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Nancy Locquet Absillis

NCMNS-Ecochallenge

"My mission is to encourage people in my workspace to join me in trying to make a difference by completing eco-challenges and learning new concepts that can be passed on to visitors and students. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 90 This Week
  • 407 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    75
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    4
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Nancy's Actions

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

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.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More about Micro Wind

Micro Wind Turbines

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Rooftop Solar Consultation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

Ocean Power

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 3 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will avoid buying and using 5 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 60 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

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    Nancy Locquet Absillis 11/25/2020 12:45 PM
    I always try to have a grocery list for a week's worth of meals, and any left-overs are store in the freezer, just in case I really don't feel like cooking. We already have a compost bin in the yard and a vermicompost bin in the house to take care of food scraps, but today I added a mealworm/darkling beetle colony to our waste processing arsenal. These little guys can take care of all the styrofoam that otherwise ends up in the landfill...(well, it's their gut microbiota that helps them digest it...but the end result is that styrofoam gets consumed, disappears...and that's a good thing.)  
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Nancy Locquet Absillis 11/21/2020 1:51 PM
    I just bought reusable vegetable bags that I can put in the washing machine! I'll put them to good use! Don't like using the clear plastic bags you can find in the produce section.  AND, I placed my leftovers in glass containers.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Nancy Locquet Absillis 11/18/2020 1:31 PM
    I just love walking in the woods this time of year, just kicking the leaves, and seeing how nature is preparing for winter. I'm very lucky that I live close to a state park that has plenty of trails and a lake that lets you relax and reflect on events that happened during the day. Nature walks are simply energizing my soul. 

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      John Gerwin 11/20/2020 11:16 AM
      I and a "neighbor" (half a mile away) started a "native plants for widlife" garden club. We're in the "Avent West" area of west Raleigh. I carry my point and shoot camera on every dog walk, day/night, and photograph a variety of the things we find. I have been writing little blogs for our club's listserve, with photos of course, to showcase what's out there. There's a lot. Especially in our gardens with all the pollinators now. But lots of herps out at night; different kinds in different months. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity 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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    Nancy Locquet Absillis 11/18/2020 1:24 PM
    I was familiar with biomass technology but wanted to learn more about the pros and cons of this alternative energy source. It's clear that it's a rather controversial kind of alternative energy; even though it might be readily available, it's definitively not clean (yet) and can have a negative impact on our environment and our health. I would rather opt for a clean alternative energy source. 

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    Nancy Locquet Absillis 11/09/2020 5:29 PM
    I'm super excited that Marianne and Laura Beth have joined the Drawdown Eco challenge. This is our first time participating and we hope other museum staff members will join us in our efforts to make a positive social and ecological impact! I have a feeling that this will be a very interesting and rewarding journey for us all!