April 3 - April 24, 2019

Ashley Lorden

Lyft

"EcoChallenge fan since October, looking to convert Spring energy into more sustainable actions and permanent changes!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,724 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    150
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    4
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    14
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    4
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    315
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    215
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Generation Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Choose LED Bulbs

#33 LED Lighting (Household)

I will replace 4 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

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

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 15 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 10 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 13 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 14 OF 22
DAILY 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

Transport

Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

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

COMPLETED 14 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Support Nutrient Management

#65 Nutrient Management

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

I will spend 10 minutes each day researching women-owned businesses I can support when shopping.

COMPLETED 8 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Buildings and Cities

Research Retrofitting Incentives

#80 Retrofitting

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out if my city, region, or state offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Communicate With My Elected Officials

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore)

I will write or call 2 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Rooftop Solar Consultation

#10 Rooftop Solar

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.

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

Buildings and Cities

Express My Support

#54 Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 2 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Transport Explore Other Transport Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Ashley Lorden 4/24/2019 2:20 PM
    I was really surprised that our daily commute choices actually have by far the biggest impact, as opposed to shipping and air travel. It made me commit 100% that the next car for my family will be electric, and that we'll continue to emphasize non-car local transport -- should be easy in the summer!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy
    What did you learn about wave and tidal energy? Were you surprised by the information you found?

    Ashley Lorden 4/24/2019 2:18 PM
    Wave and tidal energy is a huge potential natural energy source but the implementation of technologies to harness it can be very expensive and difficult to maintain. Still, because so many cities which use a lot of energy are coastal, it is worth more research.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

    Ashley Lorden 4/24/2019 9:49 AM
    We already have a smart thermostat and these were the last non-LED bulbs in the house. One other thing I want to do is add a toilet tank to the other 2 toilets (we have it in 1 and it seems to save water without any side effect, so great!).

  • Ashley Lorden 4/24/2019 9:47 AM
    Last day of Ecochallenge :( :( I used to feel like similar initiatives were more about making people feel good than really causing change, but I love Ecochallenge because it *does* actually make a difference, in 2 ways:
    - one-time actions that have a lasting impact such as changing out showerheads and lightbulbs, planting trees etc, keep giving back forever!
    - daily actions were some of those habits stick -- I might fall off the wagon on some things, but others have made me permanently more conscious of my impact (for me, this time it was food waste that I realized is a really big deal and I definitely have a different attitude about composting any leftovers)

    Would be curious to hear others' biggest changes/takeaways!

    • Ashley Lorden 4/24/2019 11:14 AM
      High five Suzy! I have a different approach to our buffet lunch now :)

    • Suzy Lambert 4/24/2019 10:15 AM
      I agree! I think the one time actions genuinely made a difference - both with my learning about topics I wasn't knowledgable about, sharing what I've learned with friends, and donating or doing actions that have a positive effect if only done once. With the daily actions, I agree as well - the food waste bit was big for me too, and I feel like I've created a habit that I'll stick with, that I hadn't considered before.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Rooftop Solar Consultation
    Identify some ways in which modern human societies have become unsustainable. What kind of roles do individuals have in creating and changing practices in society?

    Ashley Lorden 4/23/2019 10:19 AM
    Modern societies typically operate in a way that requires overusing natural resources and produces excess volumes of waste. Though it can be hard not to feel powerless at times given the very large role of government and corporations in this cycle, individuals also make lots of choices every day that contribute to a more or less sustainable society, mostly with our purchasing power but also in the attitudes we have.

  • Ashley Lorden 4/23/2019 9:58 AM
    Found some nice resources for California Bay Area people! https://www.energyupgradeca.org/the-movement/ you can sign up to get tips to reduce home energy use and http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/ceda/documents/report/oak032965.pdf lists all programs with incentives/rebates to upgrade aspects of your home to improve efficiency in SF East Bay.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Research Retrofitting Incentives
    How can you share what you have learned in your research with others?

    Ashley Lorden 4/23/2019 9:56 AM
    I'm excited to share the most actionable things I learned by posting in public forums as well as sending directly to friends. Yesterday I got several people on the ferry talking about sustainability :)
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions
    What is the most exciting solution you explored? Why is it exciting to you?

    Ashley Lorden 4/22/2019 3:46 PM
    Wind and solar are definitely the most exciting solutions to me because they are so versatile and can be incorporated in so many places.
  • 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?

    Ashley Lorden 4/22/2019 3:43 PM
    Though I don't drive very much, saving $ and trips to a gas station is always nice, and in the bay area sometimes electric vehicles are also given access to preferred lanes which is a nice bonus. For me because we avoid driving in general, the switch is primarily because of environmental concerns.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

    Ashley Lorden 4/22/2019 3:41 PM
    The use of fertilizers and other high-volume chemical products, along with microplastics and other disposables, I think are the biggest human activities impacting our water systems. Overuse of water is also an issue. I can choose to avoid buying not-organic foods and textiles, choose alternatives to plastic when possible, and limit my waste by avoiding single-use disposables. I can also work to reduce my own water footprint.