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Therese Herzog

Voya ESC 2024

"Leave the earth in better shape than I found it."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 951 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    44
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    480
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1
    energy audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    417
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    3
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    1
    advocacy action
    completed
  • UP TO
    1,040
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    162
    minutes
    spent learning

Therese's actions

Freshwater + Oceans

Cumberland River Cleanup

Kayak cleanup 5/9/24 of a nearby river because I despise seeing trash, it will beautify my community and because I can.

COMPLETED
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

Prairie restoration

I will plant with a group, the Cumberland River Compact to restore a prairie on 4/27/24 because it will be beautiful, this is an effort in my community and because I can.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Consume only Needs vs Wants

The more stuff we consume, the more greenhouse gasses we put into the atmosphere. I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach this month and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

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 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Reduce Animal Products

One kilogram of beef and cheese emits 71kg and 24kg of greenhouse gasses, while 1kg of rice, grains, and legumes emits between 2-4kg. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts emit less than 1kg per 1kg. I will reduce my climate impact by enjoying 2 meatless meals and/or 1 vegan meals each day this week.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Learn about Native Species

The world is full of unique species. I will spend 10 minutes each day learning what the native plants and wildlife are in my region.

COMPLETED 14
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

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

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

Action Track: Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 4 hours in my community.

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?


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    Therese Herzog 4/30/2024 12:22 PM
    My final post: Earth Day plantings, its' been fun, thanks!

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    Therese Herzog 4/29/2024 8:03 AM
    I was able to pick up 200 pieces of trash in 30 minutes in my neighborhood. Sad. Mostly bottles, cans, cigarette butts.

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    Therese Herzog 4/28/2024 12:10 PM
    Today, I took a different route walking early in the morning and was sad to fill my trash bag before I finished. Lots of drinking and tossing goes on in the country roads near my home in TN. I think we need a movie theatre or bowling alley!

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    Therese Herzog 4/27/2024 4:50 PM
    Prairie restoration in Clarksville today... We planted 1000 plants!

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    Therese Herzog 4/26/2024 3:59 PM
    The National Parks - Paramount+ Series (tvinsider.com) - I have been streaming this all week, so beautiful!

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    Therese Herzog 4/26/2024 3:27 PM
    500,000 salmon released into the Klamath River a week ago. Restoration at work.

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    Therese Herzog 4/25/2024 4:42 PM
    I read an encouraging article on LinkedIn about Africa Green Tech that gave me some hope about the future. As did the webinar. We are not saving the earth, it will go on without us...we are taking steps to save humankind through conservation efforts.

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    Therese Herzog 4/24/2024 4:08 PM
    I just read an article in the LA Times about the cities in Southern California with the best air quality and my home of 25 years, Altadena, was one of three mentioned! Who knew?

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    Therese Herzog 4/24/2024 4:05 PM
    I follow Silicon Ranch and this segment about Houston Solar/Silicon Ranch working with local farmers to help sheep populations thrive under the panels was very interesting. https://youtu.be/1O4VkhhQabg?si=Pl2Tmtb7MYe1Nyy5

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    Therese Herzog 4/24/2024 3:52 PM
    I learned this week that the Mojave desert tortoise is now on the endangered species list. Growing up these lovely creatures were just part of our ecosystem in California. Ironically, large solar panel projects are part of the problem: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mojave-desert-tortoise-officially-joins-californias-endangered-list/ar-AA1nlp7f?ocid=socialshare

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      Dina Lomagno 4/24/2024 4:01 PM
      That is so sad, while I was viewing the endangered list I saw so many that I had no idea were declining in numbers.