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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Drake Kirkham

EcoINL

"Dedicated to clean living!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 631 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    22
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    110
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    398
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    5.0
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    22
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    22
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    81
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    840
    minutes
    of additional sleep

Drake's Actions

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 60 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 3 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home

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

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper each day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • 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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    Drake Kirkham 10/11/2018 6:09 AM
    I have found that making sure that the items that can wait for work at home are left for work at home. Being effective with scheduling can be more efficient than just task completion.

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    Drake Kirkham 10/04/2018 6:42 AM
    I have Multiple Sclerosis and several of the Eco Challenge areas have helped me deal with my condition. Eating whole and healthy has enabled me to lose over 50 lbs (on purpose)! De-cluttering my life has not only helped me break the chains of hoarding but enabled me to enjoy the moment of now and not worry so much about the future. I am learning to love what is around me now and the majestic and powerful beauty of nature. I will take another step on the path of life today because I want to, not because I have to!
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

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    Drake Kirkham 10/04/2018 6:33 AM
    De-cluttering your life can help de-clutter everything else. When we slow down and enjoy the moment, the need for "things" diminishes. Be in the moment! 

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    Drake Kirkham 10/03/2018 10:53 AM
    Off to a great start! Ready for the challenge!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Choose Two-Sided Printing
    Choosing two-sided printing can be an easy adjustment on your computer settings. How can you help others make this same switch? Can it be encouraged company wide?

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    Drake Kirkham 10/03/2018 10:49 AM
    Requesting the document be printed double sided when it is asked for can help.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Drake Kirkham 10/03/2018 10:47 AM
    I use a cloth napkin instead of paper whenever I can!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Foods Diet
    Michael Pollan states that "it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor." What are your thoughts on this?

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    Drake Kirkham 10/03/2018 10:45 AM
    Eating whole and organic has helped my condition improve, even with the required doctor visits!