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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Maggie Tracey

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,486 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    680
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    385
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    37
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    30
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    580
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    1
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    330
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    29
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Maggie's Actions

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Install A Toilet Tank Bank

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water a day or 330 gallons (1,230 L) a month by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

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

Electricity

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 20 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 20 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

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 10 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

Public Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Express My Support For Walkable Cities

Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 1 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Communicate With My Elected Officials

Onshore Wind Turbines, Offshore Wind Turbines

I will write or call 2 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Maggie Tracey's avatar
    Maggie Tracey 4/29/2021 11:54 PM
    Last day of the EcoChallenge!! Let's finish strong Team WBA!! Get those last points, answer those reflection questions! Every point counts in our competitive match-ups!
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Install A Toilet Tank Bank
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

    Maggie Tracey's avatar
    Maggie Tracey 4/29/2021 11:40 PM
    Taking steps like the "toilet tank bank" (for which I recycled a plastic water bottle full of water), and switching to other "low-flow" options are a way for every one of us to take water conservation steps. I am also converting my flower beds to more hearty regionally native plants that do not require extra watering, and doing the same with my lawn, allowing clover, plaintain, and creeping charlie to grow where it wants as they stay thick and green even when rain is scarce - much more so than grass which gets dry and brown throughout the summer.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about the Legacy of Redlining
    How does city planning and design relate to equity and climate change?

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    Maggie Tracey 4/28/2021 8:58 PM
    This is a great, eye-opening video:
    Legacy of Housing Discrimination:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_sCS2E8k5g
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Research Heat Pumps
    Why is taking action on climate change important to you? Why do you care?

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    Maggie Tracey 4/28/2021 8:41 PM
    It breaks my heart to see the damage humans have done to the natural world and I feel a deep responsibility to do what I can to improve the situation. 
  • 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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    Maggie Tracey 4/28/2021 8:34 PM
    I had heard the term but didn't know what it meant and have now watched several great YouTube videos explaining the technology, how it's created and how it is used, like this one:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f8P7rdcBMo
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail
    What are the factors that influence your choice of transportation? These can include things like money, time, and convenience, as well as perceptions of danger or safety. What would need to change for you to regularly choose more climate-friendly options?

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    Maggie Tracey 4/28/2021 8:28 PM
    Money and time are often factors in deciding a method of transportation, but also the distance that I need to travel. If I'm going to Vegas for a long weekend, driving is not an option as it would take far too long. When the distance is short and time is less of a factor, greener options make more sense. I walk as much as possible to neighborhood places, and would take public transit (train) into the city versus driving (pre-Covid, that is). 

    • Michael Meiferd's avatar
      Michael Meiferd 4/29/2021 2:02 PM
      Agreed. I do as much as I can on foot. Long distance travel I favor train, but I'm fortunate to be able to afford the PTO and the extra comfort costs. For travel in the area (suburbs) trips that should take an hour round trip can take the better part of the day. Better public transportation would be a boon in outer metro areas. 
  • 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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    Maggie Tracey 4/28/2021 8:13 PM
    I think it will become more feasible as green innovation continues to ramp up and improve and manufacturing/construction companies are open to adapting to new materials.

  • Maggie Tracey's avatar
    Maggie Tracey 4/28/2021 8:11 PM
    Check out the Earth Institute's Animated Learning Series on YouTube for research topics explained using simple terms in short videos.   For example, this one is on carbon capture and sequestration:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dm1esCpzR0
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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    Maggie Tracey 4/28/2021 8:04 PM
    I feel satisfaction watching something grow from a tiny seed or small plant into a full sized tree. Extra bonus pleasure if the tree flowers in the spring or has a particularly beautiful color in the fall. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but its carbon footprint may not be obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

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    Maggie Tracey 4/28/2021 7:51 PM
    Transportation tends to be something people associate with a significant carbon footprint, but there is a hidden carbon cost to transporting the things we eat and use - not just moving people from place to place. For instance, fruits and vegetables and fish can travel halfway around the world incurring their own massive carbon footprint before they land on our plates...whitefish from Iceland, mangoes from the Philippines...etc.