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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Wendy Olmstead

Stan State Eco Challenge Earth Month Team

"Let's work together to create a sustainable planet for all! "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,937 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1,678
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1,182
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    2,682
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    836
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    5
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    62
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    128
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    1,044
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    103
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    26
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    2
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    1,050
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Wendy's Actions

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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Kiss the Ground Screening and Panel Discussion

I will attend our campus Earth Month event, a screening of Kiss the Ground, a full-length documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that sheds light on an “new, old approach” to farming called “regenerative agriculture” that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world. A panel of experts will discuss the film and sustainable approaches to agriculture immediately following the educational screening of the film. I will register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kiss-the-ground-screening-panel-discussion-tickets-141072093429

Completed
One-Time Action

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Solutions

I will research and tell 1 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 60 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Advocate for Wetland Protection

Coastal Wetland Protection

I will write 30 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or representative to advocate for policies that protect wetlands.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 3 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Explore Other Buildings Solutions

All Buildings Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Retrofitting Incentives

Building Retrofitting

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out if my city, region, state, or country offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

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

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Replace Manual Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with smart ones.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Install A Toilet Tank Bank

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water a day or 330 gallons (1,230 L) a month by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day or 450 gallons (1,680 L) a month by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Fix Leaky Faucets

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities. Fixing leaky faucets can save up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Upgrade My Windows

Insulation

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 240 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Research Peatlands

Peatland Protection and Rewetting

I will spend 30 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 2 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 30 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Local Perennial Biomass

Perennial Biomass Production

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out if anyone is working on perennial biomass projects in my region and how I can get involved.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Advocate for Forest Protection

Forest Protection

I will contact 1 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws, as well as the rights of local people to protect and restore the land in their communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Choose Better Wood Products

Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

COMPLETED 27
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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 30 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Start a Social Media Campaign

Health and Education

Through social media, I will raise awareness about gender inequity in education by sharing the information found in the links below.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

Bioplastics

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 10 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Launch a Recycling Program

Recycling

I will set up a recycling center at my workplace or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

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

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and BIPOC-majority neighborhoods. I will avoid buying and using 5 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Transportation Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Purchase a Carbon Offset

Efficient Aviation

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

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

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

Solar Water Consultation

Solar Hot Water

I will contact a local installer/distributor to see if a solar water heater makes sense for my house.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Rooftop Solar Consultation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics, Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in creating or purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how people can build with carbon-storing materials - including agricultural byproducts - and discuss it with my peers in person or by posting to social media.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Explore Other Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

All Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching other Drawdown Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions.

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Communicate With My Elected Officials

Onshore Wind Turbines, Offshore Wind Turbines

I will write or call 1 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

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

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  • Wendy Olmstead's avatar
    Wendy Olmstead 4/30/2021 6:16 AM
    Stan State Eco Challenge Team, you are amazing! Check out our collective actions: 3,016 pounds of carbon dioxide saved, 4,816 minutes spent learning, 376 meatless or vegan meals, and 2,130 gallons of water saved! We are making a difference! Today is the last day of the challenge, but keep it going and spread the word! 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Explore Other Electricity Solutions
    What is the most exciting solution you explored? Why is it exciting to you?

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    Wendy Olmstead 4/29/2021 6:16 AM
    I am most excited at the prospect of cities like Clichy-Batignolles and the use of insulation to prevent heat/cool air loss, green roofs, and the use of plants to insulate external walls. This gives me hope for the US plan because this eco-village in Paris not only houses people but provides them jobs. 

  • Wendy Olmstead's avatar
    Wendy Olmstead 4/29/2021 6:06 AM
    Two days left to go in the challenge. I will be looking for a new challenge to learn more!
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks 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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    Wendy Olmstead 4/28/2021 7:00 AM
    I had heard of silvopasture, but haven't spent much time learning about it until now. I think the biggest advantage is eliminating the need for pesticides and their harmful effects on our health, the health of the entire ecosystem, and biodiversity. 

  • Wendy Olmstead's avatar
    Wendy Olmstead 4/28/2021 6:48 AM
    Stan State Team! Have you looked at our cumulative actions? Check out the team results to see how much carbon, water, and energy we have saved together over the past 28 days! Three more to go-let's finish strong! 

  • Wendy Olmstead's avatar
    Wendy Olmstead 4/27/2021 5:29 AM
    Only four days left in the eco challenge! Let's see what else we can learn and add to our ecological tool box!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail
    What are the factors that influence your choice of transportation? These can include things like money, time, and convenience, as well as perceptions of danger or safety. What would need to change for you to regularly choose more climate-friendly options?

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    Wendy Olmstead 4/26/2021 6:29 AM
    I have a 40 minute commute to work that I have not had to make since covid. Continuing to tele-commute would decrease my personal contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. I would use a bus service to get to work if it was a direct trip and took the same amount of time. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Local Perennial Biomass
    Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe states that "The reason we care about climate change is because it affects the people and places that we care about." What is happening (or will happen) in your area that will affect the people and places you care about?

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    Wendy Olmstead 4/26/2021 6:27 AM
    In California, we are entering another severe drought and likely another summer of catastrophic wildfires that will create toxic smoke. With so many Californians suffering from asthma due to air pollution, the added poor air quality affects everyone. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Wendy Olmstead 4/26/2021 6:24 AM
    It's easy not to care about the earth when you are disconnected from it. When I want to relax and destress, I sit in my back yard watching the many species of birds that inhabit the trees that I have intentionally planted to create a backyard forest in the midst of the mono-cropping of the Central Valley. Identifying the bird species helps me appreciate the role of trees in their lives and in mine. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Wendy Olmstead 4/26/2021 6:21 AM
    I am most concerned about climate change. I think we all need to act locally by moving to alternative energy sources and I am hopeful that we are now moving in the right direction globally through our federal government's recommitment to working with other countries and decision to become a leader in alternative energies.