Challenge Tasks

Beaver Creek Earth Week Challenge

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Actions You Can Take
Factoids and Links
Getting from Here to There
(must do at least 1)

Carpool to Work or School

check air pressure in tires

Check and change the oil in your lawm mower or car

check oil in your car or lawn mower

If you are working from home, calculate your average gas savings

Use Public Transportation

walk or ride bike to work or on errands

* Under inflated tires require more energy to get moving and maintain speed - proper inflation could improve gas mileage by 3.3%

* Buses use 8.7% less energy per passenger mile than a typical automobile. Calculate your gas savings: Public Transportation Calculator

Reduce the Amount You Leave Behind
(Use what you have. Must do 2)

buy only 100% recycled paper products (e.g. napkins, paper towels)

Chart your food purchasing vs. consumption

compost food waste

Dehydrate food

don't use a straw or coffee stir stick when getting take-out/delivery

Go one entire day without single use plastics (e.g. water bottles, plastic baggies, Styrofoam, one use coffee cups)

let them roll - do not put fruits and vegetables into plastic bags

Make a plan - Take old appliances, electronics to recycle spot when able

Make a Rain barrel

make own “lunchable” with reusable containers

Make your own art supplies *Take a picture of your art and share it with us!

recycle plastic containers

Recyle film/plastic bags at a local drop off in Eau Claire

Refuse styrofoam containers and any plastic silverware or napkins when ordering take-out

Regrow food - i.e. celery, potatoes, garlic, seeds from peppers, put herbs from store in water to grow roots and then plant

Replace an old inefficient appliance with an energy star rated version

Switch to eco-friendly toiletry products - i.e. shampoo and conditioner bars, body wash bars, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.

turn off water while brushing teeth


use cloth diapers

use cloth napkins

use cloth or other reusable bag when shopping *Some stores are no longer allowing them due to COIVD-19; check before you shop!

Watch your packaging when purchasing food from grocery stores

* The average sink runs at 2.2 gallons of water per minute, recommended brushing teeth twice a day for 2 minutes equals 12 gallons of water per day

* 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space is saved for every ton of plastic that is recycled

* An airtight plastic bag is the worst choice for storing produce, not only is plastic bad for the environment but it causes food to spoil faster

* On average, about 2.2 gallons of water flow from a faucet each minute. Something as simple as turning off the water while brushing your teeth can save up to three or four gallons of water per day

* If all households used 100% recycled napkins, we could save one million trees each year
Reusable Paper Towel Tutorial

* Recycled paper makes 74% less air pollution and uses 35% less water to make. Try a handkerchief instead of a Kleenex and rags instead of paper towels!

* Americans throw away 27.5 billion disposable diapers a year

* Food scraps and yard waste currently make up more than 28 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead
How to Make a Compost Pile

* Even if just half of the 56.6 million kids attending primary and secondary buy an eight count box of markers, that’s 226.4 million markers bought, used, and inevitably thrown into landfills to not-decompose for the next 500 year
Homemade Art Supplies Ideas

* Food waste facts & Infographics: Food Loss and Waste, Food Loss and Waste Facts
Reduce food waste by making meals out of what you have in your pantry, or try canning!

*Make an inventory so you don’t overbuy. There’s also an app for that!
10 Apps to Help you Organize Your Fridge & Pantry

* How to Grow Fruits & Veggies from Food Scraps

* Plastic bags and wraps typically do not get recycled in curbside bins. Find a drop off location near you!
Plastic Film Recycling Drop Off Locations

* Don’t have a dehydrator? Use your oven or try another method How to Dehydrate Food Without a Dehydrator

* A United Nations study reported that 44.7 million tons of e-waste was discarded in 2016, and only 20% of it was disposed of properly

* Don’t purchase items stored in styrofoam. Buy larger bags and then split into reusable packaging: i.e. chips, snacks etc.

* If you use a disposable lunch, you will make between 4-8 ounces of garbage every day, that’s 45-90 pounds of garbage per year!

* About 150 million tons of plastic (many of it being non-degradable) is floating in our ocean. Use reusable sandwich bags and beeswax wrap, or glass containers for leftovers instead of plastic:
DIY Homemade “Lunchable” Ideas

* Bring your own containers, and use your own reusable silverware and napkins!

