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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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alan pressman

ECO Challenge Baltimore - BGE RMPU

"Make the world a little better for my kids! and their kids!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,167 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    87
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    77
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    165
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    67
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    56
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    15
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    21
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    39
    gallons of water
    have been saved

alan's Actions

Simplicity

Family Game Hour

Do at Home

I will spend quality time with family and friends by playing low-tech game(s) and/or through the spirit of imagination.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Research My Investment Portfolio

Do at Home

I will find out what stocks and bonds are in my investment account portfolio to determine if they align with my values (e.g. environmental, social responsibility, community).

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Do at Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

Do at Home

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

Do at Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 3 gallons (11 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

Do at Home

I will avoid sending 3 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

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 2 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Volunteer in My Community

Do at Home

I will volunteer 5 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

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

Switch to Cold Water

Do at Home

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Online Energy Audit

Do at Home

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 Action

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

Do at Home

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

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

Energy

Encourage my company and/or organization to measure and manage their carbon footprint

Do at Home

Organizations have a responsibility to make sustainable business decisions. To understand how to improve sustainable practices, it’s important to start with understanding the current impact. I will share the Tradewater Business Carbon Calculator with my organization.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

Do at Home

I will replace 12 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Invite a Friend to Calculate the Carbon Footprint of their Household

Do at Home

Individual actions are important, but people and organizations working together can make a real impact. I will share a carbon calculator with a friend and invite them to calculate the carbon footprint of their household.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

Do at Home

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Do at Home

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 5 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Compost Food Waste

Do at Home

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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Do at Home

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. I will keep 2 container(s) out of the landfill each day.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Do at Home

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

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Water Calculate My Water Footprint
    How does your view on water consumption change after completing this action?

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    alan pressman 10/27/2021 2:42 PM
    WOW!  Totally understand why my water bill is so high!
    Also shocked that my foot print is over 1000 gallons a day and houshold is close to 5000!  Need to be more concious and reduce my water use.... definetly should listen about not taking long showers.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Online Energy Audit
    What most interested or surprised you about your own energy footprint? What changes did you make or will you make?

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    alan pressman 10/27/2021 2:30 PM
    very efficient as we rebuilt in 2008 and used energy efficent standards, upgrades foam insulation and high quality window and doors.  Took some effort but got us to a good place! 

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    alan pressman 10/27/2021 5:03 AM
    Good morning team!  Today is the final day of the ECOchallenge!  Thanks for being my partner to save the planet! 
    Please ensure you checkin today to get the remaining daily points you can get.  If you have completed any one time actions, please make sure you do so today!  
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Research My Investment Portfolio
    In what ways can you increase the positive impacts and decrease the negative impacts of your financial investments?

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    alan pressman 10/26/2021 8:32 PM
    By investing in companies that fit my values, i can ensure i am not profiting off business models which negatively impact the environment. 

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    alan pressman 10/26/2021 6:47 AM
    Team!  Only TWO DAYS LEFT!  lets finish strong and see where we land!  If you have not done yet, there are some great one time activities to do.  I completed the impact investing action, which is interesting stuff!  Numerous other topics to learn about!
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Research Impact Investing
    How might impact investing help you better live your values?

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    alan pressman 10/26/2021 6:42 AM
    My promoting technologies and companies that are tackling climate change, or conducting there business in a sustainable way, their operations can grow and enhance and displace companies that are doing harm....
  • Reflection Question
    Water Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Where are your nearest natural bodies of water? How might they be affected by runoff?

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    alan pressman 10/25/2021 4:39 AM
    I live near the Jones Falls, and very disappointing to hike the trails and see the regular signs which state the water is polluted and not safe to touch.   If we can all stop using chemicals for our lawns and stop all the run off, cleaner water will surely be the outcome. 

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    alan pressman 10/24/2021 9:09 AM
    Team, i forgot to checkin yesterday and we missed out on 40 points.   can you all try to checkin today to help make up for my mistake? we are head to head with the other leading Exelon team! Lets finish strong, on this final home stretch and try to checkin daily ! Thnaks!

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    alan pressman 10/22/2021 8:46 AM
    WOW!!!  We have crossed 2000 points and are within 100 points of the EU point leader :) way to go team!

    please remain inspired and check-in daily to the challenge.  With a couple one time actions, we will quickly be on top!
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Family Game Hour
    How does being playful with others enrich your life?

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    alan pressman 10/21/2021 1:41 PM
    Playing Axis and Allies with my sons is a treasure... really annoying how they have take so heavily to screens since COVID-19,  glad to connect on a real level with my family.