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Kathleen Schlicht

ITSM Green Giants

"The greatest threat to our planet is belief that someone else will save it."

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    energy audit
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    pieces of litter
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    water footprint
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Kathleen's actions

Freshwater + Oceans

Sign Global Plastics Treaty

“Plastic pollution is a global issue that destroys environments, diminishes biodiversity, increases global warming, and harbors immense potential to impact human health. Study after study continues to reveal a disturbing prognosis: if current practices continue unabated there will be an increase in hormonal illnesses, cancers, and cardiovascular system damage related to plastic production and consumption. This grim scenario, however, is not predestined; we possess the power to steer our collective future away from this impending crisis. Through this petition, we seek to mobilize global action to counteract plastic pollution and its far-reaching consequences.” https://action.earthday.org/global-plastics-treaty

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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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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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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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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 30 minutes learning about regenerative agriculture and find out if any nearby farms practice regenerative agriculture.

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Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 30 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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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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Freshwater + Oceans

Smart Seafood Choices

We need to support healthy seafood populations. I will spend 30 minutes learning about sustainable seafood choices, commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean, and share what I learned on the feed.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Beauty and Personal Products

Beauty and personal products can create a lot of waste. I will spend 30 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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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Endangered Species

Wildlife and biodiversity play an important role on our planet and are being threatened each year. I will spend 60 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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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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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 30 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Biodiversity and Me

I will spend at least 15 minutes each day researching what biodiversity is, how biodiversity positively impacts our world, and how the loss of biodiversity harms it. I will share what I learn on the feed.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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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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.

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Climate + Air

Low Carbon Diet

Carbon is emitted into the atmosphere in a variety of ways, including through the foods we eat and food we waste. I will learn about low carbon foods and replace higher carbon foods with them in my diet.

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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.

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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 15 minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants.

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Action Track: Community

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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Action Track: Community

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 60 minutes learning more about the importance of freshwater + ocean conservation, and how I can reduce my water use. I will share what I learn with people in person, on social media, and on the feed.

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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?


  • Kathleen Schlicht's avatar
    Kathleen Schlicht 4/30/2024 3:25 PM
    According to some estimates, more than 80 percent of the U.S. population consumes the standard American diet. If all of those people converted to a climate-friendly diet, the carbon emissions savings would be roughly equivalent to driving 1.34 trillion fewer mile

    Soooooo, I was able to not eat beef for 28 days during this challenge. I'm only eating chicken 3 times a week.
    I LOOOOOOVE cheese but I made myself work for it. I only bought a 2 small blocks cheese for the month.
    I can't tell you how busy this month was for me and I did not get around to trying a cheese alternatives. A coworker did suggest a few and I promise I'll try one on my next grocery run.

  • Kathleen Schlicht's avatar
    Kathleen Schlicht 4/30/2024 3:03 PM
    Thank you Ecochallenge for helping find some great blogs to follow :)
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Endangered Species
    What endangered species did you learn about and what did you learn?

    Kathleen Schlicht's avatar
    Kathleen Schlicht 4/30/2024 2:52 PM
    Black rhinoceros. Sadly the black rhino horns are worth more than diamonds. Poachers are desperate for the money. In Asia they use the horn for traditional meds and status symbol to display wealth.

    I wish our status symbols were based on ... something else :(

  • Kathleen Schlicht's avatar
    Kathleen Schlicht 4/30/2024 2:47 PM
    Normally I see maintenance out around the apartment picking up litter but today it was the apartment Manager himself :) Funny thing is that I was going to get that this evening. Every time I take out the trash or walk to my car, I pick up along my way. We have a problem that I have been racking my brain to fix. It is VERY windy here and paper items and etc blow out every day. I know a lot of it is due to the stormy weather we have had but also the office told me at one point that April-May is the busiest move-in & move-out season. Everyone is filling the dumpster in lightning speed.

    I'm glad they don't like seeing trash in the neighborhood also :)


    • Kathleen Schlicht's avatar
      Kathleen Schlicht 4/30/2024 3:09 PM
      Great idea thanks. These are industrial dumpsters. It has a wooden fence around it but there is a 2ft gap at the bottom?????? The fence was probably put there for aesthetics. I was thinking that they could build out on it or chain fence the bottom. I just moved here this month and I guess I'm going to be busy, but coming up with a solution is my goal!

    • Paige Morse's avatar
      Paige Morse 4/30/2024 3:03 PM
      In one area where I lived we were able to get latches for the garbage receptacles. It helped some with blowing trash, but requires residents to be diligent with closing the lids.

  • Kathleen Schlicht's avatar
    Kathleen Schlicht 4/29/2024 7:05 PM
    Checked out the wiki :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-carbon_diet Yes there is one!

    Sad face: Bottled water is another example of a highly packaged food product that is considered a single-use plastic because most people discard it after they're done drinking the water. It is estimated that Americans throw away 40 million plastic water bottles every day, and bottled water is often shipped trans-continentally. Carbonated water must be chilled and kept under pressure during storage and transport so as to keep the carbon dioxide dissolved. This factor contributes greater energy usage for products shipped longer distances.


  • Kathleen Schlicht's avatar
    Kathleen Schlicht 4/29/2024 7:02 PM
    I watched more A to Zen :)

  • Kathleen Schlicht's avatar
    Kathleen Schlicht 4/29/2024 7:02 PM
    Checked out this site https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/teaching-resources/life-science/what-biodiversity

    A biocube is a fun, informative, and manageable way of exploring the biodiversity in the world around you by focusing on a cubic foot of space. By looking closely and documenting the life in a small area, one can get a better understanding of how different ecosystems are structured and how they function.

    Pretty cool :)


  • Kathleen Schlicht's avatar
    Kathleen Schlicht 4/29/2024 4:57 PM
    After these Texas storms there is plenty to find even walking to my car. Today's find was a fast food bag and soda cup, napkins everywhere. grrrrr

  • Kathleen Schlicht's avatar
    Kathleen Schlicht 4/28/2024 7:20 PM
    I had a good conversation with my 12 year old granddaughter tonight about picking up trash when she sees it on her lawn, or by the street. I made sure to tell her to go inside first and grab some gloves etc but don't walk by it and forget about it. She said she would keep it in mind :)

    • Suresh L's avatar
      Suresh L 4/28/2024 7:26 PM
      Great job! It's heartening to hear about your conversation with your granddaughter. Encouraging her to pick up trash shows her the power of small actions in protecting our environment. Her willingness to remember and act is a testament to her care for our planet. Keep up the good work!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Regenerative Agriculture and Me
    What did you learn about the practice and benefits of regenerative agriculture? How can you support healthy farming practices for people and the planet?

    Kathleen Schlicht's avatar
    Kathleen Schlicht 4/28/2024 7:17 PM
    I watched Kiss The Ground on Netflix. Wow what an eye opener. I have a lot to think about. I can do my best to purchase food products that are grown on eco-farms. Farms that are committed to not tilling and growing organic foods.

    • Jeanne Poirier's avatar
      Jeanne Poirier 4/28/2024 7:34 PM
      Watched "Common Ground" Friday night - the next in this series - and learned even more. Thanks for your awareness, work and sharing!