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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Ben Kelley

Brighton Agency

"To be nice. But not too nice. Just the right amount of niceness. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,052 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    36
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    35
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    5.0
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    42
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    635
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    115
    minutes
    spent learning

Ben's Actions

Community

Join my Neighborhood Association

I will join my neighborhood association or another local group.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Learn More about Food Deserts

I will spend 5 minutes learning about food deserts and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Online Energy Audit

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

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Visit a Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 5 minutes visiting a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 5 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

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 1 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Forage for My Food

I will use the 'Learn More' resources below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 5 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 21
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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Ben Kelley's avatar
    Ben Kelley 10/24/2018 7:43 PM
    Machines may one day rule the world. That's all I know. Kip may also be a machine .... just sayin
  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex agrarian transition to modern food systems?

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    Ben Kelley 10/24/2018 7:41 PM
    When democratic choice, in rich and poor countries, has been reduced to the act of putting a cross next to almost indistinguishable candidates once every four years, what food sovereignty offers is not just a way to reclaim the food system, but a way of reclaiming our society too.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn More about Food Deserts
    What are the implications of access to nutritious food for a community?

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    Ben Kelley 10/24/2018 7:35 PM
    Access is kind of relative. Most communities in the US have "access" to nutritious foods (ahem Whole Foods) though most cannot afford it. The statistics show that lower income communities either go hungry or rely on cheaper fast foods for the bulk of their diet. Making nutritious foods more affordable would be the ideal.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Online Energy Audit
    What most interested or surprised you about your own energy footprint?

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    Ben Kelley 10/24/2018 7:31 PM
    I was surprised to discover that we actually do pretty well - better than I would have thought or better than some of the averages I read about. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Join my Neighborhood Association
    How can your community support inclusive decision making?

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    Ben Kelley 10/24/2018 7:30 PM
    I think our community does a pretty decent job. The real issue is motivating people to want to become a part of the conversation or taking some sort of action.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Visit a Waste Management Facility
    Field trip! What a fun way to learn about our impact and consumption! What facility did you visit? What did you learn? Did you take anyone with you?

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    Ben Kelley 10/24/2018 6:14 AM
    Visited Champ Landfill (https://www.champlandfill.com/). My dad was in town and we had plenty of building supplies to dispose of so it made a perfect occasion. I learned that it costs $80 to dump off a bunch of trash if you decide to go there, which is ridiculous, and the smell is something I thought would never leave the car. Learned how the trash just sits there under black tarps with exhausts as it decomposes. Honestly, it was pretty disgusting. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Work from Home
    It takes the average worker in the United States 26 minutes to travel to work. One way to fix long commutes would be to make cities more affordable. An even simpler option: promote the use of telework. Are you in an industry that would allow you to work from home? What are some obstacles you might find yourself facing while working from home?

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    Ben Kelley 10/24/2018 6:09 AM
    Working from home for me can be a challenge of productivity at times with a wife who is a SAHM and a 2-year old who doesn't yet understand that her dada has to work. Also, not being able to have quick one off discussions with co-workers when I see them near my desk would require a bit more time to schedule calls with. 

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    Ben Kelley 10/24/2018 6:06 AM
    I'm a very good person. Did I win?

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    Ben Kelley 10/23/2018 9:19 AM
    I want to be a leader like Erin Stamm when I grow up
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place?

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    Ben Kelley 10/23/2018 9:18 AM
    Personally, it causes me to reflect on where I fit within a very large picture. Spending time on social channels may massage your ego a bit (not me obviously) while being outdoors causes you to hit the "reset" button a bit and focus on things that are "outside of you" and in many cases, more important than you.