April 3 - April 24, 2019

Ann Richard

Team SouthCoast

"This is a really great challenge to engage others in environmental issues."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,542 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    600
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    65
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    47
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    18
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    7
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    6
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    225
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Ann's 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

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Fix Leaky Faucets

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 20 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 15 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

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

Electricity Generation

Rooftop Solar Consultation

#10 Rooftop Solar

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

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

Land Use

Choose Better Wood Products

#38 Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Plan to Insulate

#31 Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 20
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

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 19
DAILY 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 19
DAILY ACTIONS

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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 50 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Social Justice

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

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 6 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Make School More Affordable

#6 Educating Girls

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Feed


  • Ann Richard 4/21/2019 10:53 AM
    I feel excited that so many more people in our community have participated this year.  My mother even join and just said to me that she felt bad she wasn't filling out so many parts of the challenge but she read them and realized that she was doing a lot of the suggestions already.  Im sure that why I am also doing so much.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

    Ann Richard 4/21/2019 10:50 AM
    Yes, I had heard about it before because it is mentioned in a book I read and also in a movie I saw.  Food Nation maybe.  It is so much better to keep the trees and pasture more natural for the animals and also for the farm.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Choose Recycled Paper
    Good job on choosing recycled paper! How can you take your action a step further?

    Ann Richard 4/18/2019 9:48 AM
    We can try to use less paper completely.  Most faculty members at school do not have their students print out assignments any more.  They use services online like Turn it In.
    which saves paper and also helps with research  and academic honesty.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

    Ann Richard 4/18/2019 9:47 AM
    I feel that more people are aware of what is happening and I know that I am trying to do my part.  I try in so many ways to spread the word about climate change and everything that is happening.  It makes me feel better to be doing something about trying to change people's attitudes and ways.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

    Ann Richard 4/18/2019 9:45 AM
    We have rain barrels in five different locations in our yard.  We use this water collected for watering the plants and veggies and also to use for the chickens.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Explore Other Food Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Ann Richard 4/18/2019 9:38 AM
    I learned about a new type of rice and way to plant it in Bangladesh so that the effects of Climate Change are not completely ruining their soil.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Rooftop Solar Consultation
    Identify some ways in which modern human societies have become unsustainable. What kind of roles do individuals have in creating and changing practices in society?

    Ann Richard 4/18/2019 9:36 AM
    Our modern human society is far too reliant on fossil fuels in general.  We need to continue the conversation to keep adding new alternative energy sources to the main stream of people's lives.

  • Ann Richard 4/17/2019 4:22 AM
    I am having a great time working on this eco challenge again this year.  Each morning I check in and read about different things that are happening and reading about new ideas that we can do in our community. I wish there was an app. for the Drawndown eco challenge.  Maybe next year someone can create one.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Express My Support
    How could better walking infrastructure make your city both more enjoyable and more equitable?

    Ann Richard 4/17/2019 4:20 AM
    It would be great if more people walked to stores and places in town then they could see different things along the road that they all miss when they drive by quickly.  I think the roads would be cleaner and people would appreciate what we have.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

    Ann Richard 4/17/2019 4:19 AM
    If everyone made a small effort to change their habits in their own homes then we would be on the way to creating a more sustainable community.  We should all model for others who do not take the time to learn about alternative energy and efficiency.