October 14 - October 28, 2016

Anand Sharma SVS

AMD Green Team

"1. Mission is to preserve the environment resources for next generation. 2. Keep the locality clean. 3. Be healthy with good food habits."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,575 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    15
    people
    helped
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    570
    miles
    travelled by bike
  • up to
    450
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    60
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    2
    neighbors
    met
  • up to
    672
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    240
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    3
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    8
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    1,725
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    0
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    450
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    12
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    60
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1,694
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved

Challenges

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Avoid Refined Sugar

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

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

Health

More Fruits And Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 1 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Healthy Sleep

I will commit to getting 30 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Exercise Daily

I will exercise daily for 30 minute(s) per day for two weeks.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY 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 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 4 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Buy in Bulk

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 Challenge

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 Challenge

Energy

Replace Manual Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with programmable ones.

Completed
One-Time 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

Water

Install Greywater Catchment

I will install a greywater catchment system in my home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

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

COMPLETED 2 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of an environmental or social initiative in my state.

COMPLETED 2 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

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

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 2 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

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 Challenge

Nature

Join an Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Compost Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 2 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Buy from a Farmers Market

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Community

Meet my Neighbors

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

COMPLETED 2 OF 15
DAILY 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

Food

Animal-free diet

I will adopt a diet free of animal products.

COMPLETED 2 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Upgrade Heating & Cooling Units

I will replace inefficient heating and cooling units.

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

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

Work-Life Balance

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

COMPLETED 4 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

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

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

Health

Know My Health

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Go Get a Check Up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Say No to Seafood

I will not eat seafood.

COMPLETED 4 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Support a Sharing Economy

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

COMPLETED 4 OF 15
DAILY 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

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 90 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 8 hour(s) in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Explore my Area

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Avoid Disposables

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 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 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 Challenge

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Help Others

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Disconnect from Email

I will disconnect from my email when not at work.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 25-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 15 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

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Use Reusable Containers

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY 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 4 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 Challenge

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 3 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time 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

Simplicity

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 4 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 4 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

Simplicity

Organize a Course

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 3 meal(s) with zero waste each day.

COMPLETED 4 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk each day.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Nature

Organize a Course

I will organize one of NWEI's discussion courses, such as 'Reconnecting with Earth', with my family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

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

Community

Join my Neighborhood Association

I will join my neighborhood association or another local group.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

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

COMPLETED 4 OF 15
DAILY 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

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 Challenge

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 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

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

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 4 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Visit a Local Farm

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

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 4 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Whole Food Diet

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) per day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 4 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

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

Completed
One-Time 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

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

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

COMPLETED 4 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

COMPLETED 4 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 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

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 38 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 111.89 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Cook New Recipes

I will cook a new recipe every day that features organic and/or local ingredients.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 0 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Anand Sharma SVS 10/28/2016 1:14 AM
    Last Day, Last Challenge ... Energy Saving Theme is On

    Finally i got a chance to change the Bulbs @Home.. Though we have a Solar panel setup for heating water from last 2 years i was always thinking of to get a better replacement for CFL BBulbs and finally i got this in store...

    1. Its  2 in 1 LED bulb.
    2. Saves up to 40% Energy over 15W CFL bulb.
    3. 806 Lumen

    The best thing i liked in this is it switches between Crystal White & Golden Yellow color.

    Challenges Accomplished:

    #Installed alternative energy systems, solar water heaters being running this from last 2 years.
     
    # we naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.
     
    # Identified the problems with CFL bulb and replaced it with LED for saving energy.
     
    # Replaced inefficient heating and cooling units.

    Fingers Crossed for AMD to see in 1st Position

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  • Anand Sharma SVS 10/27/2016 6:30 AM
    Finally got a chance to try a new recipe. Here is my delicious Panner Tikka with good protein values.
     
    #MeatLessMeal
    #HealthyFood
    #ProteinFood
    #EatHeathy

    Challenges accomplished

    #Tried a new method of food preparation
    #We saw a documentary film about food with friends and had a house party at home
    Video Links:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQwc3qy5i7M   (Shared by Sandeep)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqQcU_gOiqk (Are you a meat eater then you have to see this video! It reveals a shocking truth!)

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    • Kate Barber 10/27/2016 2:27 PM
      Checked out the video... Sustainable religion! Love it. 

  • Anand Sharma SVS 10/26/2016 4:55 AM
    Though its in the Echo Challenge list i do have practice of tracking my BCA every month or the alternative month. Today i had my checkup for BCA and my B.F.P have come down by 3 % compared to last month. Way to go for me to stay fit.

    #StayFit
    #BeHealthy
    #GetCheckedUp
    #GrindMore
    #WorkOutHard
    #BurnMoreCalories
    #EatHealthy

    Challenges Accomplished
    # Had a appointment with my doctor for my physical status & BMI. 
    # I have learnt about water issues, how it is impacting my health.
    # Have created a new diet plan with my doctor to achieve my best health to stay fit.

  • Anand Sharma SVS 10/25/2016 7:27 AM
    Its a well spent weekend for me as i got a chance to accomplish many activities in one go. i would say its perfectly planned.

    Being a member in Wanderers & YouthForSeva member, Here is how i have spent my Weekend in protecting the environment. Collected the garbage and sent that to the recycle store for better use of it. #SwatchBharat 

    The below are the challenges that i have accomplished till date

    #I have volunteered for 8 hour(s) in my community.
     
