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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Jenna Novielli

DLR Group - Chicago

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 916 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1,000
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    15
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    170
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    24
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    585
    minutes
    being mindful

Jenna's Actions

Buildings

Explore Other Buildings Solutions

All Buildings Solutions

I will spend at least 45 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 35 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting Webinar

I attended a composting 101 webinar offered by a Landscape Architect with a passion for composting. I chose to attend for an hour to learn more about how to navigate this on a personal level and manage within a home. We have been composting within the office for a few years but I do not oversee the process once it leaves our space. It was helpful to understand the how, what and why this is a positive choice to take.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Health and Education

Movements in Materials Webinar

Attended a webinar regarding movements in materials and increasing the amount of specs we use that have a lower carbon footprint on the buildings we build! It was something hosted by our region for Earth Week and it seemed interesting to me to see how things have evolved over years with our clients and how our team is doing a great job to promote these updates with research and data.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

COVID Vaccination

Received both COVID vaccines to help keep myself and others I interact with healthy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Host a Film Screening

Health and Education

I will host a virtual film screening and discussion about women's and gender equality issues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 20 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Choose Recycled Paper

Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 5 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Calculate My Carbon Footprint

All Drawdown Solutions

I will calculate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce my negative impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 120 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

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

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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Research Heat Pumps
    Why is taking action on climate change important to you? Why do you care?

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    Jenna Novielli 4/30/2021 7:25 AM
    It is apparent that as humans, our lifestyle, transportation, actions and way of life takes a toll on our planet.  If we want future generations to experience the beautiful place we know it can be, we need to help conserve anywhere we can.  
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Choose Recycled Paper
    Good job on choosing recycled paper! How can you take your action a step further?

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    Jenna Novielli 4/30/2021 7:19 AM
    There seems to always be a recycled option when making certain purchases, and I make it a point to take advantage!  Whether it's cards, bags, shipping products, clothing items, food containers, etc.  There are multiple ways to recycle and paper is just the beginning and easiest to choose from when you don't notice a difference!   
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Jenna Novielli 4/30/2021 7:18 AM
    Meat can be expensive!  It almost becomes a luxury for those who have the money to spend and get fancier cuts or experiences.  Meat is not necessarily good for our bodies depending on how often or which type of meat is ingested.  It takes a toll on our planet to create grazing space for animals and it takes water and vegetation resources to feed them, just to create a small amount of meat for consuming.  
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Jenna Novielli 4/30/2021 7:13 AM
    This was the first I heard of silvopasture.  I learned there are several advantages over timber or pasture alone and a return on investment. By adding a livestock production component, sillvopasture creates a stable source of cash flow prior to nut or timber harvest and diversifies the forestry enterprise.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Advocate For More Packaging Options
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Jenna Novielli 4/30/2021 7:11 AM
    People are more concerned with immediate satisfaction and their own actions as opposed to thinking long term about the affects we are causing for future generations or deterioration of our planet.  Locally, there is not enough community engagement or concern to unite and accomplish such tasks to help our neighborhoods and hold us accountable.  

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    Jenna Novielli 4/27/2021 1:18 PM
    I can see the improvements made over the last 27 days with research, knowledge and accountability.  
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. What have you done in the past to support women-owned businesses? How can you better support communities by supporting women?

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    Jenna Novielli 4/27/2021 1:17 PM
    It helps to research!  There are a lot of women-owned businesses that may not have as much of a marketing budget but it helps to ask around, search online, share when you can!  It is easy to fall into the routine of large corporations, especially with delivery turnaround times during Covid, but we should always want to support our own when we can.  Once I know what I'm in the market for it's easier to narrow the search to local/women-owned businesses.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

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    Jenna Novielli 4/27/2021 1:11 PM
    We host all sorts of meetings virtually, which I think encourages our culture and is inclusive of all audiences.  Sometimes the meetings are more formal while others are quick check-ins or activities, which is how it would be if we were all in the office. 

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    Jenna Novielli 4/23/2021 10:10 AM
    Wooo!!!  We are doing so great, keep up the good work!  GO TEAM CHICAGO!!   
  • 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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    Jenna Novielli 4/23/2021 9:07 AM
    A sustainable community would be adaptable, resourceful and evolving.  It would be a diverse community able to address multiple human needs focusing on education, adapting to change for future generations and focusing on the people and planet.  People would need to change their mindset to focus on what others need as opposed to personal wants and be thinking about how to best serve the planet going forward.  It would also take a great deal of education to help everyone grasp the how, what and why.