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Billie Jean Bachmann

SOC 228 Spring17

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 785 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    42
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    21
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    42
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    42
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    750
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    4
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    945
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    2
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    1,986
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    21
    whole food meals
    consumed

Billie Jean's Actions

Food

Shop at Farmers Market

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Attend or Join an Outdoor Club

I will go to an outdoor club or similar group's meeting or event.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Get Involved In Local/Campus Conservation

I will get involved in a local or campus conservation project, volunteering my time or researching local conservation issues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my dorm room or home and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Watch A Water Documentary

I will watch a documentary about water and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Research My Water Supply

I will learn more about my own local watershed and where my water comes from and identify any conservation or water quality issues.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit and find out how I can get involved.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Explore Campus Nature

I will spend time getting acquainted with the nature on or near my campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Volunteer in my Community/on Campus

I will volunteer 2 hour(s) in my community or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Ditch The Halogen Desk Lamp

I will replace my halogen desk lamp with an LED bulb.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Class or Extracurricular Meetings Outside

I will host a meeting or class outside.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Lobby For Rain Water Catchment

I will propose that my school install rain gardens and/or bioswales instead of directing run-off to sewers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Cook New Recipes

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smart Seafood

I will not eat seafood.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Hike

I will take a 120-minute hike in nature.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Print Double Sided

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Ditch Microbeads

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities with my kid(s) for 30 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Reduce Unwanted Mail

I will reduce the amount of unwanted mail I receive (catalogs, phone books, etc.).

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Register to Vote

I will register to vote with my state or local election office.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Foods Diet

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

If It's Yellow Let It Mellow

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Simplicity

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 45 minute(s) of screen time per day with other activities.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Wash Only Full Loads of Laundry

I will conserve water by only doing full loads of laundry.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Ditch The AC

I will use a fan instead of a window air conditioner.

Completed
One-Time Action

Create Your Own Action

Nature and Energy

Instead of running indoors on a treadmill, I will run outside or use an elliptical that generates its own power from my movement.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Billie Jean Bachmann 5/07/2017 3:23 PM
    Had an amazing time camping.  Instead of using a propane stove, I challenged my friend to a small ecochallange of cooking over the fire pit.  It was a little less convenient for breakfast, but supper came out awesome.  All those years of tagging along with my brother's boy scout troop finally paid off!

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    Billie Jean Bachmann 5/06/2017 7:11 AM
    Heading out with my friend and his two young daughters to go camping and today.  They've taken an interest in all the things I've learned in this class which makes me happy.  His 10 year old told me that she's been making a point to make sure all the lights are off when no one is using them.  Small people can make changes too!

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    Billie Jean Bachmann 5/04/2017 5:33 PM
    Today I spent the day outside rock climbing with my climbing group.  Instead of everyone bringing their own snacks, I volunteered to bring snacks for everyone.  As a result, everyone enjoyed organic and locally grown fruits and veggies.  For protein, I made fresh ground peanut butter and local honey sandwiches on bread made by a local baker.  I also convinced people to car pool, so there were only two cars driven out to the crag.  Additionally, I redpointed my climbing project for the first time today.

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    Billie Jean Bachmann 5/01/2017 1:52 PM
    This Sunday I hosted an outdoor yoga class at my apartment complex.  We had 13 people come out and do yoga outside in the courtyard.  It was a lot of fun and a great way to connect with people outside.

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    Billie Jean Bachmann 4/27/2017 7:13 AM
    I debated on mentioning this because I don't want to add to consumerism, but for those of you who are trying to minimize your disposable cup impact, I'd recommend looking into Klean Kanteen.  They're not only a great product but extremely focused on lessening their impact on the environment as a company with their products and business methods.  So if you don't have a reusable water bottle or thermos, check them out.  https://www.kleankanteen.com/

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    Billie Jean Bachmann 4/27/2017 7:07 AM
    I've switched from running on a treadmill in the evening to waking up a little earlier in the morning and running outside.  So I'm not missing out on sleep, I go to bed a little earlier on days I do that.  If I am working out in the evening (I'm taking a health class and we're doing a lot of cardio right now) I use the elliptical for my cardio portion since my movement generates its power.

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    Billie Jean Bachmann 4/23/2017 12:57 PM
    This weekend I have been completely vegan.  I'm super excited to have some local zucchinis and squash, which I'm going to grill with some garlic and serve with some baby kale and local grapefruit.  I'm also planning my next outdoor adventure for next weekend!

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    Billie Jean Bachmann 4/17/2017 8:27 AM
    Here are some pictures from my adventures this weekend.  I went birding in Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge for several hours over the three days.  I also hiked in Brazos Bend State Park on Saturday!  I saw several 3 meter alligators while I was there and toooooons of caterpillars.

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    Billie Jean Bachmann 4/12/2017 9:24 AM
    I'm going to be spending Easter weekend hiking the Texas coast area.  Super excited!  I'll post some pictures when I get back Sunday night!

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    Billie Jean Bachmann 4/11/2017 1:11 PM
    I've switched off screensavers at work and at home, electing that my computer is put asleep instead.  I also turn off the monitors when I am not at home.