Isaac Nold

Brattlevores

"My goal is to learn how we can live more sustainably, for the benefit of the environment. My career path, Marine Biology, is very reliant on a healthy and functioning environment, and I want to learn how to treat it with the respect it deserves."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 840 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,270
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    57
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    19
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    30
    miles
    travelled by foot
  • up to
    68
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    124
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Challenges

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 19 OF 218
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 1 OF 218
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Have a Garage Sale

I will have a group garage sale with friends, family, and/or neighbors.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 6 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 60 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 1 OF 218
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 19 OF 218
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 16 OF 218
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 21 OF 218
DAILY 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 19 OF 218
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 2.3 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 15 OF 218
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

COMPLETED 17 OF 218
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 13 OF 218
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How might spending more time outdoors enhance your brainpower?

    Isaac Nold 3/15/2019 3:23 AM
    Spending more time outside helps us to feel more connected to our environment and our community. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the decreasing amount of time people spend outside and how connected they feel to the environment and the community they live in. A significant factor for this decrease is that many cities and other places have become less walker and biker friendly due to vehicle centric design. This disconnection from the environment and community could explain why there is an increasing amount of cases of depression in our country and others. We need to work towards helping people feel welcome in their community if we want to truly make progress in the world.

  • Isaac Nold 11/30/2018 7:32 PM
    I have had an interesting week in regards to sustainability. I have been thinking a lot about how sustainability evolves in a society. And how we can nourish that evolution in our own society.

  • Isaac Nold 11/07/2018 10:35 AM
    My challenge is going very well. I have been able to accomplish many new challenges this week, and maintain old ones.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Have a Garage Sale
    Building community is good for your soul and fun to do! What were some of the positive outcomes that came out of your group garage sale?

    Isaac Nold 11/07/2018 10:24 AM
    Having a garage sale allows you to engage with members of the community. It also allows people to find uses for things that would otherwise go to waste. I would recommend people to do this instead of throwing away things they do not want.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Work from Home
    It takes the average worker in the United States 26 minutes to travel to work. One way to fix long commutes would be to make cities more affordable. An even simpler option: promote the use of telework. Are you in an industry that would allow you to work from home? What are some obstacles you might find yourself facing while working from home?

    Isaac Nold 11/07/2018 10:16 AM
    As a student, I have a lot of opportunities to do my work from home instead of commuting to a library, or somewhere else I could do my work. When I do have to do my work at a location other than my home, I walk there.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

    Isaac Nold 11/07/2018 10:05 AM
    I do not know what I will do with it, but I think this is one of the main examples I would refer to when discussing how sustainability saves us money, while also helping the environment. One thing I could do is keep track of the money I am saving, and then invest that money into renewable energy when I have saved enough.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

    Isaac Nold 11/07/2018 10:00 AM
    Vermont only produces 40% of its own electricity. The rest of the state's power demands are supplied by Canada. Most of Vermont's electricity generation comes from renewable sources, such as hydroelectric power. The fact that Vermont does not even supply most of its own electricity shows that we need to be mindful of how much energy we are using.


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  • 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? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

    Isaac Nold 11/07/2018 9:47 AM
    I compost all the food scraps that I have left over. I try not to waste much food so it does not amount to much, maybe 8 ounces of compost per day, if that. I like to think that still makes an impact. I use public composting which is transported to farms to be used instead of chemical fertilizer. This has a large impact on the environment.
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

    Isaac Nold 11/07/2018 9:43 AM
    I would like to try to find other parts of my life where I am wasting water. For example, I could find a way to waste less water when washing the dishes.
  • 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?

    Isaac Nold 11/07/2018 9:41 AM
    I like to do this by going for walks with my family and friends. I also tend to go for hikes to spend more time in nature.