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Chad Blumeyer

MSOL Twin Cities

"Let's make the world healthier, safer, smarter and more sustainable."

POINTS TOTAL

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participant impact

  • UP TO
    1
    energy audit
    conducted
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    1
    Carbon Footprint
    Calculated
  • UP TO
    28
    pounds
    waste composted
  • UP TO
    32
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    25
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1
    waste audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    1
    community event
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    30
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    345
    minutes
    spent learning

Chad's actions

Land + Forests

Compost Food Waste

Food in the landfill is one of the main sources of greenhouse gasses. I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill per day by composting my food.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Online Energy Audit

Energy use and waste is often invisible. 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

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Endangered Species

Wildlife and biodiversity play an important role on our planet and are being threatened each year. I will spend 60 minutes each day learning about the current status of local or global wildlife and how I can align my actions to support their livelihood.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

When traveling, I will seek souvenirs that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 60 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Save the Bees

Bees are vital to ecosystems. To help save the bees, I will learn which local flowers provide nectar and plant them in my backyard or in a pot on my balcony.

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Climate + Air

Calculate My Carbon Impact

Carbon emissions can show up in many surprising ways in our life. I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how lifestyle changes could reduce the carbon footprint and impacts on the environment.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Regenerative Agriculture and Me

Regenerative agriculture focuses on farming and ranching in a way that supports life and restores the soil. I will spend 30 minutes learning about regenerative agriculture and find out if any nearby farms practice regenerative agriculture.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 60 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood, office, or campus (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Choose Eco-Friendly Wood and Paper

Trees provide food and habitat for local wildlife species, shade our streets and homes, and help keep our air and water clean by capturing pollutants. Buying products that help protect forests makes a difference. I will only purchase wood, furniture, and paper products from ecologically certified sources such as Forest Stewardship Council.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Personal Waste Audit

The waste we create daily can go unnoticed. I will track the waste I create in a day and post a photo log on the feed to see how much I create and where I can make different choices to reduce my waste going forward.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Dishwasher Efficiency

Hand washing dishes can use more energy and hot water than a dishwasher. To save water, I will use a dishwasher and scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Itr's estimated over a billion water bottles are thrown away each year. Even if they were recycled, that still uses energy and resources from the earth. I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Reduce Pollutants in Cleaning

Understanding cleaning product ingredients and their effect on water and biodiversity is helpful to our consumer choices. I will spend 30 minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Cooking Oil Disposal

Pouring cooking oil down the drain can cause damage to waterways and ecosystems. I will learn how to properly dispose of cooking oil to help support healthy ecosystems.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will organize or participate in a trash pickup at a local river, beach, or natural body of water.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 60 minutes learning more about the importance of freshwater + ocean conservation, and how I can reduce my water use. I will share what I learn with people in person, on social media, and on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Keep My Community Clean

At times it may not feel like it's up to us to keep our community clean and healthy, but we all have a role to play. Each day I am outside, I will pick up any litter I see.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

Borrow Before I Buy

Why buy something I will only use once or a few times if someone nearby has it for me to borrow, and why not share something I have that someone may only need a few times a year? To reduce my consumption and waste, I will create or support the sharing economy with friends, family, colleagues or neighbors.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Share My "Why"

I will record a video to share why I am taking action this Earth Month, a sustainable swap I've made, and/or a local conservation effort in my area.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

JOIN OR CREATE A GREEN TEAM AT EMERSON

I will continue to contribute to Emerson's environmental sustainability goals beyond April by learning more about the Global Green Teams Network, joining a team near me, or maybe even creating a new team.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY AT EMERSON

I will sign up to the Sustainability Aficionados distribution list to receive global news on sustainability at Emerson, including world news and Greening OF, BY, and WITH news.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

ATTEND THE ECOCHALLENGE CONSERVATION WEBINAR

On Wed 24th April, I will attend the Earth Month Ecochallenge Webinar on Conservation to learn about what individuals, companies and other organizations can do to promote biodiversity and nature protection.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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    Chad Blumeyer 5/01/2024 11:16 AM
    I learned that I still have a lot to learn about how to save this planet!

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    Chad Blumeyer 4/30/2024 7:38 PM
    We made it! Another EARTH MONTH ECO CHALLENGE complete. See you again next time.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Invest in Nature
    What did you learn about how investing can support the environment and create a more sustainable world?

