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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Jennie Kalberer

Gerding Edlen

"My mission this month is to slow down and be mindful. I will be mindful in my decisions about what I put into my body and how that has a great er impact on the environment. I will be thoughtful in all my decision making and work to unify instead of divide. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,359 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    988
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    600
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    80
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    60
    whole food meals
    consumed

Jennie's Actions

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 20 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Choose a Carbon Offset

If buying a plane ticket, I will also buy a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

Both system and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 3 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Jennie Kalberer 10/24/2018 2:14 PM
    Thank you Ecochallenge for a great year. Thanks for the focus and the friendly competition as we all learn more about the planet and the ways in our day to day lives that we can help. See you next year. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

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    Jennie Kalberer 10/24/2018 1:59 PM
    Pollinators are important to our ecosystem. They are responsible for most of our crops, and without them, we would suffer financially, physically, and emotionally. People dont realize how important these animals are (i researched the significance of bees as pollinators but there are many others including butterflies, wasps, moths etc. I was most astounded that common household pesticides had such a huge impact on our pollinator populations (i am very proud to live in Portland, read below) :

    One of the factors in the disappearance of honeybees — a group of pesticides known as 
    neonicotinoids. These pesticides are present in commonly used home gardening products and are regularly sprayed on millions of acres of corn, soy, wheat and cotton seeds in the United States alone. Scientific reports say the insecticides act as a nerve poison, infecting the pollen and nectar of plants, disorienting the bees and making it 
    impossible for them to find their way back to their hives.


    In April, 2015, the Portland City Commission voted unanimously to immediately suspend use of products that contain neonicotinoids, making Portland the second largest city in the U.S. (after Seattle) to ban the use of neonicotinoids on public lands.


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    Jennie Kalberer 10/24/2018 8:05 AM
    Last day of the challange. It went by so fast! I am love the challange and look forward to next year!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Choose a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2—per person. That’s a lot of carbon! What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

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    Jennie Kalberer 10/24/2018 8:05 AM
    We use carbon offsets to mitigate our carbon consumption. We fly every week and im grateful to work for a company that cares about that and buys the offsets. In terms of reducing travel, we are smart about when we need to be face to face and when we don't. Relationships are key and establishing those are important, but we can use skype and goto etc when we can.

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    Jennie Kalberer 10/23/2018 9:32 AM
    At the airport, delayed and thinking about the amount of energy we consume on airplanes every week. Thankful for carbon offsets. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

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    Jennie Kalberer 10/23/2018 9:27 AM
    Shifting to green energy is a no-brainer. its 12 cents a kilowatt hour for regular energy and less than a penny (total 12.8 cents) to switch to green energy. I can't believe i haven't done it sooner. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Express My Support
    What sustainability issues are most pressing or prominent where you live?

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    Jennie Kalberer 10/22/2018 8:47 AM
    The most pressing sustainability issue that i see everyday is homelessness. Homelessness has grown exponentially in our city and there isn't a clear path to manage this growing problem. Mental illness and drug addiction increases as people struggle with home and food insecurity. Our government officials don't  seem to have a clear path to the funding/housing needed and where the resources will come from to fund them. We are all becoming used to the tents that line the streets. It doesn't feel sustainable. Something has to change so that we are healthy as a society.

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    Jennie Kalberer 10/22/2018 8:42 AM
    Happy Monday Ecochallengers! Last Monday. I will be sad when this is all over. I love the focus.

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    Jennie Kalberer 10/21/2018 11:04 AM
    Shout out to Julia Albano who recommend this book. it is beautiful and informative. 

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    Jennie Kalberer 10/21/2018 10:53 AM
    make me think about nuts differently....