    # I have found out who area makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.
     
    # I have explored to Anathagiri Hills , new hiking trail
     
    # We as a team have planted few plants
     
    # In return to my home i have visited  farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.
     
    # We have organized one of NWEI's discussion courses, such as 'Reconnecting with Earth', Biking club members.
     
    # We had a garage sale with biking club members and with the locals.
     
    # we had a discussion about  'Voluntary Simplicity' Biking club members
     
    # we had a visit to local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility to dump the garbage that we have collected.
     
    # Am using a reusable bottle, Lunch Box at my workplace to minimize disposables.
     
    # we have signed up for a  Recycler activity to make the effective use of the waste that we have collected.
     
    Life is not just over-timing between the four walls of software cube... En-route the new routes... explore the unexplored...Fill up your soul with some memories... Stay Fit... Be Healthy...


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    • Rob Nathan 10/25/2016 3:04 PM
      Nice work ANAND! This is super inspiring stuff. 

    • Kate Barber 10/25/2016 11:37 AM
      Way to go Anand! You are really doing some great work there. Keep up the good work. 

  • Anand Sharma SVS 10/24/2016 5:10 AM
    I Clean-up my bottle once in a week and instead of pouring this water in sinkhole i use them to water small plants inside the office premises.

    #DontWasteWater
    #DrinkMoreWater
    #StayHealty
    #ProtectEnvironment
    #AMDEchoGreen
    #GoGreen
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    • Calvin Holic 10/25/2016 2:28 PM
      Great idea! I love this!

    • Kate Barber 10/25/2016 11:41 AM
      So eco-minded! I love it. This is something I really want to get better at. Every time I rinse a pot with water, I only seem to remember that I should be using it to hydrate the plants AFTER I've already poured it down the drain. :-( I need to get better and create the habit. 

  • Anand Sharma SVS 10/21/2016 10:11 PM
    Social Break Fast Weekend

    Its weekend  here
    1. Sleep more
    2. Take a Morning Walk
    3. Workout More burn the calories
    4. Stay Fit
    5. Eat Healthy

    #YummyFood
    #MeatLessFood
    #DontWasteFood
    #Reusable Plate
    #Take all that you can Eat, but Eat all you Take
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  • Anand Sharma SVS 10/21/2016 4:43 AM
    Happy that am not in to the wastage numbers.

    #CookYourOwnFood
    #StayFit
    #DontWasteFood
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    • Kate Barber 10/25/2016 3:56 PM
      Excellent! Thanks, Anand! Maybe we can spread this practice to our other sites too. :-) I'll share the idea with green teams!

    • Anand Sharma SVS 10/21/2016 8:50 PM
      Hi Kate Barber, we have the similar kind of boards across city in few hotels and there are few NGO's who even collect the eatable left our food in parties and serve them to the needy instead of dumping it in garbage. 
      This click is from AMD_Hyderabad site This is a good practice we have started here. 

    • Kate Barber 10/21/2016 9:17 AM
      Such a great reminder! Where did you find this sign posted? I'm sorry to say I've never come across a sign like this in any businesses I've visited in the US, but hopefully that's not the experience of most people here... The first time I saw a sign like this was at a hotel I visited in Penang, Malaysia. Such an important message and I feel there should be signage like this in every "all you can eat" establishment. 

  • Anand Sharma SVS 10/20/2016 3:04 AM
    Though its a One time challenge in "ECOCHALLENGE" i do follow it every Thursday.

    This initiative is to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road to reduce the Air/ Sound Pollution.

    #Challenge Accomplished
    #HappyPublicTransporting
    #CarFreeThursday
    #MyPart in #SavingEnvironment
    #Thursday_Activity 
    #INDIA_HYDERABAD

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    • Kate Barber 10/25/2016 4:06 PM
      That's awesome! Thanks for sharing the resources and information about RAGIRI! So glad it's making a difference for you. I wish Hyderabad continued success with the initiative. 

    • Anand Sharma SVS 10/21/2016 9:29 PM
      Yes, Kate Barber we see here a lot of participation citywide. we have seen the difference in traffic Thursday Vs Other weekdays. we are part of "RAGIRI", This Car Free Thursday initiative was taken up by the core committee of "RAGIRI" 
      there are may events that we are doing as a team in the City.

      please Check this Link's on your leisure time:
       
      Events: https://www.facebook.com/RaahgiriDayHyderabad/events/ 
      Photos: https://www.facebook.com/RaahgiriDayHyderabad/photos/
      Posts:    https://www.facebook.com/RaahgiriDayHyderabad/photos/
      Home:    https://www.facebook.com/RaahgiriDayHyderabad/
       

    • Kate Barber 10/21/2016 9:18 AM
      Very cool! Do you see a lot of participation citywide? And do you notice it makes a difference in traffic? We try to do similar city initiatives in Austin, TX, but right now only organize them once a year. Not so impactful...

  • Anand Sharma SVS 10/19/2016 5:49 AM
    Here is my Reusable Water Bottle which i carry along with me to avoid Plastic Usage.

    1. Reusable bottle challenge accomplished.
    2. Avoiding Disposables challenge accomplished.
      
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    • Anand Sharma SVS 10/19/2016 10:47 PM
      Thank you Kate Barber :) Hope we hit many more challenges in the coming days. 

    • Kate Barber 10/19/2016 11:29 AM
      That's a nice looking bottle ya got there! That's my Challenge too :) 

  • Anand Sharma SVS 10/18/2016 7:09 AM

    Here is my CYOF - "Cook Your Own Food" This post covers

    1. Cook New Recipe
    2. It is a meatless meal
    3. I have reduced food waste
    4. Avoided refined sugar

    Meat less Food with good Protein nutrition values.

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