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Pieter de Bod

WSP West

"Be intentional about caring for the environment"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 45 TODAY
  • 340 THIS WEEK
  • 581 TOTAL

participant impact

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    1.0
    advocacy action
    completed
  • UP TO
    1.0
    Carbon Footprint
    Calculated
  • UP TO
    96
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    10
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    120
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    9.0
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    12
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    31
    trees
    planted
  • UP TO
    1.0
    water footprint
    calculated

Pieter's actions

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 120 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

Climate + Air

Choose Renewable Energy

Renewable energy options are becoming more widespread and accessible. Not only are they good for the planet, they can help save money as well. I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will contact them to advocate for this option in the future.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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

Freshwater + Oceans

Low Water Gardening

Grass lawns are water-intensive and on average require about 30 percent of a household’s water consumption. Native plants are water-efficient and help maintain the balance and diversity of local ecosystems. I will plant native species with water-efficient plants to conserve water and improve the habitat, then post a photo on the feed to share.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 96 hours in my community.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Leave No Trace

I will respect and protect biotic communities by practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace whenever I am outside.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

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

Land + Forests

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Smart Seafood Choices

We need to support healthy seafood populations. I will spend 4 minutes learning about sustainable seafood choices, commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean, and share what I learned on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Consume only Needs vs Wants

The more stuff we consume, the more greenhouse gasses we put into the atmosphere. I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach this month and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Plant Trees

Trees capture carbon and produce oxygen that is essential to life on earth. I will support this important piece of nature by organizing or joining a community group to plant 20 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When marine wildlife ingest plastic, they have a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Understand My Water Footprint

Each of us has a water footprint, directly linked to our daily activities as well as the water required in the production of things we use each day. Understanding our water use is important for a healthy planet. I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste, then share what I learned on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Take the Veg Pledge!

Eating a plant-based diet is one of the most impactful (and delicious) ways to reduce your environmental footprint. Follow the link below to join WSP's week-long Veg Pledge and eat vegetarian or vegan from 22-28 April. Take it one step further and host a plant-based pot-luck in your office during April!

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

WSP - Read WSP's Latest ESG Report And Explore the ESG Canopy Page

Learn more about WSP's sustainability journey and what we are doing to reach our climate goals.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

WSP - JOIN OR START A GREEN TEAM IN YOUR OFFICE

WSP's Green Team volunteer program empowers employees passionate about sustainability to lead green initiatives for their local offices and communities. Follow the link below to learn more about WSP's Green Team program and sign-up to join or start one in your office today!

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

WSP - ELECTRIFY AND REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Whether your rent or own your home, signing up with YellowTin taking advantage of their 1:1 concierge service will help you understand the costs, savings, and incentives for everything needed to transition to an all-electric lifestyle! Use the link below to register and earn these one-time action points.

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Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


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    Pieter de Bod 4/12/2024 3:04 AM
    I planted two Portulacaria Afra tree's. This plant has an exeptional ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by acting like a carbon sponge, improving the quality of air we breathe. More specifically, Portulacaria Afra can absorb between four to ten tonnes of carbon per hectare. This incredible tree uses carbon to make plant tissue and produce oxygen. This plant's capacity to offset harmful carbon emissions is compared to that of moist, subtropical forests. This remarkable plant is unique in that it stores solar energy to perform photosynthesis at night. This makes a a thicket 10 times more effective per hectare at carbon fixing than any tropical rainforest.

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    Pieter de Bod 4/11/2024 7:19 AM
    Eating again vegetarian today, saving on carbon footprint by not consuming meat. Watering plants with rain water.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Calculate My Carbon Impact
    Where in your life do you emit the most carbon? What change are you willing to make in your daily life to reduce this output?

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    Pieter de Bod 4/10/2024 11:29 AM
    Generating hot water for the house, and driving around using fossil fuels.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Choose Renewable Energy
    If you are already signed up for your utility's renewable option, what other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage? If your company doesn't offer a renewable option, were they open to your request of this in the future?

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    Pieter de Bod 4/10/2024 11:27 AM
    Installing Solar PV cells to generate power for the house and installing electrical water heater powered from the solar system.

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    Pieter de Bod 4/10/2024 11:18 AM
    We had a great all vegetarian meal tonight. Kids loved it.

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    Pieter de Bod 4/09/2024 5:20 AM
    Learning about ecosystems and the importance of the interdependency of fauna and on each other. Disturbing ecosystems is worse compared to disturbing just one specie of plant or animal.


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    Pieter de Bod 4/09/2024 5:19 AM
    Learning about ecosystems and the importance of the interdependency of fauna and on each other. Disturbing ecosystems is worse compared to disturbing just one specie of plant or animal.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests 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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    Pieter de Bod 4/08/2024 7:22 AM
    We share clothes for our kids, and we borrow clothes for them , this saves money, and reuse the clothes as the kids grow out of them.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Low Water Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

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    Pieter de Bod 4/08/2024 7:20 AM
    Our area is a winter rainfall region, and gets very dry in summer. Using rainwater harvesting tanks and indigenous plants reduce water consumption dramatically.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Low Water Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

    Pieter de Bod's avatar
    Pieter de Bod 4/08/2024 7:20 AM
    Our area is a winter rainfall region, and gets very dry in summer. Using rainwater harvesting tanks and indigenous plants reduce water consumption dramatically.