April 1 - April 30, 2020

Natalie Pertuz

Mace North America Green Team

"Many times we say that it is difficult to the quantify our impact but with this platform, there are no more excuses. I'm doing my part, are you?"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,027 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    85
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    65
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    575
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    575
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    156
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Natalie's Actions

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

Action Track: Building Resilience

Research Benefits of Biodiversity

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching how biodiversity positively impacts our world and how the loss of biodiversity harms it.

Completed
One-Time Action

Forests

Forest-Friendly Foods

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Oceans

Learn about Our Oceans

I will spend at least 30 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

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

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 1 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Fresh Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Fresh Water

Short Showers

Goal is to take showers of less than 10 minutes and shut off the water when cleaning hair or when scrubbing with soap.

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

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

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

Action Track: Building Resilience

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 15 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside that follows CDC guidelines for preventing disease spread.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Fresh Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • 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?

    Natalie Pertuz 4/30/2020 4:16 PM
    Well first off, none of the dates imply a safety date so I can typically use any product within a week or two of the expiration date. For the most part, it's a quality date so just because it may taste just a little stale doesn't mean I should throw it away. In my home, we typically use all the food we buy within the stamped dates but when we clean the cabinets every few months, I'll be sure to inspect the dates and make better judgement as to whether the items should be thrown away. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Research Benefits of Biodiversity
    How can you encourage biodiversity by your own actions?

    Natalie Pertuz 4/30/2020 3:39 PM
    As most of these categories and actions, encouraging biodiversity is dependent on the choices I make about food and water usage. By making more conscious decisions about the food brands I buy and choosing sustainable brands, that translates to less deforestation and therefore encourages biodiversity. 

  • Natalie Pertuz 4/30/2020 7:33 AM
    Now more than ever, we need to understand that we can live with a lot less than we had before the pandemic. Let's not forget this lesson and move forward to a new normal which should include being more thoughtful about our choices and our purchases.

  • Natalie Pertuz 4/30/2020 7:31 AM


    I'll be sharing the information I learned here with my client account - Hoping that once April is over, we can make other challenges and still use the platform!

  • Natalie Pertuz 4/30/2020 7:27 AM
    My "Why": I joined this challenge because it was the perfect opportunity to understand how my usual actions affect nature but also learn new ways. I've said this multiple times - we all have excuses for why we don't commit to living "greener" lives so I said to myself - there is no excuse here. And I'm really proud of the commitments I've made through this challenge.


  • Natalie Pertuz 4/30/2020 5:27 AM
    It's the final day of the challenge!!! Where will Mace land?! We're fighting for that 3rd place!
  • Reflection Question
    Oceans Learn about Our Oceans
    What is one way in which oceans support your life on Earth? What is one way you can help take care of ocean health with your actions?

    Natalie Pertuz 4/29/2020 12:15 PM
    The ocean is like one huge thermostat for the earth. It transports heat from the equator to the poles and regulator our climate and weather patterns. The ocean and water is what makes life on earth possible. The easiest way to help is reducing plastic consumption, maybe going for glass bottles which are endlessly recyclable. Then we can slow and reverse the plastic pollution.


  • Natalie Pertuz 4/29/2020 4:42 AM
    Down to the last days! Looking to do my final research tasks tonight and cannot wait to see the scores tomorrow!


  • Natalie Pertuz 4/28/2020 6:08 AM
    Finally some sunshine today! Was able to go on a long walk this morning with my dog, enjoy the sunrise and get my day started right.

  • Natalie Pertuz 4/27/2020 8:22 AM
    I really wanted to rack up those +25 points for checking in on the actual day but I find weekends to be more difficult as I do not want to be on a computer on the weekend. Making it my goal to check in everyday this week to close out the competition with as many points as possible! Let's go Mace!!!