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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Richard Sinz Lopez

WSP & Friends Ecochallengers

"to do my part in this world to leave it in a better state than I found it, for my betterment and for the betterment of those after me;"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,047 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2,746
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    225
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1,390
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Richard's Actions

Transportation

Purchase a Carbon Offset

Efficient Aviation

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

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.

Uncompleted
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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

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 8
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:

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Biblical Principles of Environmental Stewardship

As a Christian, I believe that God made the beauty of the natural world. I will spend 60 minutes each week (4 hrs total) learning about biblical passages that point toward the good stewardship and protection of God's creation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Engage in Daily Exercise

Exercise is an important part of a healthy body. Every time I exercise, I am oriented to healthy habits, such as eating and meditation, that benefit my mind, body, and soul.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Uncompleted
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).

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 30 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how people can build with carbon-storing materials - including agricultural byproducts - and discuss it with my peers in person or by posting to social media.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Advocate for Forest Protection

Forest Protection

I will contact 3 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws, as well as the rights of local people to protect and restore the land in their communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 120 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 30 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Tour a Green Roof

Green and Cool Roofs

I will set up a visit or a virtual tour of a green roof in my city, and ask about the codes and process for installing a green roof.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

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

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

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

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Purchase a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2—per person. That’s a lot of carbon! What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

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    Richard Sinz Lopez 4/30/2021 8:07 PM
    I just bought a carbon offset for a round trip journey between Atlanta, GA and Santiago, CHI; and it cost me less than 10% of the airfare price; it's basically just a tax to offset the carbon emissions of your entire journey; they should just mandate these purchases for every single flight; why am I just learning about this now?
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Switch your Search Engine
    Will you make this your default search engine?

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    Richard Sinz Lopez 4/30/2021 8:02 PM
    yes; and if I really need to use Google, I can use Blackle, the search engine just like Google but totally black so it reduces the amount of energy needed to brighten up the screen;
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. In what ways (i.e. with money, time, advocacy) can you invest in geothermal energy?

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    Richard Sinz Lopez 4/30/2021 7:58 PM
    can i invest in geothermal energy; yes, yes, yes; it seems like such a simple, win-win solution; reliable, abundant, and efficient; why is this not more popular, let's make it happen;
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

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    Richard Sinz Lopez 4/30/2021 7:53 PM
    at first, I didn't think I produced enough food waste to start composting, mainly because all my life I always made sure to eat my entire plate of food; but this eco challenge (and another action specifically) had me tracking the amount of food i waste when preparing meals everyday, and it has made me realize that I do indeed produce food waste than can be diverted into a compost;
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity 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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    Richard Sinz Lopez 4/30/2021 7:51 PM
    i have heard of biomass before, but I didn't realize it encompassed so much more than what I thought; would love to be turning my own manure into useful, renewable energy!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries
    How can micro energy solutions reduce inequities? Why is this important to you?

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    Richard Sinz Lopez 4/30/2021 7:33 PM
    I donated to a non-profit organization that is dedicated to expanding self-sufficient electrical grid systems in my home island of Puerto Rico; after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island's electrical system, it became very apparent very quickly that relying on foreign oil and natural gas deliveries were not sustainably, neither environmentally nor financially; harnessing the natural power of the sun on a tropical island to power smaller communities to rely less on foreign fossil fuels, this hits home and is important to me;
  • 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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    Richard Sinz Lopez 4/30/2021 7:25 PM
    I eat a lot of fish, mostly purchased from the same frozen brand from the grocery store I frequent near my home; normally when I buy frozen fish fillets, I always spice it up and buy a new/different one that previously, so I've gone through many different types; I went ahead and researched each individual fish species I've bought through this website, and I now know which fish species from my area were harvested more sustainably; I have since dropped a couple of species off of my shopping list, and will purchase more of the "best choice" fish species per seafoodwatch;
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

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    Richard Sinz Lopez 4/30/2021 7:22 PM
    this is the first time I have every heard of biochar, why isn't it more common or readily available? it seems to me like a simple win-win, you can remove wastes from your environment while also creating both energy for your daily activities as well as a useful fertilizer for your needs;
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products
    How feasible do you think it is for society to build with agricultural waste products?

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    Richard Sinz Lopez 4/30/2021 7:12 PM
    I believe it can be very feasible to build with agricultural waste products: for one, as a waste product, it should ideally be very easy and cheap for producers to source; so long as we understand the strengths and weaknesses of such products, let's maximize their use as much as possible; maybe we don't need to be building skyscrapers out of hemp, but if we can simply start building new single-family homes or new subdivisions with hempcrete or other agricultural products, that's already a big step in the right direction;
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about 'Green Gentrification'
    Cities and towns need to plan for climate change. How can your city or town make its climate action plans equitable and socially just?

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    Richard Sinz Lopez 4/30/2021 6:48 PM
    government. the best way to ensure that climate action plans are undertaken in an equitable and socially just fashion is to ensure that there is an established framework backed by local, state, and federal governments; government policies can have profound and meaningful impact in areas like gentrification, which have been proven time and time before to be exacerbated by free market tendencies;