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Shannon Havlik

Co-op Climate Action Network (CCAN) - Organic Valley

"The Cooperative Climate Action Network, or CCAN, is a network of employees passionate about CROPP’s participation in the solution to climate change."

POINTS TOTAL

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participant impact

  • UP TO
    1
    documentary
    watched
  • UP TO
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    995
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    4
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    1
    public official or leader
    contacted
  • UP TO
    81
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    5
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Shannon's actions

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Fix Leaky Faucets

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Contact your Elected Officials

#23 Farmland Restoration

I will contact 1 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 2 friends, family and/or colleagues.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 120 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity Generation

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

#18 Geothermal

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

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

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will spend at least 120 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Generation Solutions.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and subscriptions.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Support Nutrient Management

#65 Nutrient Management

I will buy from organic and local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY 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.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Launch a Recycling Program

#56 Industrial Recycling

I will set up a recycling center at my workplace or school.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Materials

Choose Recycled Paper

#70 Recycled Paper

If I have to buy paper products, I will only purchase products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Materials

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

#47 Bioplastic

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 120 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 120 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 120 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Women and Girls

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

#6 Educating Girls, #7 Family Planning, #62 Women Smallholders

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

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
    Food Contact your Elected Officials
    In what other ways can you exercise your civic duty to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions?

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    Shannon Havlik 4/19/2018 2:14 PM
    Another way I can exercise my civic duty to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions is to vote for public officials that align with protecting the environment and in climate change/carbon reduction efforts.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come out of this?

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    Shannon Havlik 4/19/2018 1:23 PM
    Aside from the environmental benefits to using smaller plates there are also the physical and economic benefits. I like how this article frames it: 

    The Perils of Large Plates: Waist, Waste, and Wallet 
    https://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/discoveries/large-plate-mistake

  • 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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    Shannon Havlik 4/15/2018 7:26 PM
    Wave and tidal energy is currently the most expensive of all renewables. But the opportunity of this energy is massive.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    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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    Shannon Havlik 4/15/2018 7:21 PM
    I was familiar with biomass technology prior to this research. Here is what interested me most from Drawdown's info on this topic: 

    "Biomass energy is a true solution only if it uses appropriate feedstock, such as waste from mills and agriculture or sustainably grown perennial crops. Using annual grain crops like corn and sorghum depletes groundwater and requires high inputs of energy. Using native forests is nothing less than an atrocity."

    As always we need to be informed of all the aspects of a topic.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Women and Girls Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? Share some of the learning with your friends!

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    Shannon Havlik 4/12/2018 9:18 AM
    The #7 identified action item to emissions reduction is Family Planning.

    225 million women in lower-income countries say they want the ability to choose whether and when to become pregnant but lack the necessary access to contraception – resulting in roughly 74 million unintended pregnancies each year.

    When family planning focuses on healthcare provision and meeting women’s expressed needs, empowerment, equality, and well-being are the goal and the benefits to our planet are side effects.

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Materials Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

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    Shannon Havlik 4/12/2018 9:14 AM
    I address my own feelings of concern, fear and/or despair about climate change by learning as much as I can and sharing knowledge with others to encourage discussion around the topic. This helps me feel like I am doing something about it and I am able to tap into hope as I connect more with others and hear their thoughts and actions.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transport Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Shannon Havlik 4/09/2018 7:34 AM
    Not only would switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle reduce emissions and improve public health it would help reduce my personal fuel costs as well.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Materials Go Paperless
    What do you want to prioritize over material 'stuff' in your own life?

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    Shannon Havlik 4/08/2018 3:22 PM
    I would much rather be spending time outside with my children then wading through unwanted junk mail!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food Explore Other Food Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

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    Shannon Havlik 4/08/2018 3:20 PM
    It is projected that 1/3 of the food grown or prepared doesn’t make it to the table. 

    EPA studies have reflected that getting food from the farm to our fork in the United States
    • eats up about 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget,
    • uses 50 percent of U.S. land and 
    • swallows roughly 80 percent of all freshwater consumed.
    Yet, a whopping 40 percent of our food goes uneaten.Equating to roughly throwing out $165 billion each year.


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    Shannon Havlik 4/06/2018 3:26 PM
    I love learning more about Drawdown and what we can actually do.