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

  • 20 Today
  • 40 This Week
  • 740 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,256
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    56
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    24
    miles
    travelled by foot
  • up to
    51
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    16
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    100
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Challenges

Simplicity

Have a Garage Sale

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Explore My Area

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

Uncompleted
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

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of C02 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 13 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Exercise Daily

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

COMPLETED 1 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Drive Less

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

COMPLETED 14 OF 67
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 12 OF 67
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 16 OF 67
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 10 OF 67
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 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

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

COMPLETED 19 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 17 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • 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.


    https://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=VT


     
  • 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?

    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.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Brush My Teeth Without Running Water
    What is the main water source in your region? If you don't know, how could you find out?

    Isaac Nold 11/07/2018 6:53 AM
    Brattleboro's main source of water is the Pleasant Valley Reservoir, which is a surface water supply. Pleasant Valley Water Plant operates the supply of water and provides Brattleboro with one to one-point-five million gallons of water per day. Brattleboro also has back up wells, in case of drought. 

    • Isaac Nold 11/07/2018 10:02 AM
      I forgot to cite my source, here it is. 


      https://www.brattleboro.org/index.asp?SEC=11941994-4574-4A69-AAA6-11CE2C045D00&Type=B_BASIC