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Dianne Alano

Emerson Manila GreenARy

"Taking one small step at a time to contribute to making the world more sustainable."

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,307 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1
    energy audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    1
    Carbon Footprint
    Calculated
  • UP TO
    36
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    37
    single-use bags
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    42
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1
    waste audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    43
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1
    water footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    180
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    308
    minutes
    spent learning

Dianne's actions

Land + Forests

Regenerative Agriculture and Me

Regenerative agriculture focuses on farming and ranching in a way that supports life and restores the soil. I will spend 30 minutes learning about regenerative agriculture and find out if any nearby farms practice regenerative agriculture.

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Climate + Air

Stay on the Ground

Carbon emissions from air travel is harmful to planetary and human health. Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Endangered Species

Wildlife and biodiversity play an important role on our planet and are being threatened each year. I will spend 30 minutes each day learning about the current status of local or global wildlife and how I can align my actions to support their livelihood.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

When traveling, I will seek souvenirs that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Beauty and Personal Products

Beauty and personal products can create a lot of waste. I will spend 30 minutes learning about the beauty and body products I use to see if they are refillable or recyclable. If not, I will reach out to the manufacturer to advocate for those options.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Low Water Gardening

Grass lawns are water-intensive and on average require about 30 percent of a household’s water consumption. Native plants are water-efficient and help maintain the balance and diversity of local ecosystems. I will plant native species with water-efficient plants to conserve water and improve the habitat, then post a photo on the feed to share.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

ATTEND THE ECOCHALLENGE CONSERVATION WEBINAR

On Wed 24th April, I will attend the Earth Month Ecochallenge Webinar on Conservation to learn about what individuals, companies and other organizations can do to promote biodiversity and nature protection.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Zero Waste Day

The impacts of our waste are far reaching. I will create zero waste for an entire day and share my reflections and learnings on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Online Energy Audit

Energy use and waste is often invisible. I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Personal Waste Audit

The waste we create daily can go unnoticed. I will track the waste I create in a day and post a photo log on the feed to see how much I create and where I can make different choices to reduce my waste going forward.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Reduce Pollutants in Cleaning

Understanding cleaning product ingredients and their effect on water and biodiversity is helpful to our consumer choices. I will spend 30 minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Borrow Before I Buy

Why buy something I will only use once or a few times if someone nearby has it for me to borrow, and why not share something I have that someone may only need a few times a year? To reduce my consumption and waste, I will create or support the sharing economy with friends, family, colleagues or neighbors.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 120 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood, office, or campus (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 10 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Calculate My Carbon Impact

Carbon emissions can show up in many surprising ways in our life. I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how lifestyle changes could reduce the carbon footprint and impacts on the environment.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Leave No Trace

I will respect and protect biotic communities by practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace whenever I am outside.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Understand My Water Footprint

Each of us has a water footprint, directly linked to our daily activities as well as the water required in the production of things we use each day. Understanding our water use is important for a healthy planet. I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste, then share what I learned on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Cooking Oil Disposal

Pouring cooking oil down the drain can cause damage to waterways and ecosystems. I will learn how to properly dispose of cooking oil to help support healthy ecosystems.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When marine wildlife ingest plastic, they have a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 5 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Use Reusable Bags

Plastic bags can be mistaken for food by many wild animals and can end up in habitats that harm wildlife. I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Itr's estimated over a billion water bottles are thrown away each year. Even if they were recycled, that still uses energy and resources from the earth. I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 30 minutes learning more about the importance of freshwater + ocean conservation, and how I can reduce my water use. I will share what I learn with people in person, on social media, and on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Endangered Species
    What endangered species did you learn about and what did you learn?

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    Dianne Alano 4/30/2024 5:56 AM
    I learned that there's a way to reverse or revive the endangered species. Knowing that there are species that were previously endangered but are now considered not tells us that there is hope. So let's not stop what we are currently doing.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Calculate My Carbon Impact
    Where in your life do you emit the most carbon? What change are you willing to make in your daily life to reduce this output?

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    Dianne Alano 4/30/2024 5:53 AM
    My household's food consumption contributes significantly. We need to lessen eating out or food deliveries. I think that in itself will greatly reduce my carbon footprint in so many ways! There's more that I can do - from patronizing locally produced products/food to taking time to check the stuff that I buy and so much more!

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    Dianne Alano 4/30/2024 5:23 AM
    Today ends this year's ecochallenge but this is just the start. I joined the GreenARy team as a sign of support to my team. I didn't expect how invested I will be and how much I will learn from this experience. Let's continue learning and taking one small step at a time to be part of the solution. More than that, let's go out and share what we have learned!

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      Edilyn Dulay 4/30/2024 6:14 AM
      Cheers, Ms. D! Thank you for being part of the team GreenARy and for all the learnings you shared. I enjoyed reading them :)
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs
    How do your consumption choices affect the health of wildlife and other communities?

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    Dianne Alano 4/30/2024 5:15 AM
    Supporting locally produced products helps the small businesses in local areas thrive, not to mention, lesser carbon footprint contribution.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Low Water Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

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    Dianne Alano 4/30/2024 5:12 AM
    We have 2 seasons - wet & dry seasons, also known as rainy & summer seasons. During summer, there can be rotating water interruptions as water dam levels go below a certain level. Then during the rainy season, flooding is common in many areas.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Regenerative Agriculture and Me
    What did you learn about the practice and benefits of regenerative agriculture? How can you support healthy farming practices for people and the planet?

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    Dianne Alano 4/29/2024 11:13 PM
    A little goes a long way, thus, knowing and supporting stores or restaurants that source their products from regenerative growers is a start. Research and keep a list of establishments to patronize. Also, I spent a little more time reading about composting 101, which, I plan to start to use on my houseplants.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Dianne Alano 4/29/2024 4:22 AM
    We can't let summer pass without a trip to the beach or a vacation. The great thing is that we have so many options. Planning vacations for the entire year rather than jumping into what comes up allows us to be intentional and take into consideration our environmental impact.

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Beauty and Personal Products
    What new insights did you gain about the skincare products you use? Did you reach out to advocate for refillable or recyclable packaging?

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    Dianne Alano 4/29/2024 4:06 AM
    After reading through the articles here, I started to check the stuff that I had - I'm glad to see "paraben free", "cruelty free", "toxic free", and "water-based" in some of the beauty and skincare products that I have. I also have stuff without these labels though. Now that my awareness has increased, and knowing that there are better alternatives, I will be more conscious when purchasing.

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Zero Waste Day
    What was hard about having a Zero Waste Day? What did you learn about yourself and your habits?

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    Dianne Alano 4/29/2024 3:52 AM
    What's hard is being consciously aware and having that control to avoid generating waste. Realizing how much waste I generate on a daily basis pushes me to rethink what I purchase. Let's take one small step at a time!

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    Dianne Alano 4/27/2024 7:35 AM


    Found this in my mom’s garden this morning while me and my daughter were taking out some weeds.

    Googled and learned that “Slugs and snails are natures clean-up crews and recyclers. As such, they are a key player in the decomposition process and help to recycle and circulate nutrients into and through the soil, through burrowing, their faeces, dead bodies and shells.”