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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Sean Fox

WSP & Friends Ecochallengers

""Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing is wasted" - Jn 6:12"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,273 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    435
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    donations
    made
  • up to
    650
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    80
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    238
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    45
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    160
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    215
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    8
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    19
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Sean's Actions

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Transportation

Purchase a Carbon Offset

Efficient Aviation

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

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

Electricity

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Switch your Search Engine

Ecosia is a search engine with servers that run on 200% renewable energy, plants a tree for every ~45 searches made, and does not sell your data to 3rd parties. See ecosia.org for more information and how to set your search engine default to Ecosia

Completed
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

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

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 3 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Launch a Recycling Program

Recycling

I will set up a recycling center at my workplace or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

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

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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Make it a Habit to Drive for better MPG

By far, the best recommendation to reduce your fuel consumption is to NOT drive your car. Opt to walk or bike when you can. When you have to drive, there are a few habits to be mindful of to reduce your fuel consumption. Avoiding bad driving habits like accelerating too quickly or late braking and using your cruise control more frequently can all improve MPG. To make things more interesting, keep track of your MPG with each tank fill-up and challenge yourself or compete with a friend to improve the results each time. Click below to LEARN more driving habits to reduce your fuel consumption.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Transportation

Improve the MPG on my existing car.

Not everyone has the pocket book to purchase a new electric, hybrid or 40+ MPG vehicle. But you can still do your part to improve your current vehicle's MPG. Regular maintenance and replacement of a few key items will go a long way toward that goal. Click the LEARN button below to explore what you can do to get the most out of your tank of gas:

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Uncompleted
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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 2 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Local Perennial Biomass

Perennial Biomass Production

I will spend at least 20 minutes finding out if anyone is working on perennial biomass projects in my region and how I can get involved.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries

Small Hydropower, Micro Wind Turbines, Microgrids

I will make a donation to a nonprofit that installs microgeneration in low income countries.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

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

Buildings

Donate

Improved Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 5 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 4
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 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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 10 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

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

Electricity

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics, Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in creating or purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 5 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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn about Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Spend 15 minutes and learn about WSP as a leader in helping clients respond to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Purchase a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2—per person. That’s a lot of carbon! What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

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    Sean Fox 4/30/2021 9:04 PM
    The pandemic has forced us to all think about alternative means for travel, and moving forward I plan to be more judicious about travel of all kinds. Travel in general is important, and sometimes in person meetings are critical, but even if we all are able to make a dent in the number of flights we normally would have taken each year, the results will add up.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate My Carbon Footprint
    What stood out to you most about your carbon footprint? What surprised you or sparked curiosity? Where can you take most immediate action?

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    Sean Fox 4/30/2021 8:58 PM
    The UC Berkeley Cool Climate tool is eye-opening - I was immediately taken aback by how much airplane travel contributes to overall C footprint. Because of that, I am now looking at the purchase of C offsets, and of course when possible utilizing alternative means of travel.
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

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    Sean Fox 4/30/2021 8:56 PM
    Yes - from the research I've done as a result of the Ecochallenge it appears to be a great alternative to traditional fertilizer, and I'm looking forward to trying it in my gardens.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. In what ways (i.e. with money, time, advocacy) can you invest in geothermal energy?

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    Sean Fox 4/30/2021 8:54 PM
    Education is an important component. Geothermal is not the best solution everywhere, and it can be expensive in the early stage of development. But the potential is significant and geothermal should be explored and considered as a viable clean energy technology. This is another area in which we are supporting clients and helping to find solutions in the clean energy space.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Explore Other Electricity Solutions
    What is the most exciting solution you explored? Why is it exciting to you?

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    Sean Fox 4/30/2021 8:50 PM
    To me the most exciting aspect of clean energy solutions is the diversity of technologies applicable in different scenarios, geographies, etc. There is no "one size fits all" solution, but instead a combination of solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal, etc. - along with battery storage - could viably be deployed for effective use and eventual replacement of traditional fossil fuels.

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    Sean Fox 4/30/2021 8:43 PM
    The EcoChallenge has resulted in a powerful combination for action moving forward: witnessing the enthusiastic participation of our WSP colleagues, establishing good habits for sustainable activities, and learning more about technologies and activities that contribute to positive impacts on climate change and sustainability .

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    Sean Fox 4/29/2021 7:16 PM
    One of the best parts of the EcoChallenge has been learning about interesting technologies that may not be getting a lot of attention but are increasing in scale and making significant positive impact for reducing emissions and imparting other positive environmental impacts especially in developing nations, often most susceptible to climate change
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Donate
    How are environmental issues like black carbon and other emissions from cooking fires or rudimentary cookstoves also human health and social justice issues? Why do these issues matter to you?

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    Sean Fox 4/29/2021 7:07 PM
    These kinds of environmental issues are social justice issues and critical to solve because they results from actions that are unavoidable, as people affected do not have other technological options and must bear the brunt of these just be virtue of living/surviving. We must continue to support companies and organizations that promote technological innovations that can be utilized by developing nations.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

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    Sean Fox 4/28/2021 7:53 PM
    How can you argue with conserving energy and saving money? Another activity that can be done piece by piece. I started with new doors earlier this year, which have made a noticeable difference. Had an HVAC tuneup. Later this year planning to check on the insulation, and maybe move on to a few new windows.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Switch your Search Engine
    Will you make this your default search engine?

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    Sean Fox 4/27/2021 7:37 PM
    I have started to give Ecosia a try, and am interested in learning more. In addition to the environmental benefits, I am also interested in alternatives to the typical big tech monopolies.