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Nicole Gunderman

Jean's Eco Challenge


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    meatless or vegan meals
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    spent learning

Nicole's actions

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

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


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.



Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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


Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

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


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

    Land Use Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

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    Nicole Gunderman 4/09/2018 6:18 AM
    The bamboo alternative I purchased was a cutting board. There were many available, along with plastic and hardwood. Obviously, this is a tiny action compared to bamboo flooring or something of that scale. But it is better than plastic!
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than other countries, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

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    Nicole Gunderman 4/05/2018 5:17 AM
    Although I forgot to log it yesterday, I ate all 3 vegetarian meals. 

    • Jean Henderson's avatar
      Jean Henderson 4/09/2018 6:09 AM
      Nicole,  You can go back and log your actions for a past date. In dashboard, scroll down below your challenges and you'll see 22 gray dots.  Those the the dates of your actions.  Hover over a dot to see the date.  Click on it and it will pull up your daily challenges for you to complete (by clicking the dot on the challenge card).  That way you can go back and get credit for actions that you completed but forgot to log.    jean
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Biomass
    Had you ever heard of biomass techonology before this? What did you learn that surprised you? Share this with your friends!

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    Nicole Gunderman 4/04/2018 8:25 AM
    I had heard of biomass technology but didn't know much about it. I was surprised to learn that burning biomass is not the only way energy is produced, and ethanol is also considered a part of biomass technology. I researched the positive aspects, such as how renewable biomass is as a fuel, its positive impact on forest fire prevention and the opportunity to turn "waste" into energy. I also researched the negatives, such as the release of high levels of CO2 especially in plants with older technology, and the fact that transporting biomass (which is a lot of mass, after all) can contribute to fossil fuel burning and additional CO2 production. The practice of burning wood, manure and biomass waste in developing countries has had profound long-term negative effects when the technology to burn it cleanly is not implemented and deforestation has occurred. In the end, it looks to me that if money can be invested in advanced biomass technologies with carbon neutral outcomes and better systems can be developed to transport it, then biomass can be a positive addition to our toolkit of drawdown strategies. I learned a lot in my first Eco Challenge!