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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Brittany Prischak

Allegheny County Employees

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 652 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    135
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    1
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    215
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    615
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    30
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Brittany's Actions

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 0
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 1
DAILY ACTION

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

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Replace Manual Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with smart ones.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

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

Uncompleted
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

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 3 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

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

Uncompleted
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 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
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

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 60 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

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

Action Track: Climate Resilience

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.

Uncompleted
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 13
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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Learn About Hydro-Electric Power

Learn about the new hydro-electric plant that will provide clean energy to county facilities!

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Purchase Food from a Sustainable Pittsburgh Designated Restaurant

I will purchase food from a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant. Establishments that have earned a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation have demonstrated a commitment to take economic, environmental, and social actions that benefit the region. See the link provided for more information and a list of designated restaurants.

Uncompleted
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

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Uncompleted
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 2
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 3
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 8
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.

Uncompleted
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

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 1
DAILY 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: Accelerating Solutions

Advocate for Solar Installation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore an Allegheny County Parks Trail

Get connected with nature in one of our own Allegheny County Parks. Explore one or more of the many well-marked hiking trails throughout the parks. The link outlines different options for finding and navigating each trail, including a smart phone app.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn more about the HydroElectric projects in the Pittsburgh Region

I will research Hydro-Electric power and learn more about the two recent low-impact Hydro-Electric dam projects planned for the Pittsburgh Region. How will these projects help provide more locally produced renewable energy for the region? What are the pros and cons of low-impact Hydro-Electric projects. https://www.pittwire.pitt.edu/news/pitt-s-hydropower-plans-spark-new-clean-power-commitment and https://www.alleghenycounty.us/county-executive/allegheny-county-hydropower.aspx

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Industry Go Paperless
    What do you want to prioritize over material 'stuff' in your own life?

    Brittany Prischak's avatar
    Brittany Prischak 4/14/2021 12:35 PM
    I hate junk mail, and I know I've tried to opt-out of stuff before, but it just keeps coming. Use the learn more tab on the "Going Paperless" action and use the Washington Post link and opt-out of every junk mail you could imagine! The Val-Pak and Red Plum coupons, credit card offers, the Yellow Book. It was great, and a little cathartic :)

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    Brittany Prischak 4/07/2021 6:42 AM
    I learned something today, the daily action items you can do multiple times throughout the month! So if you decide to do a 30 minute walk, you can "complete" it for every day that you go for a walk. The one-time actions, once "completed" will stay completed.  
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate My Carbon Footprint
    What stood out to you most about your carbon footprint? What surprised you or sparked curiosity? Where can you take most immediate action?

    Brittany Prischak's avatar
    Brittany Prischak 4/06/2021 5:17 AM
    I would like to compare the different carbon footprint calculators. I know I'm not doing everything I can to reduce my impact, but it seemed from these results I'm barely doing anything. It makes the carbon footprint of those who aren't actually trying even more daunting to overcome. 

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    Brittany Prischak 4/01/2021 8:07 AM
    For those wanting to learn more about the County's and the University of Pittsburgh's Hydro-Electric Dam projects, check out these links: 1) https://www.alleghenycounty.us/county-executive/allegheny-county-hydropower.aspx and 2) https://www.pittwire.pitt.edu/news/pitt-s-hydropower-plans-spark-new-clean-power-commitment