April 1 - April 30, 2019

Kristina Peterson

Christ Church Episcopal Parish

"I am a firm believer in environmental education and promoting sustainability amongst my friends, family, and church community. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,894 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    211
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    24
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    115
    miles
    travelled by carpool
  • up to
    2
    miles
    travelled by foot
  • up to
    9
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    72
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    143
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    4
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    enery audits
    conducted
  • up to
    900
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2,920
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Water

Collect Rain Water

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 1 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 1.21 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 2 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Carry my Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

COMPLETED 2 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Install Alternative Energy

I will install alternative energy systems, such as solar electric systems or solar water heaters.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Heat and Cool Naturally

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

COMPLETED 2 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 2 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) each day from local producers.

COMPLETED 3 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Upgrade My Windows

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

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

COMPLETED 9 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Use an Energy Meter

I will use an energy meter to monitor my energy use and identify opportunities to save power.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Work from Home

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Car Share

I will sign up for a car-sharing service, or organize car sharing with my neighbors, to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 20 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of C02 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Online Energy Audit

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 Challenge

Transportation

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

I will spend at least 5 minutes assessing the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Drive Less

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

COMPLETED 20 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 20 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 20 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

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.

COMPLETED 24 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and ending unwanted subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

I will spend at least 60 minutes using the resources provided to learn about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

COMPLETED 24 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

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 Challenge

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 24 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

COMPLETED 24 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Try Carpooling

I will commute by carpool 5 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 2.82 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 23 OF 30
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Carry my Trash
    What one thing could you do right away to reduce your waste?

    Kristina Peterson 4/23/2019 8:33 PM
    One thing that I could do right away is refuse to use plastic bags for my produce at the grocery store. I was always under the impression that we had to use these bags, but we do not. I think that if everyone made this choice to not use those bags, we could eliminate a lot of plastic waste. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Walk Instead
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Do you feel that this fact applies to you? If so, how might you incorporate more muscle-powered transportation in your daily life?

    Kristina Peterson 4/23/2019 8:30 PM
    This fact definitely applies to me because I live in an area where public transportation isn't accessible, and biking to the grocery store is not easy either. My area is extremely hilly, but I don't have the option to not drive my car and the grocery store is under 3 miles away. In fact, all of the stores that I go to are under 3 miles. I think driving my car to a community is ok, but I should make the choice to walk around that community instead of choosing to drive to each place that is under a mile. I need to choose to walk more. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Foods Diet
    Michael Pollan states that "it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor." What are your thoughts on this?

    Kristina Peterson 4/23/2019 8:27 PM
    It is known that fresh produce is far healthier than processed foods. I think that this quote is important because if we are purchasing local farmers, we are receiving healthy and fresh food instead of spending our money at the doctors due to fast food and processed items. Not to mention, purchasing from a farmer is great for our environment! 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Install Alternative Energy
    How is your region being affected by climate change? How will it be affected in the future?

    Kristina Peterson 4/23/2019 8:25 PM
    I can definitely tell that Oregon and, more specifically, Portland is having different seasonal changes due to climate change. Our past winter was very dry compared to normal and we had snow in February. I think in the future these seasons are going to continue to change and be either more wet or more dry. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Heat and Cool Naturally
    What are other ways you could use the power of the sun to reduce your own environmental footprint?

    Kristina Peterson 4/23/2019 8:23 PM
    When it is sunny I like to spend more time outdoors. I am more motivated to go for a walk, sit outside, etc. When I am outside I am not inside using lights, electronics, and energy to heat or cool my house. Simply by the sun being out and me spending time outdoors, I am reducing my own environmental footprint.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Locally-Sourced Meals
    If you were to only eat what is in season locally, what would be the hardest for you to give up?

    Kristina Peterson 4/22/2019 7:00 PM
    I think giving up fresh berries or certain vegetables would be really hard. These arevery  healthy options that are used in the summer and to not even have the frozen options during the rest of the year would be disappointing. 

  • Kristina Peterson 4/22/2019 12:35 PM
    When challenging myself to eat at least one meal free of processed foods a day, I was simply thinking of this from an environmental standpoint, but this is actually very healthy! I think this will be a permanent change for me because processed  foods typically are unhealthy. 

  • Kristina Peterson 4/22/2019 12:30 PM
    Forgetting my reusable water for work definitely puts into perspective how much I rely on my water bottle and forces me to rely on disposable cups or small reusable cups that are definitely inconvenient when it comes to the amount of water that I drink

  • Kristina Peterson 4/22/2019 12:27 PM
    When on Vacation in Atlanta, our hotel was right in the middle of downtown. It was extremely easy for us to walk to the store, walk to a restaurant, etc. Being back at home in Portland is very different because the accessibility is not there. It makes me think about how different my lifestyle and footprint would be if I lived in the city compared to the suburbs. 

  • Kristina Peterson 4/22/2019 12:25 PM
    Having a meal that is zero waste, has proved to be a lot harden than I imagined. It really puts into perspective how much waste we do produce with each meal, especially if we go out of our way to cook from a recipe that requires a lot of ingredients. This is definitely something that I am conscious about now!