April 1 - April 30, 2019

Jorgi Peterson

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Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 769 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    28
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    32
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    74
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    100
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    36
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    116
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    116
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    22
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    624
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    25
    whole food meals
    consumed

Challenges

Water

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

I will spend at least 10 minutes using the resources provided to learn about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

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

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 3
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 16
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 20
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 12
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 4 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 3.45 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 22
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 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 26
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 28
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Whole Foods Diet

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

COMPLETED 25
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Water Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement
    Who is affected by polluted water or a lack of access to water in your region? How are they affected?

    Jorgi Peterson 4/30/2019 11:51 AM
    People from underrepresented groups are affected by polluted water in our region because they are more likely to live next to landfills and "undesirable" places that can result in water contamination.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy From a Farmers Market
    What is one food choice that you make, or could make, that would do more good and less harm?

    Jorgi Peterson 4/24/2019 9:21 PM
    I could choose to eat a more plant based diet to help the environment!
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

    Jorgi Peterson 4/24/2019 4:53 PM
    Much of the energy that is generated here in La Crosse is provided by Xcel Energy. Their facilities use a variety of fuel sources including natural gas, coal, nuclear fuel, water (hydro), oil, and refuse; they also have facilities that generate electricity from the wind and sun. They are taking steps to ensure that their energy does not harm the environment around them, but they still have steps to take to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

    Jorgi Peterson 4/22/2019 1:47 PM
    I plan to save up the extra money each month that I would be spending to buy a new car
  • 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?

    Jorgi Peterson 4/22/2019 1:28 PM
    I commonly use straws, plastic silverware, and Styrofoam cups. I can easily just cut these things out of my consumption, because all of them ARE the substitutes for other things, like drinking straight from the cup, or using real silverware or cups.
  • 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?

    Jorgi Peterson 4/22/2019 1:05 PM
    I can switch from single use, or atleast start reducing, by carrying my coffee cup with me between class. I notice i'm more likely to be caught without it then, because thats when i need my midday pick me up! If i carry it with me more in my backpack, I can reduce my single use waste.
  • 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?

    Jorgi Peterson 4/15/2019 7:48 PM
    I feel like I use much more muscle-powered transportation in my daily life now that I am in college. However, I can still improve. I think that one way to improve this is to either ride a bike if possible or to carpool if I absolutely have to drive that short of a distance.
  • 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?

    Jorgi Peterson 4/07/2019 9:48 PM
    The next step I can take to reduce my water footprint is to take a look at the more indirect side. I did some research, and simply switching coffee for tea as a beverage more often can reduce your water footprint! Though cups of tea and coffee may look like they contain the same amounts of liquid, producing coffee beans requires far more water than growing tea leaves, around 140 litres for a cup of coffee and around 34 litres for tea. This is an easy step I am trying to take because I drink a LOT of coffee!
  • 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?

    Jorgi Peterson 4/07/2019 9:44 PM
    I have noticed that I use a lot of paper utensils ever since I came to college because the kitchen is in the basement so it is much easier to be lazy when it comes to dishes! I have actively been trying to reduce the use of these items because I feel guilty making so much waste just to save a little extra time. I think it's okay to use those items once every so often, but I taking a little extra time to use real utensils is worth it.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Carry my Trash
    What one thing could you do right away to reduce your waste?

    Jorgi Peterson 4/07/2019 11:19 AM
    One thing I could do to reduce my waste is to start using old clothes as rags for cleaning rather than using paper towels. For example, if I am cleaning off my mirrors in my dorm, I can use an old t-shirt as a rag for wiping them off rather than using two or three paper towels to do the job. This is a small step to take, but I think it can add up over time.