October 11 - October 25, 2017

Brandon Rothrock

Penn State EcoChallenge 2017

"Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. Let's make a more sustainable future one challenge at a time. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,575 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    16
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    300
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    280
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    450
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    280
    minutes
    spent exercising

Challenges

Simplicity

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Visit a Local Farm

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Disconnect from Email

I will disconnect from my email when not working or studying.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Healthy Sleep

I will commit to getting 30 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 per day that I do this.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 20-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 12 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Buy Food And Water Only

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

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Needs vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 15 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Brandon Rothrock 10/25/2017 7:32 PM
    #IChallenge so animals such as these have an Earth to call home. (This is a vicuna: a mix between a llama and an alpaca from my travels to Peru last summer) 
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    • Cynthia Hammock 10/25/2017 7:34 PM
      They're so adorable, see this is what we fight for

  • Brandon Rothrock 10/25/2017 6:59 PM
    A HUGE shoutout to everyone involved in EcoChallenge! I'm extremely pleased with the turnout of our team and the amount of participation and individual leadership I have seen. Though the challenge is winding down, I challenge all of you to continue your challenges and find new ones! Let's make the world a sustainable place one step at a time. 

  • Brandon Rothrock 10/24/2017 5:48 AM
    I'm glad I am finally kicking the habit of leaving my laptop on sleep saver mode at night. Turning it off has really made a difference - up to 15 pounds of CO2 has been saved from entering the atmosphere!

    • David Jones 10/25/2017 5:02 PM
      Brandon, thanks for your team leadership throughout the challenge! 😃👍

  • Brandon Rothrock 10/21/2017 10:23 AM
    Things I'm grateful for today: PENN STATE FOOTBALL!!

  • Brandon Rothrock 10/21/2017 10:23 AM
    If you're tailgating today in Happy Valley, please use the blue recycling bags for what they are intended for: plastic, glass, and metal only! Happy game day everyone! Let's beat Michigan!!!

  • Brandon Rothrock 10/20/2017 6:18 PM
    Things I'm grateful for today: 1) dark chocolate 2) warm weather 3) Netflix Halloween movies!

  • Brandon Rothrock 10/18/2017 6:19 PM
    Things I'm grateful for today: 1) photography 2) loving and supporting friends 3) my health

    • David Jones 10/19/2017 2:33 PM
      A great list, one I could have made!

  • Brandon Rothrock 10/18/2017 6:16 PM
    Tonight I sat around with other sustainability-minded people at Local Whiskey downtown for the Council of Sustainable Leader's first Green Drinks event! So thankful for the awesome students that Penn State has and their dedication to sustainability. 

  • Brandon Rothrock 10/18/2017 5:09 AM
    Hi everyone! Our team has been super successful so far. I have heard that some team members have been forgetting to sign in and mark their actions, even though they completed them for the day. If you go to "Dashboard" then click on the arrows next to the Calendar at the top of the Dashboard, you can go back to days you might've missed and add your actions! :)

    • Veronika Vazhnik 10/18/2017 5:58 AM
      This is very cool! I will pass on this info to others.

  • Brandon Rothrock 10/17/2017 12:32 PM
    Went to UHS today for a check-up. I'm thankful to have a clean bill of health!