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April 1 - April 21, 2022
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Matt Demko

Carlisle Construction Materials

"My goal is to limit my impact on the environment."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,408 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1
    advocacy action
    completed
  • UP TO
    286
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    104
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    715
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    4.6
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • UP TO
    4
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    115
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    31
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    27
    organic meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    7
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    19
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • UP TO
    1
    public official or leader
    contacted
  • UP TO
    10
    pounds
    waste composted
  • UP TO
    230
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    31
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    43
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Matt's actions

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products

I will spend 25 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health

Take Control

Both systemic and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

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

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 60 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard or local community garden.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health

Know My health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Visit A Local Farm

I will visit a nearby farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Engage In Active Listening

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 5 conversations.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 5 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided when I have to print documents.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 20 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 2 meal(s) each day from local producers.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 120 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 35 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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 ACTION

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those around the world who produce my food in order to make better choices when I shop.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant Feed

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To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


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    Matt Demko 4/21/2022 8:09 AM

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    Matt Demko 4/20/2022 2:09 PM
    It's nice day.  Spend the evening outside and enjoy the weather!!!

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    Matt Demko 4/20/2022 2:06 PM
    Today is garbage day.  Since the local trash company requested that recyclables not be be bagged, I get to walk around the yard and pick up all the pieces from my neighbors that didn't quire make it into the truck.

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    Matt Demko 4/19/2022 8:18 PM
    I finished a strong back tonight.  A strong back is used as a frame to build a canoe or a kayak.  Instead of buying a new canoe or kayak, I can build one anyway I like and for 1/6 the cost of a new one.  This is an outlet for creativity and sustainability as I can pass this kayak on to the next person when I am done with it.  The pic is of
    my last one:

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    Matt Demko 4/19/2022 8:01 PM
    So I picked up an approximately 50 year old outboard motor today.  I have one a few years older that needs some parts.  Instead of buying new motor, I can take parts from two otherwise unusable motors and make one thus saving on buying a new one at 6 times the price and keeping the memories alive of the previous owners who used these motors before I was born.  

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    Matt Demko 4/18/2022 5:22 PM
    Travel season is starting.  Make sure you car is ready.  Tire pressure, oil change, use AC instead of windows down all help to maintain fuel mileage.  Or try vacationing close to home.

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    Matt Demko 4/18/2022 5:15 PM
    As we near earth day, many plan to do outdoor activities to celebrate.  One common activity is to clean up road sides.  No matter where you decide to do this, at work, at home or another place of need, safety first.  Where bright clothing or a yellow safety vest so drivers notice you.  Wear gloves and closed toe shoes.

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    Matt Demko 4/17/2022 7:32 PM
    So before leaving my parents house today, I'm asked what container can I use that won't leak to put some home cooking into to take take home.  My response, why not use one of the glass jar I use for canning that you are returning to me?  MMM mm comfort food and re-using.  Great combination.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transportation Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Matt Demko 4/17/2022 5:47 AM
    The easy answer to avoiding air travel is to meet people online.  But this doesn't work all of the time.  Status meetings obviously can be done online but the actual meet and greet portion of it is lost.  A coworker is stringing legs of a trip together instead of making several round trips.  This eliminates some flights.  Driving is ok for trips up to a few hundred miles.  After that, a train or bus could work as long as it is practical. 

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    Matt Demko 4/17/2022 5:36 AM
    It's a great start to the day.  The sun is out.  Time to crack some eggs.