Kathy Sipple

Climate Action NWI

"I am host of the podcast 219 GreenConnect and a local food advocate. I am also a Master Recycler & Composter who is passionate about reducing food waste. I am a student of permaculture and employed (very) part-time as the Regional Resilience Coordinator for Earth Charter Indiana. I am one of the captains of this Eco Challenge. I took Drawdown Convener training through the Pachamama Alliance and also attended Climate Reality Leadership Training with Al Gore in Minneapolis in August 2019. Regenerative agriculture and food waste composting are the climate solutions that interest me the most though I enjoy supporting others who are passionate about making an impact in other areas as well. In addition to my environmental work, I am also Founder and Coordinator of the CoThrive Timebank Network."

Points Total

  • 30 Today
  • 60 This Week
  • 1,478 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    people
    helped
  • up to
    29
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    32
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    40,920
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    190
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 15 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

Electricity Generation

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore), #8 Solar Farms

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Help Girls Overcome Health Barriers

#6 Educating Girls

I will donate 1 Femme Kit(s) to help girls overcome health and sanitation barriers to being able to attend school.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

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 20 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Bought a used Prius to replace my old car

My old SUV was totaled 2 weeks ago. It was a 2016 Ford Escape. I had really been wanting a Prius for years and couldn't make it happen. While I wouldn't have wished for the accident to happen, I see getting a more fuel-efficient vehicle out of the incident as a win!

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

Action Track: Social Justice

Give a Microloan

#62 Women Smallholders

I will give 2 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 120 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

#63 Telepresence

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

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 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 CHALLENGES

Food

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 1 percent of my food 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 6
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transport

Improve a Bus Stop

#37 Mass Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 10 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Feed


  • Kathy Sipple 11/04/2019 8:12 AM
    I've added this challenge to the team's feed because it's relatively easy and inexpensive to do... If you have done it already, just click on the "I already do this" option. If you complete the action as part of the ecochallenge, then give yourself credit for completing it. 

    Nipsco allows you to designate 25, 50 or 100 percent of your monthly electric usage to come from power generated by renewable energy sources. If you own a business, you have the added flexibility to designate 5 or 10 percent of your monthly usage. I have been doing this for years and have barely noticed any difference in my bill. 

    I'd love to install solar panels at some point when I can afford to. Until then, this is a nice option!

    Here's the link to sign up and/or get more info. 

  • Kathy Sipple 10/25/2019 1:55 PM
    The first 7 days of this ecochallenge have been rewarding and exhilarating! I know there's still so much to do, but here are my reflections on what worked for me so far. Posting in case anyone else finds it helpful since some people have said they're having trouble logging their actions.

    Here are all my points earned so far. You can find your own by clicking on the dark gray bar right below your profile picture where it says "Total Points." 

    I have 614 points so far. The details are below but in broad strokes, it looks like:
    • checking in 7 out of 7 days @ 25 points per day = 175 points. I like checking in first thing in the morning because it reminds me to take action for the day.
    • 7 out of 7 days I ate at least one meatless meal and that's one of my daily actions so that 7 x 5 = 35 more points
    • I recruited a bunch of teammates and earned 5 points each for those.
    • I did several one-time actions and earned 10 points for each of those. 
    • I posted to my feed 10 times
    • completing action assessments only earn you 1 point each but they're good for figuring out where you want to focus (and you can always change your focus at any time)
    • I did donate $30 to Ecochallenge.com for 150 points because I really, really appreciate this platform and this particular challenge. I would never have the energy or the enthusiasm to try to figure out how to captain this on my own. 
    • I also did (2) $25 microloans via Kiva to women smallholders. I'm not sure how many points I earned for that. I think 10? But it felt really good and I think I'll do more as my budget allows. 
    • Today I installed (2) toilet tank banks and got 10 more points for that. I loved seeing how much water it will save!
    There's no "right" way to do this, only the way that works for your lifestyle, household, budget and time available. It's okay to not to be active for a while when you get busy -- please just don't forget to come back. Teamwork makes the dream work! And I think we all share a beautiful dream of what our environment can be. 

