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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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MARIA ALBULESCU

Walgreens Boots Alliance

"Engage with WBA team and people around the world to take action for the benefit of our planet and its living residents. Create new habits and inspire those around me to do the same."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,496 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    22
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    22
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,320
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    25
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    245
    minutes
    spent learning

MARIA's Actions

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Micro Wind

#76 Micro Wind

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of Micro Wind.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 25 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the 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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 60 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

#63 Telepresence

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Generation Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 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

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 15 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • MARIA ALBULESCU's avatar
    MARIA ALBULESCU 4/23/2019 4:50 AM
    2 days left! Let’s finish strong!
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

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    MARIA ALBULESCU 4/23/2019 4:48 AM
    I went to a restaurant over the weekend and they had bamboo straws. They looked pretty cool.
    I’m planning to get bamboo tooth brush and holder, utensil set and a cutting board.
    I changed my floor with hardwood last year and I love it! The only problem is in winter I have to make sure is humid enough in the house.


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    MARIA ALBULESCU 4/22/2019 4:15 PM

    Ways to make every day Earth Day!

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    MARIA ALBULESCU 4/22/2019 4:14 PM
    Happy Earth Day! 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Learn about Temperate Forests
    As you learn more about the scope and seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, what impact does that have on your thinking and actions? What are the parts that feel overwhelming? What parts help you feel hopeful?

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    MARIA ALBULESCU 4/18/2019 7:03 PM
    About one third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste.
    The United States is the number one country in the world that wastes food. 
    It takes over 12,000 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Meanwhile, the largest percentage of food waste from the average American consists of meat products, and 33% ends up in a landfi.
  • 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?

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    MARIA ALBULESCU 4/18/2019 6:46 PM
    A sustainable community is a community where the air and waterways are accessible and clean; where land is used efficiently and shared parks and public spaces are plentiful and easily visited; where people of different ages, income levels and cultural backgrounds share equally in environmental, social and cultural benefits; where many needs of daily life can be met within a 20-minute walk and all may be met within a 20-minute transit ride.


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    MARIA ALBULESCU 4/17/2019 6:23 AM
    We came together two weeks ago with a goal to make an impact, create new positive habits, and inspire others. So far, we accomplished what we set out to do and so much more. Keep up the great work!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Micro Wind
    Micro turbines can be placed on large structures to take advantage of stronger, steadier breezes. The Eiffel Tower now sports vertical axis turbines that produce electricity for use on site. Where could micro turbines potentially be installed in your city?

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    MARIA ALBULESCU 4/15/2019 7:06 PM
    Smaller wind turbines are available for homes and homeowners. These smaller turbines can be installed on any part of your property to cover some or even all of your monthly energy needs.
    There are also plenty of smaller, cheaper turbines, but these variants produce less power and are less reliable than their more expensive counterparts.

  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions
    What is the most exciting solution you explored? Why is it exciting to you?

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    MARIA ALBULESCU 4/15/2019 6:46 PM
    Waste-to-energy – the process of combusting waste (typically from the municipal solid waste stream) and converting it to electricity and usable heat.

  • MARIA ALBULESCU's avatar
    MARIA ALBULESCU 4/14/2019 8:01 PM
    I just watched “A Plastic Ocean” documentary on Netflix. Plastic is everywhere! So sad to see  wildlife dying due to plastics. 
    I definitely recommend it!