YouSustain

Sustainability Challenges


Challenges on YouSustain are geared towards small actions or changes to try out various ways of becoming more sustainable. Join a challenge or create one yourself. Invite your friends to become more sustainable. Start a challenge among your co-workers.

A challenge can be as simple as "Don't drive your car for one day" or "Eat only local food for one day." Harder challenges could be "Reduce your household energy use by 20% for one month." Challenges should generally have a short time-period (a few days to a month) so they are more attainable as a way of promoting more people to become sustainable.

Community Challenges are a great way for an association, business or online community to coordinate and provide a distinct presence for your sustainbility efforts.

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Featured Challenges

Keep all unused lights off at home for one week

We leave many more lights on at home than we actually need.
Members: 615. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
50 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$5/member

Bring your own cup for coffee for one week

It's so easy and less wasteful to bring your own cup when getting coffee
Members: 387. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
5 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$1/member

Use reusable bags for one week

Keeping reusable bags on hand is easy plus saves waste and energy from plastic bags
Members: 374. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
1 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Cloth Napkins

Cloth instead of paper napkins.
Members: 131. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$33/member

the green wash

reduce your carbon footprint with your laundry!!
Members: 107. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
5 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$1/member

Recycle at Work

Start a new recycling program at work
Members: 209. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
28 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Compost every scrap

Compost all organic waste produced in your home for a week
Members: 113. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
1 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0.5/member

Turn off unused work computers at night

Many of us leave our work PCs on all the time, which wastes a lot of energy.
Members: 267. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
14 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Walk or Ride a Bike To The Store

Don't Drive to Any Store within 2 mile
Members: 131. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
6 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$1.3/member

Eat locally grown food

Buying local food drastically reduces the CO2 coming from transportation and helps the local farmers.
Members: 127. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
5 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Save paper

We use so much paper... and waste so much !
Members: 181. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
10 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Help the environment with your TV

Turn off the red or green lights on your TV or DVD player.
Members: 105. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
3 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0.5/member

Borrow something instead of buying it

The next time you need a durable good, borrow it instead of buying it.
Members: 78. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
50 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$100/member

Reduce household electricity use by 5 percent

Small steps to reducing home electricity use
Members: 119. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
28 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$3/member

Reduce meat consumption by half for a week

Meat productoin has been found to have a significant environmental footprint, try reducing
Members: 156. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
15 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS

invest in renewable energy companies
Members: 25. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
1000 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$500/member

Shorter Shower Challenge

Spend 30 minutes or less in the shower this week
Members: 155. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
6 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$1/member

creatively reuse

don't buy anything you can use "trash" for
Members: 37. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$500/member

Walk to work

Walk to work for three days out of the work week.
Members: 43. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
25 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$35/member

Follow your electricity consumption

Invest on automatic energy monitoring or follow your meter daily
Members: 15. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
50 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$25/member

Carbon Footprint Challenge

Commit to reducing your footprint to qualify for a Carbon Footpin
Members: 43. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
79 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Use no plastic or paper shopping bags for a month

Bring re-usable shopping bags when you go shopping
Members: 101. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
1 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0.35/member

Stop the Junk Mail

Start some simple steps to stop unsolicitated mail
Members: 77. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
8.5 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Teach an Online Course

facilitate an online class over the web, rather than f2f.
Members: 8. Duration: 80 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
90 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$415/member

Computer Reuse

Reuse computers/don't buy new
Members: 14. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
112 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$670/member

Exercise

Cardiovascular exercise
Members: 149. Duration: 90 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Reduce Water Usage at Unit Level

Be aware of water useage at unit level.
Members: 22. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$500/member

Improve Fitness

Join local YMCA / Join Racquetball League
Members: 25. Duration: 365 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Reduce Home Waste

Dish Washer
Members: 58. Duration: 1 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
140 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$85/member

Weight loss

Lose 15 Pounds
Members: 66. Duration: 90 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
10 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$30/member

Walk up stairs

Use stairs instead of escalator
Members: 90. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Not take a bag at a store

Reduce Paper waste
Members: 45. Duration: 180 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
10 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$50/member

paper reduction

reduction in marketing paper and materials
Members: 9. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
30.5 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$5/member

help save the reefs

sustainable reef keepers
Members: 1. Duration: 365 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Styrofoam No More

Use my own coffee mug at work
Members: 53. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
8 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$1/member

Save an animal

Save an animal from a local shelter
Members: 9. Duration: 90 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Recycling At Home

Start recycling everything we can at home.
Members: 97. Duration: 1 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

SLOW DOWN

Reduce Driving Speed
Members: 43. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
23.408 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$19.95/member

Eat Healthier

Consume more vegetables and less meat.
Members: 54. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Go Green

Reduce Waste
Members: 19. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Stop Smoking

Quit Smoking
Members: 15. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$10/member

Dishes by hand

No dishwasher for a month
Members: 73. Duration: 28 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
21.4 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Pick Up gabarge

Within one block of my house to pick up any litter and put in a trash can in Puert oRico
Members: 8. Duration: 365 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Bring Plate into work

Bring plate in to work so I won't use foam plates
Members: 23. Duration: 60 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$5/member

Household Traveling

Shopping
Members: 15. Duration: 90 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$100/member

walk the walk

walk in a fund raising walk for our community
Members: 13. Duration: 1 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
1 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$30/member

Recycle more

Recylcle junk mail & boxes
Members: 24. Duration: 5 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Recycling for Donations Programs

donate your cell phone
Members: 7. Duration: 7 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

lights off

make sure ligths are off in unoccupied rooms
Members: 48. Duration: 50 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$0/member

Reduce Plastic Water Bottle Usage at School

Switch to reusable water bottles.
Members: 9. Duration: 30 days. Award Value:
Approx. CO2 reduction
0 kg/member
Approx. cash savings
$60/member