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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Milynn Mapalo

EMME Chicago

"Living that green life one day at a time!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,388 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    38
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    10
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    190
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    18
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1,080
    minutes
    of additional sleep

Milynn's Actions

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 20 minutes researching environmental justice concerns in my region, their causes, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Host a House Party

I will host a house party with 1 friends and/or colleagues to watch a movie or present a guest speaker on an environmental issue that matters to me.

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

Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 60 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 10 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Car Share

I will sign up for a car-sharing service, or organize car sharing with my neighbors, to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support Northwest Earth Institute or another local nonprofit.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Forage for My Food

I will use the 'Learn More' resources below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace or school. If a recycling program exists, I will advocate for ways to improve and expand it.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Avoid refined sugar

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

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

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    Milynn Mapalo 10/24/2018 9:58 PM
    People of color are the most effected by environmental irresponsibility in my community and generally in every community. They are prioritized less, do not have clean water, do not have access to healthy food, do not have clean community spaces and are more apt to get sick.

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    Milynn Mapalo 10/24/2018 4:45 PM
    Less than 3 more cents per kilowatt hour to choose solar and wind clean energy than traditional energy using Clean Choice and keeping our  ComEd account. So easy to switch and not much of an increase for a good cause!

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    Milynn Mapalo 10/23/2018 9:26 PM
    These daily challenges are a constant reminder of how challenging it can be to be eco-friendly sometimes. Again, I went to lunch and was given a water with a straw automatically, before I could even request one without it. It's sad how wasteful as a society we've become and how accepted it is. Just another reminder to keep being mindful myself and encouraging others to make these small changes!

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    Milynn Mapalo 10/20/2018 1:02 PM
    Came to Arizona yesterday to do some GOTV work and it is definitely more challenging to stay eco-friendly while traveling. Doing my best though! Already implemented recycling in our temporary office and brought my reusable tea cup as well as my Hydroflask all the way from Chicago to keep doing my part!

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    Milynn Mapalo 10/18/2018 9:37 PM
    Today was one of the toughest days of the challenge for sure. Grant had an early ACL surgery followed by errands all around the suburbs  so I can leave for a work trip tomorrow. With the running around, we stopped for fast food 🙈 and the amount of waste it creates is so awful. Hardly any time to say skip the straw and def more sugar than I ever eat.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Online Energy Audit
    What most interested or surprised you about your own energy footprint?

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    Milynn Mapalo 10/17/2018 11:34 AM
    I love the Nest home reports that get sent out monthly. I reviewed this past one from September and as expected, we used less energy than in August. Our energy use actually decreased by 44 hours and we earned 15 Nest leaves, one more than our neighbors. What I am surprised by is the fact that we earned 5 fewer leaves than in August, even though the temperature is cooler, though I suppose we were traveling for quite a bit in August. Definitely going to keep tracking this and will try to keep lowering our energy use even as the winter months head our way.

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    Milynn Mapalo 10/17/2018 11:25 AM
    Reviewed my challenges today and realized some of them were unattainable, though I do feel good about the small changes I am able to make!

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      Jamie Lomax 10/17/2018 11:39 AM
      I had a similar issue.... I can do meatless meals, but I'm having trouble eating mindfully with a busy schedule. I will keep trying!

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    Milynn Mapalo 10/17/2018 11:04 AM
    Finally stuck one of those metal straws we got for signing up into my purse (lol). Normally, I wouldn't need a straw at all, but just in case! Now, I need to remember to tell the server ahead of time to forgo the plastic.

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    Milynn Mapalo 10/15/2018 9:56 AM
    Not sure I can call it a "party," but we did stay in on a weekend night and opted for an environmental documentary with discussion instead of going out. We watched 'Waterschool,' a documentary that features Swarovski school to teach kids about water and their general impact on the environment. What I loved about this movie is that the directors chose 6 young girls to highlight from 6 different regions of the world, even one right here in Illinois. Not only is it great that they are educating young people about the environment, but they are encouraging leadership among young girls in particular. The feminist undertones in this documentary are something I truly appreciate and I certainly loved learning more about water issues across the world.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Host a House Party
    How does environmental quality influence your sense of community?

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    Milynn Mapalo 10/15/2018 9:42 AM
    I think greater environmental quality definitely provides a better space where people want to be outside and gather. When a place is dirty, no one wants to be there, and it's important to take care of our shared spaces so we can share in each other's company as well. Also, if everyone is sick from environmental factors, no one can be well enough to be around others.