April 3 - April 24, 2019

Matthew Landon

Emerson Waldorf

"Climate change has become a massive threat and has reached a level of global emergency. There is no Planet B and now is the time for every individual to take action and contribute. Every action, big or small, combined will help reduce carbon emissions and make a significant difference in the environment. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,186 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    66
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    44
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    295
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 40 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family and/or colleagues.

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

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Choose Recycled Paper

#70 Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

Completed
One-Time 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

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Micro Wind

#76 Micro Wind

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

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

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 40 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Become A Master Recycler/Composter

#55 Household Recycling

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Completed
One-Time 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 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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 22 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 20 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Electricity Generation

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

#18 Geothermal

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed


  • Matthew Landon 4/24/2019 6:30 PM
    Do a post about the actions you did for the challenge!

  • Matthew Landon 4/24/2019 5:17 PM
    You'll have until midnight to finish your challenges! Thank you everyone for checking off your actions!

  • Matthew Landon 4/23/2019 6:25 PM
    Thank you everyone for taking the time to check off your actions for today AND tomorrow ! Let’s finish strong!
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Matthew Landon 4/23/2019 4:52 PM
    The rise in CO2 emissions and deforestation concern me the most because the rise in CO2 leads to floods, droughts, heat waves, more extreme weather and pure devastation. This leads to the rise of refugees as it destroys crops and kills livestock. This forces people into poverty. If the situation gets very extreme, we can be putting billions of people and other animals at risk. Deforestation also concerns me because it knocks out one of the main counteracters to global warming, endangering lots of wildlife. 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but may its carbon footprint is not obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

    Matthew Landon 4/22/2019 2:53 PM
    Wooden furniture or any kind of wooden product has a carbon footprint because it contributes to deforestation. Refrigerators have a carbon footprint too because refrigerants are made of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs). Unlike chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), they don’t destroy the ozone layer. However, they can be 1,000 - 9,000 stronger than CO2. You can find this information by looking at the Drawdown site or by simply doing an internet search.

  • Matthew Landon 4/22/2019 7:48 AM
    With Spring Break ending and only three days left before the end of the EcoChallenge, I challenge everyone to do at least 1 one-time challenge. It can range from watching videos about Silvopasture and Methane Digesters, mulching trees in your backyard, getting a group of people to test drive electric bikes, to replacing incandescent lightbulbs with LED ones! Celebrate Earth Day by doing one of these EcoChallenges!

  • Matthew Landon 4/21/2019 3:35 PM
    According to the EPA, the top 5 biggest green power companies are Microsoft, Intel, Google, Wells Fargo and Apple. The biggest green power universities are Stanford, Georgetown, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, Knoxville and University at Buffalo. For more information check out this website - https://www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-partnership-national-top-100.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Launch a Recycling Program
    How can you take your commitment to sustainable living beyond yourself? How can you, personally, work toward broader change?

    Matthew Landon 4/21/2019 1:50 PM
    I can encourage other people to start recycling and composting as part of their daily life. I can also share information with other people and participate in climate change initiatives that raise awareness, reach more people, and help improve other people's lives.

  • Matthew Landon 4/20/2019 5:34 PM
    Denmark today has a population of 5.771 million people. According to Clean Technica, Denmark in 2017 generated 43.6% of its energy by wind. If a country such as Denmark can do that, then what's holding us from doing something similar in Maryland, Wisconsin or Colorado? All three states have a similar populations to Denmark.
  • 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?

    Matthew Landon 4/20/2019 4:40 PM
    Micro wind turbines could be installed in or on the rooftops of buildings, houses and cell towers in Chapel Hill.