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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Erick Alsvig

Walgreens Boots Alliance

""A Force For Good""

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,135 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    20
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    20
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    45
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    335
    minutes
    spent learning

Erick'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

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Fix Leaky Faucets

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Solar Water Consultation

#41 Solar Water

I will contact a local installer/distributor to see if a solar water heater makes sense for my house.

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

Buildings and Cities

Choose LED Bulbs

#33 LED Lighting (Household)

I will replace 20 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings and Cities

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

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

Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

I will spend 10 minutes each day researching women-owned businesses I can support when shopping.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 4 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Social Justice

Improve a Bus Stop

#37 Mass Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 120 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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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    Erick Alsvig 4/14/2019 2:36 PM
    More education around the topic has to be a good start.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

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    Erick Alsvig 4/14/2019 2:35 PM
    Doing an assessment of our home to see what else can be done.

  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Online Energy Audit
    What are your next steps for saving energy?

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    Erick Alsvig 4/14/2019 2:34 PM
    Better insulation, use thermostat to cycle on times of day, use of LED, lower temp on water heater.

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    Erick Alsvig 4/13/2019 2:13 PM
    Going well and getting others involved!
  • 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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    Erick Alsvig 4/08/2019 9:47 AM
    This is something I would not have thought of without this challenge, but I bought a bamboo cutting board instead of a regular wood one.  Small, but an impactful alternative decision.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but may its carbon footprint is not obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

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    Erick Alsvig 4/08/2019 9:38 AM
    Super interesting article.  Who would have thought that concrete produces 5% of the total carbon footprint.  It makes sense since it is the 2nd most used resource only to water.

    https://qz.com/1314754/engineers-have-created-a-cement-alternative-to-reduce-concretes-carbon-footprint/
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

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    Erick Alsvig 4/08/2019 9:18 AM
    This is an easy one that can really make an impact.  Follow water/sprinkler restrictions when put in place by the city.  Make sure to be diligent with turning off the water when brushing teeth.  How long do you need to warm-up the shower before getting in?  Check the settings on the dishwasher and washing machine to see if they have an eco-friendly option on them.