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Eric Ritter

Heartland Community College EASC 111

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,300 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    131
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    60
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    33
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    60
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    109
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    60
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    540
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    627
    minutes
    spent learning

Eric's Actions

Community

LEARN ABOUT TRANS, FEMME, AND NONBINARY EXPERIENCES

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Visit A Local Farm

I will visit a nearby farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Core Values

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 60 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Learn More about Food Apartheid

What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 60 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 120 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Eric Ritter's avatar
    Eric Ritter 11/17/2021 12:55 PM
    My ecochallenge is going great! It continues to be a eye-opening, rewarding experience. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

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    Eric Ritter 11/08/2021 7:05 AM
    I'm not exactly sure what I plan to do with the money that is saved from making more energy efficient choices. However, it does feel great to be able to save money while making choices that have a positive effect on our environment and world. 

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    Eric Ritter 11/05/2021 7:07 AM
    So far the Campus Ecochallenge has been a great experience. It has really challenged me to reevaluate my everyday practices and has helped to create changes within me that I will carry throughout my life. 
  • 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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    Eric Ritter 11/03/2021 9:42 AM
    It's interesting but encouraging others to make the switch to two-sided printing may be as easy as asking the question. "Why are you not printing on both sides?". To often we find ourselves just following what has always been done or what might seem easy. Sometimes, things don't change because we get to a point where we can't see change. Much of the time it just takes a little nudge to change the point of view. 
  • 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 reusable one with you or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? 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 create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Eric Ritter 11/03/2021 9:32 AM
    If faced with a situation where a reusable bag is not available. I feel completely comfortable carrying what I have in my hands or taking my items out in a cart, loading them and then using my reusable bag when taking the items into my home. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Prevent Recycling Contamination
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Eric Ritter 11/02/2021 10:25 AM
    There are many different outlets for a wide variety of recyclables throughout our community. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a local recycling outlet for styrofoam. I feel the biggest deterrent of recycling is the accessibility and education in regards to recycling. 
  • 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?

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    Eric Ritter 11/02/2021 9:57 AM
    I think it is  difficult to understand the impacts of our purchases and waste because, for the most part we do not see and feel the impacts first hand. Further, excessive purchases and waste is something that our society has accepted or even perpetuates. This challenge has made me more aware of how much of an impact one individual can make. 

    • Janet Beach Davis's avatar
      Janet Beach Davis 11/04/2021 9:01 AM
      One person historically has always made the difference. One Rosa Parks, One Elon Musk, One George Washington.....
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more unnecessary things in the future?

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    Eric Ritter 11/01/2021 9:21 AM
    I feel the biggest thing is to have a shift in mindset, accepting that possessions do not define us and are not a substitute for true happiness. We must choose to only purchase things that have a purpose. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

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    Eric Ritter 11/01/2021 8:35 AM
    The neighborhoods/areas that are most effected by our waste site locations are of lower income.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Tour A Waste Management Facility
    Field trip! What a fun way to learn about our impact and consumption! What facility did you tour? What did you learn?

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    Eric Ritter 11/01/2021 7:23 AM
    I toured the Midwest Fiber Recycling facility. I feel the biggest thing I learned was the importance of not providing contaminated recycle to the Recycling facility,