April 4 - April 25, 2018

SAM Hsieh

Taisugar Circular Economy

"Energy saving! Environmental protection! Save the earth!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,462 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    21
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    21
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    21
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    4
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    270
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched

Challenges

Women and Girls

Host a Film Screening

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

I will host a film screening and discussion about women's and gender equality issues.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Fix Leaky Faucets

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Install a Toilet Bank

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time 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

Buildings and Cities

Plan to Insulate

#31 Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Connect With A Nonprofit

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

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on womens' or girls' issues in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

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

Land Use

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

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

Food

Support Nutrient Management

#65 Nutrient Management

I will buy from organic and local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Electricity Generation

Rooftop Solar Consultation

#10 Rooftop Solar

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY 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 20 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Choose Recycled Paper

#70 Recycled Paper

If I have to buy paper products, I will only purchase products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 1 meal(s) from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 21 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 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Advocate for Solar Installation

#10 Rooftop Solar

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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  • SAM Hsieh 6/28/2018 4:57 PM

  • SAM Hsieh 6/27/2018 4:48 PM

  • SAM Hsieh 4/25/2018 7:19 AM

    The maps of beautifully printed attractions in the amusement park area are often discarded after the tour ends.

    Try to locate the latitude and longitude of the attractions in the amusement park area by GPS.

    In addition to being able to use APP + GPS to accurately guide the route, it is also possible to quickly update the attractions.

    It can also reduce the possible environmental pollution of printing dyes and reduce paper waste!


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    遊樂園區內精美印製的景點地圖往往會在旅遊結束後被丟棄。

    嘗試通過GPS定位遊樂園地區內景點的經緯度。

    除了能夠使用APP + GPS來準確進行路線引導外,也能快速更新景點訊息。

    還可以減少印刷染劑可能出現的環境污染並減少紙張浪費!


  • 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 feel that these facts apply to you? If so, how might you incorporate an electric bike into your lifestyle?

    SAM Hsieh 4/25/2018 6:57 AM
    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 feel that these facts apply to you? If so, how might you incorporate an electric bike into your lifestyle?


    Not really. I really enjoy walking and biking, so that's the way I commute from home to work.Even during weekends, I rarely drive a car.

  • Reflection Question
    Materials Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

    SAM Hsieh 4/25/2018 6:41 AM
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

    Every toilet in the house is approved to be water-saving.

    Moreover, a cup is put inside the water tank so as to save more within every flush!

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  • SAM Hsieh 4/24/2018 6:40 PM
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

    SAM Hsieh 4/24/2018 5:47 PM
    Indigenous peoples in Taiwan, for natural resources,
    Not too much, just take the amount needed.
    Not greedy, just take what is applicable.
    Take only natural giving, and eventually return to nature.
    Stay in balance with nature at any time.

    Looking back at the economy and society, only seeking faster, better and better, industrial and commercial development, insatiable greed, resulting in serious imbalance of resources and environment.
    If human beings cannot learn from the aboriginal people's natural law and coexist with nature, perhaps humanity will eventually become extinct!
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  • SAM Hsieh 4/24/2018 4:45 PM

  • SAM Hsieh 4/24/2018 5:04 AM

    Use Muscle Power!


    Every time I go to work, I take an electrified train about 80 kilometers and walk or ride a bicycle for about 9 kilometers. For more than a decade, I should have saved a lot of carbon footprint.


    我每次上班,搭乘電氣化列車大約80公里,走路或騎腳踏車大約9公里,十多年下來,我應該也累積節省不少碳足跡。

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    • Judy Hu 4/24/2018 5:08 AM
      Proud of you^^
  • 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?

    SAM Hsieh 4/23/2018 7:59 PM
    Best before [ best by dates ] date.

    At the latest by the [ use by dates ] date.

    The [ sell by dates ] date is not after the [ better by dates ] and [ use by dates ] dates..