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Chris LoConti

Wyld

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 95 THIS WEEK
  • 521 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1.0
    energy audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    314
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    120
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    65
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    6.3
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • UP TO
    13
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    18
    single-use bags
    not sent to the landfill

Chris's actions

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.

UNCOMPLETED
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

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Use Reusable Bags

Plastic bags can be mistaken for food by many wild animals and can end up in habitats that harm wildlife. I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Smart Seafood Choices

We need to support healthy seafood populations. I will spend 30 minutes learning about sustainable seafood choices, commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean, and share what I learned on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Regenerative Agriculture and Me

Regenerative agriculture focuses on farming and ranching in a way that supports life and restores the soil. I will spend 45 minutes learning about regenerative agriculture and find out if any nearby farms practice regenerative agriculture.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 120 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

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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Weekly Meal Planning

One third of all food produced worldwide is wasted, and so is the energy it takes to produce and transport that food. I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need and eating what I planned each day.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Calculate My Carbon Impact

Carbon emissions can show up in many surprising ways in our life. I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how lifestyle changes could reduce the carbon footprint and impacts on the environment.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 8 hours in my community.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 45 minutes learning more about the importance of freshwater + ocean conservation, and how I can reduce my water use. I will share what I learn with people in person, on social media, and on the feed.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Dishwasher Efficiency

Hand washing dishes can use more energy and hot water than a dishwasher. To save water, I will use a dishwasher and scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Understand My Water Footprint

Each of us has a water footprint, directly linked to our daily activities as well as the water required in the production of things we use each day. Understanding our water use is important for a healthy planet. I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste, then share what I learned on the feed.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Join a Cleanup Effort

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

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Keep My Community Clean

At times it may not feel like it's up to us to keep our community clean and healthy, but we all have a role to play. Each day I am outside, I will pick up any litter I see.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

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.

UNCOMPLETED
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

Climate + Air

Online Energy Audit

Energy use and waste is often invisible. I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Leave No Trace

I will respect and protect biotic communities by practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace whenever I am outside.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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?

  • 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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    Chris LoConti 4/11/2024 2:39 PM
    Took a long walk through the nearby trails in Corvallis, Oregon, to explore some of the Acorn Woodpecker habitat. Saw tons of other wildlife including Cooper's Hawks, Turkey Vultures, Rough-Skinned Newts, & a variety of Tree and Barn Swallows.
    The benefits were getting exercise while enjoying nature and time away from screens.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Choose Eco-Friendly Wood and Paper
    Beyond carbon sequestration, what other benefits do forests offer you personally?

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    Chris LoConti 4/10/2024 2:19 PM
    Forests help improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and emitting oxygen, they help protect the watershed by regulating water cycles and reducing erosion, they provide shade on hot days and they support both physical and mental health.
  • 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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    Chris LoConti 4/10/2024 2:15 PM
    we signed up with Pacific Power's "Blue Sky Habitat Fund" which also directs a portion of our bill towards environmental restoration efforts. The utility company teamed up with 'The Freshwater Trust' (who is also one of Wyld's Environmental Partners!) to restore native fish habitats and improve stream ecosystems in Pacific Power's service area.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Online Energy Audit
    Where did you do an energy audit (work, home, school, other) and what did you learn?

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    Chris LoConti 4/08/2024 10:14 AM
    Energy audit was conducted at home, out of our total energy use, the relative percentages from the most energy intensive categories were: Heating ~36%, Water Heating ~19%, & Laundry ~10%

    While the lease energy intensive areas were: refrigeration ~5.5% & lighting ~2.5%
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Save the Bees
    What did you plant for bees in your area? Please consider uploading a photo!

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    Chris LoConti 4/02/2024 9:44 AM
    We bought a Fuchsia to provide some nectar for local pollinators; here's a shot of an Anna's Hummingbird checking it out.

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      Bre McCormick 4/08/2024 9:52 AM
      Love this! Beautiful plant and now you can see some birds hanging around.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Chris LoConti 4/01/2024 2:13 PM
    Picking up litter in our communities can set an example of stewardship for others. Individuals united by a common purpose can produce a larger collective impact that benefits the whole.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Dishwasher Efficiency
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

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    Chris LoConti 4/01/2024 2:07 PM
    Practice being mindful about the little things like not letting the faucet run if not being actively used to clean, rinse or fill something. Pay attention to trends in your water bill to identify possible leaks and overuse. Be mindful of water use with outdoor hose and sprinkler system.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Weekly Meal Planning
    How did it feel to plan out your meals and stick to them in an effort to reduce food waste?

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    Chris LoConti 4/01/2024 2:04 PM
    Meal planning is great! It saves money, creates less waste, and personally helps me appreciate my food more by prepping and cooking it. It's easy to fall into the habit of eating out often, but the majority of the time homemade meals are worth the extra effort. It can be difficult, and even time consuming at first, but over time, you get more efficient at planning the meals, buying groceries and reducing cook prep times. Plus, binging on cooking shows all winter long helped to add creative ideas into the process.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Leave No Trace
    Educator Stephanie Kaza advises her students to focus on what they care about most when addressing the enormity of ecological problems. Is there a specific area you feel particularly called to work on?

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    Chris LoConti 4/01/2024 1:59 PM
    One area that I feel strongly about protecting is the ocean shoreline. We often take trips to the Oregon coast and always try to dedicate a little bit of time to cleaning up trash while we're there.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Use Reusable Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Chris LoConti 4/01/2024 1:54 PM
    I try to keep a few reusable canvas bags for things like grocery store or farmer's market trips throughout the month. It was a tough habit to get into, because I often would leave the bags at home after the last trip and not bring them back to my car, but eventually it caught on.