October 2 - October 23, 2019

Valerie Sorenson

Lake Forest Academy

"Working on cultivating daily practices to lower my impact on the environment."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 914 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    34
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    358
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    690
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    51
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    trees
    planted

Valerie's Actions

High Impact Action Track

Stay on the Ground

Transportation

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

High Impact Action Track

Research Impact Investing

Simplicity

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

Completed
One-Time Action

High Impact Action Track

Ditch the Lawn

Water

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

High Impact Action Track

Plant Trees

Nature

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Practice gratitude for my family

I will express appreciation for my family members

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 2 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Action

High Impact Action Track

Minimize new clothing purchases

We will maximize our use of second-hand clothing to reduce our overall consumption

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Email the mayor

I will email the mayor to advocate for green practices in my community

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Visit a Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 60 minutes visiting a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

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

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 200 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Happiness

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will spend 20 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Go Paperless

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

De-Clutter My Home

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Health Take Control
    How do environmental health, community health, and your personal health intersect?

    Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2019 6:21 PM
    Healthy personal habits often coincide with environmentally-responsible practices. Healthy individuals comprise healthy communities.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

    Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2019 6:18 PM
    There is a recycling facility across from our campus in Lake Forest. Furthermore, I’ve spent at least 209 hours, if not more, looking for organizations and individuals to take my baby furniture and other supplies so that they don’t end up in landfills. There is an organization in Gurnee that takes gently-used baby supplies and donates them to families who need them. Since children grow out of many of these products while they are still I. perfectly-good condition it is a responsible practice to look for ways to donate or sell them so they are not discarded in landfills. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Visit a Waste Management Facility
    Field trip! What a fun way to learn about our impact and consumption! What facility did you visit? What did you learn? Did you take anyone with you?

    Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2019 6:15 PM
    I visited the waste transfer station down the street from my house. There is currently an air quality study being conducted in the vicinity of the transfer station and its impact to the community.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Work from Home
    It takes the average worker in the United States 26 minutes to travel to work. One way to fix long commutes would be to make cities more affordable. An even simpler option: promote the use of telework. Are you in an industry that would allow you to work from home? What are some obstacles you might find yourself facing while working from home?

    Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2019 5:58 PM
    I cannot work from home in my field, but I am happy that my spouse can and does. This allows our family’s overall impact to be less.
  • Reflection Question
    High Impact Action Track Research Impact Investing
    How might impact investing help you better live your values?

    Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2019 5:42 PM
    Our dollars are powerful, and it makes a difference what we do with them, especially with our investments. We can motivate corporations to use more responsible practices if we let our money talk.
  • Reflection Question
    High Impact Action Track Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

    Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2019 5:40 PM
    I will use teleconferencing instead of traveling by plane. I hope to use trains next time.
  • Reflection Question
    High Impact Action Track Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

    Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2019 5:39 PM
    They are beautiful and also produce oxygen while eliminating CO2.
  • Reflection Question
    High Impact Action Track Ditch the Lawn
    What is the main water source in your region?

    Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2019 5:35 PM
    Lake Michigan is the major water source in this region

  • Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2019 5:30 PM
    I used re-usable grocery bags today 🙌

  • Valerie Sorenson 10/23/2019 5:30 PM
    We are using an old-fashioned timer rather than an electronic one