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Nicholas Repko

ENST 246: Spring 2022

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 940 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    0
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    33
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    36
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    19
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    381
    minutes
    being mindful
  • UP TO
    320
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    18
    people
    helped
  • UP TO
    43
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    2
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    57
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables

Nicholas's actions

Community

Talk To My Friends and Classmates

I will decide which social or environmental issue in my community is most important to me and tell 2 friends and/or classmates each day about the issue.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Help Others

I will offer to help 1 person(s) who are in need each day.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

SIGN UP TO VOTE

I will make sure I’m registered to vote. While I’m at it, I’ll sign up to help others register too!

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below 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

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Learn More about Food Apartheid

What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 4 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Visit A Local Farm

I will visit a nearby farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 5 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 35
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 5 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 7 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 8 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Simplicity

Core Values

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 35
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


  • Nicholas Repko's avatar
    Nicholas Repko 2/16/2022 1:54 PM
    Nicholas Repko
    Journal 6 
    Eco Challenge reflection 
     
    This week has been a lot different and more challenging compared to other weeks. A lot of the daily challenges presented in the waste and transportation areas are difficult to do with my current lifestyle. That means that it has given me greater perspective into how I can contribute to these categories even if it means just being more mindful towards the daily challenges that I chose and looking for every opportunity to implement these challenges successfully into my life. The daily challenges that I chose this week are to drive less and to use reusable bags. It’s funny because I had not gone to the store yet and had the opportunity to use reusable bags but as I sat down to start writing this journal, my roommate walked in and asked if I wanted to go to Walmart. I told him that I needed some more bread and a manilla folder and before he was about to leave it occurred to be that I should give me reusable bags for the groceries. We have a bunch just sitting around and I had never remembered to use them, and we have already accumulated enough of the plastic bags. I thought it was funny and serendipitous that as I was about to write my journal, I had the opportunity to complete one of my daily challenges. The other daily challenge that I chose was to drive less. I do not have a car on campus, but my roommate does and sometimes we take unnecessary trips to the store that could be done once a week instead of multiple times throughout the week. My goal is to be able to influence how many times we do go to the store and only when necessary. It has helped me to be more conscience about what we need for food and other necessities at the apartment. The one-time actions that I chose were to tour waste recovery site and to do more research on waste/recycle in my area. I killed two birds with one stone and went through the Lycoming County landfill website. They have a very extensive and inclusive site that made it very easy to see what they accepted and how they accepted things especially in the recycling aspect. I also found it strange that they charge individual residences more for disposal then any of the other sources of disposal. Residents are charges $60.05/Ton, and all the others are charge $44.65/Ton or less. 
                The barriers that are stopping from making these daily challenges is becoming lazy or being in a hurry and forgetting that they even exist. I always think to myself that I want to use reusable bags instead of plastic bags because I always find myself with an overabundance of plastic bags that I cannot do anything with. I end up throwing them out anyway. A lot of people just care about convenience and most of the time I just fall into that mob mentality. I really do not like traveling that much so driving less will not be a huge problem when applying to my life, but I am hoping I can be an example to others to drive less. 
                I love what the article by Annah Makenzie in Project for Public Spaces says about the use for streets. If people started to drive less and walk more the street could become more of a social place and another place of commerce. New businesses would be able to be opened so that people would not have to walk super far to get things and a greater sense of community would be built right in the streets that automobiles used to dominant. All I had to do to decide as to if I would make using reusable plastic bags a permanent lifestyle change was click on the resource for world plastic bag count. One of the headlines was that by 2050, plastic might outweigh fish in the ocean. This is terrible and I want to do everything that I can to stop this from happening. No matter how bleak or insignificant it may seem in the grand scheme of things.  I am willing to make these lifestyle changes permanent. But the spirit is strong, and the flesh is weak so we will see how it goes. 

    • Andrew Stuhl's avatar
      Andrew Stuhl 2/22/2022 5:35 AM
      Love to see the peer comments from Nick to Nick! Nick R - I appreciated the comments on streets. Downtown market street in Lewisburg is a prime example. Because of traffic - namely, tractor trailer traffic, that street is somewhat dangerous for pedestrians, and too loud for anykind of sidewalk socializing (notice not many restaurants have seating on Market). There is a campaign afoot to reroute traffic away from Market for this purpose, but that will require much more than individual lifestyle choices, as you can imagine

    • Nick Wiebke's avatar
      Nick Wiebke 2/20/2022 5:43 PM
      Hey Nick, thanks for sharing your story about the struggles of this week's challenges with us. I felt that when you mentioned how difficult our current dorm/driving situation can make some specific challenges from the site when they don't particularly apply to our circumstances. I also had a hard time selecting one for transportation, not having a car on campus, but just by reading the many tasks and sources, I also was able to become mindful of the wide variety of contributors to CO2 emissions that a simple day-to-day commute can bring. I felt there in the moment with you when you shared the interaction with your roommate and I'm glad you got such an opportunity to make a difference from the normal routine with another person on campus, doing something as simple as switching to reusable bags. The statistic about plastic outweighing fish in the ocean surprised me, how useless material could potentially easily overtake such a valuable and renewable resource, absolutely serving as a driving factor that will help me to implement less plastic into my life. I also can definitely agree that simply forgetting about the task at hand when caught up in daily activities is a major barrier to creating a habit with them, but because of the challenge doing certain tasks like turning off the light when I leave is already making a routine in my mind, all of the sudden becoming much more conscious of my energy usage. I also liked the research you did on the local landfill, as I did some too and was unable to find much on how they affected the specific communities they were part of, and find it equally strange that certain residences have to pay so much more for waste removal. 

