Kathryn Rogers

The Short Circuits

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,509 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    spent learning
  • up to
    meatless or vegan meals
  • up to
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Kathryn's Actions

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.

One-Time Action


Reduce Single-Use Disposables


I will avoid buying and using 4 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.


Electricity Generation

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

One-Time Action


Recycle Everything I Can


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.



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.



Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.



Conduct Virtual Meetings


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

One-Time Action


Practice the 5 R's


I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.


Women and Girls

Connect With A Nonprofit

Health and Education

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on issues affecting women, girls, and/or trans/nonbinary people in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

One-Time Action


Become A Master Recycler/Composter


I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

One-Time Action


  • Kathryn Rogers 8/31/2020 6:09 PM
    We connected with a nonprofit in Haiti this week whose aim is to bring STEM education to the children of their country.  Haiti is labeled as a fourth world country. It will be interesting to learn what we (as environmentally conscience people) can do to help.

  • Kathryn Rogers 8/29/2020 2:24 PM
    Yesterday we saw some spotted lantern flies in Hamilton.  They are not native and will eat all foliage in site but they love ornamental shrubs and fruit trees.  I am going to try an eco-friendly method of getting rid of them from my trees. I am doing my research now, but they have to go.   

    • Shreya Karnam 9/12/2020 7:51 AM
      We recently spotted a spotted lantern fly near our house, and we exterminated it by unfortunate chemical means. If you do happen to come across an eco-friendly method to get rid of them, please let me know so we can utilize that as well! :)

  • Kathryn Rogers 8/11/2020 10:15 AM
    During the pandemic many people are having food and groceries delivered directly to their homes.  I have noticed that while this is convenient and safer, the stores are using a lot of eco-unfriendly materials to keep foods cool or hot.  However, today I got a cold box and all packing materials in it could go into the regular recycling bins....triangles 1 & 2 for our community.  Not only that, just in case the crew that picks up the recycling each week was confused (because it looks like eco-unfriendly materials)  the company has huge recycle triangles with #1 inside on the packing materials!  Really hard to be confused about that!

  • Kathryn Rogers 8/10/2020 6:49 AM
    I was able to get a large floor rug made out of recycled plastic.  I didn't even know they existed until now.  It is soft, flexible and waterproof.  Not only that my cat loves the feel of it too.

  • Kathryn Rogers 8/07/2020 11:56 AM
    Happy to invite 2 new potential team members today.

  • Kathryn Rogers 8/06/2020 12:25 PM
    We have done so many virtual meetings and everything else that I think I have forgotten how to actually drive a car!

  • Kathryn Rogers 8/04/2020 6:25 AM
    Hurricane advantage today:  Lots of water for my rain barrel.

  • Kathryn Rogers 7/18/2020 10:04 AM
    We are in the midst of a heatwave this week.  I am researching ways to keep cool and still be energy efficient.  I also have a lawn and plants that need extra water. Today I am finally going to get to use the water in my new rain barrel collection system.

  • Kathryn Rogers 7/14/2020 9:17 AM
    Today  is the official kickoff of my composting project.  The composting barrels are ready and the kitchen scrap bucket is ready.  I have learned what to compost and what not to compost.  I am ready!

  • Kathryn Rogers 7/08/2020 12:51 PM
    Today I did some research on geothermal energy to heat and cool our homes.  I would like to design and build an eco-friendly house that used geothermal heat & cooling.  Solar panels or wind energy could also supply energy to run the geothermal pumps and everything else. I also looked into Iceland where they use a lot of geothermal energy.  I would definitely like to visit that country.

    • Shreya Karnam 7/18/2020 9:48 AM
      It's funny how I always used to think Iceland was made of ice. :) But yes, Iceland is definitely very eco-friendly!