October 2 - October 23, 2019

Addy Davidson

Community Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 917 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    145
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    0
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    320
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    0
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    0
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    0
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

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

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

High Impact Action Track

Stay on the Ground

Transportation

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

High Impact Action Track

Ditch the Lawn

Water

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

High Impact Action Track

Install Alternative Energy

Energy

I will install alternative energy systems, such as solar electric systems or solar water heaters.

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 0
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

I will spend at least 300 minutes assessing the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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  • Addy Davidson 10/31/2019 8:37 AM
    THIS THIS THIS THIS:  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/greta-thunberg-nordic-council-environmental-award-prize-instagram/  THIS THIS THIS THIS
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

    Addy Davidson 10/18/2019 2:02 PM
    It took me an embarrassingly long time to remember to bring my bags from the car into the grocery store.  So my deal with myself was, if I forgot, I just put all the items back in the cart and pushed it out to the car, and packed the bags there.  It also helped me (and my husband) to get smushable canvas bags instead of the plasticy material kind.  The plasticy material kind fold up OK, but you really have to fold them or you have this big stack in the backseat.  Canvas collapses easier.  I got his thru our NPR donation (they give canvas totes as gifts) and mine were matching beach totes new at Goodwill for $1 each.  They've got to be 3 years old, and good as new.

  • Addy Davidson 10/18/2019 9:21 AM
    Reviewed my property tax bill today.  Biggest line item (beyond the base) is for trash pick up.  The health of our planet *should* be important enough for us to cut our waste streams, but I can't help thinking some incentive for composting, for recycling, would help people do more of that.  The bill is unchanged whether you stuff your bins with pizza boxes, or only put them out once a month.  Different incentives drive different people.

  • Addy Davidson 10/16/2019 10:47 AM
    I measured (again) the backyard as we dither over whether to build a 1 story or 2 story granny flat.  The 2 story takes up less yard space, but will shade more of the garden.  Ooops!  That garden, that growing area is important to me!

  • Addy Davidson 10/16/2019 10:42 AM
    Today, I recover the seats of my patio furniture (bought second hand).  We have lost so many simple skills, generation by generation.  Or maybe it's just that younger generations lack TIME because they're working like maniacs to make ends meet.  I know my kids do.  Trying to teach the grand kids that they can physically affect their environments.

  • Addy Davidson 10/13/2019 8:55 PM
    Today, I rode bikes with my grandson to look at Halloween decorations in the neighborhood.


  • Addy Davidson 10/12/2019 9:33 AM
    Today, grandson and I will make fruit leather (a kids favorite) using nothing put pure fruit.

  • Addy Davidson 10/11/2019 6:35 PM
    Fallout of the PG&E shutdown has been seeking more information about the utility itself, the conditions of California's forests, the preventive measures in place and still needed, and how an individual can harden their own space.  Talking with some hardheaded friends on the internet about it, too.

  • Addy Davidson 10/09/2019 5:56 PM
    Wasteless meal production:  I honestly feel like I'm cheating a bit here.  We have urban chickens, so all the wilted lettuce, old grapes and unhappy tomatoes are gleefully consumed by them.  We have dogs, so scraps of this/that/the other (carrots, potato, even asparagus) can go into their cooked foods.  I did try putting veggie peels and offcuts in a carton in the freezer in order to make veggie soup stock, but I felt like I was depriving the animals.  About the only thing I can't interest an animal in is onions, and those "feed" the compost bin.    I'm not having the same kind of food waste problem some other folks are having.

  • Addy Davidson 10/09/2019 5:36 PM
    Been thinking a lot about how we can live more like our grandparents.  Yes, some things have changed -- the rise in pathogens, the weather being more extreme.  But our grandparents managed to buy and transport meat without plastics.  Our grandparents opened and closed windows on rotation to take advantage of the natural heating and cooling in the house.  They figured out where the sun porch belonged, where the sleeping porch should be.  We've unlearned a lot of things we should relearn.