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Brandyn Kirchhoff

WAVE Radio & Curling Club!

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 913 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    12
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    85
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    0
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1,817
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    290
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    6
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    92
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,306
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    116
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    104
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    10
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    560
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    63
    whole food meals
    consumed

Brandyn's Actions

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 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 3 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Host A Watch Party

I will host a watch party to screen a documentary about an issue that matters to me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Core Values

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Donate to or Volunteer for Low-Income Solar Initiatives

Whether it's by donating or volunteering, I will research the benefits of low-income solar and find out how I can support low-income solar initiatives in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 27
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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

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

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 4 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 3 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 10 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus to reduce pollution in the environment and in local communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Brandyn Kirchhoff 4/15/2021 8:29 PM
    Sometimes air travel is necessary.  Over seas or cross country trips are sometimes just not feasible with a car.  I drove on a recent trip which was only five hours and will be driving 8 hours later this month .
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Prevent Recycling Contamination
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Brandyn Kirchhoff 4/15/2021 8:27 PM
    In the area they accept many recyclable items which is very nice.  On our campus we have a single stream recycling but the issue is that so many things are not recyclable.  Also things that still contain food in them cannot be recycled.  This is a terrible thing and we do not instruct or educate people on how to properly recycle.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Brandyn Kirchhoff 4/15/2021 8:26 PM
    The most concerning this is the denial.  We had an administration that for the last four years has completely denied the existence of global warming.  The administration defunded the EPA and negatively affected the environment.  We need stronger laws to stop companies from polluting here and around the world.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Brandyn Kirchhoff 4/15/2021 8:24 PM
    Many people have an aversion to tap water.  In many places, tap water can taste rusty or have other metals that people do not want to ingest.  Using water purifiers can help to make the water taste better.  Additionally, we sell so many water bottles in stores that it becomes convenient for people to just use these.
  • Reflection Question
    Health More Fruits and Veggies
    How does eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat positively affect yourself, other people, and our planet?

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    Brandyn Kirchhoff 4/14/2021 8:50 AM
    Many fruits and vegetables provide the same nutrients that meat can provide.  Fruits and vegetables create fewer pollutants than meat production.  If more people had greenhouses or gardens, then fewer trucks would have to ship these products.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

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    Brandyn Kirchhoff 4/14/2021 8:46 AM
    Along with working out for physical fitness, mental fitness is good to exercise too.  Fitting time into your day to spend time with friends or to take walks in nature areas.  Taking one hour out of your day to exercise your body and mind can greatly improve your quality of life.
  • 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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    Brandyn Kirchhoff 4/14/2021 8:42 AM
    The meat industry is an expensive industry.  This means that meat is expensive for consumers to buy.  The meat industry is a huge polluter.  While poultry is the best for sustainability, red meat causes massive amounts of greenhouse gases.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Food Lifestyle
    Michael Pollan states that “it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor.” What are your thoughts on this assertion?

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    Brandyn Kirchhoff 4/12/2021 8:56 PM
    From an economical approach, the farmer is always in a harder situation.  With ever changing prices that farmers have to pay for feed and seed and how much they can sell their product for, farmers often amass huge debts until harvest.  Modern "sharecropping" from companies like Pilgrims Pride put farmers millions in debt with no way out.  Government subsidies need to be better administered to all farmers who need it most.  But, we still need doctors.  Like Biden is proposing, those in the top 1% wealth bracket need to be taxed millions of dollars more than they are now.  
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose LED Bulbs
    Switching out your lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! In what other ways can you exercise your civic duty to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions?

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    Brandyn Kirchhoff 4/12/2021 8:43 PM
    You can write the local government or petition for replacing street lamps with LEDs which are bright and more energy efficient.  
  • Reflection Question
    Community Host A Watch Party
    What did you learn about in the documentary you watched? How did it make you feel?

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    Brandyn Kirchhoff 4/12/2021 8:37 PM
    I learned that trash pollution does not just gather in the oceans but in many rivers too.  This puts many environments in danger and many species.