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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Carly Preuss

Lucky's Market

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 602 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    trees
    planted

Carly's Actions

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 5 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

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

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

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.

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

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 2 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

I will spend 5 minutes each day researching women-owned businesses I can support when shopping.

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

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Contact your Elected Officials

#23 Farmland Restoration

I will contact 1 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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    Carly Preuss 4/24/2019 5:08 AM
    Over the last two days, I was able to read and today post about a lot of these events that have occurred. Though some of my post are not large and over whelming, they allow me to show that my family and myself are trying. 

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    Carly Preuss 4/24/2019 5:07 AM
    I've ridden my bike to the grocery store twice this week, regardless of weather. Its been great because I've popped my daughter into the trailer along with our groceries and I've been able to give our self peace and exercise, but decreased a small portion of car transport. 

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    Carly Preuss 4/24/2019 5:06 AM
    I just purchased a back up Bamboo toothbrush and the current one I have (the old one ) I will be using as a planting pot cleaner. This will help me to reuse my old toothbrush verse throwing it away.

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    Carly Preuss 4/24/2019 5:05 AM
    I planted two trees in our yard and a third one will be coming in shortly. 

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    Carly Preuss 4/24/2019 5:04 AM
    http://www.centerforagroforestry.org/practices/sp.php
    I keep going back to this topic, because I truly love it. Its so easy and I just had never heard about it prior. I am trying to do this in a smaller capacity for my chickens. Verse using hay or cedar chips, I'm trying to bulk up smaller trees and shrubs in their area to allow them to in turn, turn the soil and earth. I
    I've been planting native grasses and wheat's, quarantining it from them, then allowing them to forage once its up. I have a few lavender plants that survived from the pass season and have planted a few berry shrubs to assist.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

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    Carly Preuss 4/24/2019 4:58 AM
    https://ensia.com/features/if-everybody-hates-wasting-food-why-do-we-do-it-and-how-can-we-stop/?utm_source=Solutions+Story+Tracker

    I feel like I can pair this up on two topics! I just purchased a compost tumbler. I will post some images of it while adding in my new chicken compost dirt this week! 

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    Carly Preuss 4/24/2019 4:57 AM
    https://ensia.com/features/if-everybody-hates-wasting-food-why-do-we-do-it-and-how-can-we-stop/?utm_source=Solutions+Story+Tracker
    This was a great read- I always feel that I don't waste a lot, until that time.. when I'm throwing something away and had intention to make a great dinner with that product. Its terrible and I feel awful. Though I give a lot of my waste to my chickens, and they score from it... its still not what my family wants. We are trying to buy product for each dinner daily. Then if we have left overs- we focus on that!
  • 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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    Carly Preuss 4/15/2019 6:45 AM
    Holding meeting when all are present are encouraged. During any off sight meetings request those to carpool or walk or ride their bike!

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    Carly Preuss 4/15/2019 6:35 AM
    I've been researching other methods of materials that my family can use instead of woods and plastics. Bamboo is a product that we are trying to use more frequently throughout the home. Straw, plates, cups, toothbrushes, hair brushes...even dental floss! 

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    Carly Preuss 4/15/2019 6:32 AM
    I don't keep track of my wasted food, but it goes noticed! We have four chicken that we love and that we give green products to an wasted veggies and fruits. We keep track of what we give them along with what they don't eat. It sounds silly, but if we don't love a certain veggie and don't in turn eat it at dinner, and we give it to our chickens, who also don't love it- we try to avoid it because we the "entire" family wont eat it.