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Tim Siersleben

Green Machine

"Fall 2022 1-ENVS-1000-1, The Sustainability Challenge"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,661 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    195
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    341
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    146
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    133
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    79
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    109
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    820
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    2.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    16
    neighbors
    met
  • up to
    13
    people
    helped
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    227
    minutes
    spent learning

Tim's Actions

Waste

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 20 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

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.

COMPLETED 41
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 41
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Carry my Trash

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

COMPLETED 41
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 41
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 6 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 41
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 41
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Meet My Neighbors

I will meet 1 new neighbor(s) each day.

COMPLETED 41
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Help Others

I will offer to help 1 person(s) who are in need each day.

COMPLETED 41
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 10 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 41
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 15 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

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

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those around the world who produce my food in order to make better choices when I shop.

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

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 10 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard or local community garden.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 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

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 22 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 41
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Tim Siersleben's avatar
    Tim Siersleben 11/21/2022 6:29 PM
    Keep going, we are doing good!!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Volunteer in my Community
    What is one thing you can do to help your community become more sustainable?

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    Tim Siersleben 10/31/2022 7:22 PM
    You can pick up trash at the beach, participate in removing of invasive species or help people understanding their impact on the environment
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors, including market demand for recyclables. 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?

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    Tim Siersleben 10/31/2022 7:20 PM
    Here in Hawaii are multiple places where you can recylce glass, aluminum cans, plastic, newspaper and so on. Also, old clothings can be given to a thrift shop, so, they do not get thrown away
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA or another trusted source. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

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    Tim Siersleben 10/31/2022 7:18 PM
    Back home, I often preserve strawberries because they only grow in a certain time period in a year.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

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    Tim Siersleben 10/27/2022 5:42 PM
    "Pollination is important for maintaining genetic diversity in plants and ensuring adequate fruit and seed production for crops, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. Our forests, prairies, meadows, and gardens would look much different without the help of our pollinators."

    So, the pollinators help us survive and ease our lives
  • Reflection Question
    Health Support Pollution Reduction
    What environmental factors affect human health in your region, and how do they affect it?

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    Tim Siersleben 10/27/2022 5:40 PM
    In this region, human health is especially effect but the very many cars and emissions that come with the cars.

    A solution would be to invest more in the publioc transportation. But to do this, the people must show that they´re interested in public transportation
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Online Energy Audit
    What most interested or surprised you about your own energy footprint? What changes did you make or will you make?

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    Tim Siersleben 10/27/2022 5:38 PM
    I live in an rented apartment, so I cannot make any changes. 
    But I can still learn about this topic, so I am prepared for the future
  • 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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    Tim Siersleben 10/27/2022 5:37 PM
    Most people do not think about, what happens to the purchases after you throw them away. Therefore, they do not now any responsibilities that come whith that waste

    In the future, I´ll try to consume more consciously
  • Reflection Question
    Food Visit A Local Farm
    How do our current food growing and manufacturing processes affect our future and the future of Earth?

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    Tim Siersleben 10/27/2022 5:36 PM
    The current system is very unstainable because many products are shipped all around the globe, just because it is cheaper

    Locally grown products can be more expensive, but they make the environment and local economy stronger
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Learn About Renewable Energy
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

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    Tim Siersleben 10/27/2022 5:34 PM
    Energy prices are rising, therefore it helps to know abot energy sources and issues