Tanya Vijay

The Short Circuits

Points Total

  • 35 Today
  • 105 This Week
  • 1,827 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    spent exercising
  • up to
    meatless or vegan meals
  • up to

Tanya's Actions


Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

One-Time Action

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

One-Time Action

Land Use

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 3 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.



Practice the 5 R's


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



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).

One-Time Action


Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 3 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.



Keep Track of Wasted Food

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Drawdown Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.


Land Use


I will water my vegetable patch everyday. This is an important goal because doing this ensures that I will not have to waste resources to go to the grocery store. Instead, I can grow my own vegetables. This means it is good for the environment.



  • Tanya Vijay 7/03/2020 5:09 AM
    Wow, we're in 13th place!!! Nice job everyone :)

  • Tanya Vijay 6/30/2020 5:02 PM
    Hey guys! So earlier I talked about how I started my annual vegetable patch and planted several vegetables. Another thing that I have done is plant potted flowers in the middle of my vegetable patch. We added 5 pots: Black-Eyed Susans, Geraniums, Gerbera Daisies, and two others. These flowers are really pretty and add bright colors to our vegetable patch. They also attract bees that are good for the environment. Even if you don't plant a vegetable patch, I would really recommend planting some flowers!

    • It was just yesterday I was thinking about all that goes into the beauty of flowers. Their vibrant colors, their smells, and an important food source that support wildlife and ecosystems. Truly a wonderful gift of the Earth! Yes to planting flowers to share, especially native ones to support native pollinators. Thanks for sharing! 

  • Tanya Vijay 6/30/2020 4:58 PM
    Hey guys, we are in 14th place!! Nice job everyone!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tanya Vijay 6/30/2020 5:54 AM
    Hey guys!!! We are in 15th place!! Nice job everyone, lets keep going!! :)

  • Tanya Vijay 6/25/2020 6:09 AM
    Hey guys!! We are in 19th place with 7464 points! Nice job everyone!!!
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

    Tanya Vijay 6/23/2020 7:20 AM
    A lot of times, people tend to dump fats, oils and greases down their sink drains instead of disposing of it correctly. A large portion of these substances do not get filtered or cleaned before being released into rivers or lakes. This severely damages the water ecosystems. During my second year of FLL, my team did a project on how to reduce the amount of FOG (fats, oils, and greases) that damage the water systems. Our solution was to develop a better filtering system that could be implemented in everyone's kitchen sinks to better filter out the FOG. If people could be more aware of what they are dumping in their sinks and where it is going, this problem could be reduced. 

  • Tanya Vijay 6/21/2020 5:45 AM
    Hey guys!!! We are in 20th place, nice job!!!

  • Tanya Vijay 6/08/2020 9:16 AM
    Hi guys. We are in 28th place! Keep it up! :)
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

    Tanya Vijay 6/06/2020 6:24 AM
    Bamboo alternatives are available in a few stores in my area, however, it is much easier to access bamboo alternatives through Amazon prime or other online delivery services. Finding sustainable alternatives is not that difficult because there are many ways to find them online. 

  • Tanya Vijay 6/05/2020 5:43 AM
    Wow, just 2 days after making in the 32nd place, and now we're in 31st place. Nice job everyone!