Gary Swick

EPFE Section 07

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 707 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    42
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    320
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    227
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    80
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    42
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    42
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    14
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    13
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    33,735
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Gary's 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

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 20-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus to reduce pollution in the environment and in local communities.

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

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gal (56 L) of water a day or 450 gal (1,680 L) a month by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 35 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

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 3 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 3 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 0
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 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

    Gary Swick 11/17/2019 10:30 AM
    I challenge you all to avoid items in small packages like chips.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex transition from localized food systems to modern global food systems?

    Gary Swick 11/17/2019 10:29 AM
    Check out Food Inc or Conspiracy
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Gary Swick 11/17/2019 10:28 AM
    I used a paper straw yesterday. But no straw or my aluminum one is a better choice.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

    Gary Swick 11/17/2019 10:27 AM
    Don't let cold temperatures keep you in. Now is when you need to get outside the most.
    Dress appropriately and walk briskly. Enjoy the season...
  • Reflection Question
    Water Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Where are your nearest natural bodies of water? How might they be affected by runoff?

    Gary Swick 11/12/2019 8:34 AM
    Fox River
    If it is on the ground, it probably will get to the river, at least in directly

  • Gary Swick 11/11/2019 9:54 AM
    Challenging to remember by daily actions. 

  • Gary Swick 11/04/2019 7:58 AM
    I added water categories today, and practiced a few from the nature category.

  • Gary Swick 10/29/2019 6:44 PM
    I'm back in the competition

  • Gary Swick 10/17/2019 1:29 PM
    I counted that I visited a facility in the past. Very recently attended two recycling presentations. Things are changing rapidly.
    Currently, I am at a conference. Somethings are out of my control, but many opptunities to cut waste.
  • 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?

    Gary Swick 10/17/2019 10:31 AM
    Visited San Mateo california