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

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,527 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    43
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    45
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved

Erin's Actions

Transport

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

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

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

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 Action

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

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 Action

Land Use

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

Electricity Generation

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

Materials

Go Paperless

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Electricity Generation

Calculate Carbon Footprint

Find our our household's carbon footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Materials

Research and Purchase Zero Waste Items

Bamboo toothbrushes, toothpaste, collapsible cups, shampoo and conditioner bars, face soap not in plastic. Everything not in plastic. Go go go!

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

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

Buildings and Cities

Explore Other Buildings and Cities Solutions

All Buildings Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings and Cities Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Erin M 2/01/2020 10:50 AM
    Hey Siskiyou Climate Crew! Amazing job everyone - hats off to the winning team Fantastic No Plastics! 

    Party tonight at the Mucks - come at 5pm, circle at share and 5:15pm, and eat by 6pm. Can't wait to see you all!

    Tons of love, Erin

  • Erin M 1/31/2020 6:36 PM
    I'm overjoyed with EVERYONE on the Siskiyou Climate Crew! I've learned so much in this past month - from Eco Challenge and from ALL of you. The kids have especially inspired me. You ROCK! Thank you with all of my heart - can't wait to celebrate!!!

    • Robert Wildman 1/31/2020 10:44 PM
      You are amazing Erin!  Thank you for inspiring all of us into action. I feel like we have momentum and will keep it going.  Excited about the next challenge!

  • Erin M 1/30/2020 6:37 PM
    Allison, the caption of the amazing team Fantastic No Plastics, shared this article with me - Can the Superbowl Go Zero Waste?

    Turns out this is the Superbowl's 3rd year trying this - and they are doing an amazing job! SO awesome to read!!!

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/super-bowl-54-zero-waste-miami/

  • Erin M 1/30/2020 6:31 PM
    So... this may only interest the ladies, but I went down the rabbit hole today in search of zero waste mascara.  

    I don't even want to think about all the empty plastic tubes I've thrown away throughout the years. 

    So! My research revealed that most mascara has yucky ingredients - including that all pervasive PALM OIL. I found a clean one on Etsy with good reviews. It comes in a little tin, with a little bamboo wand, and has super simple ingredients. Fingers crossed! 

    • Kimberly Wasserman 1/30/2020 8:51 PM
      I went down the same rabbit hole  trying to figure out what is in my Diva Curl shampoo and conditioner.  It doesn't say Palm Oil (it has Grapeseed), but when I looked at various eco friendly sites, it sounded like Palm Oil can be disguised using lots of terms.  I still have no idea of it's okay (though it's in a plastic bottle, so it already has points against it).  I was thinking about writing the company to ask.  Somehow, I have a feeling it is up to no good.  Alaffia used to make this awesome super clean shampoo and conditioner that you could buy at the co-op for curls, but they stopped making it.  Any of my curly girls out there have any other ideas of something that meets eco standards and is good for curls?  

  • Erin M 1/29/2020 8:11 PM
    Today I walked from our home, to Shop N Cart, to the eye doc, and back. This challenge has changed me in that way - it was really easy, and only took a little longer than if I drove. Plus Lucien came with me, so we had some nice time together. I love not using the car and walking / biking instead!
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

    Erin M 1/28/2020 7:32 PM
    This is a great question, because I do turn to my wardrobe almost like an actor would to dress for roles. Businesswoman Erin, exercising Erin, theme party Erin (silly but true!). 

    I have always loved clothes and make up and style, and a local friend Natalie owns Swap Don't Shop in town. She's gorgeous and such a sharp dresser, and she hasn't purchased anything new in years. Great role model! I have always loved a second hand score, and now want to get more creative / be more careful with what I buy in the future. 

    My son also has an amazing sense of style, so how can he shine through fashion  without contributing to the serious issues of Fast Fashion?

    Eye opening article on Fast Fashion:
    https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/what-is-fast-fashion

    Rogue Valley Swap Don't Shop:
    https://www.swapdontshop.us

    • Kimberly Wasserman 1/30/2020 9:00 PM
      I have hosted an annual naked lady clothing swap for the past 20 years or so.  It truly is the source of most of my clothes.  It has helped strengthen my communities (Portland and Madison) because so many friends have brought their friends and gotten to know each other there.  It's always fun to see someone else rocking your clothes!  I'm sure some awesome woman already does that here, but I plan to start again as well this year.  Save your stuff!!  

  • Erin M 1/28/2020 6:44 PM
    Fantastic short video - Rethinking Progress: The Circular Economy. This one gives me hope! : )

    https://youtu.be/zCRKvDyyHmI

  • Erin M 1/27/2020 8:22 PM
    I would LOVE to see more people cycling in Ashland - and believe it is completely possible to encourage it. I'm now reading articles of how cities like Amsterdam have been so successful:

    https://dutchreview.com/culture/cycling/how-amsterdam-became-a-bicycle-paradise-video-inside/

  • Erin M 1/27/2020 8:21 PM
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Explore Other Buildings and Cities Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Erin M 1/26/2020 10:47 PM
    Building and cities -  huge topic! – account for a significant percentage of human energy use, mostly for heating and cooling.

    Solutions listed below. My favorites are green roofs and bike infrastructure. Green roofs because where I live gets SO hot in the summer, and if we all had green roofs, I could picture the area cooling significantly. For the bike lanes, our are currently skinny additions to the roads, but I know of cities where they are their very own thing. That would be dreamy!

    Buildings: Building automation, Green roofs, Heat pumps, insulation, Net zero buildings, Retrofitting, Smart glass, Smart thermostats, Solar hot water.

    Cites:  bike infrastructure, District heating, Landfill methane, Walkable cities, Water distribution.