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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Eric Fialkovich

Allegheny County Employees

Points Total

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  • 192 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning

Eric's Actions

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 10 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Local Perennial Biomass

Perennial Biomass Production

I will spend at least 10 minutes finding out if anyone is working on perennial biomass projects in my region and how I can get involved.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

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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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Advocate for Wetland Protection

Coastal Wetland Protection

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or representative to advocate for policies that protect wetlands.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Express My Support For Walkable Cities

Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Contact your Elected Officials

Abandoned Farmland Restoration

I will contact 2 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars, Efficient Trucks

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Advocate for Solar Installation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Purchase Food from a Sustainable Pittsburgh Designated Restaurant

I will purchase food from a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant. Establishments that have earned a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation have demonstrated a commitment to take economic, environmental, and social actions that benefit the region. See the link provided for more information and a list of designated restaurants.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore an Allegheny County Parks Trail

Get connected with nature in one of our own Allegheny County Parks. Explore one or more of the many well-marked hiking trails throughout the parks. The link outlines different options for finding and navigating each trail, including a smart phone app.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn About Hydro-Electric Power

Learn about the new hydro-electric plant that will provide clean energy to county facilities!

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Feed

  • 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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    Eric Fialkovich 4/26/2021 7:44 AM
    I like being able to bike to friend's houses and restaurants so that I can get exercise and enjoy the outdoors. I would like to feel safer on the streets and have more alternatives to sharing roads with cars (like taking a path thru the park or having dedicated bike trails / lanes)
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Express My Support For Walkable Cities
    How could better walking infrastructure make your city both more enjoyable and more equitable?

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    Eric Fialkovich 4/26/2021 7:42 AM
    Better walking infrastructure can reduce the need for cars and also help create scenic areas that more people can stop to enjoy instead of worrying about parking and accessibility. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Advocate for Wetland Protection
    Why is it important to protect wetlands?

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    Eric Fialkovich 4/26/2021 7:41 AM
    Besides preserving the unique wildlife that lives there, it has benefits for us too. Wetlands can help control flooding and act as a carbon sink.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail
    What are the factors that influence your choice of transportation? These can include things like money, time, and convenience, as well as perceptions of danger or safety. What would need to change for you to regularly choose more climate-friendly options?

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    Eric Fialkovich 4/26/2021 7:35 AM
    Convenience may be the #1 factor. Also safety when it comes to riding my bike. I would need warmer weather and a safer route to work to feel comfortable biking more.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Advocate for Solar Installation
    How does advocating for rooftop solar connect to your values? How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

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    Eric Fialkovich 4/26/2021 7:34 AM
    I want clean air. Maybe eventually the cost of clean energy will be cheaper than dirty. If you factor in our health, I think it already is cheaper.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Advocate For More Packaging Options
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Eric Fialkovich 4/26/2021 7:05 AM
    I am concerned that we will never be able to transition away from single-use plastics. Especially in medicine and research.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Advocate For Greener Vehicles
    How does advocating for green vehicles in your community connect to your values? How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to fuel-efficient vehicles?

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    Eric Fialkovich 4/26/2021 7:03 AM
    I want a cleaner world with a car that is fuel-efficient. However, I think I should use my current car until it dies. That way it doesn't end up in a landfill until it absolutely needs to be or we have the technology to recycle it.

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    Eric Fialkovich 4/26/2021 6:49 AM
    I joined the challenge to educate myself about our planet. I am trying to make improvements to my lifestyle and share this knowledge with others.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Contact your Elected Officials
    Do you have any personal connections to a farm or farmland? If so, what are they? What feelings are evoked for you when thinking about declining farmland?

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    Eric Fialkovich 4/26/2021 6:46 AM
    I have worked a few times picking peaches and apples and peppers on a friend's farm. It is hard work that doesn't pay well. But it is fulfilling.