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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Megan Gorney

Comerica Michigan Green Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 549 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    55
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    21
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    56
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    173
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    21
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Megan'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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Uncompleted
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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 3 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings

Tour a Green Roof

Green and Cool Roofs

I will set up a visit or a virtual tour of a green roof in my city, and ask about the codes and process for installing a green roof.

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

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 120 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Rooftop Solar Consultation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 3 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 20 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 13
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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 25 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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Megan Gorney's avatar
    Megan Gorney 4/30/2021 1:03 PM
    This was a fun adventure, I learned a lot about sustainability or as Kip put it in last nights presentation "thriveability". I loved the outlook that we don't want to just sustain our current environment, we want it to thrive. I will continue my journey into veganism and being more self aware of my carbon footprint. The solar panels get installed on my roof in July. I found a dehydrated laundry detergent that works wonderfully, this will eliminate a lot of plastic waste for my family of 4. We will continue to look for other ways to lessen our carbon footprint and ways to thrive. Thank you for this chance to be educated, to share that knowledge with others, and apply it in a way that will make a difference. 
  • 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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    Megan Gorney 4/09/2021 9:59 AM
    I would rather use 1500 to fund a few hiking trips this summer as well as donate to local green charities on a regular basis instead of being wasteful with food. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are just three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons? How could/does regenerative agriculture positively impact you and your community?

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    Megan Gorney 4/06/2021 7:35 AM
    Our environment is not ours; it's a living organism. It is paramount to live symbiotically with it. We need it to live, it does not need us to thrive. In recognizing this hopefully more people will learn to live healthier and support businesses that preserve the environment at the cost of profit rather than destroy it for a few extra dollars.