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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Adrian Wetzel

Chalfont Green Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 300 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    25
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    20
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    9
    locally sourced meals
    consumed

Adrian's Actions

Electricity

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Rooftop Solar Consultation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics, Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in creating or purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Donate

Improved Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will donate to Native American Rights Fund, which protects tribal natural resources and environmental rights and promotes Native American Human Rights.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 1 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 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Choose Better Wood Products

Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Install Heat Pumps

Currently installing heat pumps at my home. It will save green house gas emissions when I install solar panels later this year. I currently have hot water radiant heat with a fuel oil "boiler" and window AC units. The heat pumps will be much more efficient than either of those technologies.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 10 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • 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!

    Adrian Wetzel's avatar
    Adrian Wetzel 4/28/2021 7:39 AM
    In my last home I heated the entire house with a pellet stove so I have been aware of the technology.  I have learned that there are many more feedstocks besides sawdust that can be used to make pellets.  I also learned that there is small scale pellet making equipment geared for the single home owner.  I will be looking into making my own pellets with some type of grass which I can grow on my own land.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

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    Adrian Wetzel 4/28/2021 7:17 AM
    Carbon neutrality is a good start for a sustainable community.  People will need to be willing to change and take some time to separate their trash for example.  They will also be willing to deal with odors from decomposing bio-mass if they don't get it to the digester in time.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

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    Adrian Wetzel 4/28/2021 7:01 AM
    Reducing fuel oil consumption, energy bill and my carbon foot print are the main benefits to a more energy efficient home.  Elimination of drafts on cold windy winter nights is another great thing.  Some unthought of benefits are the reduced amounts of dust, pollen and insects coming in through air gaps.