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Nick Gardner

Young Environmental Stewards Conference - Washington College

"To learn more and help the environment"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 397 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    260
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    4
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    12
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    240
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    128
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Nick's Actions

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

Both systemic and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time 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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 30 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Keep a Nature Journal

I will journal each day about my experiences in nature.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 4
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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 60 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 4
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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Nick Gardner 7/16/2020 4:45 PM
    They don't differ much. They just seem longer.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Keep a Nature Journal
    What natural gifts are you grateful for?

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    Nick Gardner 7/16/2020 4:44 PM
    The Ocean has always been One of my favorite things.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Learn About Renewable Energy
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

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    Nick Gardner 7/16/2020 4:43 PM
    Preserving and and maintaining a healthy earth.
  • 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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    Nick Gardner 7/15/2020 4:31 PM
    I have encouraged my family to switch to two sided printing.

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    Nick Gardner 7/14/2020 1:50 PM
    Even though it looks like I have lots of tasks they are surprisingly easy to complete.
  • 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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    Nick Gardner 7/14/2020 1:49 PM
    The easiest thing I could do is turn out lights after i leave the room. I also learned that leave appliances plugged in even when you're not using them draws a lot of electricity.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Less Screen Time
    What did you notice in implementing this challenge? Was it hard to choose other activities over screen time? How did you decide to spend your time?

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    Nick Gardner 7/13/2020 7:05 PM
    It was not very hard for me to implement this challenge. Instead of getting on my phone I instead started Dune by Frank Herbert.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

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    Nick Gardner 7/13/2020 6:53 PM
    My biggest single use item would be using paper plates. I use paper plates because it's easier then doing the dishes but today there wasn't much of a difference at all and I will continue to do this going forward.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Conserve Toilet Water
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

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    Nick Gardner 7/13/2020 6:48 PM
    Because I'm in Florida it rains a lot. Using a rain barrel would help conserve water. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How might spending more time outdoors enhance your brainpower?

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    Nick Gardner 7/13/2020 6:47 PM
    Spending time in nature feels like a mini vacation and lets me come back to work with much more focus then before.