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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Dan Catalano

Deloitte Boston Office

"I am hoping to learn actionable ways to make a positive impact!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,051 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    27
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    18
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    392
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    36
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Dan's Actions

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

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 24
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 24
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 25
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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Dan Catalano 4/30/2021 6:23 AM
    Last day of the earth month challenge! I will definitely continue the habits that I've started developing through this challenge.

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    Dan Catalano 4/22/2021 6:55 AM
    Happy Earth Day! Seeing the numbers associated with my efforts over the last 22 days is eye opening! 
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

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    Dan Catalano 4/16/2021 7:24 AM
    My diet choices fall under the MA advisory. Though it was interesting how varied the different regions all are! 

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    Dan Catalano 4/13/2021 6:35 PM
    The daily check-ins keep me thinking about my challenges and keep me motivated to add progress! 

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    Dan Catalano 4/10/2021 9:04 AM
    Keeping a log of my food waste makes me want to finish my meals or I’ll feel guilty. I need to improve on taking smaller portions!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

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    Dan Catalano 4/07/2021 3:54 PM
    Reusable/ refillable soap dispensers! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

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    Dan Catalano 4/06/2021 2:04 PM
    Aside from environmental benefits, we will see both health and monetary benefits from eating smaller portions. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Dan Catalano 4/06/2021 2:03 PM
    People may tend to throw food away after the use by, sell by , or most commonly, the best by date. Knowing the differences and specifics allow us to waste less food. If the sell by date is reached, that doesn't have an impact on whether your food is safe to eat or not.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Dan Catalano 4/06/2021 1:49 PM
    I would imagine that meat is comparably more expensive globally than other food options. Richer countries can afford meat but eat it at the same cadence as other countries would eat vegetables. As meat is more caloric than vegetables, this can cause richer countries to be more overweight on average. And as meat is energy-intensive to produce in mass quantities, it pollutes the planet. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. How would you rather use this money?

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    Dan Catalano 4/06/2021 1:44 PM
    I would much rather spend that money on some new camping gear!