October 3 - October 24, 2018

Kristel Renn

Summit Credit Union

"Champion sustainability to make small and large impacts in my community"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,726 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    82
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    180
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    3
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    110
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    15
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    180
    miles
    travelled by bus
  • up to
    35
    conversations
    with people

Challenges

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Organize a Course

I will organize NWEI's discussion course 'Voluntary Simplicity' with my family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Car Share

I will sign up for a car-sharing service, or organize car sharing with my neighbors, to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Take Control

Both system and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Carry my Trash

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

COMPLETED 2 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Host a House Party

I will host a house party with 20 friends and/or colleagues to watch a movie or present a guest speaker on an environmental issue that matters to me.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home

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

COMPLETED 16 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 10 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 4.56 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 18 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace or school. If a recycling program exists, I will advocate for ways to improve and expand it.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 15 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Organize a Course

I will organize one of NWEI's discussion courses on food sustainability, 'Menu for the Future' or 'Hungry for Change', with my family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 5 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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  • Kristel Renn 10/24/2018 9:03 PM
    Finishing last minute challenges - great work everyone!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Improve a Bus Stop
    How can you advocate for transportation systems which minimize environmental impact while also meeting human needs?

    Kristel Renn 10/24/2018 9:24 AM
    The bike paths in Madison are so good, so it's really easy to convince people to use them. Taking time to clean them up after our recent flooding was a great way to connect with people! The bus system needs some work, so I take time to educate people about the bus system, and make suggestions to the city
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Organize a Course
    How can you use NWEI programs to help mobilize your community to take action toward a sustainable future?

    Kristel Renn 10/24/2018 9:19 AM
    I love these programs because they are easy to use and spark so many conversations!
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

    Kristel Renn 10/24/2018 9:19 AM
    Trying to change others minds is very difficult, but it's easier when you work along side them. I try to find something personal to connect it to, so they can see their impact and understand the importance of the change!

  • Kristel Renn 10/24/2018 9:12 AM
    So important to stay on top of these things! I have loved the daily reminders to think of the earth and make small changes!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Car Share
    Take a moment to think of places you frequent often (work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

    Kristel Renn 10/23/2018 8:41 AM
    Sharing a vehicle can definitely get challenging, especially during the cold winter months. But a little extra planning makes such a big difference for the environment!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Take Control
    How do environmental health, community health, and your personal health intersect?

    Kristel Renn 10/23/2018 8:41 AM
    One of the hardest things is taking care of yourself, but taking time to make an appointment and care for my mental health gives me more time to focus on other sustainability issues!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Carry my Trash
    What one thing could you do right away to reduce your waste?

    Kristel Renn 10/23/2018 8:33 AM
    This was so much harder then I expected! One big thing I can do to reduce my waste is avoid single packaging, which will mean making my own protein bars. 

  • Kristel Renn 10/23/2018 8:15 AM
    One more day, and I don't want this challenge to be over! It's so cool to see the impact every day!
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Forage for My Food
    Amongst the motivations for foraging are: a source of food; means of income; connecting with nature; cultural tradition; or transmitting "local ecological knowledge, and a means for stewarding local and native plant populations" (McLain et al. 2012, 13). Which of these would be your chief motivation and why?

    Kristel Renn 10/23/2018 8:14 AM
    Foraging is so exciting! You get all this free food you found yourself. I also love urban foraging, or dumpster diving. Knowing you saved all that food from the landfill is so rewarding. Food waste is the third largest contributor to global warming - don't waste food!