nick beaton

Actioneers of EVPP 480

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,485 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    75
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    147
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    20
    miles
    travelled by carpool
  • up to
    2
    miles
    travelled by foot
  • up to
    20
    miles
    travelled by bus
  • up to
    3
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    49
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    99
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    119
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    14
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5,753
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    98
    whole food meals
    consumed

Challenges

Ecological Principles

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

Ecological Principles

Reduce My Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint and talk with my family or roommates about way we can reduce our negative enviromental impact.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Ecological Principles

Keep An Ecological Principles Journal

I will keep a journal this week as I observe ecological principles in action in my backyard, neighborhood or community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Ecological Principles

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Ecological Principles

Recycle Everything I Can

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Ecological Principles

Research Renewable Energy Options

I will find out if my local utilities offer an option for supporting renewable energy investment.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Advocate for More Food Options

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 14 meal(s) free of processed foods each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 14 meatless meal(s) and/or 7 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Support Local Food Systems

I will source 14 meal(s) from local producers each day this week. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

Completed
One-Time 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
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

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 7 meal(s) with zero waste each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 7 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.

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 by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 3 hour(s) in my community this week.

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 environmental issue that matters to me.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Say No to Plastic

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. This week, I'll say "no" to plastic bags at the store and plastic straws in all of my drinks.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) each day this week instead of driving and avoid sending up to 10.55 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 3 meal(s) from local producers each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Try Carpooling

I will commute by carpool 20 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to 49.51 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 20 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to 15.91 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Buy Only What I Need

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Support a Sharing Economy

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Watch a Documentary

I will watch one of the films suggested in the additional resources and discuss it with friends or family.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed


  • nick beaton 3/20/2018 8:46 AM
    I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

              As a college student I budget all of my purchases accordingly to maximize savings.

    I will maintain a record of all my purchases.
              
              Online banking gives us the upper hand with tracking purchasing and dates.
              
    I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

              Often my roommates and I will go to costco and buy cleaning/ house supplies and split the cost and everyone can use them
        
    I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

             Trader Joe's offers produce from local farmers in each state

    • Dann Sklarew 3/28/2018 6:39 PM
      Wow, Nick, you are really walking the talk with respect to these sustainable consumption commitments! Any advise for your peers [and profs] as they aim to do similarly? Thanks! Dr. Dann

  • nick beaton 3/19/2018 5:06 PM
    I walk to my bus stop less than a mile away and take the shuttle bus 4 days a week from the bus stop to campus and back

    • Dann Sklarew 3/28/2018 6:44 PM
      Well done, sir! On drizzly days, I sometimes walk (like yesterday) and sometimes take Mason's Burke VRE Shuttle (like today). Mason Shuttles go far beyond Vienna Metro these days, with one line going 2 miles S to Burke VRE Station (w/free parking!), two lines going across Braddock to University Mall and a few miles W to Fair Oaks, Fair Lakes and other retail - and, of course, S&T campus shuttle between Fairfax and Manassas campuses... details and up to the minute status at http://shuttle.gmu.edu ...
        

  • nick beaton 2/23/2018 9:36 AM
    I will host a house party to watch a movie or present a guest speaker on an environmental issue that matters to me. 
          I will host a party and hold a responsible level headed debate with climate change deniers
    I will volunteer 3 hour(s) in my community this week.
          Presidents Park Greenhouse


  • nick beaton 2/23/2018 9:22 AM
    I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) each day this week. 
                Hydro Flask ftw

    I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day by installing a toilet tank bank. 
              New water saving toilet was installed on the main level bathroom at my house a month and a half ago 

    Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. This week, I'll say "no" to plastic bags at the store and plastic straws in all of my drinks.
             Our house does not use plastic bags and avoids the use of plastic if possible

  • nick beaton 2/16/2018 7:59 AM
    I will enjoy 14 meatless meal(s) and/or 7 vegan meal(s) each day this week.
            I have been vegetarian/ pescetarian for the last 4 years, usually I try to have a vegan salad for lunch but often I will include cheese in my dinner/ some days I have sustainable certified fish for dinner as well

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

    I will enjoy 7 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.
           Most food I purchase at Trader Joe's is organic, but not all, some food comes canned

    I will advocate for local and/or organic food options at work or on campus.
           I am doing my service learning at the presidents park greenhouse, where almost all the food grown gets sent to the campus kitchen. All food grown in the greenhouse is organic.

    I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.
          I meal prep my lunches every day to not only cut down on food waste but also save money so I dont eat out every day. If I do eat out I prefer chipotle because all bags, containers, and napkins are made from recyclable materials.

    I will source 14 meal(s) from local producers each day this week. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.
         Trader Joe's gets all of its food from local farmers. I shop at TJ's regularly, but one problem I often encounter is certain things being there some days, and not other days. Though this may hinder my shopping list, it reassures me because I know my food is produced locally and not everything may be in season or available in my area.

    I will cook 7 meal(s) with zero waste each day this week.
           My meal prepped salads for lunch are put in reusable tupperware to reduce waste, all ingredients that go into the salad are recyclable as well.

    I will enjoy 14 meal(s) free of processed foods each day this week.
          I rarely eat processed foods due to my diet. The only somewhat processed food I can think that I regularly consume is protein powder.


  • nick beaton 2/08/2018 9:29 AM
    George Mason Delta Chi Ox Road highway cleanup, 2 hours of community service // 1 clean road! 

  • nick beaton 2/08/2018 9:27 AM
    https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/taxes/relief/real-estate-solar-equipment

    Fairfax Solar Energy Equipment Tax Exemption ^^ 

  • nick beaton 2/08/2018 9:26 AM
    My ecological footprint is about 2 earths worth, I would like to get that down to one earth!