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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Brandi Applebaum

Office Depot YP

"I will make swaps where I can, encourage others, and bring about a greater mindfulness to my daily actions."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,080 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    365
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    228
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    37
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    77
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    170
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    30
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Brandi's Actions

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and BIPOC-majority neighborhoods. I will avoid buying and using 2 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Podcasting

Listen to at least 2 eco-friendly podcast episodes during April.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Choose Recycled Paper

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

Industry

Become A Master Recycler/Composter

Recycling

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

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 10 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 3 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 29
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 10 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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Earth Month 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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Brandi Applebaum's avatar
    Brandi Applebaum 4/29/2021 12:44 PM
    i'm so excited about the changes i've made over this challenge!

  • Brandi Applebaum's avatar
    Brandi Applebaum 4/26/2021 8:09 AM
    4 more days!! Let's get as many points as we can!

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    Brandi Applebaum 4/22/2021 10:49 AM
    Happy Earth Day, Team! We're in the home stretch!
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants
    What did you learn about the climate impact of refrigerants? How do supermarkets contribute to this impact?

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    Brandi Applebaum 4/19/2021 7:01 AM
    I'm now thinking about something I didn't before. I thought solely about produce quality and plastic free but refrigeration didn't occur to me. I'm surprised to see how low my grocery stores are on the list. By shopping at Aldi or Whole Foods, I'll feel better about my food purchases.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but its carbon footprint may not be obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

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    Brandi Applebaum 4/19/2021 6:52 AM
    Asphalt and other construction materials. There's probably a lot that can be reused or recycled down from demolition sites. Construction produces a lot of waste.

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    Brandi Applebaum 4/19/2021 6:48 AM
    I'm behind on reporting my actions! 
  • 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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    Brandi Applebaum 4/13/2021 8:29 AM
    I think that overall, EVs can be safer than gasoline cars from a functionality perspective. Eco-conscious aside, I think that they're less likely to roll over and have a stronger center of gravity.

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    Brandi Applebaum 4/13/2021 8:25 AM
    It's been really nice getting outside in the middle of the day for a break between meetings.

  • Brandi Applebaum's avatar
    Brandi Applebaum 4/08/2021 11:11 AM
    I'm learning a lot and have done some initial research on energy alternatives for my unit.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Become A Master Recycler/Composter
    What could you do differently to waste less?

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    Brandi Applebaum 4/08/2021 11:10 AM
    I could repair and mend more items and use things until I can't anymore. I can use Terracycle boxes and recycling programs to ensure that any waste I may have is repurposed.