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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Jim McFarlane

North Central Florida

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 921 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    296
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    8.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    4.0
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    3.0
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning

Jim's Actions

Electricity Generation

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will research and tell 2 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

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

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 4
DAILY 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

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

Action Track: Social Justice

Advocate for Forest Protection

#38 Forest Protection

I will contact 1 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Become A Master Recycler/Composter

#55 Household Recycling

I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
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

Action Track: Social Justice

Express My Support

#54 Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transport

Use Public Transit

#37 Mass Transit

I will use public transit 2 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Materials

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

#47 Bioplastic

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

#66 High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles

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

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Stay on the Ground

#43 Airplanes, #63 Telepresence

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Jim McFarlane 4/23/2019 6:15 PM
    Not like I had hoped.  Few people have actually join in.  That became discouraging to me.   I however have enjoyed seeing new thoughts and ideas. 

  • Reflection Question
    Transport Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

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    Jim McFarlane 4/23/2019 6:13 PM
    The culture of the company needs to change, as there is a tendency to think big is better and thus like big vehicles.  Yes in the business that is sometimes important to tow product and equipment to the site.  So, many meetings could be virtual. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Advocate For Greener Vehicles
    How does advocating for green vehicles in your community connect to your values? How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to fuel-efficient vehicles?

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    Jim McFarlane 4/23/2019 6:11 PM
    If they could only see the money savings by not having to fill up at the gas station every week.   I really think it will require seeing that the solar vehicles outperform what they are driving.   Yet it seems everyone wants to cruse around in a big truck or suv.    I think being penny wise is smart.   Once it is cool to have a solar powered electric vehicle in their yard everyone will buy one. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Express My Support
    How could better walking infrastructure make your city both more enjoyable and more equitable?

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    Jim McFarlane 4/23/2019 6:07 PM
    One of the biggest examples would be a walking rail from the NE to NW along 26th making it enjoyable to travel across the city from low income residential to the College. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Advocate for Forest Protection
    Higher standards of living are very often dependent on moving our environmental costs elsewhere. What are some specific ways in which the environmental impacts of your own lifestyle might be shifted elsewhere?

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    Jim McFarlane 4/23/2019 6:05 PM
    If our local utility purchased more renewable energy from the grid vs running methane and coal power plants.  That truly shifts it elsewhere since FL is not the ideal spot for wind power.   Yet I should be able to cover a large portion of my energy needs via solar, however utilities have made it difficult for use to benefit from plug in solar sources to reduce our draw from the grid. 

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    Jim McFarlane 4/10/2019 3:09 PM
    The North Florida Team needs to get moving we can make a difference!   
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Test Drive an Electric Bike
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Private vehicles account for 60% of trips of a mile or less. Do you often drive short distances instead of biking or walking? If so, how might incorporating an electric bike into your lifestyle help you make more climate-friendly choices?

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    Jim McFarlane 4/10/2019 3:08 PM
    Fun and enjoyment getting around town without the concern of not making it back.  The Electric Bike I just took for a test ride was a blast.  Up and down the hills in the back road area's of Gainesville.  Power and fun,  we have to start making more trip without climbing into the car.  Now if we can just get the city to making the biking more pleasant, with shaded paths protected from traffic.