  • Nicholas Repko's avatar
    Nicholas Repko 2/09/2022 9:34 AM
    Nicholas Repko
    Journal 5
    Due: Feb. 1

    The new daily and one-time challenges that I added this past week were the turn the computer off for at least two hours, use a reusable bottle for water, and for the one-time I did research on renewable energy in my region. The daily challenges were especially eye opening and fruitful. You never really know how much impact you can make and how easy it is unless you try. The Eco challenge gives us this opportunity to analyze things in our life that we might even do subconsciously but is an easy switch to make. Powering down my computer is something that I never thought to do until this challenge came about. It is so easy to do and implement into my life. I used to just keep it plugged in the whole night and thought nothing of it. Now I see no problem with powering down my computer for the entire night and charging it for a bit here and there throughout the day. The thing that really helps me is seeing that it is making a change with the one pound of CO2 emissions that is saved each time that I do it. The other daily challenge that I chose was a reusable water bottle instead of plastic or other water containers. Even though Bucknell offers paper and cardboard cups now I still want to be as environmental as possible and only use my water bottle. This is such an easy thing to do throughout the day. Bucknell has provided us with the ability to refill our water bottles at multiple filling stations on campus. The one-time challenge that I chose was the researching and discovering renewable energy in our region. I learned that 4% of Pennsylvania’s electric is generated from renewable energy sources. This does not seem like a lot, but it is a step in the right direction. Most of the renewable energy comes from wind energy farms located in the Appalachian Mountains and along the shores of Lake Erie. Biomass accounted for 1/5 of the states total renewable energy generated. Hydropower accounted for 1/3 and solar power for 8%. I also learned that right here on Bucknall campus we have multiple LEED certified buildings like Academic West. This means that the project as a whole save’s money, improves efficiency, has lower carbon emissions, and provides a healthier environmental overall. 
                I do not think that there are any barriers that will stop these challenges from becoming a permanent lifestyle change. Laziness and inattentiveness are the main problems I will face when the challenge is done. I must keep doing it until it becomes a habit, and it is done subconsciously. These little changes can inspire others to do the same thing and allow for a better world to be built from each person’s individual examples and actions. I am willing to make the action of powering off my computer permanent because from the resources provided, the Department of Energy recommends power down your computer not only to save energy but also to save money. I am willing to only use a reusable water bottle because plastic pollution is such a huge problem in our oceans today. The Guardian states that around 5m to 13m tons of plastic are leaked into the ocean to be digested by marine life and birds. This is so scary to think about and I do not want to be contributing to this. This will take time to make a change in all aspects of my life in the plastic sense, but I feel that starting with not using plastic water bottles is a good way to begin and then analyze my plastic consumption life from there. 

  • Nicholas Repko's avatar
    Nicholas Repko 2/04/2022 9:42 AM
    Nicholas Repko
    Having these daily and one-time challenges added to my life over the past week have been a source of reflection and responsibility. I must make the conscience effort to remember to go onto the website to check off the box and the number of minutes that I have completed that day. The one-time challenge allowed me to reflect on my core values and realize what my personal goal are for myself. Even though it was a one-time challenge it still taught me to ask myself that question every day. What do I want to become? What do I want to share with others? It is a question that each person should ask themselves every day. The daily challenges have allowed me to be more reflective and appreciative of what I have in my life. The not having distractions while eating make me more appreciative of the food that I do have and the act of being aware of nature does the same. What was surprising for me with these challenges was how it easy it was to complete them each day and remember to do them. I thought that it would just get lost in the monotony of my everyday life, but it did not. This might be only the case of these two topics of nature and simplicity. We will see if it will change when we begin with other topics in the coming weeks. The barriers that might keep me from making this lifestyle change would be the simple fact of not having the responsibility to check in each day on the website to show that I completed it. It takes around 2 months to form a new habit so I have no idea if it will be able to continue some of these things after we are done with these EcoChallenge. I would be willing to make these lifestyle changes permanent. I have come to the realize that all the daily and one-time challenges that I have chosen so far are fruitful and worth continuing past the unit is finished in a couple of weeks. In the daily challenge of going outside to appreciate nature can be beneficial to my physical as well as my mental health. One of the resources provided by YaleEnvironmet360 gave substantial evidence on why at least two hours each week of nature time can be extremely beneficial. The study looked at around 20,000 people and compared results with people who spent two hours a week in nature versus those who do not. Evidence shows that it can lower blood pressure, stress hormones, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood. All of these results seem like reason enough to continue with some of the nature daily challenges in the EcoChallenge. Being more mindful while I eat is also something that I feel I can make the commitment after the unit is done. One of the resources of this challenge by Harvard Health Publishing points out that eating while being distracted causes you to be hungrier and eat more. This can lead to gaining weight. This makes sense to me and will always be in the back of my mind now when I go to eat while being distracted. I want to be healthy, and these challenges are giving me good habits to follow even after this unit it done. I hope and will try to continue these challenges. I also hope that the other challenges that I will pick up throughout the rest of the unit will be as if not more fruitful then the current challenges.