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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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James Etienne

SUNY New Paltz

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 836 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4.0
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    4.0
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    105
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    105
    miles
    traveled by carpool
  • up to
    85
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    110
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1.0
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    67
    minutes
    spent learning

James's Actions

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

I will spend at least 2 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 3 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Install a Toilet Bank

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Try Carpooling

#75 Ridesharing

I will commute by carpool 35 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

Uncompleted
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

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Choose Recycled Paper

#70 Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

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 6
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 the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 2 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Social Justice

Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries

#48 In-Stream Hydro, #76 Micro Wind, #78 Microgrids

I will make a donation to a nonprofit that installs microgeneration in low income countries.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    James Etienne 4/23/2019 8:31 PM
     I learnt from the ecochallenge (videos) Plants absorb carbon dioxide but when humanity destroys forests, the amount of plants decreases and more carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere. I think that Deforestation is one of the major problems in the third world countries.

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    James Etienne 4/17/2019 5:01 PM
    because of the ecochallenge I understand the term "deforestation" and his impact on our planet.

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    James Etienne 4/16/2019 8:56 PM
  • Reflection Question
    Transport 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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    James Etienne 4/13/2019 5:06 PM
    I used my car every day to go to work and school and sometimes I have gigs to play during weekends. Often for the gigs I always travel alone to places. since I have been sign up for the ecochallenge ,I become more aware about the climate change. yesterday I spoke to my band mates about the climate change and how I have been part of the ecochallenge; they accepted to go carpool when we are going to play.

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    James Etienne 4/13/2019 4:46 PM
    now I am going to learn the difference between sell by, use by, and best by dates. Often , these terms are really confusing me when i am buying something. 

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    James Etienne 4/08/2019 8:29 PM
    I learn something new today about composting which is the combining and managing of specific waste materials so that they decompose.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    James Etienne 4/05/2019 5:49 PM
    I never knew if 1 recycle glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes ... and I had never knew also recycle plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60 watt light bulb for 3 hours.
    So I understand how important it is to recycle. 

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    James Etienne 4/05/2019 11:23 AM
    Now I become more aware about the climate change. By taking the physical geography class I realized how much damages we have caused to our environment. 

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    James Etienne 4/04/2019 6:42 PM
    Whenever I will receive a physical piece of paper i will scan it and save it to my computer or to the cloud which can help reduce time spent on searching for information,misplaced or lost documents.  Actually I pay my bills online in a way to avoid waste paper.

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      Lisa Mitten 4/05/2019 7:22 AM
      Awesome work!  The first step to going zero waste is REFUSING all the free stuff and handouts you get during the day.