April 3 - April 24, 2019

Kristen Tetrick

Lucky's Market

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,251 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    220
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    57
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    160
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Electricity Generation

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

#8 Solar Farms

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 20 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

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 11 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

#47 Bioplastic

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 19 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

#18 Geothermal

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

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

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Support Companies Leading in Green Energy
    Every dollar you put into solar or wind is a dollar not put into traditional financial institutions. You'll also be bolstering the fossil fuel divestment movement, too. Name some companies you know that invest in green energy. How can you support them?

    Kristen Tetrick 4/23/2019 2:46 PM
    Bcorps are great companies to support for all the good they put back into the world. "Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy." Here's a list: https://bcorporation.net/directory
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

    Kristen Tetrick 4/13/2019 12:03 PM
    Date labels can be so misleading. In some cases you may think you have more time, but aren't considering how long it's been opened. In other cases, the product is still good but the date says otherwise. It's best to examine each product, use the smell test, and go by your personal investigation, not the stamped label. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions
    What is the most exciting solution you explored? Why is it exciting to you?

    Kristen Tetrick 4/13/2019 12:01 PM
    I loved the idea of microgrids. It brings a stronger sense of community to the cause knowing that small groups (or neighborhoods) are all working together on a positive energy balance. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. In what ways (i.e. with money, time, advocacy) can you invest in geothermal energy?

    Kristen Tetrick 4/13/2019 11:59 AM
    One way is to urge my member of Congress to sign on to a congressional letter in support of funding for critical clean energy research. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come out of eating smaller portions?

    Kristen Tetrick 4/11/2019 9:01 AM
    I like the smaller portions idea, partnered with the more frequent meals. I feel like it's stabilized my overall energy throughout the day. 

  • Kristen Tetrick 4/11/2019 8:58 AM
    I have always been pretty conscious about my plastic purchases, but recently (bc of this challenge) I've been so careful to avoid even accepting single-use containers. We ate out again the other night (fast-casual) and the woman at the counter tried giving me a plastic kids cup, with a lid and a straw. I said, "no thanks, we'll just use a glass for him." Her response was, "it's free". I said, "yes I realize that, but I don't want the waste." She said, "it's free refills" (lol). I said, "Yes, thanks. We'll just take the glass." Sometimes it feels like we're alone on this journey, we are not! Don't stop fighting the good fight. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

    Kristen Tetrick 4/10/2019 10:46 AM
    In a perfect world we wouldn't have food waste... however, in a world on it's way to becoming perfect, I envision everyone would separate their food waste and send it to their local community anaerobic digester. The energy harnessed from the methane gas would power the local community and the leftover organic material would be used to fertilize local farms and gardens that then produce food for that same community.  
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Explore Other Transport Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Kristen Tetrick 4/10/2019 10:38 AM
    I wish we had high-speed rails in the United States! I also loved how some of these solutions are obvious and widely available, we just aren't using as much as we could be: specifically ride-sharing, mass transit, and telepresence. We need to be better leaders in incorporating telepresence into our company... I will add this to my list! 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

    Kristen Tetrick 4/08/2019 7:12 PM
    I am lucky to have small sidewalks in my neighborhood, so I'm not complaining... that being said, I have a complaint. lol 
    The sidewalks are so skinny, and they drop off into the street, to the point that in some cases cars have their tires on them and I had to walk around the outside of car (in the street). In other places the shrubs were so overgrown that walking on the sidewalk was not an option. Again, I am lucky to have any sidewalks at all. (even if my son and I did have to walk single file) I just wish they were maintained a little better to encourage a culture of leisurely walking the neighborhood. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

    Kristen Tetrick 4/07/2019 6:03 PM
    I love the idea of silvopasture, it seems so obvious to me. I wonder why the practice of combining livestock in a natural tree settings was ever abandoned. The biggest advantage to this seems to be the multiple opportunities of income, spread out over time, rather than just relying on one crop or type livestock. Plus, the diversity will allow for greater resilience against climate changes.