April 1 - April 30, 2019

Heather Jackson

GreenDrop Pacific Cascade

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 712 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    8
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    8
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    12
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    5
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    4
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    6
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 5 minutes researching and recycling all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 4
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

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 4
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 5
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Drive Less

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

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

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 5
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 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

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

Completed
One-Time 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

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 5 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

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

Feed


  • Heather Jackson 4/19/2019 4:47 PM
    I keep forgetting to log in and mark the things I'm doing!!!!
  • 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?

    Heather Jackson 4/17/2019 11:35 AM
    As a part of our ongoing efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle at work I'm going to include two sided printing in the communications to the employees on things they can do to make an impact. Hopefully we get good participation!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Recycle Everything I Can
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

    Heather Jackson 4/17/2019 11:34 AM
    I've been researching more to find out what can be recycled at home and at work and to make sure that what I've been doing is correct. I've learned alot! I'm so bummed that the mailers with bubble wrap lining and paper or plastic on the outside can't be recycled.
  • 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?

    Heather Jackson 4/17/2019 11:32 AM
    I've started carrying a stainless steel straw in my purse to use instead of disposable straws and I reuse my cups from the local coffee house to drink tea and coffee that I've made at home. I've started using chip bags, cat food bags, etc that can't be recycled for litter box waste.
  • 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?

    Heather Jackson 4/17/2019 11:27 AM
    I have learned that my company can recycle film plastic at a local retailer that is willing to accept business film plastic for recycling. I'm so excited!
  • 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?

    Heather Jackson 4/17/2019 11:26 AM
    I don't have much access to public transportation where I live and work but thankfully I live very close to work!

  • Heather Jackson 4/15/2019 3:59 PM
    Since moving the Pacific Northwest five years ago I've become more conscious of recycling at home. It's easy to do with a few adjustments to your life and so worth it! I'm now focused on bringing that to the work place!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Heather Jackson 4/15/2019 3:16 PM
    I've started saving 'the cooler' glass containers to use as flower vases when entertaining or enjoying cut flowers at home and also to store spice blends that I've made instead of buying spice blends.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Launch a Recycling Program
    How might thinking creatively help us address big systems problems differently?

    Heather Jackson 4/15/2019 3:15 PM
    I currently invited our County representative to our office to do a walk through and have identified some simple steps we can take at work to be better at recycling and lessening our negative impact on the planet. Now to educate!
  • 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?

    Heather Jackson 4/15/2019 3:14 PM
    I like canning jams and jellies with little to no added sugar for my use and I've canned salsa before too. I'd like to get into pickling.