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Ricky Salinas

Da Treehouse

"Protecting our natural environment and resources for all "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,370 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    58
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    7
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    1,079
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    1,424
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Ricky 's Actions

Action Track: Building Resilience

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 50
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Engage In Active Listening

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 1 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 53
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 5 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 39
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 47
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 45
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 53
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 53
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 53
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 52
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 7 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • 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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    Ricky Salinas 11/26/2021 6:25 PM
    I found out the "state relies heavily on imports of petroleum and coal for power. Renewable energy production is increasing. ... As of 2016, 26.6% of electricity was from renewable sources, including solar, wind, hydro and geothermal" Funny enough it is the renewable sources that have caused a bigger stir than the use of petroleum or coal. Due to the solar/wind farms being an eyesore to the local people along with the effects they have on the wildlife. Such as being taking away natural habits.      

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    Ricky Salinas 11/26/2021 5:10 PM
    I will try to continue the eco-challenge on my own when done with this course.  

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    Ricky Salinas 11/26/2021 5:01 PM
    It was fun; the team did outstanding. I want to thank them all along with friends that help. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Eco-friendly Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

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    Ricky Salinas 11/26/2021 4:59 PM
    On the island, I would say water waste along with flooding is some big concerns.  
  • 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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    Ricky Salinas 11/26/2021 4:57 PM
    Careless dumping of waste into streams, damming or rerouting streams so their yards do not flood. 

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    Ricky Salinas 11/26/2021 4:55 PM
    I shut down everything in my office space and even have gone so far as to unplug and get rid of some energy-sucking items. 

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    Ricky Salinas 11/24/2021 7:20 PM
    Coming down to the wire its been fun. 

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    Ricky Salinas 11/23/2021 11:11 AM
    All most done but now have to think how to continue after the challenge is complete.

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    Ricky Salinas 11/20/2021 4:45 PM
    Going great. today is a good day to get out and enjoy the day in-between homework.

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    Ricky Salinas 11/18/2021 9:54 AM
    Eco challenge is going well can see new ways to improve, myself and those around me.