Sky Stewart

Fantastic No Plastics

Points Total

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    45
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    30
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Challenges

Women and Girls

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

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

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Choose Recycled Paper

#70 Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

#47 Bioplastic

I will avoid buying and using 2 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time 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.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 15 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed


  • Sky Stewart 1/15/2020 8:03 PM
    Thank you for a fun gathering last night!!  After talking with Tate and River about coffee, I'm planning on doing a little research to learn more about responsible coffee growing.  We drink a lot of coffee in our household and if there is any opportunity to optimize our coffee consumption in a more environmentally responsible way that would be a substantial accumulated "drawdown".   I also got a peek at Davis' plastics book- definitely excited to borrow as it looks full of a wide variety of good info.  Nice to meet some new folks as well!!

    • Erin M 1/18/2020 2:15 PM
      I'd love to hear why you learn, Sky! Super interested in making better choices for our family too!

    • Allison Wildman 1/16/2020 7:03 PM
      Great goal! I totally love Case... but I'm not sure Amy does. Sounds like a fun research project... go on multiple coffee dates and taste lots of sustainably sourced coffee. 

    • Robert Wildman 1/15/2020 10:19 PM
      I think the key is getting beans from a roaster that not only sources based on environmental sustainability but also fair trade.  I know both Case and Noble meet all of their suppliers face to face and strive to achieve this.  Just so happens they are also the best roasters.  Make the switch and you should be good to go.

  • Sky Stewart 1/15/2020 7:49 PM
    I finished a bag of chips today and realized the chip bag would be a good garbage can liner for one of our small bathroom trash cans.  Saved it for later!

  • Sky Stewart 1/15/2020 7:46 PM
    Yesterday I printed a drawing for a client to look at and approve.  As I pulled out the drawing for them, I realized that it was on a piece of paper I had printed something on before that had gotten reloaded into the printer and that the previous printing was showing through the drawing.  I had this split second conflict of feeling unprofessional but a good Earth steward.  It still has me feeling conflicted- am I glad I had reused a piece of paper for that particular circumstance or would it have been worth it to have the drawing unblemished.  One thing is clear- other people's judgment can influence our decisions that effect the planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Choose Recycled Paper
    Good job on choosing recycled paper! How can you take your action a step further?

    Sky Stewart 1/12/2020 7:32 PM
    One thing I have to do for my work with construction design is print out final designs for proofing.  If I print these proofs on both sides of pieces of paper, I can reduce my paper consumption.

  • Sky Stewart 1/08/2020 7:45 PM
    I just read articles and watched videos about cement and concrete for almost an hour.  Super interesting, especially to me being in the construction business. I didn't know that the production of Portland cement- the bonding agent in concrete- accounts for 5-8% of the planet's emissions because of the energy required to get the limestone into its cement form. This article and attached video was a highlight of my research.  I sent it to 7 other contractors:  https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/earthrise/2017/05/italy-pollution-eating-cement-170523134728274.html?utm_source=Solutions+Story+Tracker

    • Erin M 1/09/2020 6:34 PM
      That’s fantastic that you shared it with other contractors too!
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but its carbon footprint may not be obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

    Sky Stewart 1/08/2020 7:33 PM
    This article and attached video was amazing to me.  The video is about pavers (for roads, driveways, walkways, etc) made with a surface that reacts with air pollutants to neutralize the air pollution in the environment.  Literally cleaning the air with concrete pavers.  https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/earthrise/2017/05/italy-pollution-eating-cement-170523134728274.html?utm_source=Solutions+Story+Tracker
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

    Sky Stewart 1/07/2020 6:31 PM
    I try to be mindful daily about my contributions to climate change.  I think my fears are more about how climate change will affect the lives of my kids.  
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Sky Stewart 1/07/2020 6:07 PM
    We avoid single use plastics in our house as much as possible.  Amy bought stainless steel straws and travel coffee mugs which we keep in the car for to-go beverages when we re traveling or out and about.  (BTW, one side perk to this is when we go to Starbucks and order a small size drink, often they fill the remainder of our giant travel mugs as well). We also save plastic bags from packaging(ie Costco toilet paper) and use them as garbage can liners.  One of the challenges for me with single use plastic is my work as a home builder-- there are lots of times where we use contractor bags for construction debris or plastic to mask off work areas from dust.  It is hard to avoid using these plastics in this way.  

    • Sky Stewart 1/07/2020 6:36 PM
      Interesting article: https://www.plasticplace.com/blog/biodegradable-plastic-bags-what-you-need-to-know

    • Sky Stewart 1/07/2020 6:15 PM
      I just researched biodegradable contractor garbage bags.  Regular contractor bags that we use are very thick to resist tearing when heavy and full of sharp construction debris.  These are about 50 cents a bag and available at the hardware store or lumber yard.  Biodegradable bags are 1/3 the thickness and anywhere between $1 to $2.50 per bag.  There are thick bags made of post consumer recycled plastic that are approx $1 per bag.  The price per bag is negligible in the scope of a construction project but the bag thickness and availability are challenges I'll think about more.

  • Sky Stewart 1/06/2020 10:52 PM
    We've been brewing coffee at home in the afternoons rather than going out or picking a coffee up in transit.  Reducing disposable cups and lids while saving money.

  • Sky Stewart 1/06/2020 10:50 PM
    I've been making a conscious effort to eat leftovers before they go bad to reduce food waste.  Today was a day of multiple small portions of multiple leftovers.

    • Robert Wildman 1/09/2020 9:06 PM
      That's great!  I can relate - I have been the garbage disposal in my house for years!