April 3 - April 24, 2019

Amy Shapiro

Woodstock Day School

"My mission is to raise awareness in the Woodstock Day School community in order to change the habits of all of us and green our campus. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,569 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2,339
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    36
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    20
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    people
    helped
  • up to
    70
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    160
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Transport

Test Drive an Electric Bike

#69 Electric Bikes

I will test drive an electric bike at a local distributor to see if it makes sense to use one in place of my car, or to extend the area I can cover by bike.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Host a Film Screening

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

I will host a film screening and discussion about women's and gender equality issues.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Communicate With My Elected Officials

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore)

I will write or call 3 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

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 Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Give a Microloan

#62 Women Smallholders

I will give 1 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Purchase a Carbon Offset

#43 Airplanes

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Research Heat Pumps

#42 Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

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

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 14 OF 22
DAILY 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

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 20 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

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

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

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

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

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 6 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 20 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 18 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Action Track: Social Justice

Start a Social Media Campaign

#6 Educating Girls

Through social media, I will raise awareness about gender inequity in education by sharing the information found in the links below.

COMPLETED 12 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Amy Shapiro 4/24/2019 7:37 PM
    I’ve had an inspiring three weeks. Thanks to all of you for agreeing to go along for the ride. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Test Drive an Electric Bike
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Private vehicles account for 60% of trips of a mile or less. Do you often drive short distances instead of biking or walking? If so, how might incorporating an electric bike into your lifestyle help you make more climate-friendly choices?

    Amy Shapiro 4/24/2019 9:58 AM
    I live in a somewhat urban area and could easily use an electric bike to run errands around town. 

    • Amy Shapiro 4/24/2019 12:45 PM
      Hi Cal! We went to Overlook Bicycles in Woodstock, NY.  They actually came to our school and gave us a presentation. 

    • Cal Trumann 4/24/2019 11:40 AM
      Heya, I think we're in the same region, and I had a heck of a time finding someplace to test drive an e-bike! Where did you end up going?
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Host a Film Screening
    What is the next step beyond raising awareness of women's and gender equality issues?

    Amy Shapiro 4/24/2019 7:28 AM
    The next step is to get involved and DO SOMETHING! I gave a microloan to a woman in Guatemala through kiva.org as my first step. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Learn about Local Indigenous Practices
    What did you learn about indigenous peoples' land management that you can apply in your own life?

    Amy Shapiro 4/23/2019 11:19 AM
    I was shocked to learn how many of our current highways and roads were actually pathways made by the Mastidons and Indigenous Peoples. I was also surprised to learn how much of this history I did not know. If we are going to exist in a fossil free environment in the future we need to learn to make choices about where to live based on how we can exist with the environment, rather than against it. 

  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Communicate With My Elected Officials
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

    Amy Shapiro 4/23/2019 6:28 AM
    My son's future inspires me to act on sustainable energy issues. 

  • Amy Shapiro 4/22/2019 6:06 PM
    The second place team is right on our tail!!

  • Amy Shapiro 4/19/2019 7:34 AM
    One thing I've realized as we enter the last week of this challenge is that I did a lot of easy one-time challenges in the beginning. And that there's a limit of 15 one time challenges. So now I am finding myself completing more difficult challenges and deleting my earlier one-time challenges so that I can get credit for the bigger challenges. Strangely enough, I'm finding this quite satisfying. 
  • 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?

    Amy Shapiro 4/19/2019 7:32 AM
    I think there are probably a variety of reasons for this. I think maybe one of the main reasons is that giving birth provides women with an experience that gives a perspective on humanity that few if no other experiences can provide. This inspires women to invest in their families and communities, and humanity, in very productive ways. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Purchase a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2. What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

    Amy Shapiro 4/17/2019 2:33 PM
    I only fly for vacation and do have family far away from me so I can only reach them by airplane. To reduce my flights I can fly only to visit family and I can choose to take vacations in places I can get to by car. I can also purchase carbon offsets when I do fly. 

  • Amy Shapiro 4/16/2019 5:26 PM
    I just read through my team members posts from the past few days and found myself really inspired. Final week of the challenge starts tomorrow! But this of course is about changing habits going forward, not just for this challenge.