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Erin Berry

YCP ECO315 SU21

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 70 This Week
  • 266 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    131
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    10
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    5
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Erin's Actions

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 3 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY 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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 15 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided when I have to print documents.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Erin Berry's avatar
    Erin Berry 7/27/2021 6:15 AM
    The Eco challenge is going well! I cannot believe how easy some of the tasks are to do. This leads me to believe that maybe I can adapt to these actions past the challenge. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Choose Two-Sided Printing
    Choosing two-sided printing can be an easy adjustment on your computer settings. How can you help others make this same switch? Can it be encouraged company wide?

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    Erin Berry 7/27/2021 6:11 AM
    I can help others print double-sided by reminding them of the setting. Many times it is easier to just use the setting already on the printer instead of adjusting it. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reusable one, but it's just hard to make the switch. What stands in your way of making this a habit? By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

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    Erin Berry 7/27/2021 6:10 AM
    It is hard for me to switch because I work at a restaurant where there a single-use plastic cups so it is easier to grab one of those instead of bringing my own,
  • 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 using every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable (including the skins, tops, stalks, etc.) during your next meal prep?

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    Erin Berry 7/25/2021 5:43 PM
    There are a lot of great websites that can help me use the entire vegetable. Also, I can make several meals if I get creative enough which could be a fun challenge. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

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    Erin Berry 7/25/2021 5:41 PM
    I hope to save the money that I saved. I think that it will come in handy one day. This is great because I helped the environment and saved money for myself. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Adjust the Thermostat
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

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    Erin Berry 7/21/2021 11:18 AM
    I can unplug unused devices. I can also reduce the amount that I use certain appliances. I can make sure that lights are turned off when I leave the house. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

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    Erin Berry 7/21/2021 11:17 AM
    I think that access to food might be the reason why people in better-off countries eat more meat than people in other countries. Also, it might depend on where you live as well. This is because it can determine the pricing for certain foods. Eating meat in excess hurts the environment because farmers cannot keep up and have to use sometimes unsafe practices to get their animals ready to be sold.