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February 27 - March 20, 2019
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Patrick Duffey

I'm Starting a Commune and You Are all Welcome

"To leave no trace."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 869 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,308
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    510
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning

Patrick's Actions

Energy

Consider Switching to an Electric Vehicle

I will at least 30 minutesr esearching or test driving an electric car or bike.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Choose a Carbon Offset

If buying a plane ticket, I will also buy a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day for two weeks that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant

I will use the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant finder to choose a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant when I dine out.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Buy Food And Water Only

I will not purchase anything but food and water during the Challenge.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

I will exercise daily for 30 minute(s) per day for two weeks.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Patrick Duffey's avatar
    Patrick Duffey 3/13/2019 9:38 AM
    Flight attendant looked absolutely puzzled when I refused to give her my trash (daily challenge to carry all my trash). Would have been better not to accept the little flight granola bar, but alas, it was my food for the day. Also, first time buying carbon offset for a flight. Was super easy 😊👍👌

  • Patrick Duffey's avatar
    Patrick Duffey 3/03/2019 8:11 AM
    ISO: best (most comprehensive, affordable) residential energy audit in western PA/pittsburgh? Available discounts, rebates, etc?  Duquesne and EIC look to be about $400-500, which is a whole lotta pocket change for most people.  

    • Lucy de Barbaro's avatar
      Lucy de Barbaro 3/03/2019 1:13 PM
      I happen to work in this field. 1) if you attend the next Energy Efficiency Fair on 3/10/19 in the afternoon, you will have a chance to win a free audit in a free raffle! Last year there were ~25 entries for this drawing, so it is a pretty good chance. See more at www.getenergysmarter.org/events (btw, the Fair was rescheduled from 3/3 to 3/10)  2) Conservation Consultants Inc., same website, offer a full Building Performance Institute audit for $375. All bells and whistles. 

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    Patrick Duffey 3/01/2019 7:01 PM
    NEXT LEVEL SUSTAINABLE SOUL SEARCHING:  https://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/02/match-vs-lighter-my-candles-are-awaiting-your-reponse/   PUSH IT TO THE LIMIT!!!

  • Patrick Duffey's avatar
    Patrick Duffey 3/01/2019 7:34 AM
    Alright, alright, alright, alright!  Some good ideas in here, it'd be a shame if I... didn't add them to my collection (of sustainable living techniques)!

    • Laura Almendinger's avatar
      Laura Almendinger 3/01/2019 3:03 PM
      I passed your house the other day and really wanted to point out your water "barrel" but didn't know how to explain your awesomeness to a stranger on the fly.

    • ralf cranium's avatar
      ralf cranium 3/01/2019 2:47 PM