The overall month challenge was an interesting experience. I learned that there is a lot in this day and age we take for granted that have a large impact on our world around us. The challenges I gave myself were in a way tricky I feel just for having to remind myself to perform them from my usual tasks. Such as waking up just unplugging my phone from the charger I would need to unplug all my electronics on the outlet. Little things such as that tend to slip many peoples’ minds but consume copious amounts of energy for doing nothing. Also that even larger task take such as walking over cars for transportation’s provide improvement to our world and our daily lives to take in all around us. I have learned about myself this month that I am always typically go, go, go; and that in retrospect it is normal for a college student to be on the run. But if taken just a slight moment or a little decision can have an impact and won’t take much longer in your day to perform. Through the month I have enjoyed challenging myself and learning new ways I can make an impact through actions in my daily life to reduce my carbon foot print. I love the thought of continuing the actions to reduce my carbon output. Will I continue all the tasks I did exactly this month, no I will not. Yet I will find ways to incorporate tasks that fit my schedule and life style to make a difference. Such as I originally suggested in my thought on the Earth month challenge to come of ideas I will convert some of those to a reality. One such example will be adding power strips around my rooms that I can have everything plugged into and that I can turn off when not in use to save electricity use. Other tasks can be such as carpooling to reduce how many cars on the road that emitting toxins into our air. The challenge area I choose was an interesting one that I am glad I tried; however I would try another area of reducing my foot print to broaden my actions of ways to reduce and help the earth. The challenge for Earth month was an excellent learning experience and I am glad I was able to try it along with my roommates for support and learn my overall impact and what I can change.
The third week has flown by and time for Earth month is coming around but the Co2 levels I and many of us emit is lowering. Plus the financial savings add up. The third week was a little different compared to my first two. The first two weeks were simple steps to lead to larger milestones I can take to reduce my footprint. My third week I walked over transportation of my car or a bus if not necessary. It went well overall, took extra steps though for me make a larger impact. Simple acts of going to the store, when I typically would grab my car or going to shore north using a bus, I would walk to these places over the typical transportation. I learned that taking a walk over the usual transportation, even though it takes a little longer is overall enjoyable. The walk is a chance to get outside and admire the beauty and best of all benefit the world around us. For the coming up week I expect to have the greatest challenge but of course for the last week I want to take a large challenge!
First week of our Earth Month Challenge, overall went smoothly. Many people have taken on various tasks and are working hard to reduce their CO2. The first week was the first step into our overall challenge and goal. It is the first step into the many that will be taken and built upon. My challenge area was energy and transportation. My first week I started off small with unplugging all electronics not in use all around my own room and our common area. The only main struggle was remembering the little things such as a phone charger or my printer. Items that are used commonly but have no need to stay plugged in if not in use. One thing I found that helped that I changed through the week is having a power strip with my electronics plugged into creating only one plug I need to remove from an outlet. I noticed through the week of plugging and unplugging in many of mine and others electronics is that I use some items more than others creating a need to charge them such as my laptop and phone. Yet mainly my first week was an easy one to slide into my challenges to come and was a great first step to making a change in my daily routine to better our environment. My second week I tend to add to my first and take a step towards more energy conservation. My main thing is remembering the steps I can take to help the earth and to continuously make that effort as my weeks continue.
Beginning March 22 and through the month of April for Earth Month we have within our ENR scholars group to take multiple steps to reduce our footprint to help the earth. One person can do a lot to change their environment. My goal I have set for the month is too work on the field of energy and transportation. There are four weeks total and each week I will add a new task to challenge myself. Week one I will consist of unplugging all electronics not in use. Week 2 I will add conservation of light use with being sure lights in any room unused is off. Week three I will increase my walking to places over cars or buses. Finally the last week I will take stairs over the elevators. Overall the challenges I have set for myself but seem almost simple but my fear is in the difficulty of being repetitive and keep on going strong on my task everywhere I go to help the world around me.
ENR Earth Month Challenge Part 1
For Earth Month we all will be taking on a challenge to take step towards helping our environment by decreasing our footprint. This month I will focus specifically on energy and transportation. Within the three areas we are allowed to explore in our efforts in the Earth Month challenge the energy and transportation catches my eye over them all. I have chosen to take on the energy and transportation category for I feel this is the category I can make the biggest impact from myself for our environment in numerous tasks. All that matters is effort even the slightest step can have a great ripple effect. Therefore the month I will attempt and achieve many tasks to help reduce my footprint on the environment.
Within the categories are numerous things that a person can do to decrease their impact. Under my chosen category, energy and transportation, there can be actions of:
- Use stairs over elevators.
- Turn off lights when not present in a room.
