April 1 - April 30, 2019

Rachel Olen

Craft Brew Alliance

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,344 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    48
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    24
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    24
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    28
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    96
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    727
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    132
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    48
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    138
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    48
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    192
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    72
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    enery audits
    conducted
  • up to
    981
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    24
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    645
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

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

Transportation

Choose a Carbon Offset

If buying a plane ticket, I will also buy a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time 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

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

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

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

I will not travel for meetings and will instead conduct them virtually.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 1.3 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 24
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 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 1 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

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 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

I will spend at least 30 minutes using the resources provided to learn about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

COMPLETED 17
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 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

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

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

Conserve Toilet Water

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

COMPLETED 23
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 3 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 6 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 0.07 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 23
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 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

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

COMPLETED 23
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 24
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 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

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 22
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 24
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 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

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

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 5 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

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

COMPLETED 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed

  • 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?

    Rachel Olen 4/18/2019 4:10 PM
    I could definitely carpool with a coworker to my job at the coffee-shop at least once, maybe twice a week, as long as we are scheduled in at similar times. It's not always easy planning something like this, because our schedules change weekly. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Choose a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2—per person. That’s a lot of carbon! What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

    Rachel Olen 4/18/2019 12:59 PM
    I like to take road-trips as much as I can, but when I am travelling out of the country, that isn't possible. I have been doing a better job at planning my trips and ensuring that I'm booking nonstop flights as much as possible!
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:56 PM
    Not using the dryer to dry every item I wash. There are a lot of items that can hang on a dry rack, or even outside when the weather is nice. This could significantly reduce the amount of energy I use every week.
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:49 PM
    Not doing any unnecessary loads of laundry. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Ditch the Lawn
    What is the main water source in your region?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:47 PM
    The Bull Run Watershed is where the majority of tap water comes from in the Portland area.
  • 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?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:46 PM
    I really hate getting junk mail. Whenever I see it in my mailbox I just cringe. I'm going to find a way to keep reducing the amount of junk I get in the mail, even if it means constantly emailing about getting off of coupon and credit card lists.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:44 PM
    When I go out to eat at certain noodle joints, I find myself taking a to-go container occasionally. I re-use them at home as much as possible, but I really should just start keeping a small container with me to use instead, or i just need to suck it up and eat my whole meal!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reuseable one but it's just hard to make the switch. Think about what stands in your way of making this a habit. By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:42 PM
    I just need to keep a spare one in my backpack or the car. The weekends are when I am more likely to forget to bring my coffee mug along with me, because I'm out and about. I always feel guilty if I have to get a single use cup at the coffee shop, so it would make me feel much better knowing that I am not contributing to our waste anymore than I already do!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles serve an important role in places for health and safety, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. Can you identify the barriers in making this a new habit? How can you set yourself up for success in making this a permanent change?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:40 PM
    What sometimes snags me up, is when I travel out of town, especially Internationally. I try to pack as light as possible and sometimes bringing my trusty water bottle seems like a drag. What I need to do is invest in a lightweight one that I can easily hook onto my backpack or luggage. Yes, it might not stay cold as long, but at least I wouldn't have to buy any plastic water bottles. 
  • 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?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:36 PM
    I will admit that I do use the vegetable bags at the grocery store, but I feel guilty every time! I try and reuse them as much as possible, but I know I just need to invest in the reusable ones that I could easily buy there, or online.