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April 1 - April 21, 2021
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Sam Moyer

Carlisle HERD

"Every action has an impact -- make yours a positive one!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 819 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    9
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    405
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    510
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    45
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    840
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    60
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Sam's Actions

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 20 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 30 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Heat and Cool Naturally

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Know My health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

COMPLETED 8
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 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Meaningful Watershed Experience

I am taking an 8 week long course on how to institute a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience at the high school level. The course is being taught by Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Disconnect from Email

I will disconnect from my email when not at work or school, using my personal time for endeavors that help me live out my values.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY 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

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

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

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 60 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

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    Sam Moyer 4/21/2021 8:39 AM
    As of 11:30pm -- it is REALLY close! Keep checking in!

    2 | Carlisle HERD | Carlisle Area School District | 176 | 19945 |   
    3 | CCM | Carlisle Construction Materials | 83 | 19537

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    Sam Moyer 4/20/2021 6:12 AM
    If you heard this morning's announcements -- we are neck and neck with CCM with one day to go in the challenge!
  • 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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    Sam Moyer 4/19/2021 8:33 AM
    The Yellow Breeches is close to me so if there is a lot of runoff from salt on the roads  or fertilizers from lawns, field and farms, it can have a pretty large impact on the trout (and other fish) that call that water home.  Eutrophication and lower dissolved oxygen can have drastic impacts on the plant and animal life that rely on that water!
  • 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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    Sam Moyer 4/19/2021 8:31 AM
    I mentioned in an earlier post that Terracycle accepts A LOT of plastic wrapping, packaging, and other materials that CANNOT go into our curbside recycling.  Many Terracycle programs are FREE to participate in.  One less wrapper finding its way into the waterways, land, or landfill really can make a difference.  Electronics can be recycled by Computer Barn and by Claremont Nursing Home.  Additionally, Giant will take back all plastic bags!  
  • 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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    Sam Moyer 4/19/2021 8:29 AM
    It's vital to understand the inter-connectedness between what we do in our daily lives and the impact it can have on our surroundings.  Understanding the various waterways in our area, for example, is important since what we do in Carlisle eventually impacts the Chesapeake Bay!  Understanding this  concept can help to appreciate our community even further and protect it better.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

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    Sam Moyer 4/15/2021 3:47 PM
     It's hard at times to see how global a problem can be when we focus in on a smaller lens of the world (our home, our school, or our community, etc... versus the PLANET!) 
     My overall consumption has drastically reduced in size over the last couple of years, and I focus on plastic free packaging and plastic free products!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Go get a check up
    How do you practice self care?

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    Sam Moyer 4/15/2021 3:35 PM
    I eat well, exercise a lot and take time to relax when possible! 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Sam Moyer 4/15/2021 3:32 PM
    I think being creative allows you to repurpose and reuse items you wouldn't have thought to do so, otherwise!  Instead of BUYING something, take some time to CREATE something with items you already have in your house that would either go unused or be placed in the landfill! 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Do Nature Activities
    What did you observe while spending time outside -- through sight, sound, smell and/or touch?

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    Sam Moyer 4/15/2021 3:28 PM
    I think spending time outside is good for the head, heart, and overall health! It destresses, declutters your thoughts, and forces you to disconnect from tech! 
  • 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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    Sam Moyer 4/15/2021 3:00 PM
    A lot of houses are starting to place solar panels to offset electricity consumption. During the winter, I see a lot of chimneys working over time, particularly during the snow and cold days!  Generally speaking, I would assume fossil fuels are still in the lead with generating electricity.