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Knut Riegel

Greening of EU DACH

"Ways To Make a Positive Impact on the World"

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participant impact

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    1.0
    Carbon Footprint
    Calculated
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    0.7
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
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    252
    pieces of litter
    picked up
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    1.0
    waste audit
    conducted
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    30
    pounds
    waste composted
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    1.0
    water footprint
    calculated
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    3.0
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
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    3.0
    hours
    volunteered
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    1.0
    community event
    hosted or attended
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    14
    advocacy actions
    completed
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    1.0
    tree
    planted
  • UP TO
    1,160
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    158
    minutes
    spent learning

Knut's 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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ONE-TIME ACTION

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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ONE-TIME ACTION

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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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Carry My Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me this month, to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill. I will post on the feed my reflections, conversations, and actions I will take moving forward.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

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

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY AT EMERSON

I will sign up to the Sustainability Aficionados distribution list to receive global news on sustainability at Emerson, including world news and Greening OF, BY, and WITH news.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

TAKE PICTURES AND SHARE ON LINKEDIN

I will take at least one photograph that is connected with this year's theme of Nature Conservation & Biodiversity (for example an urban park, bee hives, birds and other animals...) and I will post it on LinkedIn with the hashtags #EarthMonthEcochallenge #EarthMonthAtEmerson.

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Action Track: Community

ATTEND THE ECOCHALLENGE CONSERVATION WEBINAR

On Wed 24th April, I will attend the Earth Month Ecochallenge Webinar on Conservation to learn about what individuals, companies and other organizations can do to promote biodiversity and nature protection.

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Action Track: Community

Plant Trees

Trees capture carbon and produce oxygen that is essential to life on earth. I will support this important piece of nature by organizing or joining a community group to plant 1 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Forest-Friendly Foods

I will look for sustainable palm oil products with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSP) label. I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation and opt for ones that help sustain healthy communities and forests.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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

Compost Food Waste

Food in the landfill is one of the main sources of greenhouse gasses. I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill per day by composting my food.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Choose Eco-Friendly Wood and Paper

Trees provide food and habitat for local wildlife species, shade our streets and homes, and help keep our air and water clean by capturing pollutants. Buying products that help protect forests makes a difference. I will only purchase wood, furniture, and paper products from ecologically certified sources such as Forest Stewardship Council.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Advocate for Forest Protection

Using my voice can help create a more sustainable and just world. I will contact 2 local, regional, or national decision makers to advocate for public policy that protects forests and improves their ability to sequester carbon and nourish biodiversity.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 20 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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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Regenerative Agriculture and Me

Regenerative agriculture focuses on farming and ranching in a way that supports life and restores the soil. I will spend minutes learning about regenerative agriculture and find out if any nearby farms practice regenerative agriculture.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

When traveling, I will seek souvenirs that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Endangered Species

Wildlife and biodiversity play an important role on our planet and are being threatened each year. I will spend 2 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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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Beauty and Personal Products

Beauty and personal products can create a lot of waste. I will spend 3 minutes learning about the beauty and body products I use to see if they are refillable or recyclable. If not, I will reach out to the manufacturer to advocate for those options.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 10 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 1 hours in my community.

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Action Track: Community

Sustainability Lunch and Learn

Learning in a social setting can inspire connection and change. I will work with a friend or colleague to plan and host a lunch and learn at work, school, in my neighborhood or other location to learn more about an environmental topic important to me. After the lunch and learn, I will share more about it on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Stay on the Ground

Carbon emissions from air travel is harmful to planetary and human health. Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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?


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    Knut Riegel 4/29/2024 9:36 PM
    Lets Go! Last few hours for this years challenge

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    Knut Riegel 4/29/2024 9:33 PM
    Letzter Tag! Viel gelernt und Spaß hat’s auch gehabt

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    Knut Riegel 4/28/2024 10:34 PM
    Know when the sun approaches the horizon and the skies are red in color?
    I love such an amazing sunset we had yesterday evening

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    Knut Riegel 4/28/2024 1:19 AM
    Exploring my area…Its a beauty

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    Knut Riegel 4/26/2024 10:56 PM
    On this week travels I replaced to-go cups with a reusable to-go bottle/cup and carried one with me on my travels. I anyway try to implement a reduced plastic consumption in my life by paying attention about the little details. Thoughts?


    • Tony Böttcher's avatar
      Tony Böttcher 4/26/2024 11:57 PM
      Good attitude, but in our current society it is very difficult to reduce plastic consumption. You have to plan ahead a lot to be successful here, because you're tempted everywhere by things wrapped in plastic

      Have a nice weekend Knut :)

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    Knut Riegel 4/25/2024 11:06 PM
    Nature is in emergency mode, time is running out, and ecologists warn once again. To keep global warming below 1.5°C this century, it is necessary to halve annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
    And we as a singe help with small steps doing the positive change.

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    Knut Riegel 4/24/2024 9:14 PM
    Endspurt Leute, unsere täglichen Gewohnheiten und Routinen greifen. Lasst uns weiter Gas geben und positive Veränderungen beiführen.

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    Knut Riegel 4/23/2024 11:09 PM

    Good Morning Team DACH-
    ‚Running mountains‘, or better to say general uphill runs with altitude meters can be physically and mentally exhausting, cant they? But when you reach the top, any roadblocks or struggles you may have had along the way fade and make room for a deep sense of accomplishment, correct?
    Below symbolic picture of my run last night, when I took a short break after arriving and then carried on. Today is April 24th and thus the 24th day of our EarthMonth EcoChallenge, let's go ahead the last few days and stay active. Everything will
    pay off in a few days!!

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    Knut Riegel 4/23/2024 11:08 PM
    Good Morning Team DACH-
    ‚Running mountains‘, or better to say general uphill runs with altitude meters can be physically and mentally exhausting, cant they? But when you reach the top, any roadblocks or struggles you may have had along the way fade and make room for a deep sense of accomplishment, correct?
    Below symbolic picture of my run last night, when I took a short break after arriving and then carried on. Today is April 24th and thus the 24th day of our EarthMonth EcoChallenge, let's go ahead the last few days and stay active. Everything will
    pay off in a few days!!

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    Knut Riegel 4/22/2024 10:34 PM
    Did you know…With potential available water resources of 188 billion cubic metres, Germany is a country rich in water resources. In 2016, a total volume of 24 billion m³ water was abstracted in Germany.