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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Heidi Oestman

Pepper Foster PDX

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 647 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    295
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    335
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    45
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1,460
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    570
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved

Heidi's Actions

Transportation

Purchase a Carbon Offset

Efficient Aviation

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Become A Master Recycler/Composter

Recycling

I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Purchase a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2—per person. That’s a lot of carbon! What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

    Heidi Oestman's avatar
    Heidi Oestman 4/30/2021 12:30 PM
    Research other types or modes of transportation, like carpooling or by train, as well as planning to consolidate trips as much as possible.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Purchase a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2—per person. That’s a lot of carbon! What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

    Heidi Oestman's avatar
    Heidi Oestman 4/30/2021 12:30 PM
    Research other types or modes of transportation, like carpooling or by train, as well as planning to consolidate trips as much as possible.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More about Biomass
    Had you ever heard of biomass technology before you took this challenge? What did you learn that surprised you? Share your new knowledge with your friends!

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    Heidi Oestman 4/23/2021 8:24 AM
    I've "heard" of biomass technology before, but never truly understood it or gave it much thought. I was pleasantly surprised to learn how many communities are assessing their bio waste and ideating ways to use it for fuels with net-zero waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    Heidi Oestman 4/13/2021 8:59 AM
    Trying a new organic coffee blend!
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

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    Heidi Oestman 4/13/2021 8:58 AM
    My motivation for researching and starting a compost bin is water, land and fertilizer. Basically, I was unaware of the negative impacts of food wastes that end up in landfills, so I want to cut down on the greenhouse gases, as well as try to reuse the composted food as fertilizer for my garden.