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Kelci Atkins

Washington College

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 631 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    25
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    35
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    224
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    3
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    5
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    480
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    20
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    15
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    0
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    5
    pounds
    waste composted

Kelci's Actions

Health

Take Control

Both systemic 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 Action

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Upgrade My Windows

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Replace Manual Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with programmable ones.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Host a Viewing Party

I will host a viewing party with 1 friends and/or colleagues to watch a movie or present a guest speaker on an environmental issue that matters to me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support Ecochallenge.org or another nonprofit.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

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

Simplicity

Have a Garage Sale

I will have a group garage sale with friends, family, and/or neighbors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.

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 120 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard or local community garden.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Forage for My Food

I will use the resource below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 21 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Car Share

I will sign up for a car-sharing service or organize car sharing with my neighbors or classmates to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 5 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 4.47 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Reduce refined sugar

I will keep track and reduce my consumption of refined sugars, including sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 2 meal(s) each day from local producers.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. 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

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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Water 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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    Kelci Atkins 4/26/2020 6:11 PM
    Flooding and runoff are the biggest concerns
  • Reflection Question
    Water Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater
    How do you think climate change will affect your region’s water supply? Think about the effects of weather, storms, salinity, and sea level rise, among other changes. How can you find out more about climate change’s impact to your region's water?

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    Kelci Atkins 4/26/2020 6:11 PM
    Living in a coastal community, flooding and storms are a big impact from climate change that we are already starting to see. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

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    Kelci Atkins 4/26/2020 6:10 PM
    I've noticed our trash is way less smelly!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Carry my Trash
    What one thing could you do right away to reduce your waste?

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    Kelci Atkins 4/26/2020 6:09 PM
    Buying items that have less packaging
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    Bringing your own bags and containers to the grocery store, and even to restaurants for leftovers, are a couple of ways to reduce your waste. What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Kelci Atkins 4/26/2020 6:09 PM
    I try to minimize single use plastics in food storage
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Recycle Everything I Can
    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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    Kelci Atkins 4/26/2020 6:08 PM
    I have learned a lot of recycling in my area during this challenge
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go by Bike
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience differ while walking, riding transit, biking, or driving?

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    Kelci Atkins 4/26/2020 6:07 PM
    By biking and walking, I feel like it allows me the opportunity to really see whats around me. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Car Share
    Take a moment to think of places you frequent often (school, work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

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    Kelci Atkins 4/26/2020 6:06 PM
    Absolutely. I plan to try car pooling to work once we return. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Work from Home
    It takes the average worker in the United States 26 minutes to travel to work. One way to fix long commutes would be to make cities more affordable. An even simpler option: promote the use of telework. Are you in an industry that would allow you to work from home? What are some obstacles you might find yourself facing while working from home?

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    Kelci Atkins 4/26/2020 6:05 PM
    As a teacher, working from home is never really an option. The COVID-19 outbreak has made this different, though hopefully we are back to work next year!
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Have a Garage Sale
    Building community is good for your soul and fun to do! What were some of the positive outcomes that came out of your group garage sale?

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    Kelci Atkins 4/26/2020 6:04 PM
    It was nice to be able to get rid of our old stuff while hopefully helping at other families who need those things.