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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Melinda Angeles

Allegheny County Employees

"my mission is to improve myself... slowly but surely!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 516 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    581
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    10
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Melinda's Actions

Health and Education

Connect With A Nonprofit

Health and Education

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on issues affecting women, girls, and/or trans and nonbinary people in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Become A Master Recycler/Composter

Recycling

I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

Uncompleted
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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

Public Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Purchase Food from a Sustainable Pittsburgh Designated Restaurant

I will purchase food from a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant. Establishments that have earned a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation have demonstrated a commitment to take economic, environmental, and social actions that benefit the region. See the link provided for more information and a list of designated restaurants.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore an Allegheny County Parks Trail

Get connected with nature in one of our own Allegheny County Parks. Explore one or more of the many well-marked hiking trails throughout the parks. The link outlines different options for finding and navigating each trail, including a smart phone app.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

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

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 25 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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Electricity

Learn About Hydro-Electric Power

Learn about the new hydro-electric plant that will provide clean energy to county facilities!

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Melinda Angeles's avatar
    Melinda Angeles 4/12/2021 8:23 AM
    This weekend I was hankering something on the healthier side and luckily I'm surrounded by a huge variety of restaurants. I just happened to order some sweet and savory crepes from T-Swirl in Squirrel Hill, and I had no idea that they were also a Sustainable PGH Restaurant! The crepes were SO good, and I definitely felt doubly as good supporting them.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Melinda Angeles 4/07/2021 10:01 AM
    I like walking to pick up things from my Buy Nothing group for my neighborhood. Not only do I connect with neighbors, but I also familiarize myself with the neighborhood and fun quirks, city steps, and other nooks and crannies I wouldn't have seen otherwise.

    • Melinda Angeles's avatar
      Melinda Angeles 4/08/2021 5:33 AM
      Totally! But I am also part of Second Chance Gives so I do walk a bit further on weekends :-D

    • Deaglan McManus's avatar
      Deaglan McManus 4/08/2021 5:31 AM
      My walks have gotten a lot shorter to pick-up/drop-off things from the Buy Nothing group ever since the east end neighborhoods split into our own groups. :-)

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    Melinda Angeles 4/05/2021 5:57 AM
    what a beautiful day (and beautiful week) to walk around outside!

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    Melinda Angeles 3/31/2021 11:08 AM
    Excited to see that this program is happening again this year!