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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Krista Pritchett

WSP & Friends Ecochallengers

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 822 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    46
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    donations
    made
  • up to
    185
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    8
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    345
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    1
    trees
    planted

Krista's Actions

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Switch your Search Engine

Ecosia is a search engine with servers that run on 200% renewable energy, plants a tree for every ~45 searches made, and does not sell your data to 3rd parties. See ecosia.org for more information and how to set your search engine default to Ecosia

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Make it a Habit to Drive for better MPG

By far, the best recommendation to reduce your fuel consumption is to NOT drive your car. Opt to walk or bike when you can. When you have to drive, there are a few habits to be mindful of to reduce your fuel consumption. Avoiding bad driving habits like accelerating too quickly or late braking and using your cruise control more frequently can all improve MPG. To make things more interesting, keep track of your MPG with each tank fill-up and challenge yourself or compete with a friend to improve the results each time. Click below to LEARN more driving habits to reduce your fuel consumption.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Improve the MPG on my existing car.

Not everyone has the pocket book to purchase a new electric, hybrid or 40+ MPG vehicle. But you can still do your part to improve your current vehicle's MPG. Regular maintenance and replacement of a few key items will go a long way toward that goal. Click the LEARN button below to explore what you can do to get the most out of your tank of gas:

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 6 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 6
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

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

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

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 15 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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

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

Buildings

Research Retrofitting Incentives

Building Retrofitting

I will spend at least 15 minutes finding out if my city, region, state, or country offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 15 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Action Track: Climate Resilience

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

Action Track: Climate Resilience

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.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Donate

Improved Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

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

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars, Efficient Trucks

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries

Small Hydropower, Micro Wind Turbines, Microgrids

I will make a donation to a nonprofit that installs microgeneration in low income countries.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn about Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Spend 15 minutes and learn about WSP as a leader in helping clients respond to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

    Krista Pritchett's avatar
    Krista Pritchett 4/29/2021 4:36 PM
    Planting trees has calming properties and connects you to nature! Their growth makes the air cleaner - which also connects you to every living creature that breathes oxygen!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Switch your Search Engine
    Will you make this your default search engine?

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    Krista Pritchett 4/29/2021 9:14 AM
    I did! Great recommendation Ecochallengers! THANKS!
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Krista Pritchett 4/27/2021 6:49 AM
    I follow @mindful_mending on instagram - there are a MILLION ways to mend and upcycle your current clothing instead of buying more!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Advocate For Greener Vehicles
    How does advocating for green vehicles in your community connect to your values? How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to fuel-efficient vehicles?

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    Krista Pritchett 4/20/2021 9:58 AM
    I advocated for green vehicles at my company. That change would make an impact nationally (and internationally, hopefully). This change would get others involved because the employees who wouldn't normally 'go' for green vehicles, would be introduced to them in a nutural environment. Hopefully, after driving/riding in a green vehicle, it'll be easier to advocate for green choices when purchasing their own cars or family vehicles.

    • Frederick S. Moses's avatar
      Frederick S. Moses 4/20/2021 7:18 PM
      This is a great idea I will bring this up with some of the folks within our organization about green vehicles
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Krista Pritchett 4/19/2021 5:44 AM
    I take walks in the early mornings, so I love seeing colorful birds, the flowers in bloom, spider webs with morning dew in them. 

    My neighborhood doesn't have a lot of traffic, so we walk in the street. It would be awesome to have sidewalks!
  • 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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    Krista Pritchett 4/14/2021 11:47 AM
    Bamboo alternatives aren't readily available in my community but I purchase and bring my own from https://www.enaecogoods.com/
  • 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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    Krista Pritchett 4/13/2021 9:59 AM
    Convenience and comfort are my top influences when choosing transportation. A train that was close to my suburb with comfy, private seats, and AC and heat controls, maybe entertainment (think Delta flight) would definitely get me on board!
  • 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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    Krista Pritchett 4/12/2021 7:14 AM
    I eat slower and it truly feels like a break from work.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Advocate For More Packaging Options
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Krista Pritchett 4/12/2021 7:12 AM
    When technology provides solutions, but some are unwilling to give up convenience or tradition to support said solutions.

    • Frederick S. Moses's avatar
      Frederick S. Moses 4/12/2021 7:38 PM
      You are so right on this. Most places now offer the option for e-receipt. Yet, most people still ask and/or take a hard copy receipt.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience 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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    Krista Pritchett 4/09/2021 1:59 PM
    I had never heard of biomass technology before this challenge (that's why I chose it)! When I first started learning, I was picturing Fillmore (the 1960 VW Bus, Hippie and clean fuel aficionado from the movie Cars). And I wasn't wrong! Biochemical or thermochemical conversion processes break down biomass feedstocks into transportation fuels. In addition to those processes, combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, and anaerobic digestion can be used to produce heat and electricity!