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Caleb Shulman

Billy Goats

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 642 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    17
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    270
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Caleb's Actions

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Donate

Improved Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will donate to Native American Rights Fund, which protects tribal natural resources and environmental rights and promotes Native American Human Rights.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Advocate for Forest Protection

Forest Protection

I will contact 1 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws, as well as the rights of local people to protect and restore the land in their communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Materials

Become A Master Recycler/Composter

Recycling

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Materials

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day or 450 gallons (1,680 L) a month by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Materials

Fix Leaky Faucets

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Explore Other Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

All Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

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.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching other Drawdown Transportation Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transport

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Social Justice

Contact your Elected Officials

Abandoned Farmland Restoration

I will contact 1 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Materials

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

I will avoid buying and using 1 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


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    Caleb Shulman 5/27/2020 11:03 AM
    During quarantine we've been cooking larger meals that last a few days for more than one dinner and some lunches.

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    Caleb Shulman 5/15/2020 9:00 AM
    We don't have to do life changing things to improve the environemnt. Small things add up.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

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    Caleb Shulman 5/15/2020 8:59 AM
    Our toilet was leaking and we replaced the seal-I noticed it but didn't know where the problem was-we had a plumber come out yesterday and pinpoint it.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

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    Caleb Shulman 5/15/2020 8:57 AM
    We ordered takeout and I ate it over two days instead of the usual "wolf it all down"
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Caleb Shulman 5/15/2020 8:56 AM
    Mine wasn't anything spectacular-it is an almost daily "small thing"-I serve on the board of an HOA and get the mail for it. 99% of the time in the last two months I've gotten the mail while out for a daily walk with my wife  (the mailbox is a little over half a mile from our house),. Walking  gives us some peace during the uncertainty, and it's better for the environment.

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    Caleb Shulman 5/11/2020 11:29 AM
    Eating vegan has never been something I aspired to but one vegan meal a day has been easier than I thought. Also our daughter announced she wanted to become pescatarian unexpectedly. The rest of us have adjusted-we've eaten more fish, gave her something different on a meat night for us,  and found out that none of like soy hot dogs.

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    Caleb Shulman 4/30/2020 6:54 AM
    Smoothies are back "in" for breakfast in our household-we fluctuate-the kids want daily smoothies this week-vegan with greens, frozen fruit and some kind of fruit juice.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Explore Other Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

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    Caleb Shulman 4/29/2020 9:50 PM
    The expiration dates for food aren't ass et in stone as you think. Only baby formula is federally regulated by dates on it. It's not that you want to take risks with obviously bad food. It's that the decision should be more up to individuals than blindly following the date on the package. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

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    Caleb Shulman 4/25/2020 12:40 PM
    We switched to community composting because it is easier than our compost bin, so actually ease motivated us to switch. Also they take any food waste so we're able to contribute more to composting and keep it out of landfills.
     
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Caleb Shulman 4/25/2020 12:38 PM
    WE are bombarded with images and advertising that is meat centric. This time of year when you pass a neighbor's house and they're grilling it makes your mouth water for meat. Eating too much meat leads to disease and takes more water to grow and produces more greenhouse gases. I don't think I'll become vegetarian but I had 3 consecutive meatless days this week. This challenge is reminding me I can eat less meat and still be satisfied.