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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Xuning Ying

Ecoçhallange

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn"

Points Total

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  • 1,253 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    7
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    88
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    3
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Xuning's Actions

Simplicity

Buy Used Clothes

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the perils of fast fashion and will buy my clothes at second-hand stores when I shop.

COMPLETED 3
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

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will spend 30 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Organize a Course

I will organize one of NWEI's discussion courses on food sustainability, 'Menu for the Future' or 'Hungry for Change', with my family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Water

Install a Toilet Tank Bank

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water each day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Replace Manual Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with programmable ones.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

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

Community

Join my Neighborhood Association

I will join my neighborhood association or another local group.

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

Feed


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    Xuning Ying 10/22/2018 4:07 PM
  • Reflection Question
    Food Zero-Waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Xuning Ying 10/22/2018 3:48 PM
    Feed it to a pet, since they seem to be the only ones who can seem to digest it. Or eat them ourselves, and find a way for them to be more enjoyable.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Buy Used Clothes
    Do people with economic privilege have a responsibility to consume and own less? How can the concept of "reduce" be presented to those who may be struggling to have enough food, clothes, shelter?

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    Xuning Ying 10/22/2018 3:48 PM
    We can try support those who cannot support themselves. And instead of throwing out our used things, we can donate it.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Improve a Bus Stop
    How can you advocate for transportation systems which minimize environmental impact while also meeting human needs?

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    Xuning Ying 10/22/2018 3:46 PM
    You can try walking, or biking. If you need to get somewhere faster, then you can use a bike which is fast, but also isn't as bad for the environment. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Track my Purchases
    What have you noticed about your purchases? Where are you inclined to make shifts, if any?

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    Xuning Ying 10/21/2018 9:56 AM
    I have noticed that I sometimes make purchases that I don't really need. but I purchase the Item anyways because I want it. I will probably try to cut down the amount of unneeded items in my cart. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Eliminate Toxic Plastics
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Xuning Ying 10/21/2018 9:50 AM
    I regularly use plastic bags, and bottles, just because they're somewhat cheap and convenient.  I could substitute the plastic bags with paper ones and use reusable water bottles.

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    Xuning Ying 10/18/2018 4:41 PM
    The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.  ~Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923

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    Xuning Ying 10/18/2018 4:37 PM
    We are putting the things we actually need to survive, for the things that we don't really need. I ask, in the end, how do we want our actions to reflect on ourselves? Where will we be in a few decades because of our actions today?
  • Reflection Question
    Food Organize a Course
    How can you use NWEI programs to help mobilize your community to take action toward a sustainable future?

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    Xuning Ying 10/16/2018 3:54 PM
    We can raise awareness of how we can help the planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Car Share
    Take a moment to think of places you frequent often (work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

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    Xuning Ying 10/15/2018 5:02 PM
    Yes, since most of the places we go are public spaces. And for example for orchestra rehearsals, we have to drive all the way to Saratoga, so carpooling could save a lot of energy and not to mention gas.