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Jamie Kenyon

Foundations and Practice of Sustainability 2020

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 417 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    12
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    26
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    321
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    6
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    4
    neighbors
    met
  • up to
    420
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1
    people
    helped
  • up to
    4
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    20
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    45,120
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Jamie's Actions

Visions of Sustainability

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Visions of Sustainability

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 12 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to 138.82 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Completed
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Carry my Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Learn About Alternatives to the GDP

I will research alternatives (like Gross National Happiness) to measuring economic livelihood and the health of a nation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Support a Sharing Economy

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Buy Only What I Need

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

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

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

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Learn About My Watershed

I will find local resources for learning about my watershed and the particular water issues my region faces.

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

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Visit a Local Farm

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Volunteer in my Community

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Help Others

I will offer to help 1 person(s) who are in need this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Meet My Neighbors

I will meet 4 new neighbor(s) this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 20 mile(s) each day this week instead of driving and avoid sending up to 129.86 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 26 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to 52.33 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

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

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 60 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 6 people why sustainability is important to me and what my vision for a sustainable world is.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Jamie Kenyon 12/20/2020 12:29 PM
    I think we focus to much on stuff. We now have more external storage then possible needed. I'm not a huge fan of stuff. Stuff requires resources. Resources in money and time. It takes money to purchase and time to maintain, move and throw away. There is not enough time to appreciate ALL the things we have. 


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    Jamie Kenyon 12/10/2020 11:51 AM
    I haven't used transit as much as I would like as of late. Changed reporting location for work. This choice has me in a company truck most of the day. This self inflicted choice has really had a negative impact on my mental state. 

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    Jamie Kenyon 11/27/2020 5:21 PM
    I once again did not meet my goals. I tried to approach the transit stop improvement but my alderperson has informed me that our bus stop has been eliminated.  Remember bus stops are the "doorway to transit." 

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    Jamie Kenyon 11/15/2020 2:52 PM
    anybody know a good link about our watershed. Mostly finding maps. Although I love maps looking for more.

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    Jamie Kenyon 11/13/2020 4:41 AM
    This week's water tasks were better than the other weeks. Started with a personal goal at work to repair leaky faucets. 6 as of yesterday. One was substantial. The city planted 3 new saplings on our street this week. Spread mulch on them. Will water when required. We have purchased a new low flow shower head, however it is for an additional shower. This may cancel out any water savings. I have not learned much about our watershed. It's on the list. 

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    Jamie Kenyon 11/13/2020 4:26 AM
    At last meet my goal of 4 new neighbors. In lieu of riding my bike through Forest Park ("no one goes there nowadays, it's too crowded" Yogi Berra) I ride through my neighborhood and beyond. If anyone is out I stop and introduce myself and say hi. Leaf raking brings people out. This week, 9 new friends. ("All of these people are my friends, I just haven't met them yet." Chris Traeger.)

    • Mary Ann Lazarus's avatar
      Mary Ann Lazarus 11/17/2020 1:08 PM
      Jamie: What a great idea to greet and meet people while out leaf raking. Excuses to be outside are greater now and that's clearly a safe space to meet in. Congrats.

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    Jamie Kenyon 11/07/2020 4:18 AM
    We have purchased a Kohler low flow shower head. However, it is for a new bathroom that we are installing. The savings maybe negligible. Repaired four leaky faucets at work. Mulched trees in the neighborhood.  

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    Jamie Kenyon 11/02/2020 4:01 PM
    Last weeks challenge was a failure on my part. I was to reduce number of meals with meat. Planning meals without a kitchen is a hinderence. We, my wife and I, are hoping to reduce meat consumption soon. 

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      Mary Ann Lazarus 11/04/2020 1:25 PM
      Agree that meatless meals often require more planning but once you get into it, and have the basics around (and a kitchen) I've found the process to be more fun, creative and delicious. Hope that you find the same.

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    Jamie Kenyon 10/21/2020 5:10 PM
    I failed. Only met two new neighbors. 

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      Jamie Kenyon 11/02/2020 4:03 PM
      I'm an extrovert. When there are homes for sale on my block I make every attempt to talk to potential neighbors. To answer any questions about the neighborhood, and our wonderful block. 

    • Mary Ann Lazarus's avatar
      Mary Ann Lazarus 11/01/2020 9:31 AM
      Jamie: I wouldn't consider that a failure at all - two more than you would have normally!

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      Isabelle Hilder 10/29/2020 2:57 PM
      Was it difficult to meet new neighbors given the current situation? I really wanted to chose this option for challenge, but I know that in my community at least, my neighbors have been sticking to themselves and not really as open to conversation as they normally would be. I hope you got to meet some new friendly faces, even if it was only two people :) 

    • Lacy Cagle's avatar
      Lacy Cagle 10/23/2020 3:12 PM
      How did those two meetings go? Do you think you will interact with them more now that you have met them?

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    Jamie Kenyon 10/02/2020 11:55 AM
    I was taken aback by my Footprint score, April 18th! I thought for sure I'd be mid year or at least August. I drive so little and I thought that was my saving grace. Alas it's my meat consumption that is killing the planet. 
    *The measurement assumes because I have an 1800 sq ft home, we are typical. We are not. Winter temp setting is 60 and summer is 74. Grass is small and maintained by a manual reel mower and hand shears. And a broom, yes a broom, to sweep up. 

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      Stephanie HUFF 10/14/2020 7:33 PM
      This was an eye opener for me too. I use very little gas these days, but the healthy chicken dinners I thought I was making aren't so healthy for the planet. This is something I never really thought about before.

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      Jamie Kenyon 10/05/2020 4:06 PM
      Lacy, my wife and I discussed our meat consumption. I was "chosen" to come up with a plan. The one thing that wasn't asked was food waste. That is another area my family truly falters. 

    • Lacy Cagle's avatar
      Lacy Cagle 10/05/2020 3:08 PM
      It seems like you've already taken many steps to reduce your personal footprint, Jamie. Is your meat consumption something you've already considered changing in some way?