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October 1 - October 31, 2023
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Maya McDermott

Asheville High School

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 737 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    22
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    1
    energy audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    1
    donation
    made
  • UP TO
    21
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    1
    documentary
    watched
  • UP TO
    21
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    8
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    1
    public official or leader
    contacted
  • UP TO
    231
    minutes
    spent learning

Maya's actions

Land Sinks

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Buildings

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Buildings

Tour a Green Roof

Green and Cool Roofs

I will set up a visit or a virtual tour of a green roof in my city, and ask about the codes and process for installing a green roof.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Buildings

Upgrade My Windows

Insulation

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

Health and Education

Fund Family Planning

Family Planning and Education

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health and Education

Host a Film Screening

Family Planning and Education

I will host a virtual film screening and discussion about women's and gender equality issues.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 15 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Express My Support For Walkable Cities

Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Talk With a Local Grocer

Improved Fisheries

I will ask my local seafood market or grocery store if their seafood is sustainable and share the Seafood Watch resources so they can stock sustainable options.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

Ocean Power

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 29 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 40 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 37 minutes learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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

Electricity

Learn More about Micro Wind

Micro Wind Turbines

I will spend at least 25 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of micro wind.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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
    Land Sinks Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

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    Maya McDermott 10/31/2023 11:29 AM
    Bammboo toothbush, carcol bed and other localy sorced products around my home.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Sinks Support a Community Garden
    What are the multiple benefits of community gardens, including carbon sequestration? Why do these benefits matter to you?

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    Maya McDermott 10/31/2023 11:26 AM
    I helped in local gardens planting new trees and plants to help my community.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings Upgrade My Windows
    How does improving your home's (or office's) energy efficiency help you better live out your values?

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    Maya McDermott 10/31/2023 11:21 AM
    It will help with saving energy and making you waste less money on your energy bill.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings Tour a Green Roof
    What did you learn on your green roof tour?

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    Maya McDermott 10/31/2023 11:20 AM
    I learned about how the rain water is reused and used to water the plants and how it stays kept up with throughout the year.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings Online Energy Audit
    What are your next steps for saving energy?

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    Maya McDermott 10/31/2023 11:19 AM
    my next steps are unplugging devices slowly draining energy and using renewable energy.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health and Education Host a Film Screening
    Thank you for raising awareness of women's and gender equality issues. What is the next step to actually address this disparity?

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    Maya McDermott 10/31/2023 11:16 AM
    protest and spread awareness about the problems of women's equality not being recognized.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health and Education Fund Family Planning
    When family planning focuses on healthcare provision and meeting the expressed needs of women, it results in empowerment, equality, and well-being, and the benefits to the planet are side effects. Why is family planning an important civil rights consideration?

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    Maya McDermott 10/31/2023 11:14 AM
    me and my family actively help with civil rights for women. We have gone to many protests and share what we think of other people.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Sinks Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Maya McDermott 10/31/2023 11:09 AM
    I have never heard of silvopasture before this. I think the biggest advantage is the nutrients from the fresh grass.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transportation Express My Support For Walkable Cities
    How could better walking infrastructure make your city both more enjoyable and more equitable?

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    Maya McDermott 10/31/2023 10:54 AM
    on my road there is no sidewalk and lots of homeless and people walking on the road. I think this is very important to have side walks so I have contacted a city official and wanted to see what they were doing about it, they never got back to me.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Maya McDermott 10/31/2023 10:48 AM
    Aquaculture is one of the biggest, contributing to unhealthy waters because of the amount of fish poop. Along with oil companies using our streams and leaking oil into our water poisoning our fish.