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    Chad Blumeyer 4/30/2024 11:53 AM
    Listened to a "WTR Sustainable Investing Surveyor Podcast" episode that talked to a Canadian company who is actively working to deploy carbon reduction projects world-wide. As I understand it, they invest the needed capital funds upfront, claim the carbon reduction credits when implemented projects are verified (e.g. X thousand of carbon capturing trees got planted in India), and then sell those credits to businesses / firms who want to purchase an offset against their emissions. The carbon trade and free markets are in action by the sounds of it all.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Online Energy Audit
    Where did you do an energy audit (work, home, school, other) and what did you learn?

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    Chad Blumeyer 4/30/2024 9:35 AM
    I did a quick energy audit of my office space and reflected on my consumption of power. Our Emerson facility recently upgraded to a higher efficiency HVAC system, so power used for climate control has been improved. The task lighting at my desk is LED and setup on motion detection so it shuts off when no one is present. I took action to plug my computer and monitors into a power strip that I can power down and avoid the "vampire power suck" after I leave work for the day!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Personal Waste Audit
    What are the results of your waste audit and what did you learn? How can you reduce your waste going forward?

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    Chad Blumeyer 4/29/2024 3:49 PM
    One of the things that came out on the top of my personal waste audit list was plastic beverage bottles. Recently learning that recycling of plastic material is more wish-cycling than fact, I've decided to switch my consumption to beverages in aluminum cans instead of plastic. I feel more confident that the metal packaging will effectively make it's way through the reuse cycle and avoid ending up as an environmental pollutant.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Borrow Before I Buy
    How did you participate in the sharing economy? (Consider posting a photo!) What are the benefits of a sharing economy? How could a sharing economy change the dynamics you have with friends, family and/or neighbors?

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    Chad Blumeyer 4/26/2024 1:22 PM
    I stopped by the "product re-use room" at the Hazardous Waste Drop Off site in my community today. You can browse the many partially used containers of paints, household cleaners, and other consumer-use chemicals that are all FREE for residents to take! I got a mostly full jug of deck / fence wood cleaner that I'll put to use on an upcoming home maintenance project.

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      Kieran Wade 4/26/2024 1:41 PM
      Wow, I didn't even know that was a thing! Going to have to look into that in my new area once I move.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community ATTEND THE ECOCHALLENGE CONSERVATION WEBINAR
    What did you learn in the webinar? Did anything surprise you?

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    Chad Blumeyer 4/24/2024 9:49 AM
    From Giovanna's presentation during the ECOCHALLENGE Conservation Webinar, I learned that it's not just the quantity of individuals that remain for a species to be considered "healthy" and not "threatened", but also the occurrence of generically diverse variants that's important as well. It was an interesting and informative session... thanks for providing me the opportunity to learn something new!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel? What results did you see? Please consider posting a photo of your cleanup!

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    Chad Blumeyer 4/18/2024 12:30 PM
    On this day, I helped to lead a "campus cleanup" event at my EMR work site in Eden Prairie - MN - USA. Among just a few of us, we collected 4 medium sized bags of trash in a little over an hour. I think the brightly colored plastic food bags / wrappers are the ugliest because they visibly stand-out when you look across an otherwise green and beautifully landscaped property right next to a lake! Clear plastic over-wrap and foam inserts from shipping cartons seemed to contribute the most volume of garbage we picked up. TAKEAWAY OF THE DAY: when you do generate packaging waste, please keep it contained within the refuse bin so it makes a proper journey to the landfill... and doesn't go into an outdoor space like a lake, river, or ocean!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Endangered Species
    What endangered species did you learn about and what did you learn?

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    Chad Blumeyer 4/03/2024 11:22 AM
    I learned more about Monarch butterflies that are an endangered species in my area. I had known before that Milkweed plant was important for them, but learned that it's the ONLY plant that the butterfly offspring can eat during the early stage of their lifecycle. Help plant and spread the Millkweed!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Cooking Oil Disposal
    Did anything about this action surprise you? Do you use more or less oil than you thought?

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    Chad Blumeyer 4/01/2024 10:52 AM
    Disposing of used cooking oil has always been a hassle! That's why I like my air fryer appliance so much! It still results in some grease to dispose of in the trash (NOT down the sink drain!) but it's a lot less than submerged frying. ;)