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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Deborah Clevenger

Eco Warriors

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 896 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    330
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    19
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    777
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    35
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    32
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Deborah's Actions

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

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 17
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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 16
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 16
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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 45 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

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

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 45 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 4 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

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

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 30 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • 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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    Deborah Clevenger 4/30/2021 5:18 PM
    In our region you can look up online to see what is advised by area and what is safe to eat for adults, woman and children. I’m not a huge fan of seafood but what I do eat follows guidelines. However I am working on incorporating additional seafood choices into our dinner menus. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Deborah Clevenger 4/30/2021 5:15 PM
    We use the left over vegetable pieces when we make homemade soup or just broth. We also use the leftover parts of fruit for baking muffins. When we make mashed potatoes we use the whole potato skin and all. 
  • 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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    Deborah Clevenger 4/30/2021 4:48 PM
    I’d rather use this money on things I like to do, day trips, travel, by books, donate to charities etc. 
  • 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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    Deborah Clevenger 4/29/2021 10:51 AM
    The biggest benefit of eating/serving smaller portions is being healthier overall. Portion control helps you digest your food easier, can help with maintaining weight, and can help with maintaining a healthy blood sugar level. 





  • Reflection Question
    Industry Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Deborah Clevenger 4/29/2021 10:47 AM
    I already incorporate the R’s in our lifestyle as much as possible, but I also believe that their are still ways to continue doing so that I may not be doing 100%. It makes me feel good as a person and also as a family they we do what we can to help. 



  • 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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    Deborah Clevenger 4/29/2021 10:45 AM
    From what I’ve read typically the richer the communities are the more meat people eat in those places.
     The climate impact of meat can accelerate global warming. The impact on people could be increased risk of cancer and other diseases such as obesity, diabetes etc. 
  • 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?

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    Deborah Clevenger 4/29/2021 10:33 AM
    Our household could use reusable bags not just for groceries, we could choose our purchases wisely and always make sure to recycle everytime you can. Also we could avoid single use containers, utensils etc.

  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Deborah Clevenger 4/28/2021 5:03 PM
    When I am mindful about my eating I eat better. I am more conscious of what I’m
    Eating, how good it is for me and I choose foods that are better for my overall health 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Deborah Clevenger 4/27/2021 5:54 PM
    While I don’t necessarily use plastic bags regularly, I do sometimes. I could use reusable plastic bags. Cotten bags. Composite bags. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Deborah Clevenger 4/23/2021 2:58 PM
    Until this Challenge I had never heard of silvopasture. Now I understand a little bit more of what it means. I would say that one of the biggest advantage would be the shade and shelter for livestock from the trees.