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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Alanna Abel

SWCA Pasadena

"I am pledging to reduce, consider, and respect the environment by my daily actions."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 911 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    275
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    295
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    20
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    37
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    39
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    270
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Alanna's Actions

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Earth Month Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Beach Cleanup

Southern California has some of the world's most famous beaches. However, due to tourism and poor waste management, many beaches have plastic, Styrofoam, and synthetic refuse scattered across the sands, which end up in the oceans and will inevitably affect sea life. The goal is to pick up what trash you see and dispose of it properly (i.e. recycle plastics/glasses in the correct bin, etc) every time you are at the beach .

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Fund Family Planning

Health and Education

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching how people can build with carbon-storing materials - including agricultural byproducts - and discuss it with my peers in person or by posting to social media.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove from my current diet the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Fix Leaky Faucets

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities. Fixing leaky faucets can save up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Choose Recycled Paper

Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

Bioplastics

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 50 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling

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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and BIPOC-majority neighborhoods. I will avoid buying and using 5 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Calculate My Carbon Footprint

All Drawdown Solutions

I will calculate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce my negative impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 30 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will donate to Native American Rights Fund, which protects tribal natural resources and environmental rights and promotes Native American Human Rights.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 20 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Learn about 'Green Gentrification'
    Cities and towns need to plan for climate change. How can your city or town make its climate action plans equitable and socially just?

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    Alanna Abel 4/28/2021 10:58 AM
    The dilemma is that with additions of green infrastructures in historically impoverished neighborhoods, housing prices go up causing residents to move away. This is a serious problem that very much affects Los Angeles (i.e. Venice, Westchester, Playa Del Rey, etc etc). I think the cities/counties need to be very strict about landlords and developers increasing prices. I think there should be a subsidy to offset improvements but rents must stay down to avoid gentrification.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

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    Alanna Abel 4/27/2021 11:19 AM
    I like sourcing local produce because they don't have to travel far expending unsustainable fuels. They usually also taste better because they were picked when ready, not before, like most exported produce is, to keep for its journey.
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

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    Alanna Abel 4/26/2021 9:18 AM
    I have recently learned more about farming and wild caught fishing practices. Unfortunately, it seems that even "sustainable" practices are quite destructive to ecosystems and populations. I have decided to avoid purchasing fish and try to eat only line caught fish that I can assure was not mass fished.

    • Nikki Vandivort's avatar
      Nikki Vandivort 4/29/2021 9:49 PM
      If you don't mind trying something new, I worked in my Operations & Supply Chain class with a vegan seafood company called Sophie's Choice. They have everything from vegan crab cakes, to shrimp, to "toona"!
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

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    Alanna Abel 4/26/2021 9:15 AM
    Shorter showers, mindful washing, and energy efficient appliances are some ways that I try to reduce my water usage. I also typically take "old" water that has been sitting in a glass or in my dog's bowl for a couple days and use it for plant waterings! 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Alanna Abel 4/23/2021 11:33 AM
    I thought that I was being so conscientious about palm oils when I purchase products but there is an enormous list of alternative names that companies use. I found this resource that will help me better navigate my product choices. 

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      Alanna Abel 4/23/2021 11:35 AM
      https://drpongo.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/productpalmoillist2012flexweek.pdf
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Alanna Abel 4/21/2021 12:19 PM
    Yes! What I found interesting about the presentation was how plastics have greater gas permeability so foods will spoil quicker. I typically use glass containers with few exceptions but knowing this will inspire me to invest in metal containers as well!
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    Alanna Abel 4/21/2021 9:27 AM
    I have taken to the Marie Kondo way in the past few years which has really sharpened my appreciation for minimalism. Not only has it kept me more organized but it has increased my repurposing! Old t-shirts=rags. Empty boxes=drawer compartments. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Alanna Abel 4/20/2021 11:08 AM
    My biggest concern is that we are shortsighted in our consumption of small conveniences. Landfill waste is such a problem, as it promotes more unsustainable plastic production, fills wide swathes of land and ocean, harms ecosystems, and leeches toxic materials into the soils. Bioplastics aren't a foolproof solution, but they do reduce emissions and degrade faster than other mono/polymer plastics.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket
    How close is the nearest climate-friendly supermarket to your home? How could you encourage local supermarket to reduce or phase out their use of HFC refrigerants?

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    Alanna Abel 4/15/2021 9:47 AM
    Surprisingly, there are not many supermarkets that are HFC-free on the Westside! I will do most of shopping at those that do, and encourage my nearer markets to consider making the change for the environment!

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    Alanna Abel 4/06/2021 11:34 AM
    My partner and I watched Seaspiracy last night and have pledged to eat plant-based seafood products going forward! Here are some companies that I found in case you too love seafood and wish to reduce/eliminate fish consumption: https://vegnews.com/2021/4/vegan-seafood-seaspiracy