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November 15 - November 19, 2021
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Kevin Creamer

Information Services

"I'm here to have the best time possible competing alongside my Information Services teammates. And I look forward to learning more about Chile and sustainability. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 556 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    365
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    10
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    25
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    40
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Kevin's Actions

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

ATTEND BROWN BAG DISCUSSION

I will attend the Brown Bag discussion on Climate Activism in Chile & Virginia with guest Fabiola Barrenechea, Dr. Mary Finley-Brook, and Riley Place, '22 at 1:00pm in Tyler Haynes Commons 305.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

LEARN ABOUT THE IMPACT OF INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

I will listen to "How to Save a Planet" podcast to learn about how my individual actions can help mitigate climate change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 2 - Water is Life

READ ALL WE CAN SAVE EXERPT

I will read "Loving a Vanishing World" by Emily N. Johnston and "Solutions at Sea" by Emily Stengel.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

I WILL LEARN ABOUT LITHIUM MINING IN CHILE

I will watch a video to learn about the impact of negative impact of green technology on Chile's deserts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

READ THE SPIDERS GUIDE TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING

I will read the Spiders Guide to Sustainable Living to learn more about individual sustainability on campus and in Richmond.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

Reduce Dining Hall Waste

I will reduce food waste by participating in the composting program, using my reusable bag, and bringing my own utensils.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 4 - Powering the Future

I WILL TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER TRANSPORTATION QUIZ

I will take the BAGS transportation quiz to learn about transportation at UR and general transportation knowledge.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, appliances, and power strips turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

REDUCE SEAFOOD INTAKE AND EAT SMART SEAFOOD

I will make responsible and sustainable seafood choices.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

EAT LOWER ON THE FOOD-CHAIN

I will eat lower on the food-chain to reduce my carbon footprint.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

USE REUSABLE BEVERAGE CONTAINERS

I will avoid sending 5 disposable beverage containers to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or water bottle.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

I will avoid using items with single-use packaging when possible.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER RECYCLING QUIZ

I will learn about how to reduce waste by taking the Office for Sustainability's Be A Green Spider Recycling Quiz.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

CHANGE DEFAULT PRINTING SETTING TO DOUBLE SIDED

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

COMPOST FOOD SCRAPS

I will participate in the composting program on campus or compost my food scraps at home.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

TRY OUT COMPOSTING

I will reduce food waste by composting my food waste.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

PROJECT DRAWDOWN

I will watch at least two videos from Project Drawdown to learn about climate solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

I WILL LEARN ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE IN VIRGINIA

I will read an article about the effects of climate change at the local and state level.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

LEARN ABOUT IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN CHILE

I will read at least one article about the environmental and social impacts of climate change on Chile.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

LEARN ABOUT PERCEPTIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN CHILE

I will listen to a podcast about the perceptions of climate change in Chile.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

LEARN ABOUT YOUTH CLIMATE ACTIVISM

I will watch a TEDTalk by Xiye Bastida to learn about the youth climate movement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

ADVOCATE

I will call my congressman and leave a message to advocate for climate legislation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

READ ALL WE CAN SAVE EXERPT

I will read "A Field Guide for Transformation" by Leah Cardamore Stokes.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT GREEN ENERGY IN CHILE

I will learn about Chile's shift towards sustainable energy through the use of geothermal energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

CHECK TIRE PRESSURE

If all Americans maintained their tire pressure, we would save 1.2 billion gallons of gas annually.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

REDUCE PERSONAL VEHICLE USE

I will walk, bike, or use public transportation in place of driving my personal vehicle to a destination.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Powering the Future

TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER ENERGY QUIZ

I will test my knowledge of energy at UR with the Be A Green Spider Energy Quiz

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF FOSSIL FUELS

I will learn about the negative impacts of fossil fuels on our health and the environment by reading at least one article.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT ENERGY IN VIRGINIA

I will learn about renewable energy in Virginia.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

READ ALL WE CAN SAVE EXERPT

I will read "Solutions Underfoot" by Jane Zelikova and "Notes From a Climate Victory Garden" by Louise Maher-Johnson.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

LEARN ABOUT INDUSTRIAL SALMON FARMING IN CHILE

I will read an article about industrial salmon farms in Chile.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

