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Teodora Takacs

Greening of EU Benelux

"I am determined to broaden my knowledge of climate change and learn new ways to decrease my personal carbon footprint."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 463 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1.4
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • UP TO
    2.9
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    8.0
    pounds
    waste composted
  • UP TO
    30
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    28
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1.0
    water footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    68
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1.0
    community event
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    35
    minutes
    spent learning

Teodora's actions

Freshwater + Oceans

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Itr's estimated over a billion water bottles are thrown away each year. Even if they were recycled, that still uses energy and resources from the earth. I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Weekly Meal Planning

One third of all food produced worldwide is wasted, and so is the energy it takes to produce and transport that food. I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need and eating what I planned each day.

COMPLETED 7
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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

COMPLETED 8
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

Freshwater + Oceans

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When marine wildlife ingest plastic, they have a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Cooking Oil Disposal

Pouring cooking oil down the drain can cause damage to waterways and ecosystems. I will learn how to properly dispose of cooking oil to help support healthy ecosystems.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will organize or participate in a trash pickup at a local river, beach, or natural body of water.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

JOIN OR CREATE A GREEN TEAM AT EMERSON

I will continue to contribute to Emerson's environmental sustainability goals beyond April by learning more about the Global Green Teams Network, joining a team near me, or maybe even creating a new team.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

COMPLETED
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?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Zero Waste Day
    What was hard about having a Zero Waste Day? What did you learn about yourself and your habits?

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    Teodora Takacs 4/22/2024 11:38 AM
    We try to reduce waste as a family, on a regular basis, not only for a Zero Waste Day. But I read some interesting articles about tips and tricks to reduce waste ♻️ This one I found very insightful:
    https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/zero-waste-a-beginners-guide/

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    Teodora Takacs 4/22/2024 11:34 AM
    Not wasting food is a core value in our family. I grew up with this philosophy, also because during communism we couldn’t afford wasting anything, and I passed this value to my son as well. We always check the fridge and the pantry before buying more, and we improvise the recipes with what we have.

    Today for Earth Day I tried to be extra mindful about not throwing away anything. I only partially succeeded, but at least I used the backward compost for the leftovers.

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Understand My Water Footprint
    What did you learn about your water footprint and what are you going to do to reduce and be aware of the water you use?

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    Teodora Takacs 4/17/2024 3:00 PM
    Being in Barcelona with the Rising Leaders this week, I learned that tap water is perfectly drinkable in the whole city, so I avoided using any bottled water in my room for the whole week, and instead drank tap water.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Cooking Oil Disposal
    Did anything about this action surprise you? Do you use more or less oil than you thought?

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    Teodora Takacs 4/08/2024 3:47 AM
    I remembered the times when I worked as a product manager for RIDGID drain cleaning equipment and saw the damage that cooking oil had on the drains. Because it solidifies and gets combined with other stuff like wet wipes, it contributes significantly to the formation of fatbergs. If we want more peace of mind, prevention is always better than intervention.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Borrow Before I Buy
    How did you participate in the sharing economy? (Consider posting a photo!) What are the benefits of a sharing economy? How could a sharing economy change the dynamics you have with friends, family and/or neighbors?

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    Teodora Takacs 4/07/2024 3:09 AM
    Buying less clothes and toys is a goal we have as a family. So before buying anything new, we do an inventory of what we already have and then decide if we really need it. When it comes to toys, I encourage my son to ask his friends if they maybe want to exchange toys from time to time, so it feels like they have something new, without spending money and encouraging more consumerism.

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    Teodora Takacs 4/03/2024 2:18 PM
    I want to better understand which actions have the biggest positive impact on the environment. This is important for me as I would like to be a good role model for my son and inspire others to be more mindful about their own actions.