April 1 - April 30, 2019

Jessica Zou

Roosevelt U-SUST 240

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 105 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    6
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    0
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    6
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    40
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Challenges

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

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 CHALLENGE

Water

Collect Rain Water

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 3 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching and recycling all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

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  • 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?

    Jessica Zou 5/01/2019 2:54 PM
    Due to my thinking that driving is a stressful activity, I do not drive as often as my family only when absolutely necessary; however, I do see even more value in continuing my habits of not driving or even calling an uber when I could easily walk the distance or take public transportation. If it's less than three miles, walking or biking is a really great alternative because it cuts down on harmful pollution while also helping me incorporate exercise into my daily commute. I hope to stay in cities that have good walking routes and public transportation systems. If I ever do need to drive somewhere, I would definitely ask if carpooling with others is an option. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- 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?

    Jessica Zou 5/01/2019 2:50 PM
    In the last few years, I have switched to the paperless option and it has been less stressful contending with unwanted and pointless mail that contains information I could have learned from online or by logging into a website. It has created less clutter because we no longer need to find a place to store mail in case we think we might need it or find time to rip it pieces before trashing it. Growing up, my parents taught me to rip up mail so that people couldn't use this information but not having mail to actually rip up is less time consuming. The next step I'll be taking is buying paper from companies that are reusing old paper to make more paper instead of cutting down more trees. I also have tried to make more of an effort to use less paper in general if I don't need to. If I want to write on something, I can always use scrap paper. Being more aware of this makes me feel better about how I view trash; I see them as potential resources that I can incorporate into my daily life rather than spend more money on new products.