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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Kyle Garske

PAE Engineers

"Striving to improve the built environment to reduce the impact on the natural environment."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,054 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    380
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    380
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    1,538
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    44
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    351
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    9
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Kyle's Actions

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Upgrade My Windows

#31 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

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

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

Buildings and Cities

Replace Manual Thermostats

#57 Smart Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with smart ones.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Social Justice

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Use Public Transit

#37 Mass Transit

I will use public transit 19 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 6.17 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

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

Communicate With My Elected Officials

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore)

I will write or call 1 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Purchase a Carbon Offset

#43 Airplanes

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

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

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

Electricity Generation

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore), #8 Solar Farms

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

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

Transport

Test Drive an Electric Bike

#69 Electric Bikes

I will test drive an electric bike at a local distributor to see if it makes sense to use one in place of my car, or to extend the area I can cover by bike.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Social Justice

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will donate to The Nature Conservancy, which works with Indigenous Peoples to secure land tenure and resource rights, support improved governance and local institutions, assist in natural resource mapping, planning and management; and strengthen livelihoods and sustainable economic development.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Upgrade My Windows
    How does improving your home's energy efficiency help you better live out your values?

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    Kyle Garske 4/24/2019 7:47 AM
    By improving the building envelope you're able to use more natural ventilation to temper your home which also increases fresh air and overall better air quality without the need of an HVAC system!

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    Kyle Garske 4/24/2019 7:43 AM
    If you could add an action to this challenge, what would you add?

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    Kyle Garske 4/24/2019 7:43 AM
    What was everyone's round robin discussion so far?
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Kyle Garske 4/24/2019 7:43 AM
    I really enjoy the idea of one day being able to go off-grid and trying to offset car electricity with a solar power battery system.

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    Kyle Garske 4/24/2019 7:36 AM
    Had a blast learning so much during this challenge!

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    Kyle Garske 4/23/2019 7:36 AM
    Ready for another great round robin today!

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    Kyle Garske 4/22/2019 7:14 AM
    T-3 Days! Let's save the earth!

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    Kyle Garske 4/21/2019 12:21 PM
    Coming up on the last few days!

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    Kyle Garske 4/20/2019 10:21 AM
    Last weekend before the challenge ends!

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    Kyle Garske 4/18/2019 7:14 AM
    Beautiful day to help the world!