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Trent Marasco

Enviro Group 10

"How many environmentalists does it take to change a light bulb? None! We use LEDs ;D"

Points Total

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Participant Impact

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    1
    documentaries
    watched
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    26
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    292
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    390
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    18
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Trent's Actions

Buildings

Research Retrofitting Incentives

Building Retrofitting

I will spend at least 20 minutes finding out if my city, region, state, or country offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Local Perennial Biomass

Perennial Biomass Production

I will spend at least 10 minutes finding out if anyone is working on perennial biomass projects in my region and how I can get involved.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Research Peatlands

Peatland Protection and Rewetting

I will spend 20 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

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

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 23 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Listen to the Planet Money Podcast – “Sell Me Your Climate Bombs”

Planet Money recently interviewed the co-founders of Tradewater to learn about the dangerous impact that old refrigerants have on our environment. I will listen to the podcast to learn more about this necessary solution in fighting a climate crisis.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

Bioplastics

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 5 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 13 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn about the impact of old refrigerants

I will spend 13 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links provided

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

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 Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 4 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by participating in a training, workshop, or presentation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Research Businesses Owned by Women, POC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 10 minutes each day researching businesses owned by women, people of color, or immigrants that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

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, 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 11
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 5 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 3 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

Ocean Power

I will spend at least 3 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 3 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Solutions

I will research and tell 1 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Encourage my company and/or organization to measure and manage their carbon footprint

Organizations have a responsibility to make sustainable business decisions. To understand how to improve sustainable practices, it’s important to start with understanding the current impact. I will share the Tradewater Business Carbon Calculator with my organization.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Choose Better Wood Products

Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Women-Owned Businesses

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will shop from women-owned business(es) today.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Research Peatlands
    Much of Indonesia's peatlands have been drained so they could be replaced with palm oil or pulp and paper plantations. How can you make choices that help to protect peatlands, even if you live far away from one?

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    Trent Marasco 3/08/2021 3:45 PM
    By obtaining from purchasing palm oil products, you are indirectly contributing to the loss of profits from these major corporations. By reducing the need and supply for such products, these same corporations will likely slow their destruction to areas such as the peatlands. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Trent Marasco 3/08/2021 3:41 PM
    I haven't really heard of the term silvopasture, however I am familiar with the idea of integrating animal herds with trees... which essentially is silvopasture. I think the largest advantages of silvopasture has to be the reduction of the local land's carbon footprint. However, I think when lands are completely decimated of their forests, the only things in mind are turning a profit. Farmers need to be convinced of the added revenue silvopasture can bring to simple grazing pastures. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Learn about Temperate Forests
    As you learn more about the scope and seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, what impact does that have on your thinking and actions? What are the parts that feel overwhelming? What parts help you feel hopeful?

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    Trent Marasco 3/08/2021 3:15 PM
    Learning of the many wounds our planet suffers from definitely puts a damper on my mental state. It makes me want to help, even if my actions are small.  Aspects of this I find overwhelming includes legislation such as President Biden and his administrations goal to pursue change. However, in the grand scheme of things, presidents such as Donald Trump prove that a differing opinion can convince the minds of the typical American that our country needs to survive before the world can heal. This is a very fair opinion, as the lives of everyone will be affected when we pursue environmental change. It could lead to the elimination of jobs in industries deemed toxic, factories proven unclean. Suffering cannot be solved unless there is a solution to benefit both sides to the problem. Biden managed to shut down one of the largest pipelines in Canada in his first few weeks of office only to have our oil bought overseas. American jobs and industry was lost for what? A final parting gift to Trump. After all, it was his administration that advocated for the pipeline. Change for good sounds a lot like Christians on a crusade, a war with no winners. If Biden really wants to improve the state of the world, he would have considered all of the options and the far future before delivering such a blow without any real resolution. I am only hopeful because I know the government has an exact date and time things will go to shit, when the most money will be lost. Whatever happens today is simply because that's the popular opinion. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Choose Better Wood Products
    Beyond carbon sequestration, what other benefits do forests offer you personally?

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    Trent Marasco 3/08/2021 2:43 PM
    This may sound odd, but forests give me privacy. Eventually, I will move somewhere across the country in search of a job. Wherever I permanently settle, I don't want to be bothered by cities or the noise of a bustling community. I want to have dead silence and privacy. A forest between each of my neighbors, no matter how far apart they are is a simple answer. Plus... nature!
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

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    Trent Marasco 3/08/2021 2:40 PM
    Bamboo alternatives come in all shapes and sizes, an example is my pillow. If you are like myself, you enjoy sleeping on something that is both supportive and comfortable. However, traditional memory foam is made of various chemicals and plastics. Using bamboo fiber, the same effect is gained and the impact is far less than memory foam. A bamboo pillow can be ordered in any local Bed Beth and Beyond or Target. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation 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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    Trent Marasco 3/08/2021 2:36 PM
    By having a more fuel efficient vehicle you are likely to use less and therefore save on annual fuel costs. A benefit to oneself and the environment. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Local Perennial Biomass
    Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe states that "The reason we care about climate change is because it affects the people and places that we care about." What is happening (or will happen) in your area that will affect the people and places you care about?

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    Trent Marasco 3/08/2021 2:33 PM
    I care about the whole planet, regardless of where my physical body may be. It may seem odd for someone in Western New York to care about places such as Greenland, but the inevitable melting of their local ice sheets brings pain to my heart. There is no stopping it and there is no reversing it. The destruction of Greenland's ice causes oceans to rise more than a millimeter a year, reducing the land mass of all coastal areas. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Learn about the impact of old refrigerants
    Why are old refrigerant gases so harmful to our environment?

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    Trent Marasco 3/08/2021 2:28 PM
    For some perspective, refrigerants such as R410a are so harmful that just one kilogram is the equivalent to two tons of carbons. This is the equivalent to running your car for six straight months. Facts like this are bewildering, yet fixing leaky refrigerants remain one of environmentalists most prevalent issues. Their emission into the atmosphere is one of the most harmful and easy to fix. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Listen to the Planet Money Podcast – “Sell Me Your Climate Bombs”
    What was the most surprising thing you learned from this podcast?

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    Trent Marasco 3/08/2021 2:23 PM
    Refrigerants are filled in old canisters in old garages and other areas where they are stored out of sight. As they age and rust leaking occurs, affecting the ozone and environment without anyone even batting an eye. An action as simple as taking out your trash (with proper disposal), can limit these harmful interactions. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Trent Marasco 3/08/2021 2:19 PM
    In my opinion, the fact that there are over 5 trillion plastic particles in our worlds oceans concerns me the most. Sifting out this plastic is almost impossible and it remains on a steady rise, affecting both fauna and flora of the worlds oceans and coastal areas.