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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Marty Levin

Green Jersey

"I am committed to continue learning about actions I can take to make a difference in protecting this beautiful planet we inhabit and to sharing my knowledge with others. I am committed to taking actions consistent with my vision of an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on our planet."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,052 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    30
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    360
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    66
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    330
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Marty's Actions

Health and Education

Support Sustainable farming Training Organization

I will make a donation to assist the Center for Environmental Transformation in training inner city youth in farming methods and responsibility.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management

I will research and support local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

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

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.

Uncompleted
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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
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).

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

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

Land Sinks

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

Land Sinks

Local Perennial Biomass

Perennial Biomass Production

I will spend at least 10 minutes finding out if anyone is working on perennial biomass projects in my region and how I can get involved.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove from my current diet the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

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 8
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

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

Install A Toilet Tank Bank

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water a day or 330 gallons (1,230 L) a month by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Replace Manual Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with smart ones.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

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 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

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

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

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

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Climate Resilience

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

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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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    Marty Levin 4/30/2021 8:55 PM
    In our community, equal pay for equal work is one of the biggest issues for women and girls. Opportunities in the STEM field are also more limited for girls and women. The FIRST Robotics program is a great way for girls to learn STEM skills.

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    Marty Levin 4/30/2021 8:33 PM
    This has been a lot of fun and a good learning experience, as well.  Thank you to the ECO Challenge Team for creating this event and stimulating the participation of over 8,000 people.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Support Nutrient Management
    How does environmental quality influence your sense of community?

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    Marty Levin 4/30/2021 6:08 PM
    Supporting local organic farmers is healthier for me, my family and the community. Sharing my knowledge with others strengthens the community, too.
  • 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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    Marty Levin 4/30/2021 6:06 PM
    I have learned that as young girls become more educated, they make better choices about family planning and often choose to have smaller families. Their children often grow up healthier and have longer life expectancy, too.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Learn about Temperate Forests
    As you learn more about the scope and seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, what impact does that have on your thinking and actions? What are the parts that feel overwhelming? What parts help you feel hopeful?

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    Marty Levin 4/30/2021 7:56 AM
    I recently participated in Al Gore's Climate Reality training. the Powerpoint presentation he shared with all of the natural catastrophes was somewhat overwhelming. I have been inspired by the youth who are committed to making a difference starting with Greta Thunberg and so many others, including XIye Bastida and Alexandra VillaSenor.

  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Marty Levin 4/29/2021 9:09 PM
    For certain types f zero exhaust vehicles, there are promotions and tax savings in our area. Choosing an energy efficient vehicle would be consistent with my efforts to protect the environment. I will not buy another gas powered car. When I replace my current vehicle, it will be an EV or a hybrid.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Marty Levin 4/29/2021 9:04 PM
    I enjoy walking around the man made lakes in my community. Sometimes I see turtles sunbathing by the shore or swimming in the lakes. Fish often swim near the shore and ducks often swim in the lakes. The walking paths are very convenient and separate pedestrians from auto traffic.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

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    Marty Levin 4/29/2021 7:53 AM
    I think it starts with education of both students and parents about what each of us can do as individuals and families to develop sustainable habits: reduce use of unnecessary resources (water, electricity, oil and gas, for example). Support public buildings being powered by renewable energy. Create safe spaces for walking and biking. Encourage people to reduce their trash output and support composting instead.
  • 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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    Marty Levin 4/28/2021 6:09 PM
    I read about a small island off the coast of Denmark that is using 100% sustainable energy.  "Hermansen and his tiny island of Samsø have become recognized around the world for attaining energy independence. The island met this goal 10 years ago using a mix of wind, solar, and biomass, and now it’s working toward one of the utopian goals of environmentalists everywhere – eliminating all fossil fuels, by 2030. "  Click here to see a short video and read the article:  https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2017/0416/The-world-s-greenest-island?utm_source=Solutions+Story+Tracker
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Support Companies Leading in Green Energy
    Every dollar you put into solar or wind is a dollar not put into traditional financial institutions. You'll also be bolstering the fossil fuel divestment movement, too. Name some companies you know that invest in green energy. How can you support them?

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    Marty Levin 4/28/2021 9:01 AM
    I was happy to learn about the companies that have taken to RE100 pledge.  Over 300 RE100 companies have made a commitment to go '100% renewable'.  Some of the top companies including Apple, 3M, Adobe and many others whose names will be familiar to you are on the list. Click here to see the full list: https://www.there100.org/re100-members