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Lisa Brinson

Cleveland Clinic Sustainability

"'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' -Margaret Mead"

Points Total

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  • 398 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    140
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    123
    minutes
    spent learning

Lisa's Actions

Basic Needs & Security

Take 5-Minute Or Less Showers

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will save up to 6 gallons (23 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers. Tip: Use a timer to practice or count to 60 a few times.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate & Ecosystems

Ecological & Xeriscape Gardening

SDG #14 & 15

I will do one or more of the following actions in my yard, or volunteer in my community: plant indigenous plants, landscape with water-efficient plants, add mulching, replace a lawn, and/or use eco-friendly fertilizers.

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One-Time Action

Climate & Ecosystems

Support Local Pollinators

SDG #15 Life On Land

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 30 minutes researching which plants support local pollinators and plant some in my area.

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Economy & Communities

Online Energy Audit

SDG #7 Energy

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Induction Cooking

SDG #7 Energy

I will spend 20 minutes learning about induction cooking and consider if I could add this to my food prep methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Research Impact Investing

SDG #8 Work & Economy

Using the links provided below, I will research impact investing or my current investment portfolio to determine if they align with my values.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Work-Life Balance

SDG #8 Work & Economy

During the workday, I will schedule time for daily rest during work days to practice work-life balance.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Cleaning Product Ingredients

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will spend 5 minutes each day studying the toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies, personal care, and pet products around my home.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Basic Needs & Security

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will spend 15 minutes learning about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Calculate Your Water Footprint

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Know Your Produce

SDG #2 Zero Hunger

I will visit ewg.org to learn about and use their Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen produce lists.

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One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Economy & Communities Induction Cooking
    Would you consider using an induction cooking surface? If you have used one before, what do you like about induction cooking?

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    Lisa Brinson 4/12/2022 1:43 PM
    This was an interesting one... I think there are a lot of factors to consider - including where your electricity comes from & the reliability of our current power grid structure. That being said I have no issues, from a culinary perspective, with cooking via induction. When it comes time to purchase a stove, I will definitely do more research!
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Know Your Produce
    What surprised you about the two produce lists? How will you use these lists for your grocery shopping? Have you used these lists before?

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    Lisa Brinson 4/08/2022 11:22 AM
    I have been aware of the lists before, but forget to use them. I have downloaded the PDFs to my phone to help me remember! I found the tips on the "5 Fabulous Finds in the Frozen Food Aisle" link very interesting -- "Thaw wisely - leaving frozen fruit in the refrigerator is best way to reduce enzyme reactions that can destroy nutrients." 
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Take 5-Minute Or Less Showers
    With 5-minute or less showers reducing your water footprint, what do you plan to add next to your water conservation habits?

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    Lisa Brinson 4/07/2022 11:05 AM
    I plan to be more aware of how much water I use when hand washing pots & pans!
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Cleaning Product Ingredients
    What was surprising about the ingredients in your cleaning supplies, personal care, and pet products?

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    Lisa Brinson 4/04/2022 12:23 PM
    This is an overwhelming category! I started by downloading EWG and am scanning the products that we have in our house.

    • Andy Pettit's avatar
      Andy Pettit 4/04/2022 1:17 PM
      I've had limited success with the EWG app's bar code scanner. You may need to search for your products by name or key word. 
      Let us know if you find any products that you recommend or that you recommend us stop using!
  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Work-Life Balance
    How does practicing a work-life balance create a more sustainable life for you? How might it contribute to sustainability more broadly?

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    Lisa Brinson 4/04/2022 12:22 PM
    Practicing a work-life balance will help me create a more sustainable life by giving myself permission to invest time in myself & in learning about sustainability. 
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Calculate Your Water Footprint
    What is one way you will reduce your water use? What is a practice you already have that helps you reduce your water use?

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    Lisa Brinson 4/04/2022 12:20 PM
    I am going to start taking 5 minute showers. I do currently turn the water off while brushing my teeth.