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October 1 - October 31, 2023
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Lorena Gonzalez

Colt DCS - Net Zero Hero Team

"Supporting our Sustainability Month in Colt DCS"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 581 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    22
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    88
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • UP TO
    88
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    0
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1
    carbon footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    535
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    15
    minutes
    spent learning

Lorena's actions

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Buildings

Use stairs instead of lift

Use stairs instead of lift at work each day

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Colt DCS - Talk to one of our Mental Health Champions

I will talk to one of our Colt DCS Mental Health Champions to discuss mental health in the workplace.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity

Calculate My Household Carbon Footprint

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Food Waste

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Drawdown Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation, and commit to reducing my food waste throughout the challenge.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meals each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Use Public Transit

Public Transit

I will use public transit 6 miles per day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 17
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
    Transportation Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    Lorena Gonzalez 10/26/2023 12:48 AM
    I have never had a car, so for the most part, and excluding going abroad my travels have been based on public transport or walking all my life: coach or train trips to visit family, daily walks to school or university, etc Nowadays in my daily commute, I take a bus, an underground train and walk to reach my destination. My current attitude has been influenced by this life of public transport, so whenever I go somewhere my first thought is: can I take a bus or train there? Below, city view from my walks near my workplace
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Lorena Gonzalez 10/16/2023 12:49 AM
    I am trying to go meatless at least once a day, and something I choose a soy based product as my substitute, however there is a danger. Soy is one of the biggest contributors to deforestation globally but specially in South America. Not only are soybeans made into food products like tofu, soy sauce, and meat substitutes, but also it is widely used as animal feed (soybean meal), so we consume much of it indirectly via our meat and dairy. Soybeans also reach our tables as vegetable oil—a increasingly used for biodiesel production.
    Soy | Industries | WWF (worldwildlife.org)
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Food Waste
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

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    Lorena Gonzalez 10/11/2023 2:26 AM
    I would rather spend more on the food that I actually use, going for more sustainable, organic local produce that usually comes at a higher price

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    Lorena Gonzalez 10/09/2023 1:17 AM
    My household carbon footprint of 1.73 tons of CO2e every month, the average in the US is 4.00 tons every month
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Lorena Gonzalez 10/05/2023 7:07 AM
    People in richer countries each more in general, and have more disposible income to spend on more expensive products, like meat and dairy products. Meat and dairy products require more resources (water, animal feed, specialised transport costs, refrigerated storage) than grains or most vegetables.