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October 7 - October 28, 2020
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Paola Berrios

HP PUERTO RICO

Points Total

  • 65 Today
  • 250 This Week
  • 1,106 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    enery audits
    conducted
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    19
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    456
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Paola's Actions

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Do at Home

I will spend at least 180 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Online Energy Audit

Do at Home

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

Water

Install Greywater Catchment

Do at Home

I will install a greywater catchment system in my home.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Ditch the Lawn

Do at Home

I will replace my lawn with a drought-tolerant landscape and save the water, money, and time I used to spend cutting the grass.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Do at Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

Do at Home

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Do at Home

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Toilet Tank Bank

Do at Home

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

Water

Eco-Friendly Gardening

Do at Home

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Leave No Trace

Do at Home

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Join My Neighborhood Association

Do at Home

I will join my neighborhood association or another local group of decision makers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Volunteer in My Community

Do at Home

I will volunteer 16 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Upgrade My Windows

Do at Home

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Upgrade Heating & Cooling Units

Do at Home

I will replace inefficient heating and cooling units with energy saving units.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Energy

Install Alternative Energy

Do at Home

I will install an alternative energy system, such as solar electric systems or solar water heaters.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Replace Manual Thermostats

Do at Home

I will replace manual thermostats with programmable ones.

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

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health

Reduce Refined Sugar

Do at Home

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

Do at Home

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Take Control

Do at Home

Both systemic 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

Join a Local CSA

Do at Home

I will sign up for a local CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture).

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Carry my Trash

Do at Home

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

Do at Home

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

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Support a Sharing Economy

Do at Home

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Energy Install Alternative Energy
    How is your region being affected by climate change? How will it be affected in the future?

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    Paola Berrios 10/22/2020 11:31 AM
    Climate change has increased the average temperature in my region. This can cause dry spells in the future.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Take Control
    How do environmental health, community health, and your personal health intersect?

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    Paola Berrios 10/21/2020 10:19 AM
    The community and the environment is where we live and therefore it is evident that environmental health and community health have a direct impact on our personal health.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Join a Local CSA
    Dependable fresh food, better prices (cutting out carbon-heavy supply chain and grocery stores), supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these benefits (or others not listed here) inspires you the most?

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    Paola Berrios 10/20/2020 9:07 AM
    Some of the benefits of local food systems that motivate me the most are better prices and building resilient communities.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Replace Manual Thermostats
    How do you anticipate replacing your thermostats for programmable ones will positively impact your life?

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    Paola Berrios 10/19/2020 8:56 AM
    In addition to the economy it generates, replacing the thermostats in my home with other programmable ones gives me the satisfaction that I am doing the right thing to protect the environment.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Upgrade My Windows
    How does improving your home's energy efficiency help you better live out your values?

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    Paola Berrios 10/18/2020 4:28 PM
    The energy efficiency of a home helps the family to value and appreciate more the resources that nature provides us.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Car Share
    Take a moment to think of places you frequent often (work, grocery store, school, 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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    Paola Berrios 10/17/2020 10:15 AM
    My cousin and I coordinate traveling together to work in the same car twice a week.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater
    How do you think climate change will affect your region’s water supply? Think about the effects of weather, storms, salinity, and sea level rise, among other changes. How can you find out more about climate change’s impact to your region's water?

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    Paola Berrios 10/16/2020 12:32 PM
    Climate change is creating a salinity problem in the aquifers that supply flow to water wells on the Caribbean island where we live. The Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources has information on the impact of climate change on water in our region.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Volunteer in My Community
    What is one thing you can do to help your community become more sustainable?

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    Paola Berrios 10/15/2020 8:36 AM
    I am going to guide my community to how to make a home garden to be able to obtain some food from their own home and thus be more sustainable.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Eco-Friendly Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

    Paola Berrios's avatar
    Paola Berrios 10/14/2020 11:21 AM
    The most important water concerns in our community are drought and pollution.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

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    Paola Berrios 10/13/2020 8:00 AM
    In my home we are installing a reverse osmosis system to improve water quality and to be more resilient.