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April 1 - April 21, 2021
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Jon Rush

Chick-Fil-8

"To learn, practice, and implement various measurable ways to improve myself, those near myself, and the environment around me."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 968 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    164
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    0
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1,094
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    4
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    933
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    6
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    21
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    635
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    1
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    229
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    23
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Jon's Actions

Community

Research Restorative Justice

I will spend 30 minutes learning about restorative justice and conflict resolution opportunities in my own community or state.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 60 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Use an Energy Meter

I will use an energy meter to monitor my energy use and identify opportunities to save power.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Replace Manual Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with programmable ones.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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

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

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 30 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

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

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 90 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

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 30 minute(s)

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will spend 30 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 21
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 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

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

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 3 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

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

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Energy Learn About Renewable Energy
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

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    Jon Rush 4/16/2021 6:23 AM
    There are many benefits to renewable energy, from the fact that it pollutes the air less, to the fact that anybody can run a house off of solar energy.
    Well that and the CYBERTRUCK 🤩

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    Jon Rush 4/15/2021 5:40 AM
    Writing down 3 things that I'm grateful for hit home today...
    Water was turned off at the house last night & this morning 😒
    Makes me doubly grateful for the days that I do have running water
  • Reflection Question
    Waste RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

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    Jon Rush 4/08/2021 8:18 AM
    I have a waste water treatment plant down the road from where I live and it's definitely something that leaves a mark behind. Every time I drive by, I have to make sure that the windows are all rolled up and the air filtration is recycling air from inside my car, otherwise the very strong odor of the plant will get into my car. I can only imagine what this does to the housing developments less than a half mile from this area.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Jon Rush 4/08/2021 8:16 AM
    I can change my phone wallpaper, lock screen, my watch's face, and computer background & screensaver. Additionally, when clothes get holes in them, see if there is a way to mend them to continue wearing them. I have done this recently by buying jean patches and combining them with spray cloth adhesive to get them back into working order so I don't have to buy new jeans.

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    Jon Rush 4/07/2021 6:14 AM
    Writing down 3 things that I am grateful for has begun to evolve, I actually began to look forward to doing this today. The first day I wrote something fairly generic, but I had to actually dig a little deeper to keep from repeating myself, and in the process, realizing all of the little things that I take for granted each day.
    I think this may be something I continue to do even after the challenge is over.

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    Jon Rush 4/06/2021 5:37 AM
    I wrote down 3 things that I am grateful for, decided to keep the sticky note on my monitor to remind me that even when I am feeling down, I have so much more to be happy about.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

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    Jon Rush 4/05/2021 6:12 AM
    I need to find an exercise buddy to help keep me accountable. I used to do this with my sister, but she doesn't seem to have the time anymore.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Limit Social Media
    Social media can keep us connected with loved ones, make us laugh, and help us to learn new things. It can also create echo chambers and take more time than we realize or intend to give. After completing this action for a few days, how do you feel? What do you notice?

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    Jon Rush 4/05/2021 6:11 AM
    I've noticed that when speaking to friends, I can ask them how their day is going and not already know (which can sometimes create dead-spots in conversations).
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Jon Rush 4/05/2021 6:06 AM
    Keeping a positive outlook on your actions can really help to show you and those around you that even when it seems all is lost, better days are just around the corner!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

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    Jon Rush 4/05/2021 6:05 AM
    It does not surprise me, that is why now I always finish my steak (Thanks Tim! 🤣)
    I'd much rather spend it on something a little more substantial that will last longer.