April 4 - April 25, 2018

Gina Rossi

BCJ Pittsburgh

"To better educate myself and others!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,559 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    24
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    215
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    21
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    5
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    84
    miles
    travelled by bus
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people

Challenges

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 2 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Advocate for Forest Protection

#38 Forest Protection

I will contact 2 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Express My Support

#54 Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Research Heat Pumps

#42 Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

#47 Bioplastic

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 5 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 2 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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 the 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 9 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Electricity Generation

Communicate With My Elected Officials

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore)

I will write or call 2 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

#18 Geothermal

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Use Public Transit

#37 Mass Transit

I will use public transit 7 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 2.01 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 12 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Women and Girls

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

#6 Educating Girls, #7 Family Planning, #62 Women Smallholders

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Start a Social Media Campaign

#6 Educating Girls

I will share stats on gender inequity in education with my social media feed to raise awareness.

COMPLETED 2 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Launch a Recycling Program

#56 Industrial Recycling

I will set up a recycling center at my workplace or school.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Choose Better Wood Products

#38 Forest Protection

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

COMPLETED 12 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 15 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Micro Wind

#76 Micro Wind

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of Micro Wind.

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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Express My Support
    How could better walking infrastructure make your city both more enjoyable and more equitable?

    Gina Rossi 4/25/2018 8:38 AM
    Allow for more equality and public health.  With more social interaction an active city is enlivening and can positively boost your mood.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Research Heat Pumps
    Why do you care about taking action on climate change?

    Gina Rossi 4/25/2018 8:34 AM
    Seventh generation concept.  To leave the beauty of the planet for generations beyond me.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy
    What did you learn about wave and tidal energy? Were you surprised by the information you found?

    Gina Rossi 4/25/2018 8:31 AM
    How feasible it is to implement, and a new ending source of energy.  I'm always concerned about ocean installations with the risk of mass pollutants, but this seems to be as clean as it possibly can be.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Communicate With My Elected Officials
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

    Gina Rossi 4/23/2018 1:08 PM
    The feeling the apocalyptic fiction is really not that far off...
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Advocate for Forest Protection
    Higher standards of living are very often dependent on moving our environmental costs elsewhere. What are some specific ways in which the environmental impacts of your own lifestyle might be shifted elsewhere?

    Gina Rossi 4/23/2018 1:06 PM
    Question and pay closer attention to where products are manufactured, including sourcing locations and methods for individual components.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Launch a Recycling Program
    How can you take your commitment to sustainable living beyond yourself? How can you, personally, work toward broader change?

    Gina Rossi 4/23/2018 12:49 PM
    Expanding awareness, and often times "guilt tripping" works to create quick change, prolonging that change is the challenge.  I posted signs in my apartment building trash/recycling room to help make clear what can/can't be recycled and in which receptacles items go into.  I'd like to expand this and maybe include a compost bin initiative for the building.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. What kind of investment seems most feasible for you?

    Gina Rossi 4/23/2018 12:46 PM
    Spreading knowledge and recommending/selling to clients when site relevant.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. In what ways can you support your closest regenerative agriculture farm?

    Gina Rossi 4/20/2018 7:11 AM
    Ask questions at farmers markets about farming practices and prioritize those that farm the most sustainably.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    Now that you know the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates, how will you view expiration dates differently?

    Gina Rossi 4/20/2018 7:05 AM
    Not really that differently, already was pretty educated on what is usually okay past the marked date.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use 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?

    Gina Rossi 4/19/2018 10:21 AM
    The current political climate is extremely discouraging.  Through these education challenges though I'm discovering that there are a lot active groups working to make positive changes.