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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Wendy Olmstead

Council for Sustainable Futures

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 268 This Week
  • 648 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    68
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    500
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    198
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    27
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Wendy's Actions

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.

Completed
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.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Do at Home

I will save up to 8 gallons (32 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow shower-head.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

Do at Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 3 gallons (11 L) of water per faucet every day.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

Simplicity

Family Game Hour

Do at Home

I will spend quality time with family and friends by playing low-tech game(s) and/or through the spirit of imagination.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Research Impact Investing

Do at Home

Using the links provided below, I will research impact investing and determine if it is right for me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Engage In Active Listening

Do at Home

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 5 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Research Restorative Justice

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes learning about restorative justice and conflict resolution opportunities in my own community or state.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Learn About Constructive Communication

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about constructive communication.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Nurture Self-Compassion

Do at Home

I will spend 20 minutes nurturing my Self-Compassion.

COMPLETED 10
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

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

Do at Home

I will spend at least 30 minutes using the resources provided to learn about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Do at Home

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. I will keep 3 container(s) out of the landfill each day.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Find / Join A Sharing Economy

Do at Home

I will research tool libraries and other sharing economy organizations in my area and rent instead of buy next time I need something they offer.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn More and Advocate

Do at Home

Access to public transportation is a social justice issue! I will learn about the need for public transportation in my community and tell 15 friends or colleagues per day about the issue.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn More about Food Apartheid

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes learning about food apartheid and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

Do at Home

I will watch 2 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Trans, Femme, and Nonbinary Experiences

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Support Native Communities

Do at Home

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

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Research Voter Suppression

Do at Home

I will spend at least 30 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 2 documentary(ies) about systemic racism.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Water Ditch the Lawn
    What is the main water source in your region? How does that water get to you?

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    Wendy Olmstead 10/15/2021 9:55 AM
    We have a well that draws water from an aquifer but the main source of water in Northern California is snow melt from the Sierras that flows down from the mountains via rivers and streams and is captured in reservoirs. It gets to us via the canals of the State Water Project. Not quite that simple, but that is the gist of it. 1/3 of Southern California's water comes from the Colorado River. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Learn About Trans, Femme, and Nonbinary Experiences
    How is equality for trans, femme, and nonbinary people important to a just and sustainable society?

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    Wendy Olmstead 10/14/2021 9:05 AM
    Our society will not be just until we see all people as fully human with equal rights and access. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Research Voter Suppression
    What are the ways in which voters are prohibited from or discouraged from voting in your region and/or state? What could be done to get rid of these barriers?

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    Wendy Olmstead 10/14/2021 8:53 AM
    I am not aware of any of these restrictions in California but across the U.S., voter registration restrictions, criminalization of the ballot box, felony disenfranchisement, voter purges, redistricting and gerrymandering, and voter ID laws impact who gets to vote. Country-wide Facebook's ability to target specific people is used to discourage voting. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Learn About Constructive Communication
    How can you, your loved ones, the community, and environment all benefit from constructive communication?

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    Wendy Olmstead 10/12/2021 12:56 PM
    We can't come together to find solutions unless we listen to and respond to the needs of everyone. By listening actively, we can also deal with misconceptions and misinformation that haunt our current sources of information. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole 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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    Wendy Olmstead 10/11/2021 1:30 PM
    Balance is important to sustainability because the basic tenet of sustainability is the ecological concept that everything is inter-connected, the living and the non-living. I am attending Stan State's indigenous peoples days' event this week to learn more. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice
    What did you learn about racial injustice in the documentary(ies) you watched? How does what you learned connect to your understanding of sustainability?

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    Wendy Olmstead 10/11/2021 1:26 PM
    I watched 13th and the Death and Life of Marsh P. Johnson. There is no sustainability without social justice. When we lift up people of color and members of the LGBTQ community, we lift everyone up. The U.S. incarceration system perpetuates systemic racism. The world will not be sustainable until all members of our society are seen as fully human.  
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Engage In Active Listening
    What was it like to actively listen to someone? How did both people and the conversation(s) benefit from active listening?

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    Wendy Olmstead 10/11/2021 1:21 PM
    It's difficult to actively listen to someone. I am always thinking of my reply and what I have to say on the subject instead of listening fully. The conversation benefitted from me actually understanding what the other person was trying to say so that I could answer their question instead of what I imagined their question to be! 

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    Wendy Olmstead 10/09/2021 9:17 AM
    I found a seed library in Santa Barbara using this tool: http://www.seedlibrarian.com/. Going to see if I can order online. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

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    Wendy Olmstead 10/09/2021 9:09 AM
    I don't use straws period. I use a reusable coffee mug, mesh vegetable bags, reusable grocery bags, and a refillable water bottle. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement
    Who is affected by polluted water or a lack of access to water in your region? How are they affected?

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    Wendy Olmstead 10/09/2021 9:07 AM
    We are all affected by California's drought with many people living without water for years due to their wells drying up as groundwater levels drop. Some people can't get permits to drill new wells and others have spent thousands drilling deeper to find a viable aquifer.