April 1 - April 30, 2020

Lisa Martino Cook

WSP USA Ecochallengers

"I believe by embracing new ecofriendly practices I can minimize the environmental impact and envision a cleaner better world."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 816 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    14
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    170
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    36
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    98
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill

Lisa's Actions

Climate

Calculate Personal Carbon Footprint

Complete your personal carbon footprint calculator. Go to www.wsppact.com and answer the questions for each section. The process takes about 10 minutes. Details about your utility bills and travel will be required. Please be as accurate as you can, but it’s not required to search for receipts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

People

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 2 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

Bringing home unique souvenirs from trips you’ve enjoyed is meaningful, and giving people unique gifts from other places is fun. Seek souvenirs and gifts that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

Completed
One-Time Action

Wildlife

Research a Wild Animal

I will spend at least 30 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

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 30 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Vedge Pledge and Webinar

I challenge you to go veg for a week. Sign up and I will provide you with daily updates during the week of the challenge (April 20th to 25th - send me an email that you want to join at julie.sinistore@wsp.com) We will have a webinar on Wednesday, April 22nd (Earth Day) at 9am Pacific/noon Eastern about the environmental impacts of food. Join the webinar and/or take the pledge :)

Completed
One-Time Action

Fresh Water

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Fresh Water

Water-Friendly Beauty Products

Avoid beauty products with micro beads or harsh chemicals that will feed into the ground and your water supply.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Connect While Social Distancing

I will connect with at least 2 person/people a day through phone call or video chat to support mine and other’s mental and emotional health during this challenging time.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Earth Day Together!

Earth Day Action: Write a Love Letter, Poem, or Song to Earth

I will express my love and gratitude for our Earth by writing a love letter, poem, or song to Earth.

Completed
One-Time Action

Forests

Buy Bamboo tooth brush

I will stop using plastic toothbrush and buy bamboo ones.

Completed
One-Time Action

People

share my yard waste container with elderly

I will offer to share my reusable compost container with my elderly neighbors who don't do anything or use bags.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Vedge Pledge and Webinar
    How does food impact your carbon footprint?

    Lisa Martino Cook 4/30/2020 11:29 AM
    What types of food we consume have a major impact on our carbon footprint.  Studies show that if everyone reduced their consumption of beef, pork and poultry by a quarter and ate a more plant based protein diet we will save about 82 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.  Wow!
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  • Reflection Question
    People Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Lisa Martino Cook 4/29/2020 12:20 PM
    It gives me a sense of pride.  The area where I live has many beautiful parks, forests and lakes. Also all sorts of wildlife.   Keeping it litter free for others to enjoy. 
  • Reflection Question
    People Connect While Social Distancing
    How does connecting with others help your own mental and emotional health? How can it help support others?

    Lisa Martino Cook 4/29/2020 12:12 PM
    Connecting with others has helped relieve worry and anxiety I have for family and friends who don't live close by.  It is so much easier in this day and age to reach out to someone. My church community called all it's parishioners to check on everyone.  It gave me a great sense of belonging and support.  

  • Lisa Martino Cook 4/27/2020 12:19 PM
    I bought a bamboo toothbrush and will no longer buy plastic toothbrushes.  I can't imagine how many are in the landfill. Yikes!

  • Lisa Martino Cook 4/23/2020 12:13 PM
    If anyone watched the news yesterday on Earth Day it reported the pandemic side effects happening on earth.  Skies were clearer in Milan and New Delhi. The waters in Venice were clearer. Animals emerging in places not seen before. This is the worst way to experience environmental improvement. It shows the challenges we face and the size of the task. 

  • Lisa Martino Cook 4/22/2020 4:50 PM
    Dear Earth, Thank you for letting me walk on your soil, breathe your fresh air, and see your beautiful colors. I will be more conscious of my choices than before. A me who is more mindful, careful and respectful.  Thank you... Lisa 

  • Lisa Martino Cook 4/22/2020 11:03 AM
    Learned my local zoo has a pollinator garden. They also have teaching events. I plan on growing pollinator friendly flowers, provide nest sites and avoid pesticides in my garden this summer.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

    Lisa Martino Cook 4/14/2020 6:12 AM
    Less confusion is created by knowing the difference between use by, sell by and best by dates which will result in myself or consumers discarding wholesome food. It is also essential that food is handled and stored properly. 

  • Lisa Martino Cook 3/13/2020 11:30 AM
    I was on vacation in Mexico a few weeks ago at an all inclusive resort on the Mayan Riviera.  Every day I walked the beach a couple times a day.  I couldn't believe the plastic that kept washing up from the ocean.  I picked up all the plastic I could on my walks.  One of the hotel workers was raking the seaweed and saw me.  He thanked me.  I thought even though this is your country this is Our world.