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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Tricia Jones

Comerica Texas Team

"My mission is to reduce my carbon footprint, advocate for a more balanced ecosystem, social justice and pro ESG legislation, and to support others seeking to do the same."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,022 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    315
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    720
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    380
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    315
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    480
    minutes
    of additional sleep

Tricia's Actions

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those around the world who produce my food in order to make better choices when I shop.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

Do at Home

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Calculate My Water Footprint

Do at Home

I will calculate my Water Footprint to learn about my tap water use and "virtual water" use.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Research Restorative Justice

Do at Home

I will spend 60 minutes learning about restorative justice and conflict resolution opportunities in my own community or state.

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

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

Do at Home

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Mindfulness Practice

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minute(s) per day practicing Mindfulness.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Healthy Sleep

Do at Home

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 30 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Practice Gratitude for Earth

Do at Home

I will spend 15 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and my natural surroundings.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Joyful Movement

Do at Home

I will spend 15 minutes doing an activity where I'm both moving my body and enjoying myself.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Core Values

Do at Home

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Research Voter Suppression

Do at Home

I will spend at least 60 minutes finding out what local laws, policies, and practices keep people from voting in my community.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice

Do at Home

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about systemic racism.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Meet My Local Farmers
    When you know who produces your food, you are connecting personally to your complex regional food system. What are the advantages of knowing who produces your food and where it comes from? How can knowing their food producers enable someone to advocate for a better quality of life for those who produce their food, both near and far?

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    Tricia Jones 10/27/2021 8:29 AM
    Bonton Farms in south of Dallas has great volunteer opportunities and serves an excellent farm fresh breakfast!!  A friend of mine tends the goats out there on Saturdays, but I'm actually interested in the vegetable garden - getting local kids involved in health and nutrition and providing healthy foods to residents of food desserts.

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    Tricia Jones 10/27/2021 8:22 AM
    Last day of EcoChallenge!  I'm definitely taking the habit of Joyful Movement and an additional 30 minutes of sleep forward.  I have also learned more about racial justice and voter suppression.  The big bonus - I lowered my electric bill by going green!!  

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    Tricia Jones 10/26/2021 6:45 AM
    Oh no!  Only 3 days left and I haven't been able to calculate my water footprint!  I live in condo and don't have separate metering for water use - any thoughts or ideas??  

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    Tricia Jones 10/25/2021 5:59 AM
    Last few days of the EcoChallenge!  You can go backwards and check off your activities if you did them but didn't check in on that day - please do.  We are still earning more points per person than our MI and CA peers - so let's continue to ROCK this challenge!!
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

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    Tricia Jones 10/25/2021 5:53 AM
    One thing I learned is that you do need to review your energy bills and track your usage.  Some of the least expensive plans were for much more electricity than I use and would have, based on my use, turned out to be much more expensive.   I've been on the same TXU plan for years - and it was too expensive!  Going green for me is actually cheaper! 

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    Tricia Jones 10/21/2021 10:46 AM
    Yay!  Comerica Texas Team is still leading the CA and MI teams!  We have slipped in the overall ratings - so let's ramp it up - Texas ROCKS!!

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    Tricia Jones 10/19/2021 6:28 AM
    Getting 8 hrs of sleep and taking quiet time for myself is working wonders - definitely a habit I will carry over from this challenge!

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    Tricia Jones 10/18/2021 6:36 AM
    One year I gave up "frivolous spending" for Lent.  It was great and I actually carried it on past Easter that year.  I committed to the Daily Action of considering Need over Want for this EcoChallenge.  Then I bought a pair fashionable combat boots on sale this weekend to add to my now 8 pairs of boots collection.  We all have our weakness - trick is how to forgive myself and do better going forward?!!

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      Tammy Coor 10/27/2021 7:57 AM
      Funny,  I just counted the shoes in my closet last night.  Ridiculous
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Online Energy Audit
    What most interested or surprised you about your own energy footprint? What changes did you make or will you make?

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    Tricia Jones 10/17/2021 7:39 AM
    My electricity use is less than my neighbors per my billing statement - but my place is smaller, 854 sq'.  I average 700 kwh per month - in no A/C months it's around 350 and I did have 1 winter month at 1200.  I've purchased a toaster oven/air fryer and a hot plate - so I can unplug my range oven.  I use a personal fan in summer and personal heater in winter in my bedroom so I can keep temps at 67 in winter and 76 in summer - sometimes 73 when I can't sleep!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Research Restorative Justice
    How can Restorative Justice help foster the well-being of both people and planet?

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    Tricia Jones 10/17/2021 7:11 AM
    The Truth & Reconciliation Commission after Apartheid ended in South Africa (1948-1990) instigated by Nelson Mandela is an excellent model - it's not about retribution or punishment, it was about fairness, balance and restoring rights and property that were taken away from original residents as far back as the arrival of the 1st Europeans in the 1600's.  It was heartening to see a recent case in Manhattan Beach, CA - purchased in 1912 catering to black beach goers was taken back by the town after pressure and harassment by KKK and residents in 1924.  The land was recently returned to the heirs.  Since the 1950's the US Dept of Agriculture has confiscated 90% of black owned farms.  Cases are in court -but no program to restore land to heirs.