* Energy Star Appliances

* How to Make a Rain Barrel

* No-Budget Windowsill Greenhouse

* If you cannot switch to non-bottled products (adjusting to shampoo and conditioner bars can be difficult for different kinds of hair), try only buying glass or recycled plastic containers. Support local and sustainable businesses!

Don't Be an Energy Vampire

adjust thermostat by 1° (warmer in summer and cooler in winter)

check out Xcels energy saving options, what ones can you do in your home?

clean lint filter each time you use clothes dryer

Conduct your own home energy audit

Eliminate heat loss in your home by renting/buying a thermal leak detection kit

Find a place in your house with good natural light and move your studies or work space location there. Turn off the lights where you were before!

Have an electricity free day at home

Switch to LED lightbulbs for your most used light fixture

turn off computers and laptops at night

turn off lights when leaving a room

unplug energy vampires or use vampire energy strip (e.g. coffee maker, chargers, anything with a light on when not in use)

unplug games when finished

Use a clothesline or drying rack rather than clothes dryer

Visit the EPA’s WaterSense website and learn about ways to make your home more water efficient

wash only full loads of clothes in cold water

Wash only full loads of dishes in the dishwasher

* Unplugging these devices could save you up to $100 to $200 a year

* Turning off your lights will also help reduce the use of non-renewable resources that are harmful to the environment

* Dryers with clean filters use up to 30% less energy per load

* As energy costs rise, Google projects that it will soon cost more to power a computer for four years than it does to buy a new one

* if all US households washed in warm instead of hot it would save equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil per day

* PC gamers use about 75 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year, equivalent to the output of 25 electric power plants

* Check your hardware store for rebates! Reducing Energy Waste in your Home

* WaterSense Website

* A 1° temperature adjustment could save you up to 10% on energy costs each year
Smart Thermostats Information

* Your Energy Saving Options

* Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits

* Eat by candlelight, cook over a campfire, play board games or work on a puzzle (maybe try camping!)

* Check for leaks in your home, it may be leaking air and can be easily fixed with a sustainable sealer (saves you $ on your next utility bill)

* Experts determined that if all Americans line-dried clothing for just half of a year, it would save 3.3 percent of the country’s total residential output of carbon dioxide.

Stay Local
(Must do at least 1)

Buy items locally grown or produced

Consolidate online orders into 1 shipment - i.e. Amazon

Send a green business a note thanking them for being green * Take a picture in front of their business or send a video!

share something you learned about a local business (Ex: Curbside pick-up)

Shop local business that don't use styrofoam containers for take out

when possible buy local.

* Buy local, with local pick up. By not shipping to you directly, it uses less resources and fossil fuels

* More orders = more shipments which uses more gas and other fossil fuels when transporting items

* List of Green Businesses

* Many local food producers choose to use organic and natural pest repellants to preserve the health of the food they distribute. Foods produced by large-scale agricultural operations are often mass sprayed with pesticides

* Keep social distancing in mind! See link for green businesses above.

Can You Reuse or Re-purpose it
(Must do 1)

Buy from bulk bins and reuse your own containers or bags - i.e. nuts, dried fruits, etc.

Buy used toys or clothing

create something from used material (e.g. birdfeeder from milk carton)

Cut up leftover fruits and veggies and freeze for soups or smoothies

make dog toy from old towels or socks

make re-usable bag from t-shirt

opt out of junk mail solicitations

re-fill water bottle instead of buying new

re-use gift wrap or use old newspaper or maps to wrap gift

share 3 creative ideas to re-use/ re-purpose something

Switch to natural coffee filters or reusable K Cups

Take old toys and clothes to a donation center

use the back side of paper for notes,( or use both sides)

Visit a library (includes little free libraries) instead of buying new book, or use digital library resources

* We have a Little Free Library right here at Beaver Creek Reserve!

*Direct Mail accounts for about 2% of the total tonnage in the US municipal waste stream
Stopping Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and Email

Turn it Off and Opt Outside

Backyard Workouts

Create a solar oven (kids project)

go for a bike ride on one of the area bike trails, collect garbage and recyclables

Participate in the Amazing Eau Claire Clean Up on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 from 9:00am - 12:00pm

Stop by our Wise Nature Center and pick up a tree to plant!

take hike at Beaver Creek Reserve

visit any county or city park to walk or play*, collect garbage and recyclables

walk at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls, collect garbage and recyclables

walk the planet walk that starts at Phoenix park in Eau Claire, collect garbage and recyclables

* Taking Your Workout into the Outdoors

* DIY Solar Oven

* Eau Claire's Planet Walk

Out of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste that has been produced, only 9% of that plastic waste had been recycled.

