Carol Thiel

ECO UU Open Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 329 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,307
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    donations
    made
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    people
    helped

Carol's Actions

Women and Girls

Make School More Affordable

Health and Education

I will raise funds to help make school affordable for girls around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Give a Microloan

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Donate

Improved Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Purchase a Carbon Offset

Efficient Aviation

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

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

Transport

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls 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?

    Carol Thiel 5/18/2020 10:02 AM
    My husband has had good experiences with lending through Kiva (kiva.org).
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Make School More Affordable
    Why is it important that girls have equal access to education in order to reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions?

    Carol Thiel 5/18/2020 10:00 AM
    More than half of our Honduran scholarship students (some shown here) are girls, and over the years, I've seen with my own eyes how girls with more education delay childbearing, while dropouts often become pregnant. Excuse me talking about Honduras again, but it's my direct line to supporting girls' education.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Donate
    How are environmental issues like black carbon and other emissions from cooking fires or rudimentary cookstoves also human health and social justice issues? Why do these issues matter to you?

    Carol Thiel 5/05/2020 4:30 AM
    Our communities in Honduras cook exclusively on wood stoves. The U of R Global Health group with substantial
    help from our church has supported the reconstruction of many of these stoves to be more efficient, reducing the need for wood, reducing smoke, and venting the smoke outside rather than blackening the lungs of the traditional indoors stoves. (Photo actually shows a larger version of the improved stove that's located in the community building.)

  • Carol Thiel 5/04/2020 10:09 AM
    Plugging my car into electricity, not gas.

    • Carol Thiel 5/05/2020 4:22 AM
      There's a bunch of charging stations in downtown Rochester, but otherwise, unfortunately, the infrastructure lags. If you don't have your own garage, it would be difficult to keep a car charged. I got a plug-in hybrid for the flexibility and love it. Before, I had a regular hybrid and that was a good car, too. If you get a plug-in, check for the NYS rebate and Federal income tax credit.

    • Cyndi Moolekamp 5/04/2020 3:34 PM
      Excellent! Do you find there are enough charging stations around Rochester? My husband and I want our next car to be at least a hybrid. 

  • Carol Thiel 4/30/2020 7:48 AM
    In upstate NY, 70% of our electricity comes from non-carbon sources, so whenever we (individually, industrial, etc.) can change from gas/oil to electricity, it's beneficial in our combating climate change.

  • Carol Thiel 4/26/2020 6:35 AM
    Electric and plug-in hybrid cars are quiet and fun to drive. 100% electric cars have fewer moving parts, so there's very little maintenance. I had to go out of town last week (beyond its purely electric range), so my plug-in hybrid is getting only 103 mpg on its current tank, but  around town, it runs without any gas. There are federal and state tax credits/rebates on many of these cars making them more affordable.