    KATHY SIPPLE POINT HISTORY
    AWARDED ONFORPOINTS RECEIVEDTOTAL TO DATE OCTOBER 25 1:15 PM | RECRUITED A PARTICIPANT | 5 | 614 |  
    OCTOBER 25 11:30 AM | COMPLETED ECOLEADER ONE-TIME ACTION | 15 | 609 |  
    OCTOBER 25 7:17 AM | RECRUITED A PARTICIPANT | 5 | 594 |  
    OCTOBER 25 4:47 AM | COMPLETED ECOPRO ONE-TIME ACTION | 10 | 589 |  
    OCTOBER 25 4:47 AM | COMPLETED MORE THAN ONE DAILY ACTION ON 10/25/19 | 5 | 579 |  
    OCTOBER 24 11:50 PM | COMPLETED ONE DAILY ACTION ON 10/25/19 | 5 | 574 |  
    OCTOBER 24 11:49 PM | CHECKED IN ON CURRENT DAY | 25 | 569 |  
    OCTOBER 24 5:27 PM | COMPLETED ECOLEARNER ONE-TIME ACTION | 5 | 544 |  
    OCTOBER 24 1:37 PM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 539 |  
    OCTOBER 24 1:08 PM | COMPLETED ECOLEARNER ONE-TIME ACTION | 5 | 534 |  
    OCTOBER 24 1:08 PM | COMPLETED MORE THAN ONE DAILY ACTION ON 10/24/19 | 5 | 529 |  
    OCTOBER 24 1:02 PM | MADE A DONATION | 150 | 524 |  
    OCTOBER 24 12:11 PM | POSTED TO YOUR FEED | 5 | 374 |  
    OCTOBER 24 11:32 AM | ANSWERED A REFLECTION QUESTION | 15 | 369 |  
    OCTOBER 24 11:26 AM | COMPLETED ECOPRO ONE-TIME ACTION | 10 | 354 |  
    OCTOBER 24 11:26 AM | COMPLETED ONE DAILY ACTION ON 10/24/19 | 5 | 344 |  
    OCTOBER 24 4:32 AM | CHECKED IN ON CURRENT DAY | 25 | 339 |  
    OCTOBER 24 4:29 AM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 314 |  
    OCTOBER 24 4:29 AM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 313 |  
    OCTOBER 23 8:30 AM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 312 |  
    OCTOBER 23 3:55 AM | COMPLETED ONE DAILY ACTION ON 10/23/19 | 5 | 307 |  
    OCTOBER 23 3:22 AM | CHECKED IN ON CURRENT DAY | 25 | 302 |  
    OCTOBER 22 3:52 PM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 277 |  
    OCTOBER 22 4:37 AM | CHECKED IN ON CURRENT DAY | 25 | 272 |  
    OCTOBER 21 2:07 PM | COMPLETED ECOPRO ONE-TIME ACTION | 10 | 247 |  
    OCTOBER 21 2:07 PM | COMPLETED ONE DAILY ACTION ON 10/21/19 | 5 | 237 |  
    OCTOBER 21 12:33 PM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 232 |  
    OCTOBER 21 8:54 AM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 227 |  
    OCTOBER 21 7:21 AM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 222 |  
    OCTOBER 21 7:00 AM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 221 |  
    OCTOBER 21 6:32 AM | POSTED TO YOUR FEED | 5 | 216 |  
    OCTOBER 21 5:42 AM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 211 |  
    OCTOBER 21 5:38 AM | CHECKED IN ON CURRENT DAY | 25 | 210 |  
    OCTOBER 20 4:04 PM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 185 |  
    OCTOBER 20 12:52 PM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 180 |  
    OCTOBER 20 12:20 PM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 175 |  
    OCTOBER 20 10:17 AM | ANSWERED A REFLECTION QUESTION | 15 | 170 |  
    OCTOBER 20 10:11 AM | ANSWERED A REFLECTION QUESTION | 15 | 155 |  
    OCTOBER 20 7:05 AM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 140 |  
    OCTOBER 20 6:16 AM | COMPLETED ECOPRO ONE-TIME ACTION | 10 | 135 |  
    OCTOBER 20 6:16 AM | COMPLETED ONE DAILY ACTION ON 10/20/19 | 5 | 125 |  
    OCTOBER 20 6:15 AM | CHECKED IN ON CURRENT DAY | 25 | 120 |  
    OCTOBER 20 6:07 AM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 95 |  
    OCTOBER 20 4:55 AM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 90 |  
    OCTOBER 20 6:16 AM | COMPLETED MORE THAN ONE DAILY ACTION ON 10/19/19 | 5 | 89 |  
    OCTOBER 19 8:58 PM | ADDED A PROFILE BANNER IMAGE | 5 | 84 |  
    OCTOBER 19 8:34 PM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 79 |  
    OCTOBER 19 8:33 PM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 78 |  
    OCTOBER 19 8:32 PM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 77 |  
    OCTOBER 19 8:32 PM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 76 |  
    OCTOBER 19 6:35 PM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 75 |  
    OCTOBER 19 4:49 PM | POSTED TO YOUR FEED | 5 | 70 |  
    OCTOBER 19 7:54 AM | COMPLETED ONE DAILY ACTION ON 10/19/19 | 5 | 65 |  
    OCTOBER 19 7:15 AM | CHECKED IN ON CURRENT DAY | 25 | 60 |  
    OCTOBER 19 7:14 AM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 35 |  
    OCTOBER 19 6:48 AM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 34 |  
    OCTOBER 19 6:48 AM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 33 |  
    OCTOBER 19 6:48 AM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 32 |  
    OCTOBER 19 6:48 AM | COMPLETED ACTIONS ASSESSMENT | 1 | 31 |  
    OCTOBER 19 6:26 AM | ADDED A MISSION STATEMENT | 5 | 30 |  
    OCTOBER 19 6:22 AM | RECRUITED A TEAMMATE | 5 | 25 |  
    OCTOBER 19 6:16 AM | POSTED A PROFILE PICTURE | 15 | 20 |  
    OCTOBER 19 6:16 AM | JOINED A TEAM | 5 | 5 |  

