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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

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,368 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    190
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    62
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    62
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    people
    helped
  • up to
    40,920
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Kathy's Actions

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Give a Microloan

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Help Students Overcome Health Barriers

Health and Education

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Social Justice

Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries

Small Hydropower, Micro Wind Turbines, Microgrids

I will make a donation to a nonprofit that installs microgeneration in low income countries.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 Action

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

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 ACTIONS

Buildings and Cities

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency 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 Action

Electricity Generation

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

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 Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

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 Action

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Materials

Install A Toilet Tank Bank

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water a day or 330 gallons (1,230 L) a month by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

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 Action

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

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

Food

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

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 ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Improve a Bus Stop

Public 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 Action

Land Use

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Kathy Sipple's avatar
    Kathy Sipple 2/02/2020 11:24 AM
    My post from yesterday was too long. Here's the rest of what I was up to in January while away from Eco Challenge:
    • Brought together a Schererville, Indiana "guild" -- it was a chance to connect several environmentally minded people I know from various places (Climate Reality Leadership training, Pachamama Alliance and Climate Action NWI) in one place. It was amazing to feel the collective energy in the room. All members of this guild will now be participating in the Climate Action Blitz together and also have made plans to attend the Gibson Woods Wild Ones native plant sale together and support one another in transitioning their yards to certified wildlife habitats.
    • Another guild came together around Starke County connections via a Facebook Messenger thread that teammate Christine Maloney took hold of and resulted in some of the members planning a seed swap in the coming months.
    • Planning continues for Climate Action Blitz on Feb. 15th in Highland. Several eco-challenge teammates are involved in this event, which currently has 70+ people signed up. 
    • I had a chance to meet teammate Jesse Becerra Jr. and tour his permaculture garden in Highland, IN. He also gifted me some comfrey, valerian and marshmallow plants. 
    • There is one last thing I want to share but it's big enough to deserve is own post so I'll update on that later! It is related to starting a Transition Town movement in NWI and bringing Marie Goodwin from Media, PA to our area for some training in early May...

    P.S. I got pretty sick for about a week of January so I had to miss several events I really wanted to get to, but looking at this list, I think it was pretty full even without those events! Looking forward to more in February and will plan to check in more often.

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    Kathy Sipple 2/01/2020 7:01 AM
    I have been away from Eco-Challenge for a while, tending to various things calling for my attention away from the computer. I'm happy to be "back" and really enjoy seeing the impact of our group's efforts in aggregate. Though they aren't goals I can check off here, I consider these real life wins worth lots! In January I had the opportunity to:
    • Give testimony against HB 1414, "a carbon bailout" that my own representative, Ed Soliday, introduced. It was a 12-hour day for me, but I got to carpool with 2 other friends and local environmentalists and was joined at the event by lots of other friends who also gave testimony. Our efforts weren't successful in moving the bill forward, but we gave it a good shot and definitely gave them food for thought. It's not over...
    • Along, with eco-challenge teammate @Christine Maloney, co-presented (2) workshops on Timebanking + Permaculture + You = Community that were very successful, if measured in terms of engagement, new friendships formed, new timebank member signups, etc. I am hopeful we have the chance to conduct this program again, as it was well-received. 
    • Attended and Urban Waters Quarterly Planning meeting at NIRPC.
    • Began moderating a Game Changer Intensive session for the Pachamama Alliance. It's my 4th time taking GCI, my first time as a moderator. I'm happy to have several eco-challenge teammates in my group!

  • Reflection Question
    Food Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

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    Kathy Sipple 12/11/2019 4:34 AM
    For a holiday gift for our household, I purchased a vegetable share from a local farmer today who is also a friend. The pick-up spot is very close to my house, so it will be easy for me to retrieve weekly. I posted on Facebook that if any of my nearby neighbors wanted to sign up for a share I'd be willing to pick theirs up and they could pick it up from me if some week they aren't able to get there during the 3-hour pick-up window. 

    I guess in summary, I like that weaving myself into the local food web means getting more connected to "real" sources, including friendships and creating more touchpoints among people. To me, this is so much more rewarding than standing in line wordlessly at the checkout, everyone thinking only about "their" food and feeding their family. 

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    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. 

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    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 |  

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    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: Justice for the Whole Community 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?

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    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's avatar
    Kathy Sipple 10/21/2019 6:35 PM


    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's avatar
    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

    • Ann Carlson's avatar
      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?

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    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.