North Dakota Stewards

We all have the power to be stewards of the great state of North Dakota! Use our daily eco log to keep track of your environmentally beneficial activities throughout the month. Then come back to this website to report all the great things you did so your hard work can be tabulated with the rest of the participants. If you would like a response to hear how much of a difference you made, or if you would like to be eligible to receive an award at the end of the month and live in North Dakota, include your email at the bottom of this page. In early October, we will determine how many great things the stewards of North Dakota accomplished. The top five North Dakotan participants who have saved the most will receive awards provided by Keep North Dakota Clean, Inc.


Saving Vehicle Emissions

The amount of emissions produced from driving is linked to the amount of gas you use and the size of the vehicle you drive. You may already be aware of this because of the amount of money you spend on gas relative to the amount people spend who drive a smaller vehicle. To help us calculate the amount of emissions and money you save this month, please let us know the general size of your vehicle and how many miles you saved or minutes you avoided idling:



Carpooling:

Using Mass Transit:

Walking/Biking:

Trip Chain: *

Avoid idling your vehicle: How many minutes did you consciously spend with the vehicle turned off, where you would have otherwise idled?

For participants who normally drive a pickup truck or SUV, let us know how many miles you drove using a small to midsize sedan instead. Driving a smaller vehicle, instead of a larger one, saves money and reduces air emissions!

Other: Did you think of another way to save miles driven or the amount of fuel consumed in your vehicle? Let us know (along with the miles saved)!

* A trip chain is when you avoid extra miles of driving by grouping errands or other activities into one trip instead of returning home in between trips.

 

Saving Water

Water is a valuable resource and we can all do our part to use less water. As a bonus, you will also save money on your water bill! Below, we have included some ideas on how to save water:

Minutes saved in the shower:

Times turning off the tap while brushing your teeth/washing your face:

Other: Did you think of another way to save water? Let us know!

 

Saving Energy

Another great way to reduce emissions and save money is by using less energy! We have included some ideas on how to reduce energy usage below:

Change the temperature of your thermostat to be closer to the outside temperature.

Degrees adjusted:

Hours at the new temperature:

Lower the temperature of your water heater.

Degrees adjusted:

Hours at the new temperature:

Turn the lights off when you leave a room.

Minutes with lights turned off, instead of being on:

Other: Did you think of another way to save energy? Let us know!

 

Reducing Waste

Another great way to save money and keep North Dakota clean is to reduce waste. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Number of plastic or paper bags saved by using a reusable grocery bag:

Number of disposable cups/mugs/bottles saved by using reusable items (think of all your trips to a coffee shop or plastic water bottles you use):

Number of disposable plates, bowls or utensils saved by using reusable items:

Items recycled instead of thrown in the garbage:

Number of times composting yard waste (not bagging lawn clippings or taking to compost bin) instead of adding to garbage:

Number of times using a reusable storage container instead of plastic wrap or a plastic bag:

Number of times you bring your own reusable to-go container to a restaurant instead of using theirs:

Other: Did you think of another way to reduce waste? Let us know!

 

If you would like a response to learn how much of a difference you made, or if you would like to be eligible to receive an award at the end of the month, include your email below: