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April 1 - April 21, 2022
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julia xiao

Carlisle HERD

"A bookworm starving for greens"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 880 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    356
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    2
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    35
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    101
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    28
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    462
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    17
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

julia's actions

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 53 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Community

Host A Watch Party

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

COMPLETED
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

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

Carry my Trash

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Nature

Organize a Course

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gal (56 L) of water a day or 450 gal (1,680 L) a month by installing a low-flow showerhead.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Energy

Upgrade My Windows

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

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Simplicity

Buy Used Clothes

I will spend 10 minutes learning about the perils of fast fashion and will buy my clothes at second-hand stores when I shop.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Go For A Daily Walk Outside

I will take a walk outside for 7 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will spend 5 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) each day from local producers.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

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

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Host A Watch Party
    What did you learn about in the documentary you watched? How did it make you feel?

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    julia xiao 4/21/2022 8:50 PM
    More aware of my environment
  • 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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    julia xiao 4/21/2022 8:50 PM
    There will be water filtration systems and rain barrels for sure
  • 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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    julia xiao 4/21/2022 8:39 PM
    I can try to make the most of each trip of flight so i wouldn't have to take more flights in the future and I'll do things virtually if possible
  • 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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    julia xiao 4/21/2022 8:32 PM
    I can use clean energy sourced cars, walk and bike when i can, and use public transport
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste Carry my Trash
    What one thing could you do right away to reduce your waste?

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    julia xiao 4/21/2022 8:27 PM
    Buy things with as less packaging as possible and bring my own bags to carry goods, plastic bags will be reused for packing things
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Nature Organize a Course
    What would you like to discuss about nature, the environment, or sustainability with your classmates, friends, family, or co-workers?

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    julia xiao 4/21/2022 8:24 PM
    Many people have the misconception of environmentalists just doing what they do because they love earth and it's simply a choice of lifestyle but not a must, i would really like to spread the awareness as much as i can through explaining the info i learned in geo environmental and other sources

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    julia xiao 4/21/2022 8:08 PM
    i’ve been sometimes using the strategy found online of freezing my jeans or jackets to kill germs and maintain their structure and quality without polluting chemicals in dry cleaning and meanwhile also saving water and preventing water from synthetic microfiber contamination.

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    julia xiao 4/21/2022 8:02 PM
    our changing climate aka occ is one of the first youtube channels i’ve known and it is even featured on olivia rodrigos channel, they do a great analysis  on climate topics and i’ve always appreciated it’s quality content. 10/10

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    julia xiao 4/21/2022 7:59 PM
    when i buy books i would always make a list of the books in my interest and do research on it, goodreads is useful especially for fiction and i search on the publisher or brand for educational books

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    julia xiao 4/21/2022 7:57 PM
    for online shopping as i do research i found out a website called goodonyou is very useful because they rate how ethical a brand is from different standards