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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Greg Apodaca

Community 2.0

"Thriving People Creating a Sustainable Planet"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 605 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    125
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    4
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    70
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    12
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    320
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    8
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Greg's Actions

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go by Bike

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 3 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 15 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 1
DAILY ACTION

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Calculate My Carbon Footprint

All Drawdown Solutions

I will calculate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce my negative impact on the environment.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Host a Film Screening

Health and Education

I will host a virtual film screening and discussion about women's and gender equality issues.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 15 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Start a Social Media Campaign

Health and Education

Through social media, I will raise awareness about gender inequity in education by sharing the information found in the links below.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Combat the Heat Island Effect

I will plant a tree or shrub at home or in my community to combat the heat island effect.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 30 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings

Learn about making my home/workplace more energy efficient.

I will commit to learn about and take action to make my home/workplace more energy efficient.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Reduce Single Use Plastics (SUP) and/or Disposables

I will commit to purchase fewer SUPs and learn and use alternative options.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Advocate for Compost where I work or volunteer

I will speak up and ask if it is possible to implement composting methods at my work or place(s) where I volunteer.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 15 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars, Efficient Trucks

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

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

Electricity

Advocate for Solar Installation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Rooftop Solar Consultation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 5 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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    Greg Apodaca 4/30/2021 4:46 PM
    Wow! This is a great web site! So educational. Loved the gentle reminders to do. more stuff and. check in frequently. I learned a lot about how to live more sustainably, my not-so-great habits, and also great things I am already doing. I am looking forward to participating in future challenges so I can learn how to use the web site more effectively and score more points. Thanks!

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    Greg Apodaca 4/28/2021 3:01 PM
    Gotta say that engaging in a meditation retreat that recommends meatless meals and rrecipes has shown me how delicious meatless meals can be. It will be easier for our family now to pursue 85% meatless living. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Support a Community Garden
    What are the multiple benefits of community gardens, including carbon sequestration? Why do these benefits matter to you?

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    Greg Apodaca 4/28/2021 2:56 PM
    Our community garden at home feeds us and also prevents the use of pesticides and fertilizers since we use non in our aeroponic tower garden. It matter to us that our family east healthier when we grow our own food and share our food with friends. 

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    Greg Apodaca 4/20/2021 9:12 AM
    I appreciate the email reminders to check in and they have helped me be more aware of the challenge and my actions. I don't check in every day so daily. challenges aren't working for me to keep an accurate accounting of my actions. for example, I hiked Saturday and Sunday but didn't check in til Tuesday and I was unable to go back and list results for exploring nature areas. Weekly goals would work better for me. I've heard a lot of folks say the. same thing, its hard to check in every day, so better options for tracking are needed.  
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation 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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    Greg Apodaca 4/05/2021 11:38 AM
    Our family has given up one car and switched to a hybrid for our remaining car. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

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    Greg Apodaca 4/01/2021 5:00 PM
    Fertilizer. I got tired of throwing away and thus wasting food scraps and yard clippings so I hired 301 Organics to compost for me and give students a chance to learn about composting at the same time. 

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    Greg Apodaca 4/01/2021 4:57 PM
    The climate is in a state of emergency. I feel like what I can do, I must do, to help save the Earth as our home. That's why I am leading Community 2.0 to mobilize our community to take actions such as these in the Ecochallenge platform. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Start a Social Media Campaign
    How are people responding to the statistics you're sharing on social media?

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    Greg Apodaca 4/01/2021 4:55 PM
    Response is starting and hopefully will grow as the month progresses and we post  more often in many places.