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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Valerie Sorenson

Lake Forest Academy

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 601 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    34
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    152
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    10
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    30
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    50
    minutes
    spent learning

Valerie's Actions

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 5 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided and spend 30 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Join my Neighborhood Association

I will join my neighborhood association or another local group.

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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Create Your Own Action

Practicing compassion

I will practice compassion for others, as this is good for both my own health and for my relationships with others, as well as promoting mutual understanding.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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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    Valerie Sorenson 10/24/2018 11:16 AM
    I am not in an industry that would allow me to work from home daily, but there are some days when I can work from home. Some obstacles to working at home are healthy work/life boundaries.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Support Native Communities
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

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    Valerie Sorenson 10/24/2018 11:15 AM
    We need to work to help maintain sustainable ecosystems so that we don't create persisting imbalances in our environment.

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    Valerie Sorenson 10/24/2018 11:12 AM
    I'm working on slowing down on my commute to not only drive more safely but also to travel at a more fuel-efficient speed.

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    Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2018 10:03 AM
    I am working to keep in mind that when I might impulsively jump to conclusions it's helpful to take a beat, think it over, and ask some more questions, if necessary. This helps me to remain calmer, and I think makes my communication with others go more smoothly.

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    Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2018 7:40 AM
    I'm using my metal water bottle again today!

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    Valerie Sorenson 10/20/2018 3:43 PM
    I bought a small toaster oven so that if we’re just making a small amount of food we can heat up a much smaller appliance, versus heating up an entire oven unnecessarily. I really love my countertop oven! I just heated taco shells in it for dinner.

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    Valerie Sorenson 10/20/2018 10:02 AM
     I wish I had remembered reusable bags when I went to target today, but with the stress of bringing my 2 2-year-olds to target I forgot them. I guess I didn’t meet this challenge today, but next time I’ll be sure to take them out of my car before I go inside the store.

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    Valerie Sorenson 10/20/2018 4:32 AM
    I’m traveling for a conference next month, and for the first time I bought a carbon offset.

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    Valerie Sorenson 10/20/2018 3:39 AM
    Another sunrise coming up!

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    Valerie Sorenson 10/19/2018 4:40 PM
    When most people think of Tupperware they think of plastic, but there’s also glass Tupperware. We bought a set to purchase that many fewer plastic products. Furthermore, it’s microwaveable and doesn’t get all gross when you put tomato sauce in it. Win!