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Owen Paulson

UWL green team summer 2020

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 309 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    7
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    8
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    21
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    16
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    8
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    160
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Owen's Actions

Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 6 meatless meal(s) and/or 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided when I have to print documents.

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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.

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Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

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Water

5-Minute Showers

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

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Energy

Heat and Cool Naturally

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

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Energy

Turn it off

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

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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.

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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.

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Feed

  • 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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    Owen Paulson 10/16/2019 5:08 PM
    There are no barriers to using my reusable water bottle. It is already permanent with the exception I am at an event where carry-ins aren't allowed.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

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    Owen Paulson 10/07/2019 3:27 PM
    Another thing I could do would be to simply keep the lights off when not in the room or just to utilize the sunlight during the day time.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

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    Owen Paulson 10/07/2019 3:24 PM
    Energy is generated primarily from a nuclear plant that sends the energy to La Cross, and also from a local waste incineration plant. The environmental effects are almost unseen from the nuclear plant and the incineration plant has low emissions, but it does require a decent amount of lumber. The lumber used is primarily railroad ties being recycled as a burnable substance.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Heat and Cool Naturally
    What are other ways you could use the power of the sun to reduce your own environmental footprint?

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    Owen Paulson 10/07/2019 3:18 PM
    The usage of solar energy is an option, however it is not something feasible to me at the moment because I can't just go and install some panels on top of Wentz Hall.
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Owen Paulson 10/02/2019 3:14 PM
    The next step after five minute showers could be efficient shower heads, but there are already HE heads in the shower.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

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    Owen Paulson 10/02/2019 3:13 PM
    I have not used a straw or a lid on any drinks this past week. So, I didn't incorporate any of the main R's but used "refuse"
  • 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?

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    Owen Paulson 10/02/2019 3:11 PM
    I have went out and found out how to compost and what materials I'd need in order to compost. Have not composted yet.
  • 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?

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    Owen Paulson 10/02/2019 3:10 PM
    I have printed a total of 19 sheets of paper this week for classes, rather than 38 sheets