Roberta Sommer

PlanetCon

"Sail Team PlanetCon on a course of carbon curbing"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 110 This Week
  • 1,318 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    300
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    60
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

Roberta's Actions

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Social Justice

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Support pollinators

Take an action to support our planet's pollinators. Learn about bees and butterflies. Make your yard more attractive to pollinators by planting native plants or reducing chemicals. Sign up for the Backyard Habitats Certification program. Share what you've learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

#63 Telepresence

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

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

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Protect our watershed - learn and do

The Tualatin watershed is crucial to our community's well-being. Learn more about the conservation and restoration activities of the past and present that are ensuring the health of our watershed. Pick an action from the following options: 1) Switch to organic or slow-release fertilizers, 2) Replace a non-permeable surface with a permeable one, 3) Always pick up after pets (if you notice a location, park, or greenspace with a pet waste problem, find a way to improve the disposal infrastructure), 4) Plant tough/hardy plants that require little or no extra water/fertilizer, 5) Use roof water or greywater in the garden instead of having it run directly to the street or down the drain.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

LEARN MORE ABOUT PLASTICS IN THE WASTE STREAM

The history of recycling programs is complex. Much of the confusion about what is and isn't recyclable started decades ago. Take some time time to learn about the evolution of plastic recycling efforts. Click 'learn more' for suggested videos and articles.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Practice the 5 R's

#55 Household Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Become A Master Recycler/Composter

#55 Household Recycling

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • Roberta Sommer 6/04/2020 1:27 PM
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    It's World Environment Day tomorrow, June 5th.  I hope you all will take a moment or the entire day to enjoy your environment and show your gratitude through care and protection.  Shout out about it on your personal and business media outlets.  

  • Roberta Sommer 5/24/2020 6:36 PM
    The progression of expressions as I saw our points and standing among teams that have been at this EcoChallenge a lot longer.  Team PlanetCon showing what the new normal could be. 💚💚💚

  • Roberta Sommer 5/22/2020 12:16 PM
    Some news from our Organization, Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling:  
    "The Washington County Ecochallenge Event will officially wrap up with a prize drawing at the end of the month. Stay tuned for an email about this next week. To be eligible for the prize drawing, you must live, work or volunteer in Washington County AND you must have completed a check-in for an Ecochallenge action. Those that have posted to their feed will get an extra entry. Prizes includes a bike tune-up and helmet, a pair of durable, silicone drinking cups and a ceramic coffee mug with a silicone lid.
    If, after May 24th, you would like to continue with the Drawdown Ecochallenge topics, you still can! Your profile will not disappear so you can use it to participate in whichever Ecochallenges are available. More details will be provided on that in the email next week. 
    Good luck on the last couple days of this Ecochallenge event. Log in your actions, post to your feed and I’ll be in touch with everyone next week."

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  • Reflection Question
    Materials Become A Master Recycler/Composter
    What could you do differently to waste less?

    Roberta Sommer 5/20/2020 11:59 AM
    I can try really hard to secure a job that lets me telecommute, at least part of the week. Once COVID-19 restrictions have loosened, I can work even harder to grocery shop by filling my reusable containers.  I can increase choosing to "do without" and find alternatives when products I desire have wasteful packaging.  I can increase efforts to find reuse options for items that I normally put in my landfill bound garbage.  

  • Roberta Sommer 5/18/2020 2:20 PM
    Hi PlanetConeers.  I had the wrong date in my calendar as it had today as Endangered Species Day.  It was on the 15th this year.  Here is a webpage link to some steps you can take to help slow human impact on other Earth dwellers.  You may notice some of the steps are the same to help with our Carbon related challenges.  Hmmmm, connection perhaps?  I like this graphic because it shows beings other than the often used "glamorous species" such as tigers, rhinos, and wolves.  Not to diminish the plight of any species, I will point out that invertebrate and plant groups have the highest number of endangered species yet form the foundations of food webs. 
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  • Roberta Sommer 5/17/2020 3:01 PM
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    Here we are Team PlanetCon.  We are in 15th place with fair skies ahead.  We are making excellent headway on our course of solutions!  
  • Reflection Question
    Materials LEARN MORE ABOUT PLASTICS IN THE WASTE STREAM
    Did you learn anything with this challenge action that changes your perspective on recycling? What about plastics specifically?

