April 1 - April 30, 2019

Evan Hughes

Team SOLE

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 694 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    88
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    13
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    391
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    13
    miles
    travelled by foot
  • up to
    336
    miles
    travelled by bus
  • up to
    4
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    459
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    145
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1,094
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    140
    whole food meals
    consumed

Challenges

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 1 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 1.27 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 13 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

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

COMPLETED 13 OF 30
DAILY 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

Plant an Herb Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 4 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 22 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 22 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 4 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

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

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

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

COMPLETED 22 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

Transportation

Drive Less

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

COMPLETED 22 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 28 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 12 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 8.4 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 28 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 5 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 28 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 5 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 28 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 29 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    Can organic farming feed the world? Which side of the argument do you fall on? Why?

    Evan Hughes 4/25/2019 12:56 PM
    Organic farming is a double edge sword: because yields are lower, far more arable land is used to produce comparable crop yields to GMO foods. Organic vs. GMO crops is a highly complex issues that requires endless and constant research, and yields no black-and-white, easy-to-digest (pun intended) answers. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

    Evan Hughes 4/25/2019 12:53 PM
    I help maintain an organic vegetable garden of usual offenders: Kale, tomatoes, herbs, squash, cucumber, you name it! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

    Evan Hughes 4/25/2019 12:52 PM
    My sister cans pickles semi-annually, which I enjoy throughout the year. Boom! 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Adjust the Thermostat
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your zipcode, and in your state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

    Evan Hughes 4/25/2019 12:51 PM
    By sharing 2.2k square feet with three other people in a house with a brand-new energy efficient furnace, new windows, and new insulation, my household is doing it's part to conserve energy in our zip code.