April 1 - April 30, 2019

Rudi Hamsa

Hyster-Yale Group Portland

"To increase awareness of energy usage and environmental impact in everyday life."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,199 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    572
    miles
    traveled by carpool
  • up to
    23
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    10
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    53
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    499
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    40
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    2
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    7
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    694
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    1
    enery audits
    conducted
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

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

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 3
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Drive Less

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time 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 27
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 27
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

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

COMPLETED 17
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 7
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Try Carpooling

I will commute by carpool 26 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 11.99 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 25
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Car Share

I will sign up for a car-sharing service, or organize car sharing with my neighbors, to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 23
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 1.72 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY 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

Transportation

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

I will spend at least 60 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

Feed


  • Rudi Hamsa 4/30/2019 3:31 PM
    Got to finish strong! we're doing pretty well for our first year in this challenge.

  • Rudi Hamsa 4/30/2019 3:27 PM
    last day of the challenge!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Choose Two-Sided Printing
    Choosing two-sided printing can be an easy adjustment on your computer settings. How can you help others make this same switch? Can it be encouraged company wide?

    Rudi Hamsa 4/30/2019 7:34 AM
    At our company we have switched the default setting to two-sided printing which has helped a surprising amount.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

    Rudi Hamsa 4/30/2019 7:32 AM
    Many stores have certain items that they are willing to recycle. For example the lighting store down the street will recycle light bulbs
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Drive Less
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

    Rudi Hamsa 4/30/2019 7:31 AM
    I have taken long bus trips quite a lot through college and because of that I have encouraged my friends to take them whenever they can to come visit me. Otherwise, whenever time is not a huge constraint I advocate for it
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    Bringing your own bags and containers to the grocery store, and even to restaurants for leftovers, are a couple of ways to reduce your waste. What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Rudi Hamsa 4/28/2019 8:43 PM
    Togo containers from restaurants is something I use a lot and have a hard to replacing 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Car Share
    Take a moment to think of places you frequent often (work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

    Rudi Hamsa 4/27/2019 11:22 PM
    Yes I already do this with work and outings with friends
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Advocate for Greener Vehicles
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

    Rudi Hamsa 4/27/2019 11:22 PM
    Cost of electricity is better than gasoline
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Try Carpooling
    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.

    Rudi Hamsa 4/27/2019 11:20 PM
    Money and convenience mostly. It's hard to schedule ahead to make it all work
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

    Rudi Hamsa 4/27/2019 11:18 PM
    It does! There needs to be a culture shift away from such huge portions.