April 1 - April 30, 2019

Darlene Chapman

GreenDrop Pacific Cascade

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,645 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,983
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    76
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    44
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    30
    miles
    travelled by bike
  • up to
    9
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    18
    miles
    travelled by foot
  • up to
    19
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    90
    miles
    travelled by bus
  • up to
    18
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    34
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    15
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    520
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    39
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    enery audits
    conducted
  • up to
    87
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1,244
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    57
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    7,320
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Transportation

Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 15 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 1.7 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 6 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those who produce my food in other regions of the world to make better choices when I shop.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

I will not travel for meetings and will instead conduct them virtually.

COMPLETED 6 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 1 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 5 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 3.42 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 6 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Express My Support

I will make 5 phone call(s) and/or send 2 emails each day to public officials to advocate for a more comprehensive public transportation system in my region.

COMPLETED 6 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace or school. If a recycling program exists, I will advocate for ways to improve and expand it.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

I will spend at least 120 minutes using the resources provided to learn about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

COMPLETED 9 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Upgrade My Windows

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Replace Manual Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with programmable ones.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

I will spend at least 120 minutes assessing the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Choose a Carbon Offset

If buying a plane ticket, I will also buy a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

COMPLETED 9 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 9 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) each day from local producers.

COMPLETED 9 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 9 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 5 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 9 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

COMPLETED 22 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 1 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 0.75 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 18 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 22 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale, or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Install a Toilet Tank Bank

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water each day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 22 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 21 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Heat and Cool Naturally

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

COMPLETED 21 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of C02 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 21 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Online Energy Audit

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.

COMPLETED 22 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 22 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 15 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 19 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 21 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 3 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 19 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 20 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 120 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 240 minutes researching and recycling all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 19 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper each day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided.

COMPLETED 19 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 17 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Darlene Chapman 4/22/2019 10:49 AM
    While out of town last week I continued to follow the challenge. I was able to get all that were traveling with us to look at what they do and how to make changes. 

  • Darlene Chapman 4/16/2019 1:05 PM
    This challenge really opens your eyes to the little things that make a difference. 

  • Darlene Chapman 4/10/2019 8:54 AM
    Why did I join the challenge? I think that if we are going to make a difference we can't just talk about it and hope others do it. I want to be part of the solution and not the problem. The reason I choose the actions that I did was because they are things that if I get in the habit of doing on a daily basis then after the challenge I will continue to do them. 

  • Darlene Chapman 4/10/2019 8:51 AM
    Saving water - 5 minutes showers and not running water while brushing teeth...……. Also not running water will doing dishes! 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Darlene Chapman 4/08/2019 8:55 AM
    Straws, I now order all my drinks with out straws and use a metal one. 

  • Darlene Chapman 4/08/2019 8:54 AM
    Changed all the light bulbs in my house.