- Un-plug electronics not in need of charging/use
- Walk to places over vehicles
- Use of rechargeable batteries
- Use of solar panels
- Get vehicles serviced regularly so there are no more emissions then necessary
- Energy saving bulbs
- Proper insulation in rooms
- Energy efficient appliances
- Keep the thermostat lower in winter and ease on air conditioning in summer
- Dry clothes outside if when possible
- Reduce mileage
- Non toxic cleaning agents
On our campus they have multiple resources that help others all over be efficient and environmentally kind. There are 1) buses that are used for transportation over taking an individual car places. Another option is 2) the Sierra Club among campus and 3) the Climate Reality Project group. Both meet on multiple occasions to spread the word of saving and living lifes that aid our earth. They give key points on actions one can take to change their daily activities and help influence other to reduce the carbon footprint all around. Overall these groups are ways to meet others and have support in your goals to reach individually and as a whole all around you.
Lastly from resources in someone’s own area there a numerous websites that can offer aid such as:
These entire website give insights to our world and the emission people cause in daily activities. Few give articles and information about our society. While others get into details on ways you can lower your carbon emission. None the less each website brings in key points one may consider in their path to a greener living.
Columbus To-Do List Spring Semester 2016
This semester I have chosen to take on the goal of attending at least three OAC clinics. The ultimate goal is to learn and grow in outdoor adventure skills. Overall with this choice I hope to gain knowledge in other aspects for outdoor adventures, on top of adding skills and fun to my time here this semester. The clinics offered by OAC range in many different aspects for the outdoors between rock climbing, and kayaking, etc. I am excited to learn new skills and be active in them. To see another side to what my college offers, not just scholarly knowledge in my classes but skills and tools I can apply outside on adventures if I so choose to explore more.
At the time being I have been able to complete one of the 3 OAC clinics so far. I was fortunate enough to partake in the Belay clinic with fellow ENR scholars. The class began with the basics that intern became applied to when we go to go to the rock wall and experience it firsthand. I enjoyed that the first 30 minutes of our hour clinic was small group sessions getting to learn the equipment and skills that will be useful and are key to when you belay. After our lesson we were able to get hands on experience individually within our group. Along with my friends I had a wonderful memorable time that I was able to attain the skill and have a laugh along with others. From the clinic I am now able to go become belay certified which I plan to do soon. My first clinic has opened my eyes to some lead roles in the activities we perform and I am excited looking forward to the certification test and to partake in more clinics.
The semester of autumn 2015 went by faster than one would have expected. Between classes and the work that comes along with it one stays fairly busy. Yet within our scholars program of environmental scholars we still made time within our program and outside in our own time to put in time to volunteer helping others around us whether it be small or large; ultimately to provide aid to our community no matter where we are. Over the few months I have participated in a few volunteer projects. Ultimately I wish I could have done more but volunteering to give isn’t about the quantity but the quality that you bring. One of the first activities I participated was along with my fellow environmental scholars the first week of school with an Olentangy River clean up. This service was a kick off to the year to come of helping our community for its people and the environment and its habitants all around. All the hazardous material and un-biodegradable material were picked up and ridden of, to ultimately have a cleaner river. One of our next project together as a group was our time at the local farm on our campus to pick apples. We helped the workers there turn a long task short with our many volunteers and ultimately rewarding knowing that all the food we picked for them was to be donated to a food shelter to be distributed to others in need. These first two service experiences were spectacular, especially since it was our first few of the year and was with our entire program building a community in ourselves as we helped others in more ways than one. After gaining the first few steps into our services it was time to take steps on our own to volunteer and help in other ways we thought necessary and interested us. Over Thanksgiving break being home I took the initiative to make an impact in my own area. I turned my passion of horses into something useful with volunteering my time at a therapeutic rehabilitation stable. At this farm I had tasks from taking care of horses that had clinical needs, to simple barn chores, all the way to aiding in lessons of handicapped students. Seeing the smile walking around on a horse brought joy to myself and helping them with exercises to stimulate their minds and muscles gave a deep satisfaction that I am doing something right. All of these services performed were amazing memories made that I am glad I participated in to help others. My services addressed different aspects from environment conservation to aid of others in different circumstances. Over time being aware and helpful to those around me in any way can continue my aid to the issue in the future to fix it. Each event surpassed my expectations of how rewarding they were. There may have been moments of just being tired but by the end of it all the work was worth it. Overall I learned big or small the assignment it is meaningful to someone which is by far the most rewarding thing, to bring joy to others. As for myself as stubborn I may be taking even if it’s a little bit out of my day helping out around in other parts of my life for others brightens up more than just that moment but more of my life.