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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Mia Sherman

Green Team

"I want to make changes in my life to do what I can to help my community and the earth"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 816 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    22
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    52
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    340
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    655
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    2,065
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    470
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Mia's 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

Energy

Calculate the Carbon Footprint of my Household

Do at Home

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

Go Paperless

Do at Home

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 3.4lbs (1.5kg) a month or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

Do at Home

I will replace 60 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

Do at Home

I will replace 30 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

Do at Home

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Drive Less

Do at Home

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

Do at Home

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Do at Home

I will spend 40 minutes learning about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Happiness

Do at Home

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 14
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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Mia Sherman 10/27/2021 11:32 PM
    Sometimes I’ll express myself more with art or the music I listen to in a particular mood, or the way I wear my clothes or put an outfit together. The way things go together (clothes, bags, items you carry, pins, little personal doodles and decorations) can really express all these things too with things you already have or just collect (I keep a lot of cool things my parents or family might otherwise throw away).
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it often difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places?

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    Mia Sherman 10/27/2021 11:25 PM
    It’s difficult to understand because we don’t usually personally see where it goes or what it does; our waste and the effects happen out of our sight, and we typically throw out waste or buy things in small amounts that build up, so it’s hard to understand the impacts.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA or another trusted source. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

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    Mia Sherman 10/27/2021 11:23 PM
    I’m not sure what foods I should try to preserve other than pickles (you should totally reply and suggest some for me).
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Drive Less
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    Mia Sherman 10/27/2021 11:22 PM
    I’ve usually driven a lot in my life, but in my neighborhood we bike and walk a lot too. Because of that I don’t take a bus or light rail or train very often; it’s not as normal for me unless I’m not near home, but I’ll often walk or bike if I’m not going far and it’s not dark or rainy.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

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    Mia Sherman 10/27/2021 11:20 PM
    I usually get around 7 hours of sleep, which isn’t bad, but I still function best with 9. I’m not very good at going to sleep early, but it helps if I don’t procrastinate so I finish homework early, and I’m not on a screen to entertain myself before bed.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Mia Sherman 10/27/2021 11:19 PM
    Practicing gratitude can help me focus on the good so I can be optimistic about the next day even if the last wasn’t very good, and it’s easier to try to make the world better when you can do that.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can reduce mental clutter as well as physical waste -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

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    Mia Sherman 10/27/2021 11:08 PM
    I’m really relieved not to get all that mail anymore- it was overwhelming for me to stack up and go through. My next thing would probably be to try to buy versions of everyday things that are more sustainable and not disposable and to ask my family to do the same when they can.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Less Screen Time
    What did you notice in implementing this challenge? Was it hard to choose other activities over screen time? How did you decide to spend your time?

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    Mia Sherman 10/27/2021 11:06 PM
    It was a little hard to choose things to do instead, partially because I had a lot of homework, mostly online, but also because I lost a lot of the motivation to do my hobbies. I’ve played a little guitar, walked around a bit, read, done some art, and gone out to see friends instead.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

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    Mia Sherman 10/27/2021 11:04 PM
    It’s definitely true that nature helps us develop personally, and when so many people spend so much time inside it’s easy to lose appreciation for how amazing and pretty nature is, and how calming it is. It can definitely help me feel calmer and more grounded, and I think the loss of that in a culture spending lots of times indoors is also a loss of appreciation for smaller things and our sense of here and now.