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Gwendolyn Waldorf

Canopy Road Crusaders

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 2,184 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1.0
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    2,215
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    230
    minutes
    spent learning

Gwendolyn's Actions

Buildings

Explore Other Buildings Solutions

All Buildings Solutions

I will spend at least 50 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

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

Upgrade My Windows

Insulation

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Listen to the Planet Money Podcast – “Sell Me Your Climate Bombs”

Planet Money recently interviewed the co-founders of Tradewater to learn about the dangerous impact that old refrigerants have on our environment. I will listen to the podcast to learn more about this necessary solution in fighting a climate crisis.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Calculate the carbon footprint of my household

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Learn about Carbon Offsets

I will visit Tradewater’s website to learn more about carbon offsets, and why they are a necessary solution in combating a climate crisis.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

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.

COMPLETED 39
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Rooftop Solar Consultation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 30 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Go for a Daily Walk

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 73
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 38
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal 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?

    Gwendolyn Waldorf's avatar
    Gwendolyn Waldorf 12/26/2021 6:09 AM
    No sidewalks in our neighborhood but also not much traffic. It helps when the city keeps up with mowing the shoulders so stepping off the road doesn't result in chigger bites! Enjoy the morning birdsong; don't enjoy picking up the litter. Garbage collection day causes some; also smokers (butts and plastic tips); what's the story behind the broken ceramics?
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

    Gwendolyn Waldorf's avatar
    Gwendolyn Waldorf 12/01/2021 9:23 AM
    I'd rather use the money to support organic produce! It costs more but is better for the earth.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Online Energy Audit
    What are your next steps for saving energy?

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    Gwendolyn Waldorf 6/30/2021 7:05 AM
    Is anyone else having trouble with the online energy audit? I've entered the info 4 times on 3 different days and get an error message, basically "this part of the website isn't working try again later."

    • Ed Oaksford's avatar
      Ed Oaksford 7/21/2021 1:03 PM
      HI Gwendolyn,
           I'm not sure but because the original Ecochallenge was to end June 30th, it may have had something to do with it. However, I've just sent out an email to the team indicating that the challenge has been extended until the end of this year (Dec. 31). Anyway, I'll check out the online energy edit myself and let you know how things turn out. Thanks for your dedicated participation.  -Ed
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

    Gwendolyn Waldorf's avatar
    Gwendolyn Waldorf 5/30/2021 3:36 AM
    Hardest to eliminate chocolate so I cut back (only count this challenge every day I go without). Have not switched to rainforest-safe because have quite a lot of cocoa & chocolate on hand to use up. Coffee, easy, never started drinking it. Palm oil, tricky; has anyone found an earth-safe margarine product? I haven't replaced mine with anything yet, but would like some sort of butter substitute. Had already eliminated other products with palm oil but have to keep reading labels, it sneaks in.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use 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?

    Gwendolyn Waldorf's avatar
    Gwendolyn Waldorf 5/10/2021 10:13 AM
    I shared this with our daughter; we will both (hopefully) be wasting less food.