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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Emily Kane

Eco Warriors

"creating eco-friendly habits one day at a time"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 670 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    710
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    515
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Emily's Actions

Land Sinks

Host a virtual film screening

I would like to host a film screening about tree planting to continue the conversation about the impact tree planting can have.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 30 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 30 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

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 19
DAILY ACTIONS

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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 30 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 60 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Uncompleted
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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 20 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Transportation Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go by Bike

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 2 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

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 60 minutes researching other Drawdown Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 19
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 2 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products
    How feasible do you think it is for society to build with agricultural waste products?

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    Emily Kane 4/19/2021 6:02 AM
    I spent some time learning about more eco-friendly building materials. I had no idea hemp could be used to build with, and it's properties come with many benefits includes a more stable climate/temperature inside the house. I've seen hemp used in clothing materials before, but never building. It seems very versatile. 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4kKxY7KNyw

    If we have these materials readily available to use, it seems like it would be easy to use them in building projects. The most difficult part will likely be the initial switch as we change from higher impact building materials, to more eco-friendly materials like hemp. 



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    Emily Kane 4/19/2021 5:37 AM
    The Crimson Clover cover crop I planted last weekend is starting to sprout. I've spent a lot of time preparing for warmer weather and it's exciting when plants finally start growing. This one is especially cool because of the environmental impacts it will have on the ecosystem in my yard. The bees will love it. 

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    Emily Kane 4/19/2021 5:33 AM
    I recently started the ADK-9 challenge with my dogs (hike 9 ADK dog friendly hikes). We spent 3 hours on Moxham mountain in Minerva on Saturday. Snow, mud, streams... a beautiful day :) 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Emily Kane 4/16/2021 11:08 AM
    I just learned about silvopasture in my Ag Bus classes. The animals benefit from shade and shelter from the trees, and higher nutrients from the plants in the forest. The forest is also more stable, even in drought summers, which creates a better environment for the livestock. It's also a great way to combine two things to conserve land use. instead of the livestock taking up land in the pasture.  As the climate changes, silvopasture seems like a good solution to protecting animals from harsher hot, dry summers, and conserving land for other uses. 
  • 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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    Emily Kane 4/16/2021 10:18 AM
    I've included an image of my estimated carbon footprint. I used the resource listed and it was so easy to calculate! I am planning to commute by bicycle much more often this summer and have started to think about getting a more efficient vehicle in the future. This exercise is such a great reminder of all the areas we can reduce our carbon. 
  • 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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    Emily Kane 4/16/2021 10:13 AM
    This one is always tough for me because I live alone so it's hard to use everything before it goes bad. It takes a lot of planning. This challenge has been helpful in making me more mindful about food waste and ways to prevent it. I also began using my compost pile again so I don't feel as bad if the food waste is being composted. 

    I would much rather use that money for travel (once it's ok to travel again) 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Learn about 'Green Gentrification'
    Cities and towns need to plan for climate change. How can your city or town make its climate action plans equitable and socially just?

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    Emily Kane 4/16/2021 10:10 AM
    I read the articles provided and was particularly interested in this one. There are so many things to consider when changing a city like they have been doing to account for climate change and changing weather. On one hand, it's disrupting the lives of current residents and changing the housing market. On the other hand, if nothing is done, the current structure will likely be damaged due to flooding from changes in ocean levels. The change needs to be made in order to protect the city, but there also have to be more options for affordable housing (and done equitably) as part of the new initiative.  

    https://www.wired.com/story/cities-fighting-climate-woes-hasten-green-gentrification/

    Although we don't have rising sea waters locally, there is an issue with a proposal to create a housing complex on a green space in downtown Glens Falls. 
    https://poststar.com/news/local/glens-falls-planning-board-denies-city-request-for-first-option-to-buy-land-at-glen/article_2539a305-c775-5b59-a204-e2fd002dd0db.html

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    Emily Kane 4/14/2021 12:42 PM
    My seeds are beginning to sprout! So excited for Spring and the warmer weather.

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    Emily Kane 4/14/2021 12:37 PM
    The Eco Warriors held our virtual weekly check in meeting about the Eco-Challenge. Before the meeting, I send out a Ted Talk about tree planting and creating a forest in your own backyard. For me it was a motivating short film that made tree planting seem less overwhelming. A forest can be created right in your own backyard fairly easily with lots of benefits to the planet and the ecosystem in your yard.  

    https://www.ted.com/talks/shubhendu_sharma_how_to_grow_a_forest_in_your_backyard#t-186460

    • Nice! I love that you have virtual weekly check ins and thanks for sharing the Ted Talk resource. We are grateful for your participation and actions you are taking. 

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      Patti Jo Tennyson 4/14/2021 4:48 PM
      Thanks, Emily!
      Great, Ted Talk about creating a backyard forest!
      It was super fascinating!

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    Emily Kane 4/12/2021 11:01 AM
    I spent lots of time in the yard yesterday to get in some new cover crop seeds of Crimson Clover and prepared a new bed for the summer. I learned about this process in my Soils and Argo-ecology classes I'm taking at the college this semester. By covering the bare ground it can prevent erosion, attract beneficial pollinators, and increase the nutrients in the soil.