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Gary Burkhart

UCF Sustainable Training Series 2020

"Sustainable living through education, participation,meditation. It’s okay to stop, listen, and learn"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,117 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    14
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    105
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    2
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    35
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    miles
    traveled by foot

Gary's Actions

Food

Watch a Documentary

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

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One-Time Action

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Learn About Local Issues

I will find out what local sustainability issues are most urgent in my region, including both social and environmental justice concerns.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Watch The Story of Bottled Water

I will watch The Story of Bottled Water to learn more about bottled water's impacts on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

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

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Talk To Others

I will tell 5 people why sustainability is important to me and what my vision for a sustainable world is.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Pay Attention to Current Events

I will watch or read the news each day this week with a specific focus on sustainability issues and happenings.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Sign a Petition

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

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a movie about a sustainability issue I would like to know more about.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 1 mile(s) each day this week instead of driving and avoid sending up to 5.28 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Completed
One-Time Action

Visions of Sustainability

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace or school. If a recycling program exists, I will advocate for ways to improve and expand it.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Gary Burkhart 4/28/2020 10:39 AM
    At grocery store have own bags
    Tell bagger no plastic give them my cleaned cloth bags. They put groceries in plastic then put in my bags. So took groceries out of plastic bags repackagin my bags and gave plastic bags to management 

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    Gary Burkhart 4/23/2020 6:27 AM
    The clients where I work are taking recycling seriously. Today I took out 8 bags full of recyclable materials and only 2 bags of thrash. 

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    Gary Burkhart 3/31/2020 12:43 PM
    This stay at home order to do list
    Go through clothes
    Clean fridge and cabinets 
    Dust dust dust
    Start mango language program
    Continue healthy eating exercise and mindfulness

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      Yara Watson 4/01/2020 8:21 AM
      Great list! I'm trying a few DIY projects including canning, pickling, and making my own soaps.

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    Gary Burkhart 3/13/2020 7:42 PM
    This concludes the first week of expanded recycling opportunities for the clients, in the buildings I’m responsible for maintaining, and the results look promising. I added eight more recycling areas, and calculated the distance to the nearest recycling area, and all but 3 clients has a recycling opportunity within 30 feet of their offices.
    The month prior to the rollout, we averaged 7 bags  of recycled materials, this week we had 11 bags for recycling.
    Another side note, We averaged 40 bags of trash destined for the landfill,and this week we only had 33 bags of trash. 

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    Gary Burkhart 3/10/2020 1:46 PM
    While walking this afternoon I saw a hawk hanging out looking for dinner.

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    Gary Burkhart 3/09/2020 7:25 PM
    Received and put in use 4 new single stream recycling containers  Friday evening . To my surprise all containers were halfway full when I reported to work this evening. So I checked the containers that I put in the conference rooms 10 days ago and 2 of the 4 containers needed emptying 

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    Gary Burkhart 3/03/2020 8:07 PM
    Quit using plastic bags. Carry my own bags everywhere 

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    Gary Burkhart 2/26/2020 8:30 PM
    Moving forward with increasing recycling in my work area. Now all 4 conference rooms have recycling areas

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    Gary Burkhart 2/24/2020 7:11 PM
    Making progress with my recycling restructuring in my work area. My management is fully supporting my plans. The office management also are enthusiastically supporting me as well. We have established where we will place more recycle containers. We also have decided to reuse instead some older recycle containers simply but changing the signage.

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    Gary Burkhart 2/24/2020 7:11 PM
    Making progress with my recycling restructuring in my work area. My management is fully supporting my plans. The office management also are enthusiastically supporting me as well. We have established where we will place more recycle containers. We also have decided to reuse instead some older recycle containers simply but changing the signage.