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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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UDAY SURAJ KONDAPI

The Hartford Environmental Action Team (HEAT)

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 595 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    84
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    21
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    40
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    20
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    400
    gallons of water
    have been saved

UDAY SURAJ's Actions

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 4 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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    UDAY SURAJ KONDAPI 10/24/2018 11:39 AM
    Great Challenge!! Looking forward for the next year. Congrats to each eco challenger who decided to bring up a change to the environment. Keep doing the same good stuff and Good Luck!

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    UDAY SURAJ KONDAPI 10/24/2018 11:35 AM
    I am very much used to with some of my challenge activities which I have participated this year. I have made them part of my daily life routine which eventually makes me choose different set of challenges the coming year.

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    UDAY SURAJ KONDAPI 10/24/2018 11:24 AM
    7. The Hartford Environmental Action Team (HEAT) | organization: The Hartford  | members: 269  | points: 43328 

    Good to see the HIG is among the top 10 in the list. Hope we were in the Top 5. Let do it next year!!!

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    UDAY SURAJ KONDAPI 10/24/2018 6:16 AM
    Tips for Eco-friendly Thanksgiving:
    https://www.naturallivingideas.com/16-painless-ways-to-make-your-thanksgiving-dinner-more-eco-friendly/

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    UDAY SURAJ KONDAPI 10/23/2018 6:56 AM
    If anyone is looking on a source to find a plant based protein diet, here are some of the suggestions. 
    https://greatist.com/health/complete-vegetarian-proteins
  • Reflection Question
    Health More Fruits and Veggies
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other places, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How can we start shifting from a meat-focused food culture to a more plant-based one?

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    UDAY SURAJ KONDAPI 10/23/2018 6:45 AM
    I believe people from different regions of the world consume meat based on the weather conditions. But it would be definitely a good move to move towards plant based proteins which has been researched and developed to very good quality in the recent times.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? Do you know how your compost will be used and the benefits it has on the environment?

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    UDAY SURAJ KONDAPI 10/23/2018 6:38 AM
    I live in an apartment, so it is really hard for me to compost waste. The way I took it up was by trying to reduce the amount of waste I produce. Choosing vegetables over packed/canned food, we produce less waste. Also, it should be made sure that we cook only as much as we need and do not waste the food.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles serve an important role in places for health and safety, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. Can you identify the barriers in making this a new habit? How can you set yourself up for success in making this a permanent change?

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    UDAY SURAJ KONDAPI 10/23/2018 6:17 AM
    Using a resuable water bottle is really and achievable task with no much efforts. It is for sure the easiest way to carry couple of purchased packed water from home or buy water whenever needed. But, it is also the same level of effort in filling out the water bottle from home and taking it to work. Also, almost all the work places offer water and can be considered reliable in terms of quality. Also, it is much easier to rinse water bottle compared to a reusable mug. To add to that, we can buy reusable bottles which are based on our needs/requirements like shape, color, style, material etc. So, I wish everyone understands the amount of plastic could be left behind and save the environment.
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

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    UDAY SURAJ KONDAPI 10/23/2018 5:56 AM
    The five minute water shower has really worked for me a lot. It is great to realize how much volume of water is being consumed every day in life. We definitely need to take further steps to prevent over usage of water. One other thing which could be done is to turn down any running water taps while using them. Example would be while cleaning dishes, vessels, etc. Also, if using dishwasher, make sure you load the whole dishwasher rather than run it multiple rounds with less number of vessels.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reuseable one but it's just hard to make the switch. Think about what stands in your way of making this a habit. By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

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    UDAY SURAJ KONDAPI 10/23/2018 5:52 AM
    I understand that it is so easy to just take a starbucks/dunkin coffee on the go and toss the cup of once done. But, as  humans, we need to consider that we are savings tons of waste if we use a reusable cup. It is hard in the beginning as we need to include that in our daily routine. And the uneasy part would be to have the cup cleaned every time we have a drink. But it needs to implanted in our mind that it is part our day to day life and sparing 2 minutes of our daily life shouldn't matter. Also, makes us more responsible.