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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Garrison Xian

EMME

"I want to work towards a carbon neutral life"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,516 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    216
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    4
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    400
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    850
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    215
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    955
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    48
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Garrison's Actions

Transportation

Choose a Carbon Offset

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

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Find / Join A Sharing Economy

Do at Home

I will research tool libraries and other sharing economy organizations in my area and rent instead of buy next time I need something they offer.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Practice Mindfulness

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minute(s) per day practicing Mindfulness.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Track My Purchases

Do at Home

I will spend 25 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Upgrade My Windows

Do at Home

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Upgrade Heating & Cooling Units

Do at Home

I will replace inefficient heating and cooling units with energy saving units.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Transportation

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

Do at Home

I will spend at least 15 minutes assessing the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Practice Gratitude for Earth

Do at Home

I will spend 15 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and my natural surroundings.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Car Share

I will sign up for a car-sharing service, or organize car sharing with my neighbors, to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Replace Manual Thermostats

Do at Home

I will replace manual thermostats with programmable ones.

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

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Install Alternative Energy

Do at Home

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

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

Nature

Organize a Course

Do at Home

I will organize one of Ecochallenge.org's discussion courses, such as 'Reconnecting with Earth', with my family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Ditch the Lawn

Do at Home

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 Action

Community

Host a Watch Party

Do at Home

I will host a watch party to screen a documentary about an issue that matters to me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

Do at Home

I will take a 15-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Simplicity

Organize a Course

Do at Home

I will organize Ecochallenge.org's discussion course A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World with my family, friends, co-workers, or classmates.

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

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

Food

Organize a Course

Do at Home

I will organize one of Ecochallenge.org's discussion courses on food sustainability, Menu for the Future or Hungry for Change, with my family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • 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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    Garrison Xian 10/27/2021 8:27 PM
    I think taking trains would be a great alternative

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    Garrison Xian 10/27/2021 8:25 PM
    Last day this was awesome!

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    Garrison Xian 10/26/2021 5:50 PM
    Tomorrow is the last day! Hurray

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    Garrison Xian 10/25/2021 1:18 PM
    Going great! Sad that it's almost over

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    Garrison Xian 10/24/2021 7:44 AM
    It's great to continue to the eco challenge and think through different problems even in the rain

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    Garrison Xian 10/23/2021 9:02 AM
    Gorgeous beautiful Saturday to get out there and do some challenges

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    Garrison Xian 10/22/2021 1:12 PM
    Last weekend before the challenge ends, but I think the good habits built 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

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    Garrison Xian 10/21/2021 9:00 PM
    I think through dumping less trash into the lake and oceans we can have a stronger water sitaution

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    Garrison Xian 10/21/2021 8:59 PM
    It's going well pushing through to the last week of the challenge

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    Garrison Xian 10/20/2021 7:08 PM
    It's been inspiring reading through the different creative ways we can improve the environment