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Pat Cornelison

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participant impact

  • UP TO
    814
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
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    1
    donation
    made
  • UP TO
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    40
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

Pat's actions

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.

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Land Use

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will donate to The Nature Conservancy, which works with Indigenous Peoples to secure land tenure and resource rights, support improved governance and local institutions, assist in natural resource mapping, planning and management; and strengthen livelihoods and sustainable economic development.

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Transport

Purchase a Carbon Offset

#43 Airplanes

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

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Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

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Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

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Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Generation Solutions.

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Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

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Buildings and Cities

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

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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
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Pat Cornelison 4/25/2018 12:04 PM
    Palm oil and coffee seem to be my worst sins.  I am willing to work on palm oil and I will look for shade grown coffee.

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    Pat Cornelison 4/24/2018 7:50 AM
    For a few days of the challenge I did not manage to complete any challenges.  Just too busy.  I have tried to make it up on other days.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    Now that you know the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates, how will you view expiration dates differently?

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    Pat Cornelison 4/24/2018 7:49 AM
    I already knew the difference so this will not change my behavior much.  I did follow a link to learn about the color of meat which was helpful.  Like, chicken can be safe to eat even if it is pink after cooking as long as it is at least 165 degrees.  I hate overcooked chicken so I am happy to discover that the temperature, which I check anyway, is the key and not the color.

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    Pat Cornelison 4/24/2018 7:31 AM
    I did the on line home energy analysis.  Since I have explored energy savings int he past it did not tell me much that I don't know.  But I will consider replacing our washer/dryer which is now 30 years old.  Maybe a new one will work better?  
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings and Cities Online Energy Audit
    What are your next steps for saving energy?

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    Pat Cornelison 4/24/2018 7:28 AM
    I live in an old brick building.  We have already added roof insulation, but we cant add insulation to the exterior walls.  Our windows are insulated but leaky.  We have added interior storm windows to some of them and that helps with comfort and energy.  Probably the best things I could do would be to get a new boiler.  Ours is 30 years old.  I explored getting a high efficiency one, but we would need to add a new chimney, and we really use very little gas to heat, so the payback would be over 20 years.  Most of our lighting has been replaced.  One other thing I could do is replace the washer/dryer which is 30 years old.  It is still working well though and was considered energy efficient at the time we bought it.  We could also get new window air conditioners, but again we only use them for a few weeks/year.  I should really do an EUI calculation to see how much energy we really use.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transport Purchase a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1 ton of CO2. Imagine a giant balloon with a diameter of 10 yards. If this balloon were filled with CO2, it would weigh about 1 ton. This flight would fill just about one of these balloons. What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

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    Pat Cornelison 4/13/2018 9:19 AM
    I travel a lot for work right now so this is a difficult issue for me.  I was able to make a donation to offset the carbon for an upcoming trip and will make a habit of doing this in the future.  

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    Pat Cornelison 4/13/2018 9:16 AM
    I offset the carbon for plane travel for an upcoming trip.  I was able to do the calculation right on the Delta website and link to the Nature Conservancy to make a donation to a reforestation project.  The actual carbon was about a half ton :( .  The cost was only about $9 but the minimum donation is $15.  I didn't mind donating more considering that I have made several other trips already this year without making a carbon offset donation.

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    Pat Cornelison 4/13/2018 7:13 AM
    REDUCE PAPER WASTE:  Caitlin, Buil and Charli helped me figure out that in this office we use over 200 paper coffee cups per week.   Not only do these cups end up in in the trash, each one costs 10 cents.  I am advocating that more of us use his or her own reusable cup or mug and rinse it out in the sink each morning.  (No need to put them all through the dishwasher.)  And an insulated cup keeps your coffee or tea hot or cold for longer.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Use Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

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    Pat Cornelison 4/09/2018 10:20 AM
    Saw a TV show this weekend about Shinto religion in Japan.  I had not realized before that it is largely nature worship.  I am going to find out more about it.  The Japanese have been living an a very limited land mass for centuries.  I think there is a lot we can learn from them about maintaining a balance with nature.

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    Pat Cornelison 4/09/2018 10:01 AM
    What if I eat more than 2 meatless meals in a day?  Can I get extra points?