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Renaud PEN

Omplexity

"Improve the world step by step, tomorrow will be better."

Points Total

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  • 394 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    348
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    360
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    780
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Renaud's Actions

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

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DAILY ACTION

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

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One-Time Action

Transport

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

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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.

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One-Time Action

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

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One-Time Action

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day or 450 gallons (1,680 L) a month by installing a low-flow showerhead.

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One-Time Action

Materials

Install A Toilet Tank Bank

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water a day or 330 gallons (1,230 L) a month by installing a toilet tank bank.

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One-Time Action

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

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.

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One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Transport Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Renaud PEN 6/10/2020 9:48 PM
    Preparing the meeting first and assess what step will be necessary and any other alternative. For my case, I decided to cancel the trip when I learned that the person I had to meet would come to Taiwan one month later. We used virtual meetings instead to go through the project and kickstart  until we meet in Taiwan to clarify the details.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

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    Renaud PEN 6/10/2020 9:45 PM
    By offering this alternative we can advocate for climate change while proposing solutions. It should not suppress totally physical meeting which are good but I believe that they will be more efficient if the biggest part of the project has been already done during virtual meeting.

  • 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?

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    Renaud PEN 6/10/2020 9:37 PM
    It could be as simple as economic choice as in some countries the gasoline is very expensive. We can see that the motivation in the vehicle choices varies a lot depending on the price to the gasoline in the county.
    I believe also this is a usage definition. EV are practical in cities but not so much for long distance driving or in remote areas. However there might be alternative by using green fuel for the combustion engines.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

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    Renaud PEN 6/10/2020 9:33 PM
    There is a need to balance responsibility to climate change with our comfort and habits. 
    I still have hope that by finding innovative solutions and getting inspiration from the past we can find eco friendly solution to provide us comfort. An example is to reduce AC usage and using Canadian well to refresh the air when the temperature can be a bit warmer (kitchen, toilet, bathroom...). 
    I read about new experiences made in order to improve the climate change and believe in ideation that will combine one day some ideas together to have a sustainable solution.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but its carbon footprint may not be obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

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    Renaud PEN 6/10/2020 9:26 PM
    Everything we use has a consequent carbon footprint. Phone, food, car...
    In construction, glass has a large carbon footprint as well due to the manufacturing process. In parallel to the material we can also bring the focus on construction methods as the actual ones generates important amounts of waste. Using natural material like wood and stone can help improving the carbon footprint.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Install A Toilet Tank Bank
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

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    Renaud PEN 6/10/2020 9:19 PM
    Recycling water using close circuit. For instance when cleaning food, the water can be reused to water the plant. Having a separate circuit to reuse the rain water for toilet and laundry can help. 
    limit our consumption by installing low flow on shower and avoiding water leaks.
  • 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?

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    Renaud PEN 6/10/2020 9:16 PM
    We decided with my wife to make some of our own clothes. By recycling the fabric from the clothes we don’t want to wear anymore we can, while giving it a second life, adjust the design in a creative way. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are just three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons? How could/does regenerative agriculture positively impact you and your community?

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    Renaud PEN 6/10/2020 9:13 PM
    It will benefit future generations. Actual system with monoculture depletes soil natural nitrogen reserves. It comes to a vicious cycle of supplementing or not being able to use the soil until it regenerated itself. Promoting regenerative agriculture will help the soil to reconstitute natural reserves and benefit from soil for much longer time.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

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    Renaud PEN 6/10/2020 9:09 PM
    Collecting rain water for standard usages. Each building could collect rain water to provide toilet and laundry usage. It would reduce the stress on water treatment facilities.
    Another lead is collecting water from atmosphere in tropical climate. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Explore Other Electricity Solutions
    What is the most exciting solution you explored? Why is it exciting to you?

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    Renaud PEN 6/10/2020 9:02 PM
    There are many solutions for electricity generation. An exciting idea is the fusion reactor which will decrease greatly the combustible consumption. There is no perfect solution yet but until a fusion reactor can be designed we can rely on combination of renewable energies.