April 1 - April 30, 2019

Jacob Kaessinger

Hyster-Yale Group Portland

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 887 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    139
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    30
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    19
    miles
    travelled by foot
  • up to
    29
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    57
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    675
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

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

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 3 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

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 30 OF 30
DAILY 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 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

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 30 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 60 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

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 29 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 15 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

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

COMPLETED 29 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 1 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 0.8 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 19 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 30 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

    Jacob Kaessinger 4/30/2019 3:55 PM
    I convert all of my bills, where possible, to electronic delivery. It is more secure, more flexible, and gives me the ability to respond to issues at my own leisure. 

    I would like ensure that any interactions I have with government, such as filing my taxes, registering to vote, and eventually even voting, are securely encrypted and paperless. There are obvious concerns about privacy, but the technology to address these concerns already exists - we as a society must drive the requirement that it be implemented.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Walk Instead
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Do you feel that this fact applies to you? If so, how might you incorporate more muscle-powered transportation in your daily life?

    Jacob Kaessinger 4/30/2019 3:53 PM
    I absolutely do make trips that are a single mile or less. We allow for waste when we can rationalize it as "saving time," since we are, by and large, stuck in a mindset that any travel time or unproductive time is "time wasted." 

    It's important to break away from that rigid philosophy once and a while (or maybe every day!) and just enjoy a quick walk to the store instead of driving.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Work from Home
    It takes the average worker in the United States 26 minutes to travel to work. One way to fix long commutes would be to make cities more affordable. An even simpler option: promote the use of telework. Are you in an industry that would allow you to work from home? What are some obstacles you might find yourself facing while working from home?

    Jacob Kaessinger 4/30/2019 3:51 PM
    Working from home can be a terrific way to lessen our environmental impact, but consumer internet products and commercial communication products both have to become more affordable and streamlined before working at home can be seen as the norm. 

    Consumer internet is not often available at adequate speeds (100-1000 mbps) and latencies (less than 30ms ping) in most housing areas, in order to allow fast, seamless work from home. This type of internet is often only available to consumers who already live in high cost of living areas, and is often priced at the top of the range for high income earners, making working from home for lower income earners completely infeasible. The practice of capping consumer internet to a maximum amount of data per month also presents a severe roadblock to users who must upload, download, and host video conferences while working from home.

    The most fundamental roadblock is the infrastructure of US internet itself. Without strong internet neutrality laws that explicitly require all traffic to be treated equally, employees may end up footing an unreasonable bill for working from home, simply because their internet service provider will have the option to throttle (or artificially slow down) their work-related traffic, unless the employee or company pays for faster internet. 
  • 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?

    Jacob Kaessinger 4/05/2019 9:34 AM
    Specialized recycling companies may provide recycling for large electronics, batteries, and scrap metal for free (they may even credit you!). These types of larger, more complex items aren't accepted in standard recycling and are often thrown out (or stuffed away in someone's basement) instead. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    Can organic farming feed the world? Which side of the argument do you fall on? Why?

    Jacob Kaessinger 4/04/2019 4:18 PM
    "Organic farming" must take on new meaning. Can we feed the world worth of food without using pesticides, chemical treatments, or highly processed foods? Yes, I believe we can.

    On the other hand, can we do so without changing our eating habits, and without using modern farming techniques and new technology? Not likely.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

    Jacob Kaessinger 4/04/2019 4:12 PM
    Turn off lights when you leave the room!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

    Jacob Kaessinger 4/01/2019 2:56 PM
    Weather patterns at all scales - global, regional, even locally - are becoming less and less predictable due to humanity's effect on the world. We all owe it to ourselves to prepare for unpredictability, but the issue reaches beyond increasing our immediate efficiency.

    Keeping lots of emergency water storage in your household or apartment isn't always practical. However, keeping enough for a brief water shortage (1-2 days of drinking water per person) can be accomplished with a reusable water storage container. This can alleviate the immediate need for drinking water distribution in an emergency. Using reusable containers means water can be filled and treated locally at home in a reusable container, and that water can even be reused (for example, to water your lawn!). 
  • 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?

    Jacob Kaessinger 4/01/2019 9:31 AM
    Consider limiting the number of always-on electronics that drain power in the background while not in use, or use a smart power strip to disable them when not in use.