April 1 - April 30, 2019

Alex Woolery

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

"Lookin for ways to work from individual actions (which are good) to collective, systemic change (which is absolutely necessary :) )."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 604 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    190
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    58
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    168
    miles
    travelled by bike
  • up to
    52
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    168
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    44
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    595
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 22 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 15 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 26 OF 30
DAILY 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 29 OF 30
DAILY 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 28 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 29 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 8 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 9.09 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 21 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 28 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 20 minutes researching and recycling all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 29 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • 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?

    Alex Woolery 4/02/2019 1:29 PM
    Spoke to my coworker about our local recycling company we work with, ECR, what they take and how the market has changed. Also reread the WW article on recycling and changes in Oregon, what's accepted and what's not. I think ultimately recycling overseas (and even locally) is a very carbon/energy-intensive activity, that we're running up against those costs, and we need to move away from single-use materials in the first place!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go by Bike
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

    Alex Woolery 4/01/2019 11:07 AM
    I bike most of the time, sometimes walk, occasionally take the bus, and rarely drive to work. It's always interesting to me how different each mode of transport is and feels. Of all the modes, biking and walking are probably the most pleasant and allow me to take in the environment around me.

  • Alex Woolery 4/01/2019 11:04 AM
    Excited to take part in this challenge! Let's go team EMSWCD 😁
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Carry my Trash
    What one thing could you do right away to reduce your waste?

    Alex Woolery 4/01/2019 10:28 AM
    Whenever eating out, avoid ordering too much food so I can skip to-go containers entirely. If the venue doesn't compost, take whatever's compostable (including inedible food waste such as lime peels or shells, napkins, etc.) home with me to compost.