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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Ricky Brown

BAP Rochester

"Get that Pizza! And save the planet"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,070 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    360
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    360
    miles
    traveled by carpool
  • up to
    250
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    4
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    8
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    110
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    48
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    330
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Ricky 's Actions

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 15 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Install A Toilet Tank Bank

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water a day or 330 gallons (1,230 L) a month by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Upgrade My Windows

Insulation

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

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

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 15 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Solutions

I will research and tell 1 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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 3 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Bird Habitat

Create a favorable habitat for birds via feeders, trees, and bird friendly perches.

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

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 8 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

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

Completed
One-Time 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

Try Carpooling

Carpooling

I will commute by carpool 20 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY 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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Ricky  Brown's avatar
    Ricky Brown 4/26/2021 8:55 AM
    Another week, another chance to make a change! Lets get that pizza y'all! 
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

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    Ricky Brown 4/22/2021 11:10 AM
    Biochar was a very interesting topic for me to read about. I remember hearing something about it as a kid in middle school but I did not know the full extent of its benefits. Along with sequestering carbon, biochar is also an excellent fertilizer as it returns nutrients into the earths soil. This is an intriguing technique which shows some promise in providing hope for our planet's future.  

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    Ricky Brown 4/22/2021 6:56 AM
    Thursday... RACE DAY. Lets get that Pizza!! What earth friendly races can you think of to try with your friends? 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Learn about Temperate Forests
    As you learn more about the scope and seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, what impact does that have on your thinking and actions? What are the parts that feel overwhelming? What parts help you feel hopeful?

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    Ricky Brown 4/21/2021 9:35 AM
    The overwhelming portions of our current environmental situation for me are the pollution in our oceans (mainly plastics), deforestation, and air pollution. What makes me feel hopeful is that we are constantly evolving and developing new technologies to help combat these issues. Another aspect that makes me feel hopeless, however, is the fact that until legislation gets involved to stop major pollution events (worldwide) like dumping trash directly into the ocean or continuously clearing out forrests, one person planting a tree in their yard really doesnt put a dent in the damage that is continuously being done. Our efforts need to be on a much larger scale if they are going to be impactful. Yes each person can do their part, but its up to our leaders around the world to end the massive scale, commercial pollution through legislation.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Install A Toilet Tank Bank
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

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    Ricky Brown 4/21/2021 7:48 AM
    One could start by installing an energy efficient toilet like I did. This will help conserve the water resources we have now before our water situation takes a drastic turn. Unfortunately in our cold climate we will need to have reserves stocked up to last throughout the winter, but rainwater can be collected and used to water flowers and plants saving on the less energy efficient options from our taps. 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Upgrade My Windows
    How does improving your home's (or office's) energy efficiency help you better live out your values?

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    Ricky Brown 4/21/2021 7:34 AM
    By increasing my home's energy efficiency, I am saving precious energy resources, reducing my carbon footprint, and saving money. It is a no brainer!  

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    Ricky Brown 4/21/2021 6:44 AM
    Its Wednesday, another great day to make mindful choices to preserve our planet! Let's get that Za y'all! 
  • 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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    Ricky Brown 4/20/2021 12:52 PM
    I learned that refrigerants are extremely bad for our environment and they are quite difficult to recycle. The Ozone layer is negatively affected by the refrigerants we commonly use. Massive supermarkets use tons of refrigerants to keep their products cool. While it is nice as a consumer it is not so nice on our carbon footprint.  
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

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    Ricky Brown 4/20/2021 12:49 PM
    When thinking about climate change, I used to think that the world was doomed. Now, looking at all of the different solutions we have come up with to help preserve our precious planet, I do not feel negatively at all. I am optimistic for our future but it will take a conscious effort from us all! 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Ricky Brown 4/20/2021 12:46 PM
    The simple answer here is to express yourself in other ways. However, if one still wanted to express themselves through their fashion while living green, they could use their old clothes and repurpose them instead of having to go to the department store to purchase more.