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October 1 - October 31, 2023
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Olivia Rozanski

Heartland College EASC 111

"My hopes in this eco challenge are to advance my own economic knowledge, make personal changes, and possibly help spread that knowledge. "

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 796 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1
    carbon footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    1
    energy audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    270
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    200
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    127
    minutes
    spent learning

Olivia's actions

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

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 3 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will spend at least 3 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by participating in a training, workshop, or presentation.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 3 minutes learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Cook With Seaweed

Seaweed Farming

I will use seaweed in a new recipe.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching other Drawdown Transportation Solutions.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Fix Leaky Faucets

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling; Recycled Metals; Recycled Plastics

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, including electronics and metals.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Plastics Audit

Reduced Plastics

I will complete a plastics audit to see where plastics show up in my life and determine how I can reduce the use of single-use plastics.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

Ocean Power

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 10 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Cook With Seaweed
    What recipe did you make and how did it turn out? Will you cook with seaweed again?

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    Olivia Rozanski 10/31/2023 9:38 AM
    I tried out a Miso soup recipe from the website https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/miso-soup. This link will take you to the recipe.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

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    Olivia Rozanski 10/30/2023 12:00 PM
    Absolutely. It can improve plant health, reducing needs for pesticides.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

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    Olivia Rozanski 10/30/2023 11:57 AM
    There are many ways to reduce water usage. The biggest one would be to not let extra water run when doing dishes or anything else.

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    Olivia Rozanski 10/26/2023 12:38 PM
    I hope today is going well for everyone!

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    Olivia Rozanski 10/16/2023 11:22 AM
    I hope today is going well for everyone!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings Online Energy Audit
    What are your next steps for saving energy?

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    Olivia Rozanski 10/11/2023 10:09 AM
    There are a few steps I will take for saving energy. The first is I will utilize natural light as opposed to overhead lights. I will also reduce use of my appliances. I will always turn off lights when I am not using them.

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    Olivia Rozanski 10/06/2023 6:22 PM
    I hope today went well for everyone!

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    Olivia Rozanski 10/03/2023 10:16 AM
    I hope today goes well for everyone!

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    Olivia Rozanski 10/02/2023 11:41 AM
    I hope everyone is doing well with the Ecochallenge!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

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    Olivia Rozanski 10/02/2023 11:39 AM
    The first benefit that comes to mind to me is health. Eating smaller portions can help with many aspects of your health. I know I personally have an issue with portion control, so I went and got new meal prep containers so I can measure out my portions and hopefully reduce my own food waste.