Aisling Redmond

Pollution Patrol

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,105 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    16
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    2
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    16
    miles
    travelled by bus
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1
    enery audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    10
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    10
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    50
    minutes
    spent exercising

Challenges

Transportation

Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 8 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 2.92 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 2 OF 66
DAILY 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 2 OF 66
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Learn More about Food Deserts

I will spend 60 minutes learning about food deserts and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes researching environmental justice concerns in my region, their causes, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time 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

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 30 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard or local community garden.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Organize a Course

I will organize NWEI's discussion course 'Voluntary Simplicity' with my family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

Uncompleted
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

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time 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 3 OF 66
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk for 25 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 2 OF 66
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will spend 15 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 0 OF 66
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 60 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 3 OF 66
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 10 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 3 OF 66
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 3 OF 66
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 4 OF 66
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 5 OF 66
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 60 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Visit a Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 30 minutes visiting a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and ending unwanted subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity?

    Aisling Redmond 11/25/2018 4:26 PM
    practicing simplicity challenges us to use items in multipurpose ways.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Organize a Course
    How can you use NWEI programs to help mobilize your community to take action toward a sustainable future?

    Aisling Redmond 11/25/2018 4:26 PM
    i think it starts small by talking about such things with our friends and family. Our decisions on how we live and consume are not made in a vacuum. We are affected by the consumer culture and society around us. just making it the norm to openly discuss fosters a way forward for us all.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Go for a Daily Walk
    Fresh air and movement are good for our entire being and can help us think more clearly and creatively. How does taking a walk each day affect yourself and/or your work?

    Aisling Redmond 11/25/2018 4:24 PM
    it brings me to the present and in real life, connecting mind and body, rather than being online 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Track my Purchases
    What have you noticed about your purchases? Where are you inclined to make shifts, if any?

    Aisling Redmond 11/25/2018 4:21 PM
    i spend more than i thought i did, and on frivoulous things. i am planning on doing a low-buy for 12 months
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Less Screen Time
    What did you notice in implementing this challenge? Was it hard to choose other activities over screen time? How did you decide to spend your time?

    Aisling Redmond 11/25/2018 4:20 PM
    it motivated me to spend more time outside. it took me from the online world to the real world outside.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

    Aisling Redmond 11/25/2018 4:19 PM
    personal relationships and making quality time
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Use Public Transit
    The US spends roughly 20% of its federal budget on defense. In contrast, 2% goes to education, 20% goes to social security and 3% goes to transportation infrastructure. Do these numbers surprise you at all? Why or why not?

    Aisling Redmond 11/25/2018 4:19 PM
    no, there is not a "civilian" option for defense while there are for education and transportation. 
  • 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?

    Aisling Redmond 11/25/2018 4:18 PM
    i think there has been an increase in recent years to not use paper wastefully, so it has helped that professors dont require hardcopy papers, or at least accept double sided. i can petition for this in classes which have a different standard, and be an example to other students by voicing my concerns.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

    Aisling Redmond 11/25/2018 4:16 PM
    it is difficult because we dont see upfront all of that has gone into a product, and we are not a culture that thinks about things beyond our trash can. this challenge has forced me to think about the complete cycle of product's lifetime.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

    Aisling Redmond 11/25/2018 4:14 PM
    i found that hawaii's site for curbsite pick up and recycling was amazingly easy to navigate, and provided a lot of information. local resources, ways to reduce use in the first place, time tables, local facilities, contact information was all provided, plus much more. there is an emphasis on really thinking through the waste management.