EAT LESS WATER INTENSIVE FOODS

I will learn about water use in food production and eat less water intensive foods.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER FOOD QUIZ

I will test my knowledge of food at UR with the Be A Green Spider Food Quiz.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

EAT LOCAL

I will buy local produce and meats when shopping for groceries.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

Meal Planning

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Water is Life

LEARN ABOUT FARMED SALMON IN CHILE

I will learn about salmon farming in Chile by reading an article.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Water is Life

CHECK FOR WATER LEAKS

I will check for water leaks in my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Water is Life

LEARN ABOUT THE IMPACT OF MINING IN CHILE ON WATER

I will learn about the impact of mining on water resources in Chile by reading at least one article.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Water is Life

TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER WATER QUIZ

I will test my knowledge of water by taking the Be A Green Spider Water Quiz on the Office for Sustainability's website.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Water is Life

SMART LAUNDRY

I will conserve water and energy by only doing full loads of laundry in cold water.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Water is Life

BRUSH MY TEETH WITHOUT RUNNING WATER

I will save up to 2 gallons (7.5 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Water is Life

LESS THAN 5-MINUTE SHOWERS

I will save up to 6 gallons (23 L) of water each day by keeping my showers under 5 minutes.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

ATTEND CLOTHING SWAP

I will attend the free clothing swap in Tyler Haynes Commons. Note: Despite its name, you do not have to bring clothes to "shop" the swap!

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

OPT-IN TO REUSABLE NAPKINS & UTENSILS

I will use reusable napkins instead of single-use disposable napkins. I will opt-out of using single-use utensils by bringing my reusable set to an on-campus dining location or take-out restaurant.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

LEARN ABOUT WASTE REDUCTION EFFORTS IN CHILE

I will learn about waste management efforts in Chile.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Kevin Creamer 11/19/2021 5:05 AM
    Found out that ALL WE CAN SAVE is a book. I don't know if the selections are available on the website, so I bought the Kindle book on Amazon for $13.99. I may get the audiobook too, as I am an Audible member. But I hope to accomplish the three one-time actions associated with the book today.

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    Kevin Creamer 11/19/2021 4:55 AM
    Good morning, Information Services! It's the last day of the Ecochallenge, and we're starting the day in first place. Let's all do everything we can to maintain our position. Learn about Chile, learn about sustainability, post about something you've learned. Contact your teammates and encourage them to do all they can. Go Spiders! Go IS!

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    Kevin Creamer 11/18/2021 6:53 AM
    Good morning!  We really need to step up our efforts today to recapture first place.  Please post to the feed and make sure you are doing all the actions you can.  Go green Information Services!

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    Kevin Creamer 11/17/2021 12:16 PM
    Information Services Team - I've done all I can do today. We need each of you to get as many points as possible so we can regain the lead in the competition. As of 3:15 Wednesday, we're behind by ~100 points. 

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    Kevin Creamer 11/17/2021 9:04 AM
    By now you may be wondering how many different colors Tupperware has for their sandwich keepers. I'd like to know too!
    Go Information Services!

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    Kevin Creamer 11/17/2021 8:47 AM
    The IE Global Spiders have tied us for first place! Time to get a little more aggressive with our action items. Go Information Services!

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      Andrea Zinski 11/17/2021 10:49 AM
      Yikes!!  We need the whole team on this one...!  Let's go IS -- rack up those points!

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    Kevin Creamer 11/17/2021 6:10 AM
    Way to go, Fred! And Jason is steadily moving up in the rankings. As of Wednesday morning we are in the lead overall but also in points per capita (164). Let's stay aggressive on getting points through the end of the week and win both competitions!

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    Kevin Creamer 11/16/2021 9:40 AM
    Team nstp-aarc is beating us in the points per capita contest. As of lunchtime Tuesday, we're averaging 118 points per person, while they (with just 4 teammates) are averaging 157 points per person. If you haven't been active, please engage now and get some of those actions completed! Thanks!

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    Kevin Creamer 11/16/2021 8:25 AM
    Just had to convert a Word document to a PDF so I could print to both sides of the page. Shame on Microsoft for not supporting duplex printing better.

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    Kevin Creamer 11/16/2021 6:20 AM
    Good morning! Tupperware to the rescue again! Go Information Services!!