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April 1 - April 21, 2021
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William Bechtel

Carlisle HERD

"Develop habits that are good for both me and the planet and to set an example for those around me. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,111 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    16
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1,055
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    5
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    7
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    57
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    11
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    415
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    11
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    20
    hours
    volunteered

William's Actions

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community while observing best practices in my region for not spreading COVID-19.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

Both systemic 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 Action

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 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Joyful Movement

I will spend 30 minutes doing an activity where I'm both moving my body and enjoying myself.

COMPLETED 15
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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 10 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

Uncompleted
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

Nature

Practice Gratitude for Earth

I will spend 10 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and my natural surroundings.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY 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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

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

Completed
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

Food

Join a Local CSA

I will sign up for a local CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture).

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Water Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Where are your nearest natural bodies of water? How might they be affected by runoff?

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    William Bechtel 4/21/2021 5:15 AM
    The nearest body of water to me is Mountain Creek. I’ve seen runoff from the nearby quarry discolor the creek. That can’t be good for the health of the stream. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Prevent Recycling Contamination
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    William Bechtel 4/21/2021 5:13 AM
    I learned that Home Depot and Lowe’s will take rechargeable batteries for recycling. But, you must wrap each battery individually so prevent they shorting out and starting a fire. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more unnecessary things in the future?

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    William Bechtel 4/21/2021 5:11 AM
    Stop watching ads on TV. They make you think happiness comes from a new trinket.  And, I always ask myself if what I’m considering is a want or a need. Buy only what you need. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

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    William Bechtel 4/21/2021 5:08 AM
    I know meditation helps focus the mind and it’s a practice I should do more often. I try to reflect on my gratitude for the many wonderful people and things in my life. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How might spending more time outdoors enhance your brainpower?

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    William Bechtel 4/21/2021 5:06 AM
    Being outside and exercising releases endorphins that makes me feel good. It clears my head and helps me be more productive. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Join An Outdoor Project
    How well do you know the area you stay in -- whether your hometown or your campus community? In what ways is a deep knowledge of your surroundings -- known as a 'sense of place' -- important to you?

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    William Bechtel 4/20/2021 7:36 AM
    I know the area near me pretty well. I think I know the trails of Michaux State Forest better than the streets of Carlisle, but both feel like home. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Practice Gratitude for Earth
    Kathleen Dean Moore says that a sense of gratitude leads to a sense of moral obligation. Do you agree? How can we cultivate a sense of gratitude as individuals, and as a society?

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    William Bechtel 4/20/2021 7:30 AM
    I do agree that gratitude leads to moral obligation. I’m so thankful for the wild places around me and that I’m healthy enough to enjoy them. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Joyful Movement
    What's your favorite activity(ies) in which you experience joy while being active and moving?

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    William Bechtel 4/20/2021 7:29 AM
    I’m an ultra runner. My favorite thing is trail running through the forests near my house. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health More Fruits and Veggies
    How does eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat positively affect yourself, other people, and our planet?

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    William Bechtel 4/20/2021 7:28 AM
    Eating lower on the food chain is healthier for both me and the planet. Vegetables require less land and water to produce and provide better nutrients for me. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Take Control
    How do environmental health, community health, and your personal health intersect?

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    William Bechtel 4/20/2021 7:27 AM
    If the environment isn’t healthy, it is much harder for me to be healthy. I get most of my exercise outdoors.