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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Meghan Jones

WSP & Friends Ecochallengers

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,108 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    217
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    8
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

Meghan's 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

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Communicate With My Elected Officials

Onshore Wind Turbines, Offshore Wind Turbines

I will write or call 1 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

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

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

Explore Other Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

All Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

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

Buildings

Research Retrofitting Incentives

Building Retrofitting

I will spend at least 15 minutes finding out if my city, region, state, or country offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

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

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Connect With A Nonprofit

Health and Education

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on issues affecting women, girls, and/or trans and nonbinary people in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching how people can build with carbon-storing materials - including agricultural byproducts - and discuss it with my peers in person or by posting to social media.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 15 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

Public Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Advocate for Forest Protection

Forest Protection

I will contact 2 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws, as well as the rights of local people to protect and restore the land in their communities.

Completed
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.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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  • Meghan Jones's avatar
    Meghan Jones 4/30/2021 5:12 PM
    We are in a strong third place! Keep it up, team! Just a few more hours to go. :)
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Research Barriers to Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women's equal participation and/or representation in your community?

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    Meghan Jones 4/30/2021 5:11 PM
    I just posted this in response to a different question, but equal participation in conversation is a barrier. People (not just men) often assume that my husband is THE decision-maker when it comes to things like home-buying, hardware purchases, contractors, finances, etc. In reality, we make decisions together. This false assumption cuts women out of lots of important decisions and leadership roles.
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Connect With A Nonprofit
    What are the most pressing issues for women, girls, and trans/nonbinary people in your community?

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    Meghan Jones 4/30/2021 5:07 PM
    Safety is always a pressing issue. In addition, I notice in my community that men automatically talk to each other rather than to women, especially with regard to financial transactions and property decisions. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Improve the MPG on my existing car.
    What do you think of this added credit?

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    Meghan Jones 4/30/2021 4:34 PM
    I appreciate the tips on improving the MPG on my existing car! I had no idea that an air filter could affect efficiency.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Express My Support For Walkable Cities
    How could better walking infrastructure make your city both more enjoyable and more equitable?

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    Meghan Jones 4/30/2021 4:30 PM
    My city already has pretty great walking infrastructure. However, I have noticed one area that really needs an ADA curb ramp, and a railroad on the north side of town (formerly redlined area) that lacks a safe pedestrian crossing in the neighborhoods. You literally have to walk through grass and over the tracks to get to the sidewalk on the other side. Fixing these issues would make these areas more equitable, accessible, and enjoyable for all.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience 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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    Meghan Jones 4/30/2021 4:28 PM
    I like that I can get almost anywhere on a bike! I would like for the route between my house and the grocery store to be more direct. Right now it involves winding through some neighborhoods. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Advocate for Forest Protection
    Higher standards of living are very often dependent on moving our environmental costs elsewhere. What are some specific ways in which the environmental impacts of your own lifestyle might be shifted elsewhere?

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    Meghan Jones 4/30/2021 4:01 PM
    If I am interpreting this question correctly, I imagine something like my choice of toilet paper would be an example! Impacts are low here, but creating the paper requires tearing down trees in a far away place. Fortunately, several folks have recommended bamboo toilet paper, which I'm excited to try!
  • 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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    Meghan Jones 4/30/2021 3:39 PM
    I feel peace when surrounded by farmland. By contrast, I'm not a fan of new residential developments that absorb the fields and turn them into paved labyrinths of cookie-cutter houses. I would much rather see a sunrise over a cornfield. :)
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation 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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    Meghan Jones 4/28/2021 8:46 PM
    Safety is a big one for me! I choose not to bike or walk if conditions are dark, foggy, icy, unprotected, or otherwise creepy.  

    Another factor that has arisen during the pandemic is the ability to transport purchased items. I can't figure out how to carry a pizza home on my bike! :) 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Explore Other Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

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    Meghan Jones 4/28/2021 8:22 PM
    I learned about the water footprint of dairy alternatives. Almond milk has a relatively high water footprint, so we are switching to oat milk!