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Kate Bubriski

Arrowstreet East/South

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participant impact

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    1
    documentary
    watched
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    2
    donations
    made
  • UP TO
    50
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    135
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    4
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    1
    zero-waste meal
    consumed

Kate's actions

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Electricity Generation

Rooftop Solar Consultation

#10 Rooftop Solar

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

COMPLETED
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Electricity Generation

Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries

#48 In-Stream Hydro, #76 Micro Wind, #78 Microgrids

I will make a donation to a nonprofit that installs microgeneration in low income countries.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 50 friends, family and/or colleagues.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Donate

#21 Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to Cool Effect's cookstove projects or another nonprofit that installs clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transport

Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Buildings and Cities

Plan to Insulate

#31 Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transport

Test Drive an Electric Bike

#69 Electric Bikes

I will test drive an electric bike at a local distributor to see if it makes sense to use one in place of my car, or to extend the area I can cover by bike.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Materials

Become A Master Recyler/Composter

#55 Household Recycling

I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity Generation

Advocate for Solar Installation

#10 Rooftop Solar

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity Generation

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

#8 Solar Farms

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings and Cities

Research Retrofitting Incentives

#80 Retrofitting

I will spend at least 20 minutes finding out if my city, region, or state offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings and Cities Plan to Insulate
    How can you make your home more energy efficient?

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    Kate Bubriski 4/25/2018 6:41 AM
    I use low flow plumbing fixtures, LED light bulbs, energy star windows, high SEER heat pump, wall insulation, healthy/safe products, recycle, compost, no plastic wrap or bags.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Materials Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Kate Bubriski 4/25/2018 6:39 AM
    Waste and littering, especially plastics, get into water streams. Chemicals and medications are not properly disposed of. Why is it so difficult to provide proper easily accessed disposal centers?
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Materials Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Kate Bubriski 4/25/2018 6:38 AM
    The amount of waste. Both from the perspective of the energy, materials, and water it takes to make products to the trash that is produced and then clogs and pollutes our land.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Materials Become A Master Recyler/Composter
    What could you do differently to waste less?

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    Kate Bubriski 4/25/2018 6:37 AM
    Buy less
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transport Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Kate Bubriski 4/25/2018 6:34 AM
    Yes, when you walk or bike you are much more likely to meet new people and get to know your neighbors. You also notice buildings and storefronts that you would otherwise miss. This increases demand on local shops.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Kate Bubriski 4/25/2018 6:32 AM
    I use scrap to make stock for soups, sauces and other meals.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food Donate
    How are environmental issues like black carbon and other emissions from cooking fires or rudimentary cookstoves also human health and social justice issues?

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    Kate Bubriski 4/25/2018 6:31 AM
    These fuel sources tend to be cheaper or more readily available to low income areas so that have little choice to switch to cleaner sources. These areas tend to also have less access to health care. 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy
    What did you learn about wave and tidal energy? Were you surprised by the information you found?

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    Kate Bubriski 4/25/2018 6:26 AM
    Some speculate that wave and tidal energy can supply at least 10 percent of the world's energy consumption. That is much more than I anticipated.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Electricity Generation Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

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    Kate Bubriski 4/25/2018 6:25 AM
    A sustainable community is one where all rooftops are covered in PV. There are no trash cans out on collection day, only compost or recycling. Or there are on-site digesters.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Electricity Generation Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries
    What are other ways in which developing countries without the same infrastructure as developed nations can bypass old ways of doing things for cleaner and more environmentally friendly technologies?

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    Kate Bubriski 4/25/2018 6:24 AM
    They can cook with clean fual sources. They can use solar generated lighting and devices.