April 3 - April 24, 2019

Petra Ruger

EcoChallenge Rhinebeck

"“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,701 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,420
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    66
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    66
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    3
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    80
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

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
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

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

Transport

Stay on the Ground

#43 Airplanes, #63 Telepresence

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 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

Materials

Become A Master Recycler/Composter

#55 Household Recycling

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

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

Action Track: Social Justice

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will donate to The Nature Conservancy, which works with Indigenous Peoples to secure land tenure and resource rights, support improved governance and local institutions, assist in natural resource mapping, planning and management; and strengthen livelihoods and sustainable economic development.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Choose LED Bulbs

#33 LED Lighting (Household)

I will replace 3 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 3 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 22 OF 22
DAILY 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

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 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transport

Test Drive an Electric Bike

#69 Electric Bikes

I will test drive an electric bike at a local distributor to see if it makes sense to use one in place of my car, or to extend the area I can cover by bike.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Support Nutrient Management

#65 Nutrient Management

I will research and support local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

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 22 OF 22
DAILY 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 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Choose Better Wood Products
    Beyond carbon sequestration, what other benefits do forests offer you personally?

    Petra Ruger 4/24/2019 6:55 PM
    Forests off peace of mind, food, medicine, breeding grounds for animals, air filters, water filters. Erosion control, the list goes on and on! We need to protect our 🌳 forest!
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Become A Master Recycler/Composter
    What could you do differently to waste less?

    Petra Ruger 4/24/2019 6:39 PM
    I am working on becoming a minimalist to reduce consumption and live more simply. 

    • Chantal Collins 4/24/2019 6:41 PM
      thanks so much for participating in this challenge! it has been a pleasure and you are a great example :)
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

    Petra Ruger 4/24/2019 6:38 PM
    Trees are peaceful and strong. I took a cutting from the willow tree on our property it Is one of the oldest trees in our area. I soaked the cutting in water for 3 weeks to sprout roots and now I am planting this tiny willow and caring for it. 

  • Petra Ruger 4/23/2019 7:53 AM
    i am so happy to be a part of the Rhinebeck Eco challenge!! Keep up the good work! ❤️

  • Petra Ruger 4/19/2019 4:41 AM
    New York and New Jersey are leading the way in this challenge!!

  • Petra Ruger 4/16/2019 5:42 PM
    Spring has sprung and we are off to a great start with our eco challenge! Hi five to all that have joined the efforts to-become more aware, more connected and more responsible! This is a global hi five!! Thank you to all!! 
    🌎 🌍 ☀️  🌙 

  • Petra Ruger 4/14/2019 4:54 PM
    I hope that everyone is enjoying the beautiful spring! I went on a 4.5 mile walk along the road and saw how much garbage was on the side of the road. I will walk the road again but this time with a trash bag! 

  • Petra Ruger 4/13/2019 4:23 AM
    Yesterday I contacted our Mayor and Supervisor about sustainable energy sources for our community and I received a reassuring response. All street lights are being replaced with LED in the town and village. All citizens including those who rent will have access to solar energy as the plan progresses. Community composting is available.Trails are being maintained. Etc. There are opportunities to volunteer and get involved if anyone is interested. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Communicate With My Elected Officials
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

    Petra Ruger 4/12/2019 6:01 AM
    I believe that we need to make immediate changes towards a sustainable future for our community, children and the world as a whole. The technology exists for sustainable energy and now we need to work together with our governments to implement the change.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Test Drive an Electric Bike
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Private vehicles account for 60% of trips of a mile or less. Do you often drive short distances instead of biking or walking? If so, how might incorporating an electric bike into your lifestyle help you make more climate-friendly choices?

    Petra Ruger 4/12/2019 5:18 AM
    I tested an e bike and decided that I like my road bike and my mountain bike better. I was able to go about 2 miles faster on the e bike, not enough for me to spend $3000! So for me muscle power is still the way to go.