April 1 - April 30, 2020

Emily Andrews

High Meadow-Hudson Valley

"I believe in youth empowerment and that we all have a voice to inspire others. I hope that I can use my voice to motivate people of all ages to take a stand against climate change and help make a difference in this world. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,674 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    32
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    7
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    15
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    283
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    5
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    981
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    16
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    4
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    31
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    782
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Emily's Actions

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by prepping for 2 meal(s) each day, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Wildlife

Support Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators, including monarch butterflies, to produce fruit. I will spend 15 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Fresh Water

Dishwasher Efficiency

I will scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher and only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

People

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 15 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 5 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

People

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 20 hour(s) in my community helping people who are most at need right now, including elderly and immunocompromised people, people without childcare, and people whose jobs have been affected by social distancing measures.

Completed
One-Time Action

Oceans

Learn about Our Oceans

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning about how our oceans support life on Earth by producing oxygen, regulating climate, and providing habitat, food, and jobs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Wildlife

Research a Wild Animal

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning about a wild animal I find interesting, including their life cycle, habitat, ecosystem functions, and interactions with humans (if any!).

Completed
One-Time Action

Forests

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area while following CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Completed
One-Time Action

Forests

Plant Trees

I will plant 4 native tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

People

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate

watch and learn

I will watch an environmental documentary and share what I learned.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Earth Day Together!

Earth Day Action: Share Eco Tips

Through social media or on the Earth Day Ecochallenge feed, I will share my favorite environmentally friendly habit with my friends, even if it’s not an Earth Day action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate

Local Climate Issues

I will spend at least 15 minute(s) a day researching climate issues or climate solutions in my local area and share with others through my team feed, social media, or conversations with my peers.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Emily Andrews 4/30/2020 12:04 PM
    I am so sad that the eco-challenge is coming to an end but I'm so proud of all the things we have accomplished! 

  • Emily Andrews 4/27/2020 3:05 PM
    I just learned about an alternative to today's harmful air conditioning units. its called SkyCool. It's a thin film that uses the cold from space to enable electricity-free cooling. the film can be added onto today's cooling system, reducing their energy use by 20%! I think it's so cool that they are basically using space as a cooling system! let's hope that the U.S catches onto this since the U.S uses more energy for cooling than Africa does for anything! 

    • Sofia Fick 4/28/2020 1:16 PM
      Hey Emily!
      I'm Sofia, and I'm the University of Minnesota Department of Sustainability intern this semester! As earth month and the eco challenge wrap up, I'm reaching out to some of the team members who have been extremely active throughout the challenge, in hopes of writing a little blog post for the Institute on the Environment about the participants! You personally seem to have the record among all of the Eco Challenge participants?!?! How awesome! It would be amazing to start a little email exchange with you, to chat about who you are, why you've been so active, and what the eco challenge has brought to your life this month! Other topics of discussion are welcomed, of course. My email is fick0054@umn.edu. If you'd like to contact me, that's great! If not, and you'd prefer I contact you, I can do that! Just reply to this comment with your email. If you don't want to period, that's totally okay as well! Keep me posted, Both the earth and I are proud of your hard work this month:)
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Earth Day Together! Earth Day Action: Share Eco Tips
    What environmentally friendly habit have you most recently implemented? How do you ensure that you are successful in creating or changing a habit?

    Emily Andrews 4/26/2020 5:52 AM
    Over the years I have developed many new eco-friendly habits. I think my most useful one is just being in nature. taking a quiet moment to observe and give thanks to the planet. this has helped me get more inspired to keep helping. by creating a daily schedule I can find a time in the day where I can go take a quiet walk. schedules really help me to make sure I'm not spending my time on meaningless things. also having family members remind me is very helpful as well. 

  • Emily Andrews 4/23/2020 7:40 PM
    just learned about a bioplastic called marinatex. its made from fish waste and red algae. it can compost at home in just four to six weeks! I hope to see more bioplastic packaging on food items. 

  • Emily Andrews 4/23/2020 5:06 PM
    let's make the last week of the eco-challenge amazing!!

  • Emily Andrews 4/23/2020 5:05 PM
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    trash pickup!!! thank you to my family for helping! 

  • Emily Andrews 4/23/2020 2:39 PM
    if planting a tree is one of your challenges and you cant get ahold of some saplings, try going around your property and find saplings that are in an area where they won't survive. dig them up and plant them in an area where they will thrive! 

    • Gayle Giovanna 4/28/2020 4:56 AM
      I have been planting sprouting acorns and beech seeds.  This works although it takes a longer time to get a full sized tree.  Some of my acorns were from an oak that I planted,  as an  acorn, 25 years ago.    

  • Emily Andrews 4/23/2020 4:46 AM
    I heard it was Bridget Corso's birthday yesterday! Happy Earth Day Birthday Bridget!!! She had the best birthday because it was on earth day. 

  • Emily Andrews 4/23/2020 4:30 AM
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    I had fun on earth day!

  • Emily Andrews 4/22/2020 1:35 PM
    The Golden Toad is the first species to go extinct due to climate change. :(