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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Bert Rawert

FAACC Tree Huggers

"We want to avoid hearing, "It's not easy being green.""

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,286 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    610
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    29
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

Bert's Actions

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 45 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Express My Support For Walkable Cities

Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 19
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 28
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 27
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 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 2 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

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

Action Track: Climate Resilience

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

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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Express My Support For Walkable Cities
    How could better walking infrastructure make your city both more enjoyable and more equitable?

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    Bert Rawert 4/30/2021 9:49 AM
    Walking is good for the body, mind, ans spirit!  It's also good for the environment as it eliminates car emissions.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but its carbon footprint may not be obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

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    Bert Rawert 4/30/2021 9:40 AM
    I suspect most metals have a high carbon footprint because of the amount of energy needed in the smelting process.  I'd like to know which metals are better/worse from a carbon perspective.  I'm also curious about the mining processes and which ones are more/less destructive.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    Bert Rawert 4/30/2021 9:39 AM
    I recently found out greasy pizza boxes are accepted for recycling by my curbside waste/recycling company!  My children also love to "reuse" some of our recycling for crafts, but we also reuse plastic tubs as food containers.
  • 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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    Bert Rawert 4/30/2021 9:32 AM
    Going outdoors is essential for me - especially after a long stretch of videoconferencing meetings.  It's good for my eyes to look at things far away, my lungs to breathe fresh air, my body to physically move, and my soul to know life is not limited to a rectangle of pixels!
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. How would you rather use this money?

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    Bert Rawert 4/20/2021 6:53 AM
    I'd rather use this money traveling!  Alas, that emits CO2 and other pollutants.  Maybe I'll use it to buy some nicer hiking shoes?  Honestly, though, I'm pretty impressed with how little food we throw out.  With 7 mouths in my house, there's nearly always someone who will eat the leftovers!
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

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    Bert Rawert 4/20/2021 6:51 AM
    As a result of visiting seafoodwatch.org, I've learned about some of the certifications to watch for when buying salmon, tilapia, etc. Great information!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

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    Bert Rawert 4/19/2021 11:54 AM
    I signed up for Arcadia with community solar.  Rooftop solar is just too expensive for me.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Rooftop Solar Consultation
    Identify some ways in which modern human societies have become unsustainable. What kind of roles do individuals have in creating and changing practices in society?

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    Bert Rawert 4/14/2021 9:06 AM
    I think our rate of consumption of natural resources and production of waste is unsustainable.  Also, our use of fossil fuels is unsustainable.  In the absence of miraculous advances in energy production and manufacturing of goods, our best hope is for individuals to make the many changes (large and small!) that add up to a big impact.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

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    Bert Rawert 4/12/2021 5:25 PM
    I already work to reduce our energy use, but we may be researching more efficient air conditioners.  The one cooling our house is over 30 years old!
  • 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?

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    Bert Rawert 4/11/2021 5:41 PM
    I was surprised by the amount of CO2 emitted by driving.  I knew flying was bad, but our household's largest source of CO2 by far was car fuel.  It definitely makes me interested in replacing one of our two minivans with a plug-in hybrid or EV.