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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Carolee Dagenais

Team Guidewire

"I'm on a mission to do better for the world I live in!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,488 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,785
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    42
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    203
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    48
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    64
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,400
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    4
    people
    helped
  • up to
    74
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    270
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Carolee's Actions

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove from my current diet the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Local farming at Alemany Farm - San Francisco

Learn more about the community sustaining farming model of Alemany Farm in San Francisco

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Research Peatlands

Peatland Protection and Rewetting

I will spend 30 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Better Fishing Practices

Watched the documentary Seaspiracy. Will learn which organizations to support.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 20 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Hear Hasten Regeneration talk about their reforestation projects

Join our GGB Getting to Know event with Hasten Regeneration, a cause focused on developing innovative Miyawaki reforestation projects around the world this Thursday, 4/8 at 9 - 9:45am PT!  Hear from the founders, Sheeba Sen and Peter Coughlan talk about their inspiring journey in creating Hasten Regeneration and how you can support their reforestation projects through the GGB program. Sign up here for the link to the Zoom session! - https://guidewire.benevity.org/volunteer/204

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

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 24
DAILY 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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

Completed
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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Fix Leaky Faucets

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities. Fixing leaky faucets can save up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 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

Local Perennial Biomass

Perennial Biomass Production

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out if anyone is working on perennial biomass projects in my region and how I can get involved.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

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

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 30
DAILY 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

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Express My Support For Equitable Biking Infrastructure

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact bike routes and express my support for better biking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Clean Up

Coastal Clean up at local beaches

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management

I will research and support local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Give a Microloan

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will give 4 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Carolee Dagenais's avatar
    Carolee Dagenais 4/30/2021 3:02 PM
    Last day of challenge, thanks for organizing. Will take these lessons into the future!

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    Carolee Dagenais 4/28/2021 3:21 PM
    This week has been a little more tough with work but still trying to get things done!

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    Carolee Dagenais 4/19/2021 1:15 PM
    Had a chance to spend time at the beach this weekend, I want to help this clean and safe for future generations! 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Hear Hasten Regeneration talk about their reforestation projects
    What is one thing you learn during the session?

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    Carolee Dagenais 4/18/2021 6:07 PM
    That as a community, you can turn former barren land and turn it into a climate forest. The work going on here is amazing! It's so cool that you can do this around the world with the idea of dense forests. 

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    Carolee Dagenais 4/18/2021 5:32 PM
    Had a great weekend outdoors. Looked for alternatives to plastic doggie waste bags :). Recycled some clothes while cleaning out closets.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Research Peatlands
    Much of Indonesia's peatlands have been drained so they could be replaced with palm oil or pulp and paper plantations. How can you make choices that help to protect peatlands, even if you live far away from one?

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    Carolee Dagenais 4/12/2021 12:15 PM
    reduce palm oil usage so it does not encourage more areas creating space for palm oil. Support organizations trying to preserve peatlands. 
  • 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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    Carolee Dagenais 4/12/2021 12:09 PM
    Some of the challenges we have in my area are that we are not "super urban." Because we aren't super populous, it makes it challenging to bring some alternative energy sources or cutting-edge techniques- re green refrigeration and biomass fuel.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Local Perennial Biomass
    Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe states that "The reason we care about climate change is because it affects the people and places that we care about." What is happening (or will happen) in your area that will affect the people and places you care about?

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    Carolee Dagenais 4/12/2021 12:07 PM
    There is discussion around grass biomass in Norther Maine as an alternative energy source. It would be converted to pellets to replace wood for pellet stoves
  • 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?

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    Carolee Dagenais 4/12/2021 12:01 PM
    I would love our city to create more green buildings or green walls where plants can grow and people can enjoy visiting these spaces. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Express My Support For Equitable Biking Infrastructure
    What do you like most about biking in your city? What would you like to improve?

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    Carolee Dagenais 4/12/2021 11:59 AM
    Portland Me Area does a great job creating space for biking trails and preserves. Both road biking, trail rides, and mountain biking are available. An area of improvement would be to do what larger cities are doing for people to have access to community bikes they can use and drop at a different part of town.