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David Roberts

Carlisle Eco-Challenge 2024

"As a reigning champion, I pledge to continue my eco-impact in the Earth Month Ecochallenge 2024, nurturing our planet and its diverse life forms."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,733 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    72
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    72
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • UP TO
    98
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1.0
    energy audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    1.0
    waste audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    1.0
    water footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    3.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    4.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    30
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • UP TO
    3.0
    trees
    planted
  • UP TO
    475
    minutes
    spent learning

David's actions

Action Track: Community

Share My "Why"

I will record a video to share why I am taking action this Earth Month, a sustainable swap I've made, and/or a local conservation effort in my area.

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Beauty and Personal Products

Beauty and personal products can create a lot of waste. I will spend 10 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.

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Zero Waste Day

The impacts of our waste are far reaching. I will create zero waste for an entire day and share my reflections and learnings on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Online Energy Audit

Energy use and waste is often invisible. I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Plastic in Clothing and Water

Synthetic clothing can contain plastic and shed harmful microplastics into our water. I will use a microplastics catcher in my laundry, or install a microplastics filter for my washing machine.

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Low Water Gardening

Grass lawns are water-intensive and on average require about 30 percent of a household’s water consumption. Native plants are water-efficient and help maintain the balance and diversity of local ecosystems. I will plant native species with water-efficient plants to conserve water and improve the habitat, then post a photo on the feed to share.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Smart Seafood Choices

We need to support healthy seafood populations. I will spend 10 minutes learning about sustainable seafood choices, commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean, and share what I learned on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Reduce Pollutants in Cleaning

Understanding cleaning product ingredients and their effect on water and biodiversity is helpful to our consumer choices. I will spend 10 minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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 3 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 8 hours in my community.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Choose Renewable Energy

Renewable energy options are becoming more widespread and accessible. Not only are they good for the planet, they can help save money as well. I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will contact them to advocate for this option in the future.

COMPLETED
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).

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Advocate for Forest Protection

Using my voice can help create a more sustainable and just world. I will contact 1 local, regional, or national decision makers to advocate for public policy that protects forests and improves their ability to sequester carbon and nourish biodiversity.

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Write Letters or Emails

I will gather a group of friends, family, neighbors or colleagues and write 1 letters or emails to public officials or companies to advocate for planet-friendly policies.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Leave No Trace

I will respect and protect biotic communities by practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace whenever I am outside.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Declutter My Home Without the Landfill

Each day, I will learn about responsible ways to dispose of items and de-clutter, clean, donate, repurpose or recycle unneeded items in my home to make sure that what I get rid of doesn't go into the landfill.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Use Muscle Power

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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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    David Roberts 4/30/2024 5:02 AM
    On this day, April 30th, in 1975, the Vietnam War officially ended with the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese forces. This event is significant to sustainability as it marked the end of a conflict that had severe environmental impacts. The war caused extensive damage to the ecosystems and biodiversity of Vietnam due to the use of chemicals like Agent Orange and extensive bombing. The end of the war allowed for the beginning of recovery and restoration efforts, highlighting the resilience of nature and the importance of sustainable practices in conflict zones. Isn’t that interesting?



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    David Roberts 4/29/2024 4:12 AM
    Did you know that Mac users are considered more environmentally friendly than Windows users? Why, you ask? Because Mac has a trash can, and Windows has a recycling bin.

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    David Roberts 4/28/2024 10:19 AM
    Did you know that Earth Day was created by a senator named Gaylord Nelson?

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    David Roberts 4/27/2024 9:36 AM
    Did you know that Earth Day has its own flag and theme song? The flag, known as the Earth Flag, is a symbol of environmental awareness and consists of a picture of the Earth taken from space on a dark blue field. As for the theme song, it’s called “Beethoven’s Ode to Joy” and is often performed at Earth Day celebrations. Isn’t that interesting?

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    David Roberts 4/26/2024 4:28 AM

    Did you know that Earth Day was inspired by college students? The date, April 22, was strategically chosen to fall between spring break and final exams, aiming to maximize student participation. It seems even our planet’s celebrations are subject to the college calendar.

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    David Roberts 4/25/2024 4:55 AM
    5 more days to go. Is 2000 points reachable?

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    David Roberts 4/24/2024 4:30 AM
    Facing the environmental, social, and economic challenges of rubber production, the industry is innovating with sustainable practices. Let’s support these efforts and contribute to a greener future!

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    David Roberts 4/23/2024 6:24 AM
    On This Date in 1516: Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria endorsed the “German Beer Purity Law” (Reinheitsgebot) and added standards for the sale of beer in Bavaria, ensuring beer is only brewed from three ingredients – water, malt, and hops. This law can be seen as an early form of sustainability regulation, as it aimed to protect the quality of the water supply and maintain the sustainability of the brewing industry.

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    David Roberts 4/22/2024 5:18 AM
    The Hip Hop Caucus hosted the first “We Shall Breathe” virtual summit on Earth Day 2021, bringing together diverse leaders to highlight the intersection of racial and environmental justice, and demonstrate how hip-hop culture can drive action on these issues. The event aimed to influence policy by asserting that solutions to climate and racial justice issues must originate from frontline and BIPOC communities.

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    David Roberts 4/21/2024 12:42 PM
    Let's goooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!5pts