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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Keisha Armstrong

Office Depot Women of Color

"To live a full, balanced and healthy life ❤."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,033 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    210
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    495
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    3
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Keisha's Actions

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics, Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in creating or purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Buildings

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Shop from a Vegan and/or Cruelty Free brand

Shopping from a Vegan or Cruelty Free brand is better because Cruelty-Free products are generally healthier. When you opt for products not tested on animals, you're also ditching the bad chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and synthetic dyes. Vegan cosmetics have proven to be better for those who have sensitive skin because they're composed of fewer ingredients than some non-vegan cosmetics. The addition of additional ingredients can increase your chances of developing a rash, acne, dry skin and so on.

Completed
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

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 120 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time 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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

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

Health and Education

Connect With A Nonprofit

Health and Education

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on issues affecting women, girls, and/or trans and nonbinary people in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 500 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

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 45 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.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Launch a Recycling Program

Recycling

I will set up a recycling center at my workplace or school.

Uncompleted
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 6
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

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

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 120 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Give a Microloan

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will give 1 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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 for a Daily Walk

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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Keisha Armstrong's avatar
    Keisha Armstrong 4/30/2021 3:03 PM
    I enjoyed the Earth Month EcoChallenge. It has stretched me and challenged me to do better and be more intentional on all aspects of how I live and what I am contributing to making the world a better place - more clean, more sustainable and more beautiful for the generations to come.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Research Heat Pumps
    Why is taking action on climate change important to you? Why do you care?

    Keisha Armstrong's avatar
    Keisha Armstrong 4/30/2021 3:02 PM
    Taking action on climate change is important to me for the sake of our future generations. They deserve a beautiful world to grow up in and explore; protected from disaster and disease and able to learn about all the wonders of the world. None of us should have to endure extreme heat / cold and we shouldn't have to worry about large land masses disappearing. Plus, it feels good to give back. There is fulfillment in planting life back into the earth and being mindful about what I use and how it impacts the earth.

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    Keisha Armstrong 4/29/2021 1:13 PM
    Singing .... “It’s the final count down” 🎶
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

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    Keisha Armstrong 4/29/2021 1:13 PM
    Office Depot holds great pride in our 5C culture. While working remote we encourage implementation of the 5C’s in many ways from virtual celebrations (CARING), using new innovations while presenting for better engagement (CREATIVITY) and using break out rooms also when holding virtual coffee chats, among other cool developments. It’s been great to have the connection to our leaders for events such as round table discussions where we can see them, ask questions and hear them out on issues that matter to the company and OD associates (COMMITMENT). It’s a great way to network and meet different people not just from our Florida locations but across the US.

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    Keisha Armstrong 4/28/2021 7:25 PM
    2 more days to go! 😆
    This honestly has gone by so quickly.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

    Keisha Armstrong's avatar
    Keisha Armstrong 4/28/2021 7:24 PM
    Repurpose 
    Rethink
    Rent
    Recharge


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    Keisha Armstrong 4/27/2021 6:30 PM
    3 days to GOOOO 🎉🎉🎉🎉
    Let’s finish strong 💪🏽 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about 'Green Gentrification'
    Cities and towns need to plan for climate change. How can your city or town make its climate action plans equitable and socially just?

    Keisha Armstrong's avatar
    Keisha Armstrong 4/26/2021 7:40 PM
    Some climate action plans I found which are equitable and socially just are:
    • A healthy climate and air quality for all 
    • Access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity, water, and transportation
    • An inclusive, just, and pollution-free energy economy with high- quality jobs 
    • Safe, healthy communities and infrastructure
    In Port Saint Lucie they are hosting info sessions that teach residents the fundamentals of climate science and about locally documented impacts.

  • Keisha Armstrong's avatar
    Keisha Armstrong 4/25/2021 5:17 PM
    The FINAL WEEK is here 🎉🎉🎉
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about the Legacy of Redlining
    How does city planning and design relate to equity and climate change?

    Keisha Armstrong's avatar
    Keisha Armstrong 4/25/2021 5:16 PM
    Social Equity according to the American Planning Association site is defined as “the active commitment to fairness, justice, and equality in the formulation of public policy, distribution of public services, implementation of public policy, and management of all institutions serving the public directly of by contract.”

    This relates to equity and climate change because advocating for policies that support equity in all aspects of planning at local, state, and federal levels allows for greater access to healthier food, modern housing, safer/cleaner neighborhoods, closer to better schools and more community resources.

    This can be a powerful tool for farmland, open space and habitat preservation.

    This also creates economic opportunity while preserving agricultural-based economies, and cultural and natural resources, thereby adding value to the community.