October 14 - October 28, 2016

Vivek Girisan

Green Machine

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,010 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    46
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    36
    miles
    travelled by bike
  • up to
    32
    miles
    travelled by foot
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    30
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6
    phone calls
    made to public officials or leaders
  • up to
    10
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    960
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    152
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    45
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    45
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    45
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    960
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    14
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6
    conversations
    with people

Challenges

Waste

Set up Recycling

I will set up a recycling center at my workplace or school.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Needs vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Nature

Explore my Area

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 30 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 1 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Talk to my Friends

I will decide which social or environmental issue in my community is most important to me and tell 2 friends per day about the issue.

COMPLETED 3 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Pick up the Phone

I will make 2 phone call(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate community or planet-friendly policies.

COMPLETED 3 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day.

COMPLETED 2 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Host a House Party

I will host a house party to watch a movie or present a guest speaker on an issue that matters to me.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Recycle all Recyclable Materials

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Use an Energy Meter

I will use an energy meter to monitor my energy use and identify opportunities to save power.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 45 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Consider Switching to an Electric Vehicle

Research or test drive an electric car or bike.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Have a Garage Sale

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers for my lunches at work or school.

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 per day that I do this.

COMPLETED 16 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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
One-Time Challenge

Health

Take Control

Develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

COMPLETED 13 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Waste

Buy in Bulk

I will only purchase bulk food items and avoid all single-package items.

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 4 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Work-Life Balance

I will not work more than 8 hour days each day.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Organize a Course

I will organize one of NWEI's discussion courses, such as 'Powering a Bright Future', with family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of C02 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Know My Health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Avoid Disposables

I will not use any disposable plates, cups, or cutlery.

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Disconnect from Email

I will disconnect from my email when not at work.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Audit Toxic Products In My Home

I will research toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) per day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 0.88 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 16 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Become a Master Recyler/Composter

I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

More Fruits And Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Go Get a Check Up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 17 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 16 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 3 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients per day.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day.

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Whole Food Diet

I will enjoy 3 meal(s) per day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 17 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 Challenge

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 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Healthy Sleep

I will commit to getting 10 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Install Alternative Energy

I will install alternative energy systems, e.g., solar electric systems or solar water heaters.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Avoid Refined Sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Organize a Course

I will organize NWEI's discussion course 'Voluntary Simplicity' with my family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will learn 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 Challenge

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

I will only use muscle-powered transportation.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill per day.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Advocate for more Food Options

I will advocate for local and/or organic food options at work or on campus.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 13 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once per day.

COMPLETED 16 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 at work.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Exercise Daily

I will exercise daily for 60 minute(s) per day for two weeks.

COMPLETED 16 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk each day.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 2 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.82 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 18 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Buy Food and Water Only

I will not purchase anything but food and water.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Disable Screen Savers

I will disable screen savers and will put the computer to sleep instead, saving up to 28% % more energy.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

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

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Upgrade Heating & Cooling Units

I will replace inefficient heating and cooling units.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day for two weeks that I am grateful for or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and/or unsubscribing from catalogs.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Visit a Waste Management Facility

I will visit a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream.

COMPLETED 16 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

De-Clutter my Home

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 60 minute(s) of screen time per day with other activities.

COMPLETED 16 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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