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April 1 - April 21, 2021
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Jennifer Teeple

CCM

"To save the world by using one less wasteful product at a time."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,694 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    451
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    donations
    made
  • up to
    875
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    7
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    109
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    12
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    15
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,140
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    110
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    29
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    408
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    4
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1,192
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Jennifer's 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

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

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 15 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

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

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

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

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 1 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

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

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

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

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 20 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard or local community garden.

Completed
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 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 5 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 12 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Jennifer Teeple's avatar
    Jennifer Teeple 4/21/2021 7:06 AM
    Has anyone else seen this?  It provides a ton of information to help us become better stewards of Earth.  

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    Jennifer Teeple 4/21/2021 7:06 AM
    And Ken comes out of no where to take the lead!

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    Jennifer Teeple 4/20/2021 12:45 PM
    Six points away from second place team.  Come on CCM!!
  • 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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    Jennifer Teeple 4/18/2021 5:13 PM
    I do not think we see what we throw away when it's one thing at a time or all fits in the trash can. I has made me aware of how much non recyclable trash we used. I will be more aware going forward 
  • 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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    Jennifer Teeple 4/18/2021 5:06 PM
    There are some companies that will mail you a box to put your recycling in but there is a center in Harrisburg that takes everything 
  • 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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    Jennifer Teeple 4/18/2021 5:04 PM
    There is one in Bridgeton Mo. After the landfill went in home prices dropped. It had an for burning for years because of tires. 

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    Jennifer Teeple 4/14/2021 9:44 AM
    I appreciate all of my coworkers embracing this challenge.  CCM really cares about the environment.  It is nice to see that it is not just a company stance but everyone sees it as a personal responsibility too.

    • Ken McLauchlan's avatar
      Ken McLauchlan 4/20/2021 3:15 PM
      I have to agree, as it is one thing to preach, another thing to practice and I am seeing a corporate philosophy backed by employees that feel empowered. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

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    Jennifer Teeple 4/14/2021 9:42 AM
    We get straws a lot since we do not cook much.  We have metal and silicone straws for use at home though.  We have washable bags for produce.  
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Jennifer Teeple 4/14/2021 9:41 AM
    We stopped using disposable water bottles a few years ago.  Occasionally if we are out and cannot refill the water bottle we are forced to buy plastic ones.  We always recycle when we can.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater
    How do you think climate change will affect your region’s water supply? Think about the effects of weather, storms, salinity, and sea level rise, among other changes. How can you find out more about climate change’s impact to your region's water?

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    Jennifer Teeple 4/14/2021 9:39 AM
    If sea level continues to rise the water tables that we depend on could become contaminated with sea water making it unusable for drinking, watering crops and other general uses.  The Global Climate change initiative has numerous publication that we can read to learn about climate change and how we can help.