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Dennis Sallans

WUC Challengers

"“Twenty-five years ago, people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.“- Desmond Tutu, Former Archbishop of Cape Town."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 30 THIS WEEK
  • 829 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    715
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    200
    minutes
    spent learning

Dennis's actions

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 10 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost or worm bin where I live.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant Feed

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To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


  • Dennis Sallans's avatar
    Dennis Sallans 2/25/2024 4:00 PM
    I spent the afternoon reading about electric cars. I have been thinking about getting one for years, but I have a working car and could not justify the expense.
    I know people are often surprised at the cost of installing a charger. This is something I researched last year and since we recently updated our electrical panel to 200 amps, I know we will be able to accommodate a level 2 charger.
    My research today focused on different types of cars. I want to get a SUV or crossover. Last year, I was interested in the Bolt EUV, but they are not being made anymore. I am considering cars that have the highest range (about 400km) and lowest cost (under 50 000). There are two cars that stood out. One is the Chevy Equinox which is new and not yet available in Canada. Being a new design, I would like to wait to hear if there are any problems before I seriously considered it. The second car is the Hyundai Kona. The 2024 Kona is getting rave reviews. It is described as roomier, with better performance than previous years. It also has a heat pump to help improve winter driving range. I want to test drive this car. I know it will preform well, but I am curious about how well I can see around the car when in the driver seat.
    Ideally I would like to take advantage of the federal rebate, which will likely be cancelled after the next election. However, it all comes down to asking myself how can I afford it?

  • Dennis Sallans's avatar
    Dennis Sallans 2/23/2024 1:41 PM
    I've checked this off, but it is not yet complete.
    I use to have a worm compost. I made a worm "hotel" with 3 layers, but I found the worms only stayed on one level. This time, I'm only going to use one bin. Also I did some more research and think that I was feeding them too much and the soil got too acidic (worms wanted to escape). So, I have learned and think this time will be better. I plan on using the compost ("black gold") in my vegetable garden.
    The reason it is not yet complete is that the temperature has to be above freezing for a couple of days so that the worms can be mailed. I found a few places that you can order worms from. I plan on getting 1/2 pound, and the cheapest place I found was in Kitchener https://www.motherworms.ca/ ($30). There is another place in Kitchener
    https://wormwrangler.org/ where the cost is $40, but that also includes worm bedding.https://wormwrangler.org/. Mailing cost is about $25 dollars extra.
    With the warm weather, I just tried to order and found out these two places are currently "out of stock". I will keep watching and have my compost soon.

    • kaireen adamson's avatar
      kaireen adamson 2/23/2024 2:47 PM
      Years ago, I had a worm bin in my Kindergarten classroom. The kids loved it. The worms ate the leftovers after snack time.

  • Dennis Sallans's avatar
    Dennis Sallans 2/08/2024 6:30 PM
    Today I participated in a Winter Walk with Friends of the Second Marsh. The hike was 2 hours but I recorded 30 minutes of walking. There was lots of stopping and talking about nature along the way. One thing I learned was that "invasive species" term is starting to be replaced with "introduced dominant species".

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    Dennis Sallans 2/04/2024 11:16 AM
    Today's walk took me to the grocery store. It is great to be within walking distance of groceries and other amenities. The only downside is having to walk beside a major street with all the car fumes.

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    Dennis Sallans 2/01/2024 6:08 PM
    First day of the challenge...it's early, but I am off to a good start.