October 14 - October 28, 2016

Tara Marie Colaruotolo

CLEAResult

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,825 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    16
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    65
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    10
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    15
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    15
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    15
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    15
    outdoor meals
    consumed
  • up to
    225
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    135
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    796
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Tara Marie's Actions

Water

Ditch the Lawn

I will replace my lawn with a drought-tolerant landscape and save water, money, and time cutting the grass.

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

Waste

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Know My Health

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

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

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of leave no trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Consider Switching to an Electric Vehicle

Research or test drive an electric car or bike.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Express my Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale, or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

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 Action

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 Action

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 Action

Nature

Explore my Area

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share my Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible with a lawn sign or bumper sticker, or by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk each day.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) per day from local producers.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Practice Gratitude for Earth

I will spend 15 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

Simplicity

De-Clutter my Home

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Disconnect from Email

I will disconnect from my email when not at work.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients per day.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 10 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Talk to my Friends

I will decide which social or environmental issue in my community is most important to me and tell 5 friends per day about the issue.

COMPLETED 13
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

Visit a Local Farm

I will visit a nearby farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Eat Meals Outside

I will eat 1 meal(s) outside each day.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Containers

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Recycle all Recyclable Materials

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

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

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Food Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) per day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 15
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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Car Share

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Food

Say No to Seafood

I will not eat seafood.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

I will fix faucets that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet per day.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

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

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

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 Action

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 Action

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 10
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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Install a Toilet Tank Bank

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

I will not travel for meetings and will instead conduct them virtually.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Go Get a Check Up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 5 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 4 hour(s) in my community.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

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

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Create Your Own Action

Meatless Protein Options

Research and try protein options that are meatless and organic to try and reduce the amount of meat consumed in my diet

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Tara Marie Colaruotolo 10/28/2016 9:14 AM
    So it comes to the end of the challenge and I am really proud of where we are . I am really surprised and proud of myself and all of the challenges I have finished.  The only thing didn't get to was volunteering but I have contacted a local soup kitchen to see if I could help in any way and am awaiting a response.  I sealed around the windows with new weather stripping as I rent so I can't replace the windows themselves.  I met with my doctor earlier today for my annual physical and had everything tested.  Started  a new plan to see if we can improve some things with my health.  Also found lots of new foods I never thought I would try and found that I actually loved some of them.  We did wonderful everyone!  Good job! 

    • Mittale Suchak 10/28/2016 10:09 AM
      That's amazing! We all did well together as a team. It is nice to see that you were able to achieve most of your daily goals and even some of the one-time challenges that you had set forth. 

  • Tara Marie Colaruotolo 10/26/2016 3:26 PM
    Today:
    1) set appt for annual physical and also to discuss health plan and get four biometric tests done with my doctor
    2) i miss tuna. I chose to do the no seafood daily challenge and never though i would want a tuna sandwich so badly :) 
    3) goals for tomorrow . get in touch with local non profit to see what i can do to help out :) 

  • Tara Marie Colaruotolo 10/24/2016 11:16 AM
    Update on the weekend:
    1. I made it the entire 24 hour readathon and read 6 books total! It was a lot of fun and i cant wait until the next one in April. It is nice to just simplify everything without the distraction of TV and get some good reading time in.
    2. Chia pudding is not a good texture for me, I even tried blending it but I still couldn't eat it. What i did discover is I really liked them on salads, mixed with my granola, on roasted veggies and as a topping on savory dishes. Also tried Quinoa and that was a win!
    Hope everyone else had a lovely weekend!


    • Tara Marie Colaruotolo 10/24/2016 12:33 PM
      I have issues with textures and things that burst or pop when I bite into them makes me queasy. Before i blended the pudding there was a lot of popping in my mouth and I couldn't bring myself to continue eating it. I then tried to blend the pudding and it was more like the consistency of jelly than pudding :(. Luckily, I found that I liked the chia seeds in other dishes, I just wouldn't soak them again. 

    • Mittale Suchak 10/24/2016 12:28 PM
      I love quinoa and chia seed pudding!!! I make chia seed pudding a lot.  And I love to experiment with different quinoa dishes! Why did you feel like the texture and consistent was not right for the chia seed pudding?

