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Avery Wareham

Asheville High School Spring 2024!

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 402 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    18
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    1
    sustainable seafood meal
    consumed
  • UP TO
    77
    miles
    traveled by carpool
  • UP TO
    77
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    62
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    17
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1,080
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    3
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • UP TO
    149
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    47
    minutes
    spent learning

Avery's actions

Industry

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 9 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

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

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 10 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Local Perennial Biomass

Perennial Biomass Production

I will spend at least 5 minutes finding out if anyone is working on perennial biomass projects in my region and how I can get involved.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Contact your Elected Officials

Abandoned Farmland Restoration

I will contact 4 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

Conservation Agriculture

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics; Reduced Plastics

I will avoid buying and using 3 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Practice the 5 Rs

Recycling

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-Waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 2 meals with zero-waste each day.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Cook With Sustainable Seafood

Improved Fisheries

Using the Seafood Watch guide, I will feature a sustainable seafood ingredient in a new recipe.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Try Carpooling

Carpooling

I will commute by carpool 11 miles per day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Industry Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

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    Avery Wareham 6/02/2024 2:08 PM
    I think that climate change is a really big deal. Climate change is really going to effect our future if more people don't start to care about our environment. I really hope that our planet is not destroyed in 50 years.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

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    Avery Wareham 5/30/2024 12:10 PM
    My family and I could start timing our showers and try to cut back a few minutes of shower time.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Sinks Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Avery Wareham 5/30/2024 12:05 PM
    I think that being outdoors can help you relax and it slows time down. Being outside and going for walks helps me feel more present in where I am and what I'm going. I also like to look around and I always feel like I notice something new when I go on walks around my street.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Cook With Sustainable Seafood
    What did you cook and how did it turn out? Can you share a recipe on the feed for others to try?

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    Avery Wareham 5/29/2024 6:34 PM
    I cooked a seafood boil and it was really good. The recipe was corn, shrimp, fish, sausage, and spices.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings Research Heat Pumps
    Why is taking action on climate change important to you? Why do you care?

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    Avery Wareham 5/29/2024 6:26 PM
    I care a lot because I want to grow up in a clean atmosphere and climate change is a big part of that. Taking action is also a big deal to me because I grew up caring due to my parents being big on taking care of the environment too.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Industry Practice the 5 Rs
    What are some more "Rs" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    Avery Wareham 5/29/2024 6:23 PM
    I could RINSE my cups more so instead of getting new ones out and wasting them I can just use one cup. Rinsing things helps you to reuse them and not take more than you need.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-Waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Avery Wareham 5/29/2024 5:55 PM
    For my next meal, I can make a chicken dish and use the vegetables to go with the chicken and keep the skin on them and I can use the vegetable leaves as a decoration for the dish.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Industry Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Avery Wareham 5/29/2024 5:42 PM
    I use plastic bags a lot for my lunches at school. I could use metal storage for food instead.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Tend A Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

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    Avery Wareham 5/29/2024 5:34 PM
    I was at the beach and a bunch of deer came up to me and I fed them popcorn. I thought that it was really cool how wild animals can be so interactive in the wild and in nature.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transportation Try Carpooling
    List some of the places you frequent often (work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

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    Avery Wareham 5/29/2024 5:24 PM
    Work, school, and my house. I could carpool with my parents and my friend's parents to school and then home. I could also carpool to work with my coworkers.