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Kimberly Pepple

Cropper / Pepple Team

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 487 TOTAL

participant impact

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    1
    Carbon Footprint
    Calculated
  • UP TO
    53
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    34
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1
    water footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    1,595
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    75
    minutes
    spent learning

Kimberly's actions

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Learn about Native Species

The world is full of unique species. I will spend 15 minutes each day learning what the native plants and wildlife are in my region.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Endangered Species

Wildlife and biodiversity play an important role on our planet and are being threatened each year. I will spend 15 minutes each day learning about the current status of local or global wildlife and how I can align my actions to support their livelihood.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 30 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.).

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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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Personal Waste Audit

The waste we create daily can go unnoticed. I will track the waste I create in a day and post a photo log on the feed to see how much I create and where I can make different choices to reduce my waste going forward.

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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.

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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.

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Freshwater + Oceans

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Itr's estimated over a billion water bottles are thrown away each year. Even if they were recycled, that still uses energy and resources from the earth. I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 21
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.

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Action Track: Community

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 60 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.

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Action Track: Community

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

Borrow Before I Buy

Why buy something I will only use once or a few times if someone nearby has it for me to borrow, and why not share something I have that someone may only need a few times a year? To reduce my consumption and waste, I will create or support the sharing economy with friends, family, colleagues or neighbors.

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Action Track: Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

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

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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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    Kimberly Pepple 4/30/2024 6:35 AM
    When in Florida I take multiple beach walks/runs daily and when in North Carolina I am out on the greenway multiple times a day. I really enjoy nature and it clears my head and refreshes me while allowing me to get great exercise. It was important to us to that we have easy and quick access to incredible natural areas with both our residences - we never take it for granted and Ron and I both love and enjoy being outside every day.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Kimberly Pepple 4/22/2024 6:14 AM
    I am having fun picking up construction related trash - my plan is to use some/most of the items I am picking up to make recycled art - I've found some pretty cool items!

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    Kimberly Pepple 4/22/2024 6:10 AM
    Happy Earth Day! Happy to report that Ron & I both received 25 bonus stars at Stabucks for being in the Top 10% in the country for using our own cups in the past year - YEAH US!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Understand My Water Footprint
    What did you learn about your water footprint and what are you going to do to reduce and be aware of the water you use?

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    Kimberly Pepple 4/18/2024 12:38 PM
    I need to make a conscious effort to turn off the kitchen sink faucet when I am cleaning up the kitchen - I know I shouldn't leave it on for so long - only when I am using the water.

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    Kimberly Pepple 4/18/2024 12:37 PM

    As suggested....I am sharing my water usage footprint - LOL!

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    Kimberly Pepple 4/18/2024 12:30 PM

    Here are the results of my footprint calculation.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Calculate My Carbon Impact
    Where in your life do you emit the most carbon? What change are you willing to make in your daily life to reduce this output?

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    Kimberly Pepple 4/18/2024 12:28 PM
    I was pretty happy with my footprint but know I should strive to do better. We generate more trash when we are in FL since we don't compost. Our vehicle usage in both locations is really good since we walk so many places. Also, the fact that I am vegetarian helps and we try to minimize the amount of electricity we use in our home.

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    Kimberly Pepple 4/15/2024 8:43 AM
    Today I researched endangered and threatened species for the Jax Beach area and found the following on the list:

    ENDANGERED
    American Alligator
    American Crocodile
    Green Sea Turtle (we have on Jax Beach)
    Hawksbill Sea Turtle
    Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle
    Leatherback Sea Turtle (we have on Jax Beach)
    Florida Panther
    Manatee

    THREATENED
    Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests 30 for 30 in Nature
    What have you noticed about how it feels to spend consistent time outside?

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    Kimberly Pepple 4/09/2024 6:05 AM
    I love spending time outside enjoying nature. Both the greenway/woods and the ocean/beach are very calming. So fortunate to be able to spend time in both locations.

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      Maia Arsin 4/09/2024 6:15 AM
      Always relaxing. Nature is a like a shower for my mind.

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    Kimberly Pepple 4/05/2024 5:50 AM
    I took some time today to acquaint myself with North Carolina's native mammals and I am happy to say that I feel fortunate to be able to see many of them on a daily basis (bats, white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, raccoon and eastern gray squirrels). I am going to pay special attention to appreciate all the animals I encounter on my planned 6 mile run and walk on the greenway today - hoping maybe I will spot some of these animals!

    Only 2 native state mammals are currently listed on the Federal/State Endangered Species List - the Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel and the Red Wolf.