Friends and fans of the
"Even dumping your coffee grounds in the compost pile is saving power when you think about it," Barnhardt said.
The zoo is inviting patrons to become members in the initiative called One Million Actions for Planet Earth in a competition that encourages people to report their green activities on the myActions social platform online.
Members who are participating for the
Competition between the teams is fierce, said
"The smack talk between them is getting pretty heated," he joked.
As of Tuesday, Akron's 239 members accomplished 4,021 actions, he said. More than 11,500 participants worldwide have logged almost 240,000 actions with the numbers increasing hourly.
"The goal is to do one million sustainable actions as a gift for the planet for
Participants can earn points by taking a photo of their actions and commenting about them, or by simply reporting on the site what they did.
To earn points, members are encouraged to select the most interesting actions from those they accomplish throughout a day, They then are assigned social strength values -- a number based on the action, details added and if a personal photo is included.
By sharing their efforts online, participants trigger virtual rewards to generate a small donation to the person's favorite conservation project. Members, who may report up to 10 actions a day, can each earn up to
"It engages people in the framework of sustainability," Pierkarz said.
The program is a collaboration with Arctic Action Teams.
A Spring Challenge is scheduled to run from
Earth Week (
To become a member and choose your
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