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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Elizabeth Koelmel

Woodstock Day School

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 692 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    2.0
    donations
    made
  • up to
    2.0
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    4.0
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    50
    minutes
    spent learning

Elizabeth's Actions

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

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

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

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 1
DAILY 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

Action Track: Social Justice

Make School More Affordable

#6 Educating Girls

I will raise funds to help make school affordable for girls around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 20 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

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 10 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Electricity Generation

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

#8 Solar Farms

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will research and tell 1 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity Generation

Advocate for Solar Installation

#10 Rooftop Solar

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

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

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Women and Girls

Connect With A Nonprofit

#6 Educating Girls, #7 Family Planning, #62 Women Smallholders

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on womens' or girls' issues in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Social Justice

Give a Microloan

#62 Women Smallholders

I will give 2 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Fund Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come out of eating smaller portions?

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    Elizabeth Koelmel 4/23/2019 11:28 AM
    Considering portion size can impact health for adults and children. Children model off of adults and teaching my own kids to think about how to listen to their bodies needs is something I can do directly but also through modeling. We also are looking at our waste at home and how much of our uneaten food can be saved, reused, or composted. 
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Fund Family Planning
    When family planning focuses on healthcare provision and meeting the expressed needs of women, it results in empowerment, equality, and well-being, and the benefits to the planet are side effects. Why is family planning an important civil rights consideration?

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    Elizabeth Koelmel 4/23/2019 11:26 AM
    There are many women and girls who do not have access to education about these issues. Without adequate information they are not able to consider options when looking at their lives, bodies, relationships, etc. having and raising children is not only an issue for women although we tend to take the burden of the responsibility and this impacts the lives of girls and women and our choices, globally.