Karen Hurtgen

Pledge to Go Green!

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 615 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    29
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    26
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    152
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    38
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    100
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill

Challenges

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 19 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 19 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 19 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 19 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 27 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.

COMPLETED 27 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Go Paperless

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper each day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided at work or school.

COMPLETED 26 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 27 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

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  • Karen Hurtgen 1/16/2019 7:49 AM
    By saving 8.4% of paper usage in copiers and printers on campus during 2018, we also saved the number of trees consumed by 2, CO2 produced by 704.8kg and  bulb hours used by 44,377.9 hours.
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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

    Karen Hurtgen 1/16/2019 7:44 AM
    As a campus, we reduced our paper usage in our copiers and printers by 8.4% in 2018 compared to 2017.
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  • Karen Hurtgen 11/02/2018 8:25 AM
    Viterbo is in 4th place! We need everyone to check in and earn more points. A student from the Student Sustainability Club made a video to show how to check in and earn points. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZOvbplYXq0 


  • Karen Hurtgen 10/22/2018 9:28 AM
    Viterbo moved up to 5th place! Keep up the good work. 

  • Karen Hurtgen 10/10/2018 8:34 AM
    GO VITERBO! 6th place in the world, 1st place in Wisconsin!

  • Karen Hurtgen 10/09/2018 6:14 AM
    What a great start for the Pledge to go Green! Go VITERBO!