Erin M

The Carbon Killers

"In September 2019, I watched Greta sail across the Atlantic to give her courageous speech at the United Nations. SNAP! a huge internal shift occurred inside me. What kind of planet are we leaving for our children, and for all the creatures on this Earth? The time is now to change our habits and bring down the carbon. Let's do this!!! "

Points Total

  • 5 Today
  • 5 This Week
  • 892 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    21
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

Challenges

Action Track: Social Justice

City of Ashland Website Brainstorm Session

Today I met with the Climate Analyst for the city of Ashland and we talked how to reshape the climate portion of the website to make it super user friendly and give Ashlanders vital information. We want to answer these questions: what is the city's plan? what can we each do to help? How do we know we're meeting our goals. We further drilled down into the topics people would learn about - water, buildings, energy, waste, transport, healthy ecosystems, green products / consumption, land use, preparing the community, and engaging citizens. Feels like we're making great progress!

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Calculate Carbon Footprint

Find our our household's carbon footprint.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Create List of Things I CAN and CANNOT recycle

I get confused about a few items, so I am going to make a list that clearly shows what I can / cannot recycle, and then I'm going to ask my Recology representative to make sure I have it right!

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Research the Impact of Web Hosting

I have heard that web hosting is on par with emissions rivaling the airline industry. I need to research this and if so, offset my carbon.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 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 CHALLENGES

Buildings and Cities

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Encourage More People to Bike

I live in a small town and know that we could have a lot more people biking to work / running errands. In the next 30 days, I will work to encourage more people to bike by showing myself doing it. I hope to get 10 more people biking regularly by the end of January! : )

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

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

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

Electricity Generation

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore), #8 Solar Farms

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Express My Support

#59 Bike Infrastructure

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact bike routes and express my support for better biking infrastructure.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 5 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

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 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

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  • Erin M 1/19/2020 6:33 PM

    • Ana B 1/20/2020 11:52 AM
      I totally think that Ashland, Medford, AND Talent could easily become Emerald Cities..or towns. I love that The Drawdown stresses that social equity is key to combating climate change. Thanks for posting Erin!

  • Erin M 1/19/2020 6:32 PM
    Thank you Ana for telling me about the Emerald Cities Collaborative! I cannot wait to learn more and perhaps bring this to Ashland. It combines green cities, economic justice, and social equity. AWESOME!

    http://emeraldcities.org/
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

    Erin M 1/19/2020 1:48 PM
    I just emailed my utility company asking how my energy compares to others. I also asked them if I can purchase Renewable Energy Credits. On a daily basis, I turn off lights when I'm not in a room, unplug unused appliances, and we've pretty much stopped turning on our lovely natural gas fireplace. I also am reducing the amount of clothes I wash, wash using COLD water and in the summer, want to get a clothesline.

  • Erin M 1/18/2020 2:23 PM
    I investigated at the City of Ashland website yesterday where our power comes from and here's the scoop! 

    "Our power comes from hydroelectric and renewable energy sources - dams, wind farms, + solar." Those are low to no carbon solutions. The City of Ashland has a contract with the hydro that expires in 2028 - at which time they will see if they continue with the current path, or take a new one.


  • Erin M 1/17/2020 8:34 PM
  • 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?

    Erin M 1/17/2020 8:34 PM
    Honestly, reducing / eliminating emissions is the BIGGIE! In addition, I wouldn't be buying gas. And car maintenance would be greatly reduced b/c EV's don't need Oil Changes, Spark Plugs, they don't have Exhaust Systems ( mufflers or catalytic converters), and lastly, no Emissions Testing! Plus there are big promos out there - up to $7500 from federal and $2500 state. . I looked at all the models and am in looooove with the Fiat 500 e for me (girl car!), the Kia Soul for my hubby, and a teeny weeny smart car for Lucien! : ) I just did some serious mental shopping!!!

  • Erin M 1/17/2020 3:46 PM
    Stu from the City of Ashland showed me a great tool on their website - for anyone researching electric vehicles!
    https://ashland.chooseev.com/home/

  • Erin M 1/16/2020 6:24 PM
    Tomorrow I'm meeting with the Climate Analyst at the City of Ashland. We are discussing the city's climate website plus I cannot wait to tell him the great work our group is doing!

    • Erin M 1/18/2020 2:13 PM
      You know it! Cassie gifted it to me in the middle of the meeting, so I promptly changed! He loved it - as do I - photo coming soon!

    • Tia McLean 1/18/2020 11:31 AM
      Did you wear your Greta shirt from Cass?
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

    Erin M 1/15/2020 4:31 PM
    Eating a plant-rich diet is #4 in Drawdown, meaning it's HUGE. 

    "If cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases." The meat industry accounts for one-fifth of global emissions.  

    Richer countries have higher incomes. Here's an interesting article / graph on which countries eat the most red meat:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-47057341

    I've been a vegetarian since my early 20s. I felt SO FULL when I used to eat meat. Heavy. Lethargic. And I was full-bodied too - I stopped eating meat and the pounds dropped! It's been awesome to do this challenge and hear of so many trying veganism for the first time, or just eating less meat. YAY!!!

  • Erin M 1/15/2020 9:41 AM
    Hey Everyone! Here's the entire point system clearly spelled out:

    https://drawdown.ecochallenge.org/about/points