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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Valerie Vickers

The Community Church of Chapel Hill UU

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 348 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    45
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    10
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    450
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Valerie's Actions

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove from my current diet the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Buildings

Replace Manual Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with smart ones.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day or 450 gallons (1,680 L) a month by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 40 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 25 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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    Valerie Vickers 4/29/2021 12:28 PM
    For me, I find changing my diet to be more local and centered on what I grow to be fun and more healthy.

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    Valerie Vickers 4/29/2021 12:27 PM
    So glad to be a part of this experience for Earth Month. Our vegetable garden is growing well, and we are planning to change our grass yard into a native pollinator garden within the next month.  We have 2 bluebird houses and are glad to have no electricity bill as we have solar panels now.  We can still lower our footprint and will keep trying.

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    Valerie Vickers 4/26/2021 12:45 PM
    So far this month our solar panels have produced 681.1 kWh of electricity and we have consumed 0 so all seems exported that is equivalent to saving 12 trees or running a refrigerator for 5 months.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

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    Valerie Vickers 4/22/2021 11:26 AM
    By including the natural world and values that conserve as part of each meeting

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      Laura Gilliom 4/23/2021 3:13 PM
      Wow, I didn’t know you could get points for virtual meetings!  
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Research Heat Pumps
    Why is taking action on climate change important to you? Why do you care?

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    Valerie Vickers 4/22/2021 11:25 AM
    A life-long love of plants and wildlife
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

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    Valerie Vickers 4/16/2021 3:19 PM
    We have a wonderful Farmer's Market here and are partaking of that as well as learning more about local farms.  I belong to 3 food coops.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

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    Valerie Vickers 4/16/2021 3:17 PM
    We are just learning about water sources and usage in our new community.  I hope that we can get involved with stream testing as we have a stream next to us.  Then, we need to look at the bigger picture.

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    Valerie Vickers 4/16/2021 3:15 PM
    There are so many different things we are doing for the Earth in our new home and hopefully folks notice our raised bed gardens and our native landscaping.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Replace Manual Thermostats
    How do you anticipate replacing your thermostats for smart ones will positively impact your life?

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    Valerie Vickers 4/16/2021 3:14 PM
    We have done this in conjunction with getting solar panels.  The Smart Thermostat keeps temperature better regulated so that we are not wasting energy by doing daily changes.