We are about halfway through 2020 and I can safely say that no one thought it would look anything like it does right now at the beginning of the year. If you had coronavirus and “white power” as predictions I suggest you buy a grip load of lottery tickets because you are a modern day Nostradamus.
Here are my goals for 2020:
- Deeper decarbonization: My lawncare routine is now zero emission. My daily driving is now zero emission. Okay, it is more like zero driving but I digress. There are some areas I want to explore if coronavirus does not get in the way of accomplishing some tasks.
- Replace 500 Vehicle Miles with Human Powered Transit: I do not know what to say about this one. First, I took a new job right before the coronavirus shutdowns occurred and it is likely that I would have been working remotely regardless of the situation. Second, both my wife and I have been working from home since mid-March so there has not been a lot of opportunities to replace vehicle miles. Heck, we are “down” with regards to miles driven somewhere in the range of 55-90% depending upon what you use as the baseline. Since mid-March we have worked from home 63 days. In terms of commuting avoided this represents almost 2,580 miles and almost 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide. We are not replacing miles with human powered transit because we are just not replacing miles travelled at all. Maybe this is better.
- Ride 2,500 Miles on my Bicycle: As of the morning of July 1, I had ridden approximately 1,470 miles. My goal was to be at 1,500 by that date but I lost almost a week of potential rides to my truck and bike being stranded after a catastrophic water pump failure on the way home from Colorado in June. Still, I am very much on target.
- Ride 2 “New to Me” Trails: Rode one “new to me” trail in the MoPac East in Lincoln, NE. Check out my thoughts on that trail here.
- Local, Direct, and Packaging Neutral Beer: Check out my comments here.
- Read 40 Books: Sitting at 31 books seems like fairly good progress until you recognize that more than two thirds of that was accomplished in the first quarter. I will get there.
- Reduce Lawn, Increase Landscape Variety: This seems to be the task that eludes me every summer. However, we do have someone contracted to do some hardscaping later in the summer that will hopefully be the impetus for a transformation of a large percentage of our yard. Plus, we replaced all of the plants in our front landscaping beds this summer. That translates into a lot of work moving rock, amending soil, and what not to end up with the same landscaping footprint as prior. It does look better now.
- Maximize Local Food: Our grocery shopping habits really changed after things started shutting down in mid-March. Grocery shopping was done online and in as few trips as possible. As a result, my spending on local food (defined by me as purchased directly from farmers or from my local co-op) declined significantly. It has started to pick back up recently as things have relaxed a bit. Regardless, for the year my local grocery spend accounts for about 20% of my total which is down from over 30% before March.