April 1 - April 30, 2019

Joey Harrison

DeSantis Landscapes

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,646 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    61
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    16
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    7
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    7
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    35
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    5
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    18
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    enery audits
    conducted
  • up to
    32
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    815
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    16
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,470
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Water

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

I will spend at least 125 minutes using the resources provided to learn about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

COMPLETED 8 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Install Greywater Catchment

I will install a greywater catchment system in my home.

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

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

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 7 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Use an Energy Meter

I will use an energy meter to monitor my energy use and identify opportunities to save power.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Install Alternative Energy

I will install alternative energy systems, such as solar electric systems or solar water heaters.

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 7 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 5 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

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

Zero-Waste Cooking

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

COMPLETED 7 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

Waste

Carry my Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

COMPLETED 7 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 20 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time 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

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 7 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 7 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 8 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 8 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 8 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 8 OF 30
DAILY 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 8 OF 30
DAILY 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 8 OF 30
DAILY 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 8 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 8 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

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

COMPLETED 8 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

Transportation

Consider Switching To An Electric Vehicle

I will test drive an electric vehicle at the Forth showcase in downtown Portland.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

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

Completed
One-Time 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 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 8 OF 30
DAILY 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

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

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

COMPLETED 8 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

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 8 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 20 minutes researching and recycling all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 8 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and ending unwanted subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 8 OF 30
DAILY 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

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

Ditch the Lawn

I will replace my lawn with a drought-tolerant landscape and save the water, money, and time I used to spend cutting the grass.

Completed
One-Time 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

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 8 OF 30
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

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

Upgrade Heating & Cooling Units

I will replace inefficient heating and cooling units.

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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Water Collect Rain Water
    Trace the water that flows down the drain from your house to the largest body of water nearby. What is the route it takes?

    Joey Harrison 4/23/2019 8:52 AM
    The Willamette River near Oak Grove, OR. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Ditch the Lawn
    What is the main water source in your region?

    Joey Harrison 4/21/2019 2:57 PM
    Rain is the major source of water along with natural springs and snow melt. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Conserve Toilet Water
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

    Joey Harrison 4/18/2019 10:12 AM
    Commercial and residential properties need to change irrigation systems to Weathermatic Smartlink weather based systems to save 20%-50% in wasted water. 70% of water used at commercial properties is for landscape irrigation so the impact of utilizing updated technology will save millions of gallons in wasted water in Portland alone. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reuseable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to establish this a successful habit?

    Joey Harrison 4/18/2019 10:08 AM
    I have collapsible organizer bins in my car that I use if I don't have reusable bags.