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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Gerri Raisanen

Sustainable Saints

"earth justice and sustainability! "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 996 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4.0
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    16
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    13
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    200
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    80
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    100
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    108
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning

Gerri's Actions

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 1 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

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

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

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 20 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will spend 10 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 10 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 5 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Work from Home
    It takes the average worker in the United States 26 minutes to travel to work. One way to fix long commutes would be to make cities more affordable. An even simpler option: promote the use of telework. Are you in an industry that would allow you to work from home? What are some obstacles you might find yourself facing while working from home?

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    Gerri Raisanen 10/16/2018 10:20 AM
    The biggest obstacles from working at home is distractions.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Online Energy Audit
    What most interested or surprised you about your own energy footprint?

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    Gerri Raisanen 10/16/2018 10:16 AM
    I learned that even with all the ways I try to conserve energy There is so much more that I can do.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Support Pollution Reduction
    What environmental factors affect human health in your region, and how do they affect it?

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    Gerri Raisanen 10/16/2018 10:14 AM
    All environmental factors affect human health.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Fix Leaky Faucets
    Fixing leaky faucets is one of the tasks that we can easily put off until later. Good job on completing this action! How will you use the momentum from completing this action to increase your water efficiency?

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    Gerri Raisanen 10/12/2018 10:28 AM
    I will look for other opportunities to save water, like shorter showers, encouraging other to turn off the water when not using it.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Gerri Raisanen 10/12/2018 10:26 AM
    There are many agencies that do free collecting of materials you can't add to your normal recycling bin. You just have to watch for them.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Forage for My Food
    Amongst the motivations for foraging are: a source of food; means of income; connecting with nature; cultural tradition; or transmitting "local ecological knowledge, and a means for stewarding local and native plant populations" (McLain et al. 2012, 13). Which of these would be your chief motivation and why?

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    Gerri Raisanen 10/12/2018 10:21 AM
    My chief motivation would be connecting with nature.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reuseable one but it's just hard to make the switch. Think about what stands in your way of making this a habit. By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

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    Gerri Raisanen 10/08/2018 8:00 AM
    I always use a reusable cups for coffee.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy From a Farmers Market
    What is one food choice that you make, or could make, that would do more good and less harm?

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    Gerri Raisanen 10/04/2018 3:01 PM
    More fresh fruits and veggies for my family.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity?

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    Gerri Raisanen 10/04/2018 3:01 PM
    This is not an easy one to work on for most people.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home
    To what extent do you believe that environmental factors contribute to your own health or issues with health?

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    Gerri Raisanen 10/04/2018 3:00 PM
    Healthy environments makes everyone healthy.