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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Divya Ranjith

NVeco

"Trying to make Illinois as green as ever!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 865 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    9
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    4
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    28
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    542
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    water collection systems
    installed
  • up to
    27
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Divya's Actions

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

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

Do at Home

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Collect Rain Water

Do at Home

I will create a rain garden or bioswale or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

5-Minute Showers

Do at Home

I will save up to 6 gallons (23 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

Do at Home

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus to reduce pollution in the environment and in local communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Skip the Straw

Do at Home

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

Do at Home

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 3 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

Do at Home

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

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Divya Ranjith 10/25/2021 2:50 PM
    Some local grocery stores use a lot of plastic bags and advocate for little reusable bags, and the amount of plastic being produced from one store is tremendous. When compared to all the stores in the community, plastic use is increasing at a rapid rate and can greatly affect our oceans and everyday life.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Divya Ranjith 10/23/2021 8:12 PM
    It felt really nice and free spending that much time outside. I explored some new trails because I haven't spent much time around here and it was a great experience. It was sunny today, but there was a chill air and it felt so calming just walking around! It relaxed me much more than usual because I know tomorrow is going to rain, so I'll be studying all day.
  • 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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    Divya Ranjith 10/23/2021 8:13 AM
    Fixing the the amount of energy used in a house hold does have a huge impact when it comes to climate change because it does reduce the amount of fossil fuels exerted

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    Divya Ranjith 10/21/2021 8:27 PM
    Today I spent some time researching how to heat up my house without using much energy because it is starting to get colder. I also made some green beans today because a healthy body is just as important as a healthy earth :)

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    Divya Ranjith 10/20/2021 7:18 PM
    Today, I used transportation that does not require much gas. I walked to nearby stores to do some food shopping and things for school rather than using a car!

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    Divya Ranjith 10/19/2021 7:40 PM
    Tomorrow is going to be a pretty long day so I decided to take a break today and walk outside for 30 minutes just to get a small break :)

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    Divya Ranjith 10/18/2021 7:52 PM
    Today I made some meals for my mom, sister, and myself. I also learned that email does use a lot of energy sources, including fossil fuels, so I spent some time today unsubscribing and deleting a lot of my emails. Turning off notifications for google classroom was a big one.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Divya Ranjith 10/17/2021 12:05 PM
    You have to think a lot about meaningful ways you can make the small things natural. Creativity also means finding ways to make yourself better in a way that works just for you. This can help you practice simplicity on a daily basis.

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    Divya Ranjith 10/16/2021 8:50 PM
    Today I spent the whole day cooking with my mom meals for the whole week. This way I won't need to buy from fast food restaurants that often.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Collect Rain Water
    Trace the water that flows down the drain from your house to the largest body of water nearby. What is the route it takes?

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    Divya Ranjith 10/15/2021 6:13 PM
    It takes it straight to the lake in front of my house. A lot of water flows through there, especially when it's raining.