  • Kathy Sipple 10/24/2019 12:11 PM
    I'm grateful for this challenge and for the team members who have joined me on this journey. Paul Hawken says about Drawdown, "We need as many people doing as many of these solutions as soon as possible" (to achieve sufficient carbon drawdown to not only slow but reverse global warming. 

    Seeing my actions in aggregate with my teammates' and those of other teams helps shape the reality. There is a lot of work to do but we are off to a strong start!

    Also, I stretched myself today by looking at other sectors where I haven't been very active yet and learned that there is a Drawdown team on Kiva, the microlending site. If you do microloans, you might consider joining the team there as well: https://www.kiva.org/team/drawdown_climate_change.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Give a Microloan
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. Why do you think that is?

    Kathy Sipple 10/24/2019 11:32 AM
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. Why do you think that is?

    I'm guessing the reasons are several. Without Googling to see if I'm right, here is my primary guess... Please add your comments if you have insights as to other reasons. 

    Women earn less than men do for the same job in most cases. Therefore, even if they spent the same amount as men did, it would automatically be a higher percentage. 

  • Kathy Sipple 10/21/2019 6:35 PM
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    Meet Puff, the Magic Wagon, my new (to me) car! She's a 2014 Prius v 2 with less than 8k miles. City/Hwy43/39 mpg.

    I did the research on hybrids, got some advice from people in this group and was able to make the case to my husband that this was the right car for me/us to replace mine that was totaled 2 weeks ago. Lemons > lemonade!

  • Kathy Sipple 10/21/2019 6:32 AM
    A recommended climate action you can take: switch your Nipsco over to renewable energy credits (RECs) with their green energy option. There's virtually no difference in cost and is an easy step toward cleaner energy if you're a renter or a homeowner who isn't ready to take the step of installing solar panels. (I still want to do that, but am doing this for now!)

    Here's the link to sign up: https://www.nipsco.com/services/renewable-energy-programs/green-power

    Here's a podcast interview I did several years ago if you want to learn even more:
    https://219greenconnect.com/the-power-to-choose-renewable-energy
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    • Ann Carlson 10/21/2019 2:42 PM
      That was easy! Why did I not do it earlier?!? Thanks for the recommendation, Kathy!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

    Kathy Sipple 10/20/2019 10:17 AM
    Anywhere! I hate wasting money almost as much as I hate wasting food. I would probably use the money to pay down our mortgage faster. 
  • 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?

    Kathy Sipple 10/20/2019 10:11 AM
    Because we can, due to higher disposable income, more food access and cheap supply, especially through fast food places. Whenever I'm tempted to eat a fast food meal I remember that documentary film, Super Size Me, and usually talk myself out of it. Having learned about CAFOs and the poor living conditions of the animals there has (mostly) made me a local meat eater only, and that, as a rare occasion. After visiting local farms, like Acorn Acres in Kouts (with a store in Chesterton), I know, like and trust that farmer to provide sustainably sourced meat. I understand the ability to afford that, even occasionally, is a privilege. 

    I've noticed that at food swaps and potlucks, it's just so much easier when all or most people bring vegan or vegetarian offerings. It seems to add an additional level of complication and potential for exclusion when there are meat dishes. 

    Also, I have familial hypercholesteremia (high cholesterol) so there are definitely very good health reasons for me to avoid eating meat and cheese very often. 

  • Kathy Sipple 10/19/2019 4:49 PM
    I did a talk today at the request of Northwest Indiana Food Council. It was titled "Food as Climate Solution". I'm hoping some of the people who attended will join our team!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1222028241331720/