Jazz Benson

Pledge to Go Green!

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,382 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    28
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    12
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    enery audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1,161
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    18
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved

Challenges

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 28 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 6 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Take Control

Both system 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 Challenge

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 28 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

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 12 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 17 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 42 OF 352
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale, or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

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 Challenge

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  • Jazz Benson 3/25/2019 9:57 AM
    I finally convinced my husband to fix our leaky bathtub faucet. The project is going to take longer than expected because he going to change the piping too. It will also fix the issue of when we turned on the shower, water would still come out of the bottom faucet so hopefully we will get better water pressure too.
  • 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 zipcode, and in your state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

    Jazz Benson 2/16/2019 10:10 AM
    Things that can reduce energy usage is utilizing natural light. When it is sunny outside in the winter open up the shades and the opposite in the summer months. Turn all water faucets to cold. This makes sure the water heater isn't heating up unnecessary water. Unplugging devices not in use, especially vampire devices.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Fix Leaky Faucets
    Fixing leaky faucets is one of the tasks that we can easily put off until later. Good job on completing this action! How will you use the momentum from completing this action to increase your water efficiency?

    Jazz Benson 2/13/2019 10:31 AM
    To continue increasing my water efficiency, I will turn down my how hot my hot water gets on the water heater to conserve energy. I will weekly/monthly go around the house to check the faucets and the piping underneath.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reuseable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to establish this a successful habit?

    Jazz Benson 2/12/2019 9:41 AM
    When I don't have a reusable bag with me when I am checking out there are several things I may do. If I am only getting a few items I will carry them or put them in my purse. I might buy a reusable bag if the store sells them. If I do need to use a disposable bag, I will tell them to fill the bag as much as possible. I often notice cashiers will put two items in a bag instead of putting as much as possible.


  • Jazz Benson 2/11/2019 6:33 PM
    Still so glad there the Eco-Challenge has expanded to more than the 2 week challenge in October. I think it is so amazing so many people at Viterbo have joined the group to make an impact!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? Do you know how your compost will be used and the benefits it has on the environment?

    Jazz Benson 2/11/2019 6:21 PM
    Composting puts more nutrients into the soil. I plan to use my composted soil on my yearly garden. It puts less volume of garbage in land fills too. I have a lot less garbage now. Sometimes I don't even have to put my garbage out because there is barely any there.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Jazz Benson 2/07/2019 2:16 PM
    Gratitude is very important in the scheme of staying of staying optimistic about life. It encourages one to savor happy memories and helps us focus on the future. It involves our spiritual complex to keep accomplishing our goals.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Go get a check up
    How do you practice self care?

    Jazz Benson 2/07/2019 11:52 AM
    I practice self care by drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, not over stressing, exercising, and eating balanced meals!
  • 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?

    Jazz Benson 2/07/2019 11:47 AM
    When I am at work and school, I always remind others to print double sided. It saves ink, paper, energy, and money. I think anyone can try to encourage others as well as the company they work for to change the settings on their printer. It only saves the business money!

  • Jazz Benson 2/07/2019 11:28 AM
    I wish I would have known about Viterbo's campus Eco Challenge. I never knew there were more challenges than the October one. I'm glad they are changing it to be more of a lifestyle change than a temporary 2 week change.