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Sheila Tarbet

UU Church of Berkeley

"My mission is to help bring about a just, sustainable world. That includes developing a deep appreciation for all people and for the beautiful and complex web of life, with all its diverse living things, that sustain humanity."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 471 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    255
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    7
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    270
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Sheila's Actions

Industry

Learn about the impact of old refrigerants

I will spend 15 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links provided

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Explore Other Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

All Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Install a heat pump water heater

We realized our water heater was using a lot of fossil fuel energy--gas. It was also inappropriately installed. We decided to upgrade to a heat pump water heater when we upgraded our heating system to one using a heat pump and clean energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Install a heat pump heating/AC system in our home

This is something we've been thinking about. Our heater is very old.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Retrofitting Incentives

Building Retrofitting

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out if my city, region, state, or country offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Replace Manual Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with smart ones.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Fix Leaky Faucets

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 120 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Contact my congressional representative to advocate for legislation

There are a number of opportunities to advocate federally right now, and I think this is critical to getting the legislation we need.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Advocate for clean energy

There are a number of bills in the California legislature and proposed at the federal level that promote clean energy solutions. I will advocate for these bills.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

LEARN ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF NATIVE PLANTS

I am learning to use native plants in my garden to provide food and sustenance for birds and insects--the critical web of life. I will sign up for the free Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, featuring a talk by professor and entomologist Doug Tallamy, author of Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard. Link to the tour and the Tallamy talk: https://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/. (Other similar talks by Dr. Tallamy can be seen online too.)

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 15 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 7 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Sheila Tarbet 10/20/2021 10:00 AM
    I'm checking in today for the first time in quite a while! I know I should check in more often, but I have been very busy working on behalf of the planet. The main achievement I have to report is that we have seriously worked to decarbonize the energy use in our home. We have just now switched our heating system to a heat pump heater/AC system. Along with that we have a new, more accurate thermostat. And we installed a heat pump water heater as well. Both of these appliances, while functioning, were old. The heater was at least 30 years old, probably older, and the water heater had been improperly installed. These are still very new in our home, but so far they are functioning very well!

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    Sheila Tarbet 7/27/2021 9:50 PM
    Hi, Ecochallengers, I'm still here, doing my climate work regularly but posting infrequently. I think we're all Californians here, and we're all aware of the drought. I learned from my neighbor that we can go onto the East Bay Municipal Utility District website, create an account, and monitor our water use. Ours was fairly low, but I could see that it went up in the spring and summer, when we watered our yard. It was a great exercise. 

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      Lucinda Young 9/08/2021 11:38 PM
      I have EBMUD account as well & periodically check our water usage.  This is an area my family members need to work on especially with the severe drought!  I collect water used for rinsing vegetables & fruit, etc, & use it for plant watering.  I've thought about getting a grey water system, but haven't made time to look into it. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Explore Other Electricity Solutions
    What is the most exciting solution you explored? Why is it exciting to you?

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    Sheila Tarbet 7/27/2021 9:46 PM
    I used the time to get a refresher on some of the energy solutions. For instance, biomass is very controversial now. And it is suggested as only a bridge solution. I read about distributed storage and that piece reminded me that electric vehicles can be used to power, say, your cell phone in a power outage. I want to keep reading more in this section.

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    Sheila Tarbet 7/12/2021 6:25 PM
    Shared an indepth article with other advocates on the best ways to distribute clean energy, through rooftop solar and microgrids versus large scale transmission lines. This is a very important and controversial topic right now in California, with legislators and now regulators advocating for rule changes that would discourage the use of rooftop solar. The conclusion of this article (in the Volts newsletter by David Roberts) and another in the NYT is that both rooftop solar and distributed energy resources and an updated national grid are critical to have a resilient, reliable energy distribution system and to grow the electrical energy we need to transition off fossil fuels to a clean energy future.

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    Sheila Tarbet 7/05/2021 2:31 PM
    A couple days ago I recruited Steve Simon, from ECA's national policy committee, to present to UUCB's Summer Forum. 
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

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    Sheila Tarbet 7/05/2021 2:30 PM
    I've known a little about biochar, and it was a solution featured in the movie recommended by a UUCB member, Need to Grow. Good movie! Interesting that the processes of making biochar are adapted from ancient techniques used by peoples of the Amazon.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity 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!

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    Sheila Tarbet 7/05/2021 2:24 PM
    Yes, but I had heard about it in a negative way. I've learned about using biomass energy from cutting down forests in the American South, making pellets from that wood, and shipping it to Europe. I'm glad to learn that Drawdown sees biomass as a "bridge" technology, and that it has to be done right. Using timber harvested for that purpose is not doing it right!


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    Sheila Tarbet 7/01/2021 4:58 PM
    Hi, I want to welcome Marta Black to our UU Drawdown Ecochallenge team!  Marta and her husband John Baker are former members of UUCB, and they are very active in Climate Reality. They are especially knowledgeable about EVs, so if anyone wants input on the process of buying one, they could be very helpful. I know others on this team, like Lucinda Young and Dave Wemmer, are available to provide info on EVs, too. 

    Today I advocated for a bill to be moved out of the state Assembly, since it has been held up in committee there by chair Assembly Chris Holden, after passing on the Senate floor by a vote of 33-6. The bill's content is obscure but important. It requires that California electric ratepayers have fair and equal access to benefits associated with investor-owned utility (IOU) legacy energy resources and that the resources are actively managed to maximize their value.

    I've been working to support climate legislation at the state and federal levels in the last couple months. I haven't posted much, since I've been busy with family matters.

    Doris Marlin of the UUMFE let me know she's going to have the UU DD 2021 run until the end of 2021, so we all have time to contribute to our overall goal of 10,000 actions!

    Hope everyone is enjoying the challenge!
     



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    Sheila Tarbet 4/27/2021 10:48 AM
    I watched Dr. Doug Tallamy's presentation to the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour Sunday, and spent several hours yesterday developing my native garden in the front and back yards. Honestly, these activities were very rewarding and great for my mental health! I'm finding that I'm really interested in policy, plus I'm very interested and inspired by how nature works! Wanted to share a photo of a monarch chrysalis from last year, on a small brick barrier in our front yard. We had several milkweed plants, and so did our next door neighbor, and the monarch's showed up in force for the 2nd or 3rd year.

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    Sheila Tarbet 4/27/2021 10:27 AM
    Correction-sorry for the error below: Without a functioning ecosystem, we humans will need to EAT sunlight to survive, and that doesn't look promising! That's why, for our own benefit, we need to keep our web of life intact.