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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Molly Phillips

BAP Rochester

"Eating pizza and saving the planet, all in one go. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 506 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    4
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    155
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    9
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    102
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    6
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Molly's Actions

Buildings

Turning off lights

I will turn off lights as I leave rooms to reduce overall energy consumption

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
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

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Picking Up Trash

Picking up trash in local neighborhoods can reduce the pollution in streams and rivers, and thus reducing the pollution that reaches our coasts and oceans.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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 10
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

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go by Bike

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 3 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 10 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • 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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    Molly Phillips 4/22/2021 11:33 AM
    Google has a new feature on the Maps where you can select to have shown to you all of the local WOB in the area. We can patronize those locations more, spread the awareness of WOB by telling friends/family about the businesses, and make conscious efforts to by goods from those locations over larger box-chains. 
  • 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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    Molly Phillips 4/20/2021 6:58 AM
    Because meat is very expensive to buy. The amount of money that goes into a single head of cattle is astronomical with the pasture land, the feed, the healthcare, the butchering, the movement of the meat from one place to the next in the overall supply chain, and then finally it arrives to the market. Overall the amount of space required could be used for other purposes. Meat industry is one of the larger polluter entities, which overall affects people negatively 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Support a Community Garden
    What are the multiple benefits of community gardens, including carbon sequestration? Why do these benefits matter to you?

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    Molly Phillips 4/20/2021 6:54 AM
    They include, but aren't limited to providing sustainable nutrition to the community, reducing overall carbon footprint of obtaining foods, allowing soils to become diversified with different horticulture, and providing the community with productive green-space. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Choose Better Wood Products
    Beyond carbon sequestration, what other benefits do forests offer you personally?

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    Molly Phillips 4/19/2021 12:09 PM
    Peace of mind and tranquility. When I'm in times of high stress or unbalance, I seek comfort and solace amongst the trees. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Molly Phillips 4/19/2021 9:28 AM
    1. picking up trash, 2. planting local plants along drainage points in the yard, 3. don't allow motor oil on the driveway, 4. leaving drainage paths (at home and around town) unmowed
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

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    Molly Phillips 4/16/2021 8:21 AM
    Yes, most places sell bamboo items. Otherwise, paper products would be a good alternative to plastics. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Molly Phillips 4/16/2021 8:21 AM
    It'll mean less food is thrown out at home because we'll get more time to use it before it actually spoils.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Molly Phillips 4/16/2021 8:20 AM
    I pay more attention to what it is that I'm eating and will choose better things. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Molly Phillips 4/16/2021 8:20 AM
    save the peels, skins, tops to make veg stock later to use in soups and other meals.