs. There has to be a huge government buy-in that would either support people to purchase their own through incentives, or pay the costs of installation. Sadly, I feel the world is woefully behind in all of this. Sure we've done some work setting up solar arrays and wind farms, but access to these things is more for those who have the means, and what has been done is well below what is necessary to make a difference. Who will invest in all of this?
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Explore Other Buildings Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

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    Chantal Kendrick 5/13/2020 12:46 PM
    There was so much information in the first learning site. It basically is every single Drawdown project. A little overwhelming...

    We have been considering trying to move to a more walkable/commutable city in order to lower our footprint, but also to live without vehicles and their expenses. Sadly, most major cities with good bicycle infrastructure and effective public transportation are really expensive. It would be great if these green amenities were more prevalent, but they do cost money, which increases taxes, etc. Also, perhaps, they can only happen in cities that have the means to implement them, which means a higher tax base ...again, higher cost for the average person to live. Not sure what the solution is. In our own city of Rochester, the city itself is unable to afford making these changes because it houses some of the poorest of our greater community, and the surrounding suburbs are unwilling to combine into a greater financial/schooling force to balance the coffers. The county would be a more sensible already combined force, but it has little interest in making effective changes in our most concentrated population area, which is the city, because it believes the city should make these changes. It's a Catch 22....
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Advocate For More Packaging Options
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Chantal Kendrick 5/12/2020 8:12 PM
    Most places I shop do a fairly good job of trying to be more eco-friendly, but I am surprised that Trader Joe's doesn 't seem to have an active eco-program, so I emailed them. I'll keep bugging them because I think their customer base tends to be people who want a better planet :)

    • Cindi Rittenhouse's avatar
      Cindi Rittenhouse 5/17/2020 8:31 PM
      I agree that TJ could make some big changes.  They use alot of packaging.  I have talked to them about palm oil.

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    Chantal Kendrick 5/12/2020 8:02 PM
    I'm having such a great time researching things I didn't know. I've also been implementing some things that I have been meaning to do for a while, but just didn't have the motivation to put in place, like choosing an alternative energy program for my homes electric usage, and being more proactive in reducing the amount of packaging we use by purchasing products differently. At minimal, it has made our family more mindful of how we are consuming and why.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Biomass
    Had you ever heard of biomass technology before you took this challenge? What did you learn that surprised you? Share your new knowledge with your friends!

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    Chantal Kendrick 5/12/2020 7:59 PM
    On of the other things I studied earlier this month had led me down the rabbit-hole to Bio-fuel, which is apparently a form of Bio-mass. Who knew?! I loving learning about all these different alternative energy sources. Bio-fuel and some forms of Bio-mass using vegetation from crops could be very useful in NYS, especially if one connected into the agricultural waste. Sadly, in researching Green-energy option to buy into for my own home electricity needs, using Bio-fuel electricity was WAY more expensive than other alternative sources. 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Research Heat Pumps
    Why is taking action on climate change important to you? Why do you care?

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    Chantal Kendrick 5/12/2020 7:47 PM
    When we lived in Arizona, heat pumps were becoming more popular (my in-laws had one installed, although I had no ideas what it was at the time). I would hesitate to buy one here in NYS until I had more evidence that it would work as effectively as my heater, or that it would save me enough money to make it worth while, while still keeping a furnace on hand for the coldest days. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Chantal Kendrick 4/26/2020 11:25 AM
    Wow! The topic of food waste has really blown my mind! I felt pretty educated on it, but there's so much more to learn. I went down the rabbit hole of municipal composting and and anaerobic digesters!! Also...I'm ashamed to admit, I didn't realize that the sell by dates have legally no bearing on the freshness of the food. I have mostly ignored the due dates, realizing for myself that the food was still good after the date, but it was surprising to me that there was no actual legal mandate to label due dates (other then meat, dairy eggs...), which essentially means it's just an arbitrary way for producers to make stores throw away food and buy new stuff. Such a scam! I also read the article about how France made it illegal for stores to throw away food! So cool! I doubt our business-friendly country of the US would take such a bold move, but i could see NYS considering it. I also wish we had municipal composting program to create biofuels from our waste here in Rochester, but that seems pretty pie in the sky at the moment. But I can see that it may one day become a necessity...we're running out of room for our garbage, we're polluting the world with our fossil fuels, and we could save money by making our own fuel for heating, etc.

    • Beata Gomulak-Cavicchio's avatar
      Beata Gomulak-Cavicchio 4/26/2020 6:49 PM
      Municipal composting may not be as pie in the sky as you think!  The city of Rochester is looking into it, though minus the biofuel part.  See here:

      https://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=21474842842

      I would LOVE to see this happen!  I've composted off and on in our yard and I've tried two different community composting options.  Nothing has stuck so far :( Figuring out something that works is on my to-do list!
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Chantal Kendrick 4/25/2020 9:27 PM
    I'm driving a 2007 Toyota Matrix which will likely not last more than a few more years. My parents drive a toyota hybrid which i've kind of poo-poo'd because it doesn't have a stick shift, but lately I've considered having my next car be a hybrid. Now that they've been around for a while, you can get some nice ones used. We live too far outside of the city to have an electric car as far as I can tell. When the electric cars have better batteries, that may be an option for us.