  • Tara Marie Colaruotolo 10/22/2016 5:27 AM
    Things I did last night:

    1. Set out a rain water collection receptacle.  Found out that NY not only allows rain collection but they encourage it ! 
    2. Made Chia Pudding for the first time ever. It is chocolate flavored and completely homemade, organic ad naturally sweetened. I get to eat it later today :)
    3. Prepared for today's 24 hour Readathon . This happens twice a year and is one of my favorite events. The online reading community comes together and reads all day and updates what books they are reading, with games and contests along the way. Due to this event I will fail at staying off of social media for the next 24 hours. However, it is for a good cause! I made it to 5.5 books last year in my 24 hours, my goal this time is 7 !!! Wish me luck everyone! 

  • Tara Marie Colaruotolo 10/21/2016 6:05 AM
    Things I learned last night in my research. Cohoes Air and Water quality is actually really good which is not what i expected at all. Our water is 30 points above US average in quality and our air is 3 points below the average. However, there seems to be some concern about Nordyne ( a local factory) dumping into the water further downstream than our drinking water comes from. I have emailed city officials my concerns about this and the health of people in our area.
    Also, I did some research on the VW Egolf which is Volkswagen's first electric car! That thing is brilliant and gets up to 83 miles per charge! Plus you can recharge at any charge station or VW dealership. This is really great if you do a lot of traveling so you can plan your stops accordingly and charge your car during these times. 
    I then went through my cleaning supplies and got rid of anything with toxic ingredients.  I found an article on Good Housekeeping that I have decided to use to make my own DIY cleaning supplies that is all natural and safer for the environment.

    if you are interested the article is here http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a24885/make-at-home-cleaners/

  • Tara Marie Colaruotolo 10/20/2016 7:46 AM
    My friend and I watched Food, Inc. last night as the food documentary challenge for this. I have to say I knew some of the things that they were saying was true but to see it, in front of my face is a real eye opener. I am already reevaluating and planning on making permanent changes to how I eat and what I consume. It is not for the weak of heart but it is worth a watch if you can stomach it. 

    • Mittale Suchak 10/21/2016 7:53 AM

      Food, Inc. is one of my favorite documentaries! It definitely is eye-opening!

  • Tara Marie Colaruotolo 10/19/2016 9:05 AM
    Discovered an organic oatmeal that I am in love with. Also, went to seafoodwatch.org and downloaded the printable guide on Sustainable fish in my region and it is really helpful, I was pleasantly surprised to see i was already unknowingly following the guidelines. I cant wait to see how much energy is saved by all the water and energy saving methods I have done/installed for the challenge so far!  Also if anyone is interested I found an east DIY for a toilet bank if you dont already have a low flow toilet :) it is here (http://www.wikihow.com/Convert-Any-Toilet-to-a-Low-Flush-Toilet) , I made mine with extra fishtank gravel and a cleaned out plastic container  and it really works!

  • Tara Marie Colaruotolo 10/18/2016 7:51 AM
    Found the best Granola made locally in Schenectady, NY that is also organic :) double win! 

  • Tara Marie Colaruotolo 10/17/2016 7:39 AM
    This is such a fun challenge and not as hard as I originally thought it would be. I can see myself adopting most of these habits on a daily basis and just found a way to make your own Toilet Bank to turn it into a low flow toilet using materials you already have in your home. The hardest part is disconnecting from my email and only going on social networking once a day. That wont last past the challenge but most of the other things will. :)

    • Jessica Zahn 10/17/2016 9:41 AM
      Glad to hear things are going smoothly. Easier than expected is always a pleasant surprise. :-)

  • Tara Marie Colaruotolo 10/05/2016 8:04 AM
    Two of my friends decided to do the challenge with me unofficially , at least the food and energy portion to see what they find out about their habits as well! 

    • Definitely invite them to join the Community Team if they'd like to make it official, and have their actions add up in our collective impact!

    • Jessica Zahn 10/05/2016 11:33 AM
      That's great, Tara! They can always join the EcoChallenge Community team to make a it official. :-)