    Roberta Sommer 5/17/2020 2:33 PM
    My perspective on recycling has not changed so much as been reinforced.  I don't appreciate that the full story is usually not represented in articles regarding ocean plastic pollution stemming from Asian rivers.  Many articles leave out that most of that plastic waste flowing out of Asian rivers originated in countries such as the U.S. that had sold/continue to sell poorly sorted plastics to Asian markets.  Where plastics enter the ocean is only part of the problem.  The people manufacturing and using the products in single use packaging is a major problem.  Plastics do have beneficial applications.  If we had reserved plastics use only for those essential applications, we might better have remained within the bounds of what Earth can handle.     

    • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/18/2020 10:26 AM
      Thanks for the rest of the story on that! I was a bit miffed that they did not mention the history of the "recycling" numbers, which were put together by the plastics industry in the seventies when various municipalities had a lot of energy around bottle bills.  The plastic industry's position was, "No, we don't need mandated plastic recycling.  We can regulate ourselves!"  Of course, that was total BS because most of those categories of plastics have never been recycled in any significant numbers.

  • Roberta Sommer 5/16/2020 2:05 PM
    I see Team PlanetCon has been given solutions to implement that can help protect the watershed we live in - the Tualatin River Basin.  I have wanted to disconnect the downspouts on my home for years but have yet to.  Any advice from those of you who have already done so?   I've also been wanting to go hike around Hagg Lake which is a reservoir created behind Scoggins Dam.  This is in the upper portion of the watershed and closer to where I live.  If you've never been there's a lot of hiking and birding opportunities.  There are places to have a picnic, go swimming, fish, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing.  There's a place that rents out water craft and people are allowed to have motorized boats out on the lake.  It's a bustling place in summer!  
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  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Biomass
    Had you ever heard of biomass technology before you took this challenge? What did you learn that surprised you? Share your new knowledge with your friends!

    Roberta Sommer 5/15/2020 12:40 PM
    I had heard of what is biomass technology.  There are different terms for basically burning bio material such as wood.  A simple use is when I'm staying warm next to my fire pit as I roast my vegan mallows for my s'more; I am using biomass tech.  I did not know how this tech fits into a reduction in our carbon emissions.  Turns out, it will be best used as a bridge to less carbon intensive energy production technologies such as solar and geothermal.  An example of the circular system of biomass tech is: forest tree (a natural C sequester,) -> harvested in thinning effort for forest health -> processed to be sold as building lumber -> saw dust and scraps from processing pelletized -> pellets burned in heating system of several buildings -> C emitted into atmosphere -> local forest tree takes up atmospheric C during photosynthesis.   The image depicts another biomass tech. cycle.
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  • Roberta Sommer 5/11/2020 11:47 AM
    Happy Monday PlanetConeers!  I have been enjoying all the "twitterpation" among the wild birds.  Many males are in their spring finest - such vibrant plumages.  The different calls and songs fill my walks.  Robins, doves, and various songbirds find co-housing (co-nesting,) opportunities in the big plum tree in my front yard every year.   If you have never given a hoot about all the feathery flurry around you before, why not give birding a try?  You don't need binoculars or a birding guide to get started.  Once you get hooked on this activity, they do come in handy.  It's  a very peaceful pastime.  You can do it from a chair by a window but you know this Captain wants you to get outside to do it.  If you tend to be antsy, set your timer for 5 or 10 minutes.  Sitting quietly and still, observe birds that come and go.  Take note of their relative size, beak shape, coloring, songs, behaviors, etc.  Before you know it, you'll start recognizing species.  Here's a link with great resources for beginners on up.  Squawk it to me!!!   I want to hear about your sightings.
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    • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/12/2020 9:12 AM
      You can even birdwatch as a passenger in a car!  Driving through our suburban area yesterday, a Northern Flicker flew across the road in front of us and landed on a fence.  We love to spot these birds!  When flying they flash a white spot on their backs above their tails. Their wings and upper body have lovely black and white markings and they wear a black kerchief on their chests! For those who haven't noticed them before, there is one on the illustration above, in the middle, just above the words "illustrations by."