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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Michelle Kotsagrelos

Allegheny County Employees

"WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 862 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    406
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    680
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    5
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Michelle's Actions

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

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 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 15 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings

Upgrade My Windows

Insulation

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

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 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.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn About Hydro-Electric Power

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Michelle Kotsagrelos's avatar
    Michelle Kotsagrelos 5/03/2021 7:17 AM
    It was fun!  I hope I can keep up walking everyday and eating less.  :-)
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Michelle Kotsagrelos 4/27/2021 6:58 PM
    Straws - do not use them at restaurants
    Plastic bags - reusable bags

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    Michelle Kotsagrelos 4/26/2021 10:12 AM
    Through the challenge, I'm walking more and eating less!
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? How do the needs of different people in different places compare to each other?

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    Michelle Kotsagrelos 4/24/2021 6:34 PM
    Culture plays a big role.  Women are the ones to make things happen.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

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    Michelle Kotsagrelos 4/15/2021 12:45 PM
    Controlling food intake with smaller portions, helps to maintain a healthy weight for overall good health.

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    Michelle Kotsagrelos 4/13/2021 12:09 PM
    This challenge is giving me the push to walk more (consistantly).

    • Brittany Prischak's avatar
      Brittany Prischak 4/19/2021 5:41 AM
      I agree, Michelle. I'm hoping I can make it a habit before the challenge runs out so I keep walking, even after the end of April. 

  • Michelle Kotsagrelos's avatar
    Michelle Kotsagrelos 4/13/2021 12:08 PM
    This challenge is giving me the push I need to walk more (consistantly).

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    Michelle Kotsagrelos 4/09/2021 7:47 PM
    Have a good weekend and enjoy the weather!

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    Michelle Kotsagrelos 4/08/2021 8:44 PM
    It was a beautiful day for a walk!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Michelle Kotsagrelos 4/07/2021 12:59 PM
    Meeting travel will be reduced because some meetings can be done via Zoom.