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Ann Lloyd

MSOL Twin Cities

"My mission is to leave the world a better place than I found it."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,842 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    120
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1
    waste audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    30
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    2
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • UP TO
    10
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    25
    trees
    planted
  • UP TO
    1,011
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    569
    minutes
    spent learning

Ann's actions

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

When traveling, I will seek souvenirs that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Plastic in Clothing and Water

Synthetic clothing can contain plastic and shed harmful microplastics into our water. I will use a microplastics catcher in my laundry, or install a microplastics filter for my washing machine.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Personal Waste Audit

The waste we create daily can go unnoticed. I will track the waste I create in a day and post a photo log on the feed to see how much I create and where I can make different choices to reduce my waste going forward.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Pick Up the Phone

I will gather a group of friends, family, neighbors or colleagues to make 1 phone calls to public officials or companies to advocate for planet-friendly policies.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Choose Eco-Friendly Wood and Paper

Trees provide food and habitat for local wildlife species, shade our streets and homes, and help keep our air and water clean by capturing pollutants. Buying products that help protect forests makes a difference. I will only purchase wood, furniture, and paper products from ecologically certified sources such as Forest Stewardship Council.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will organize or participate in a trash pickup at a local river, beach, or natural body of water.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Reduce Pollutants in Cleaning

Understanding cleaning product ingredients and their effect on water and biodiversity is helpful to our consumer choices. I will spend 60 minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 30 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 60 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood, office, or campus (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Zero Waste Day

The impacts of our waste are far reaching. I will create zero waste for an entire day and share my reflections and learnings on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Low Water Gardening

Grass lawns are water-intensive and on average require about 30 percent of a household’s water consumption. Native plants are water-efficient and help maintain the balance and diversity of local ecosystems. I will plant native species with water-efficient plants to conserve water and improve the habitat, then post a photo on the feed to share.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Save the Bees

Bees are vital to ecosystems. To help save the bees, I will learn which local flowers provide nectar and plant them in my backyard or in a pot on my balcony.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Choose Renewable Energy

Renewable energy options are becoming more widespread and accessible. Not only are they good for the planet, they can help save money as well. I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will contact them to advocate for this option in the future.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Go Plastic-Free

Millions of tons of plastic is produced each year worldwide. Each day, I will conduct a plastics audit of what I buy and use throughout the challenge (kitchen, bathroom, personal care products, etc.), to see how single-use plastic shows up in my life. I will find plastic-free alternatives to these products and advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, product manufacturers, at work, or on campus.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Stay on the Ground

Carbon emissions from air travel is harmful to planetary and human health. 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

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Grow Local

I will research and plant a garden filled with native fruits, vegetables, and flowers to nurture local wildlife and ecosystems. I will find nearby nurseries that offer plants native to my area.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Advocate for Forest Protection

Using my voice can help create a more sustainable and just world. I will contact 1 local, regional, or national decision makers to advocate for public policy that protects forests and improves their ability to sequester carbon and nourish biodiversity.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Plant Trees

Trees capture carbon and produce oxygen that is essential to life on earth. I will support this important piece of nature by organizing or joining a community group to plant 1 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Borrow Before I Buy

Why buy something I will only use once or a few times if someone nearby has it for me to borrow, and why not share something I have that someone may only need a few times a year? To reduce my consumption and waste, I will create or support the sharing economy with friends, family, colleagues or neighbors.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Declutter My Home Without the Landfill

Each day, I will learn about responsible ways to dispose of items and de-clutter, clean, donate, repurpose or recycle unneeded items in my home to make sure that what I get rid of doesn't go into the landfill.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Carry My Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me this month, to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill. I will post on the feed my reflections, conversations, and actions I will take moving forward.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 10 hours in my community.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

30 for 30 in Nature

Studies have shown that when we spend consistent time in nature, our health improves, our creativity increases, and our connection to the planet gets stronger. Each day of the Ecochallenge, I will spend 30 minutes outside (in a large or small patch of nature), then share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the feed.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Share My "Why"

I will record a video to share why I am taking action this Earth Month, a sustainable swap I've made, and/or a local conservation effort in my area.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Sustainability Lunch and Learn

Learning in a social setting can inspire connection and change. I will work with a friend or colleague to plan and host a lunch and learn at work, school, in my neighborhood or other location to learn more about an environmental topic important to me. After the lunch and learn, I will share more about it on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


  • Ann Lloyd's avatar
    Ann Lloyd 4/30/2024 2:21 PM
    Thanks to all for sharing and listening this Earth Month. I've learned a bunch. I've challenged myself in some good, new ways. I'll continue to advocate where I can. I do this because the future of the planet is more important than me.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Choose Renewable Energy
    If you are already signed up for your utility's renewable option, what other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage? If your company doesn't offer a renewable option, were they open to your request of this in the future?

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    Ann Lloyd 4/30/2024 1:48 PM
    I turn off and unplug whenever I can. As we replace worn out appliances, we get replacements that are more efficient.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests 30 for 30 in Nature
    What have you noticed about how it feels to spend consistent time outside?

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    Ann Lloyd 4/30/2024 1:44 PM
    I feel connected and happy.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Go Plastic-Free
    Where did plastic show up on your life that surprised you the most? What plastic alternative products did you discover you may switch to?

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    Ann Lloyd 4/30/2024 1:41 PM
    Well, everywhere, right? My daily contact lenses, the new curtains I bought that came on a hard plastic hanger, ketchup, mustard, chicken breasts, etc., etc., etc. I will continue to use my own grocery bags. I will visit Tare Market to learn more about the alternatives that are available.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Low Water Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

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    Ann Lloyd 4/29/2024 4:25 PM
    Drought has been the biggest water concern in recent years. Agriculture is important for our area economy. Wildfires in Canada and elsewhere grab headlines like never before.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Explore My Area
    Where did you go for your walk or hike in nature? What were the benefits of doing so?

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    Ann Lloyd 4/29/2024 4:03 PM
    Ideally, somewhere without the sound of traffic is where I can get lost in my own thoughts. Having a dog means a daily opportunity to get outside. Love this time of year before the mosquitos come out!

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Plastic in Clothing and Water
    How did you try to catch the release of microplastics in your laundry? What did you learn in the process?

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    Ann Lloyd 4/29/2024 11:40 AM
    This was a very educational action for this year's eco-challenge. I will never look at clothing labels the same way again.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Carry My Trash
    This is no small task! What was eye-opening to you throughout this action? How will you change your actions going forward to reduce the waste you produce?

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    Ann Lloyd 4/29/2024 11:39 AM
    What was eye opening was how much candy I eat. Need to have Sugar Free May, I think! We don't generate very much trash overall though -- about a 28 oz bag every two or three weeks.

    • Chad Blumeyer's avatar
      Chad Blumeyer 4/30/2024 9:48 AM
      Wrappers, bags, and plastics everywhere! Ann, that's great however, that you produce only a small and light weight amount of waste that needs disposal.

  • Ann Lloyd's avatar
    Ann Lloyd 4/28/2024 7:17 PM
    The time is running down to complete my final actions. The last few are some of the most challenging.

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    Ann Lloyd 4/27/2024 7:31 PM
    Looks like the picture of our beach cleanup didn’t post. Kudos to everyone involved!