* Each year, nations generate 1.3 billion tons of waste. That’s expected to soar to 4 billion tons by 2100.

* Eau Claire County Parks are FREE Monday, April 19th-Sunday April 25th!
List of Eau Claire County Parks

* Bicycling significantly reduces transportation emissions while also reducing traffic congestion and the need for petroleum

* Amazing Eau Claire Clean Up Information. Register by Friday, April 16th

*Participate in our “Tree-ting Our Earth” campaign where our goal is to plant more trees throughout the Chippewa Valley! Trees provided by Paint Creek Nursery.

Support All Creatures Great and Small

Build a bird or bat house

Commit to "No Mow May"

Conduct your own bird count

Create a pollinator garden

Don't have space for a garden? Make a container garden!

Make a Bird Feeder

Make a list of which native plants you want to plant this spring to attract certain critters - i.e. butterflies, hummingbirds, etc.

Remove 1 grocercy bag full of invasive plant species from your property

Sign up for NestWatch

* Garlic Mustard is already growing here in the Chippewa Valley! Learn how to identify it and remove it before it spreads. You can put the plants in a grocery bag, label them as “Invasive Plants” and throw them away in your household garbage bins.  Information on Garlic Mustard

* Conducting your Own Backyard Bird Count

* Saving Wisconsin's Native Pollinators

* 10 Container Garden Tips for Beginners
DIY by category (herbs, salsa, pizza, salad, etc.): Container Gardening

* Bird House Instructions, Bat House Instructions

* Many pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, overwinter in the ground and in gardens so mowing early could result in their population decline. For early emerging pollinators, they rely on grasses and other flowers to be available to them as an energy resource. They need this energy to pollinate your gardens, and in turn will allow for a richer diversity of flora and other pollinators on your property.
No Mow May: 3 Ways it Benefits your Landscape and Pollinators

Get Inspired or Inspire Others

Commit to participating in the upcoming REAP Community Campaign (May - August) after Earth Week is over!

Don’t live in Eau Claire? Research what your community is doing to combat climate change.

Enter a photo in Beaver Creek's "Preliminary" Nature Photo Contest! (1 point per submission, only 1 photo per person)

Learn about solar options that are locally available

Learn about the Low Carbon Diet and calculate your houses Carbon Footprint

Make a natural piece of art or out of recycled materials

Participate in the BCR Science fair!

Read the City of Eau Claire’s Renewable Action Plan (REAP) Executive Summary Don't live in Eau Claire? Research what your community is doing to combat climate change.

Read the full REAP plan, Net Zero Energy Building Guide, Electric Vehicles Roadmap, or Solar Ready Guide

Read through Nature's Best Hope lawn care tips and complete 1 action!

Read through Nature's Best Hope lawn care tips and complete 2 actions!

Read through Nature's Best Hope lawn care tips and complete 3 actions!

Watch an environmental documentary

Watch the documentary "Kiss the Ground"

* Documentary suggestions:
Earth Day Watch List, 20 Climate, Nature and Environment Documentaries you Must See (check parental guidelines prior to watching) 

* Keep collecting/foraging rules in mind at local county or state parks

Check out these lawn care tips from the "What You Can Do" chapter in Nature's Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy, provided by JONAH Environmental Task Force.

City of Eau Claire's Renewable Energy Action Plan
Read more action resources: City of Eau Claire's Sustainable Living Resources

Read through the Photo Contest Rules! Make sure to check the photo release box when submitting your photo.

* Low Carbon Diet Program

* Solar is more affordable than ever! Getting Started With Solar

Check out these lawn care tips from the "What You Can Do" chapter in Nature's Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy, provided by JONAH Environmental Task Force.

* Brought to you by the JONAH Environmental Task Force
If you are interested in watching the film, please email for a free link and password. It is also available on Netflix. Please complete the pre and post survey provided.

Check out these lawn care tips from the "What You Can Do" chapter in Nature's Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy, provided by JONAH Environmental Task Force.

* See City of Eau Claire’s REAP Community Campaign for information and on how to sign up and join a team!

* Check out the At-Home Science Fair flyer!