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Andy Gurka

Student Involvement

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 500 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    17
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • UP TO
    0
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • UP TO
    3
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    1,025
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    6
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    10
    neighbors
    met
  • UP TO
    350
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    42
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    30
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Andy's actions

Day 3 - Food & Water

PLAN YOUR MEALS

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 3 - Food & Water

REDUCE SEAFOOD INTAKE AND EAT SMART SEAFOOD

I will make responsible and sustainable seafood choices.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

COMPOST FOOD SCRAPS

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

LOWER YOUR WATER "FOODPRINT"

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

EAT LOCAL

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

TURN IT OFF

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

SPEND TIME OUTSIDE

I will replace 15 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Community & Justice

HELP OTHERS

I will offer to help person(s) who are in need each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

LEARN ABOUT & PRACTICE SUSTAINABLE FASHION

I will spend 10 minutes learning about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

GO PAPERLESS

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

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.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

PICK UP LITTER

I will pick up litter on-campus or in Richmond for ___ minutes.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

REDUCE SINGLE-USE DISPOSABLES

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate and divert waste from the landfill.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

REUSABLE BOTTLES AND MUGS

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 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

LOCAL INDIGENOUS PRACTICES

I will take 10 minutes to learn how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

ENJOY THE SUNRISE/SUNSET

I will enjoy the sunrise and sunset.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

GO FOR A DAILY WALK

I will take a 25-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

PRACTICE GRATITUDE FOR EARTH

I will spend 10 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

EXPLORE MY AREA

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

SUPPORT LOCAL POLLINATORS

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 5 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

ATTEND CLOSING KEYNOTE

I will attend the closing keynote lecture given by David Orr.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

THE TRUTH ABOUT EXPIRATION DATES

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

GO MEATLESS

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

SMART LAUNDRY

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

SHORT SHOWER CHALLENGE

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 3 - Food & Water

ATTEND INTERNATIONAL DINNER

I will attend the International Dinner at Heilman Dining Hall.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

ATTEND THE LOCAL - GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY FAIR

I will attend the Local-Global Sustainability Fair at Tyler Haynes Commons.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

DISCONNECT FROM EMAIL

I will disconnect from my email when not at school or work.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

GO BY BIKE OR PUBLIC TRANSIT

I will commute by bike or public transit 0 miles each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

SMART LAUNDRY

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

ATTEND VIRTUAL GALLERY TALK

I will attend the Virtual Gallery Talk and Breakfast on "Fragile Interconnectedness: Greenland & the Amazon" and listen to photographers give insights into their work.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

GO ON MINDFUL SELF-GUIDED TOUR

I will visit the Eco-Corridor for a self-guided tour between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to slow down, destress, and engage in mindfulness stations.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

BUY FROM A FARMERS MARKET

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

SHOP WOMEN-OWNED

I will shop from women-owned businesses today.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

LEARN ABOUT EQUITY & INCLUSION

I will spend 10 minutes learning about equity and inclusion resources on campus and in Richmond.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

MEET MY NEIGHBORS

I will meet 2 new office, dorm, or apartment neighbors each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Community & Justice

SUPPORT NATIVE COMMUNITIES

I will use the resource links and spend 10 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

LEARN ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN RICHMOND

I will spend 15 minutes learning about environmental justice issues in Richmond.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

TALK TO MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ABOUT ECOCHALLENGE

I will tell friends and/or colleagues about the Ecochallenge and share information about how to get involved.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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    Andy Gurka 11/16/2023 5:36 AM
    I just discovered the walking trails with a friend at Larus Park that is just across the Huguenot Bridge! https://gohikevirginia.com/hikes-near-richmond-va/

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    Andy Gurka 11/15/2023 9:25 AM
    The food labels articles were fascinating! I admit that I am one that usually lives by expiration dates! So interesting! https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/05/23/726079350/to-reduce-food-waste-fda-urges-best-if-used-by-date-labels

    • Jason Honesto's avatar
      Jason Honesto 11/15/2023 12:44 PM
      Was just having the expiration date conversation with Christian last night and found these articles super helpful! Great, informative read!

  • Andy Gurka's avatar
    Andy Gurka 11/14/2023 5:48 AM
    Dean told me last night that it was cold in our apartment and I told him to put a sweatshirt on! 😂😂

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    Andy Gurka 11/13/2023 2:32 PM
    Not sure if you all selected this action or not, but this article from the NY Times about environmental justice is really interesting. The heat map is particularly powerful!

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    Andy Gurka 11/06/2023 11:25 AM
    One of my favorite things we do each year as an office!