October 2 - October 23, 2019

Dain White

EcoINL

"To live simply, so that others may simply live."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 729 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    673
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    60
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    10
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    60
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    15
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    15
    pounds
    waste composted

Challenges

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 3.4lbs (1.5kg) a month or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 4 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Compost Food Waste

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 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

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 Challenge

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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

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

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 60 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

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

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Forage for My Food

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed


  • Dain White 10/22/2019 7:57 AM
    I had to drive hundreds of miles over the past few days for a family emergency, and even though I don't have the most fuel efficient vehicle, I did my best to 'hypermile' on the trip. I was amazed at how much additional gas mileage I could squeeze out. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place?

    Dain White 10/17/2019 8:21 AM
    For me, spending time in nature and exploring the wilderness gives me a sense of clarity, scale, and perspective, making it easier to identify where I fit in, how my impact can benefit others, and more than anything, how important it is to preserve natural beauty for future generations. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Forage for My Food
    People are motivated to forage for many different reasons: as a source for food, a means of income, to connect with nature, to participate in cultural tradition, transmitting specific ecological knowledge, or as a means of stewarding local and native plant populations. What is your chief motivation for foraging?

    Dain White 10/17/2019 8:17 AM
    Knowing what plants are edible not only help in a survival situation, but can also be useful when camping, hiking, or just having a 'cheeky nibble' here and there. I've always been interested in learning more about this subject. I was surprised to find that in my area, there are only two sources of edible food listed in the map resource - I guess I have some work to do to help expand that map!
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

    Dain White 10/17/2019 8:15 AM
    Where I live, hydroelectric and wind generation provides 100% of our municipal and rural power supply, and our electrical power is literally the lowest in the nation as a result. I think for my area, a bigger issue is moving people away from their cars. As good as my town is for clean energy, they score a big fat F- for public transportation. I think pressing for public transportation, with routes that meet the need of employees to the larger employers in the area is critical.

  • Dain White 10/16/2019 10:28 AM
    I've decided that this fall, I am going to retain the leaves that fall and cover all bedding areas to they can rot over the winter and provide nutrients to my plants and bushes. Not sure how my neighbors will like this, but I know my plants will.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

    Dain White 10/09/2019 10:25 AM
    It is human nature for things to be 'out of sight, out of mind', and this applies as much if not more so, to waste. I had a pretty active week of purchases for my daughter's birthday recently, and we put all of the packing materials, blister packaging, etc. on the kitchen table to show our kids how much waste was generated. It was appalling. We're going to start seeking out products that use sustainable and recyclable packaging, and doing our best to minimize the impact our purchases make.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

    Dain White 10/09/2019 10:19 AM
    Unfortunately, the town I live in has very limited recycling options, but it has a very strong free-cycle / reuse online community. We have a large variety of donation organizations, and my family uses these as often as we can to divert as much as possible from the waste stream.
  • Reflection Question
    High Impact Action Track Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

    Dain White 10/09/2019 10:15 AM
    We elected to plan our vacation adventures around where we could drive. While it's not the standard vacation experience, it provides my family with the adventure and escape we need to call it a vacation
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

    Dain White 10/09/2019 10:14 AM
    I've been investing the money I've saved back into upgrades for my home, including a smart NEST thermostat, a new energy efficient furnace and air conditioner, new vinyl double-pane windows, and hope to be able to afford some additional blow-in insulation in my attic soon. These investments will save us a lot of money over time!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

    Dain White 10/09/2019 10:11 AM
    We have a very productive apple tree, and I'd like to get a dehydrator to make apple chips to have as a handy and more healthy snack option.