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April 1 - April 21, 2021
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Ken McLauchlan

CCM

"Focus on the Future, What Will You Leave As A Legacy"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,626 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    154
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1,628
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    34
    neighbors
    met
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    61
    people
    helped
  • up to
    0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    24
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    990
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    71
    whole food meals
    consumed

Ken's Actions

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gal (56 L) of water a day or 450 gal (1,680 L) a month by installing a low-flow showerhead.

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 a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

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

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Learn More about Food Apartheid

What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Donate to or Volunteer for Low-Income Solar Initiatives

Whether it's by donating or volunteering, I will research the benefits of low-income solar and find out how I can support low-income solar initiatives in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 15 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Upgrade My Windows

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 6 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

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

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Core Values

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Meet My Neighbors

I will meet 1 new neighbor(s) each day.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Help Others

I will offer to help 2 person(s) who are in need each day.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 21
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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products

I will spend 30 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 60 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Ken McLauchlan 4/21/2021 5:42 PM
    In Closing what do we do next, how do we apply this to our local offices, homes, and partners in industry to continue the progression. 

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    Ken McLauchlan 4/21/2021 5:40 PM
    I was impressed to see how a small group from CCM made a major play in this challenge, in comparison to other teams our numbers were smaller but our participation greater than expected. Thank you all

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    Ken McLauchlan 4/21/2021 5:39 PM
    the part of this that impresses me the most is that a small group of us made a major play on the ecco challenge, our team number was small, but we represented the company well Thanks again for the experience. 

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    Ken McLauchlan 4/21/2021 11:32 AM
    So with today being the end of this experience I wanted to express my thanks for all of the support and the opportunity. I learned a lot and experienced some new things to the extend that I made a donation to help this organization out, not for the points but to reward the effort of the team that put this together. Thank you. 

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    Ken McLauchlan 4/20/2021 9:35 AM
    I am amazed how much information is available for my use with this event. I did this originally to be part of a team, in the last couple of days I have realized how much I have learned and will put into our families daily process. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Fix Leaky Faucets
    Fixing leaky faucets is one of the tasks that we can easily put off until later. Good job on completing this action! How will you use the momentum from completing this action to increase your water efficiency in other ways?

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    Ken McLauchlan 4/20/2021 6:57 AM
    In addition to the fixing the faucets we also applied low flow screen filter on the bathroom sinks to reduce the usage of water without truly realizing it (although you can tell with lack of pressure). we have also started to disconnect all hoses on outside spouts as it allows you to see small leaks and as well use the water that is left in the hose rather than letting run out on the concreate.  
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can reduce mental clutter as well as physical waste -- 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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    Ken McLauchlan 4/20/2021 6:53 AM
    One of the greatest frustrations for me personally is the amount of "Junk Mail" that we receive every week. We feel that this is unsolicited, however at one point somewhere in time we probably provided our information to allow someone to send out information to us for a chance to win a trip or a gift card / etc. We need to be very careful for the options we sign up for or approve as it has long term effects on what is delivered to our homes that cost money to make, money to send, and ultimately money to haul away or recycle.  
  • Reflection Question
    Water Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

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    Ken McLauchlan 4/20/2021 6:49 AM
    Colorado has issues currently that are not getting better, our snow pack is at all time lows, our reservoirs in some cases are at 31% of capacity, and our usage does not seem to drop with current usage and additional demand from expanding metropolitan area and needs for water for not only personal consumption but to water the plants and animals they eat. Installing low flow shower heads, tap filters, and changing watering schedule on homes can greatly effect our usage. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors, including market demand for recyclables. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Ken McLauchlan 4/20/2021 6:45 AM
    In Colorado we are blessed with a very green movement, our local community requires recycling as part of the service, the company we use provide a recycle bin that allows us to compile two weeks of recyclable products which has also allow us to see truly how much recyclable waste we have and allows us to focus on how to reduce. In addition we found local programs for wood recycling, grocery stores that will recycle plastic bags, local church groups that are providing bags that are being converted into products to be sold and the money used for programs lessening the burden on society. Other states / provinces have programs that encourage recycling with deposits paid and applied to next purchase with return.   
  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn More about Food Apartheid
    What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

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    Ken McLauchlan 4/20/2021 6:35 AM
    We see globally the effect on premanufactured / boxed / overly preserved food has done to societies and cultures. The adage of give a person food, you feed them for a day / week. Teach a person grow their own / forage / participate in local food shares will ultimately feed them for life. WE need to as a society work to allow everyone to have access to clean food and water, however it can not be as a hand out, it needs to have some form of work / payment involved as we do not need to develop the entitled mentality in the process. Everyone has a skill, time, or product to offer.