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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Shane Hansen

Green Dinosaur

"Do less to save more. Move slower to work faster"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 361 This Week
  • 771 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1,128
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    130
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    10
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    4
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    2
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    80
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Shane's Actions

Water

Calculate My Water Footprint

Do at Home

I will calculate my Water Footprint to learn about my tap water use and "virtual water" use.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Calculate the Carbon Footprint of my Household

Do at Home

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Research Impact Investing

Do at Home

Using the links provided below, I will research impact investing and determine if it is right for me.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Do at Home

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Leave No Trace

Do at Home

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Engage In Active Listening

Do at Home

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 3 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace or school. If a recycling program exists, I will advocate for ways to improve and expand it.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

Do at Home

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

Do at Home

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with durable non-plastic options.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Use an Energy Meter

Do at Home

I will use an energy meter to monitor my energy use and identify opportunities to save power.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Replace Manual Thermostats

Do at Home

I will replace manual thermostats with programmable ones.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Support Native Communities

Do at Home

I will use the resource links provided and spend 30 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Volunteer in My Community

Do at Home

I will volunteer 3 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Collect Rain Water

Do at Home

I will create a rain garden or bioswale or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Do at Home

I will save up to 8 gallons (32 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow shower-head.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

Do at Home

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

Do at Home

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

Do at Home

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 30 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Forage for My Food

Do at Home

I will use the resources below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Plant Trees

Do at Home

I will plant 4 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Do at Home

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Choose a Carbon Offset

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Do at Home

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 Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Improve a Bus Stop
    How can you advocate for transportation systems which minimize environmental impact while also meeting human needs?

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    Shane Hansen 10/15/2021 6:07 PM
    I feel that zoning plays a critical role in this, Locating housing and basic necessities in close proximity is what can allow for sustainable modes of transportation to function well, 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Shane Hansen 10/15/2021 1:45 PM
    You have to be creative to use less to do more. My father (and his father, and father's father) taught "work it out, use it up, make do, or do without". 

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    Shane Hansen 10/15/2021 10:14 AM
    "If you don't like the way the world is, you change it...one step at a time."  -Marian Wright Edelman

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    Shane Hansen 10/14/2021 6:34 PM
    Attending the PhiusCon today and loving what this group is doing to help with carbon emissions in the built environment! Great stuff being discussed!
  • 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?

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    Shane Hansen 10/14/2021 6:33 PM
    I can insist on more virtual meetings in place of in-person.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Calculate My Water Footprint
    How does your view on water consumption change after completing this action?

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    Shane Hansen 10/13/2021 6:08 PM
    Based on this calculator, I do pretty well overall. Virtual water is the place I can improve the most with the source of my home energy being one of the largest water users. Time to get some onsite power generation!
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Leave No Trace
    Educator Stephanie Kaza advises her students to focus on what they care about most when addressing the enormity of ecological problems. Is there a specific area you feel particularly called to work on?

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    Shane Hansen 10/13/2021 5:57 PM
    I am particularly drawn to figuring out how our homes can be more ecologically friendly. Nature shows us that diversity propagates sustainable ecosystems. But, we tend to build monoculture, central, and concentrated systems to support our modern way of life. We have placed convenience over a sustainable future.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Conserve Toilet Water
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

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    Shane Hansen 10/13/2021 5:51 PM
    I live in an area with abundant water. But still, we are not set up to protect and use it wisely. We need more water efficiency in our homes and places of business (lower flow fixtures, composting toilets, dual plumbing) and we need better water use practices (rainwater harvesting, water re-use to name a couple). These techniques would not only help with water conservation but if done right would also help with "watergy" energy associated with water transportation.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

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    Shane Hansen 10/13/2021 5:47 PM
    Meat consumption has such a large web of impacts. Animal farming practices can be detrimental to the animal, the land where they are kept, the earth as a whole due to "modern" farming practices, and even to the consumer. It's really hard for me to see any real benefits to mainstream meat farming practices.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

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    Shane Hansen 10/13/2021 5:39 PM
    Pollinators are an important part of my garden and our entire food system!