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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Austin Van Wyhe

HP Boise YEN

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 406 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    14
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    52
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    260
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Austin's Actions

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 13
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 2 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 13
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 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and ending unwanted subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • 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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    Austin Van Wyhe 10/24/2018 9:39 AM
    You can substitute reusable shopping bags for plastic bags, or keep using the plastic bags for other activities.
  • 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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    Austin Van Wyhe 10/24/2018 9:38 AM
    The next step could be the further reduction of shower times (Four minute showers?!?) along with smarter dish and laundry washing habits.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

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    Austin Van Wyhe 10/24/2018 9:37 AM
    Use not just reusable straws, but reusable water bottles and cups as well.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

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    Austin Van Wyhe 10/24/2018 9:36 AM
    Signing up to be removed from junk mail services both removes your clutter and reduces waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

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    Austin Van Wyhe 10/24/2018 9:36 AM
    Smarter light usage, like the Boise site is doing with new light-triggering motion sensors.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

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    Austin Van Wyhe 10/24/2018 9:35 AM
    Electricity we're I'm at is mixture of renewable and nonrenewable sources with both hydroelectric power being the source of 79% of Idaho's electricity in 2016.