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🍏 Iulia  Catanescu 's avatar

🍏 Iulia Catanescu

Greening of EU Cluj

" 🌻🌼 Act with an impact! 🌼🌻"

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participant impact

  • UP TO
    1
    Carbon Footprint
    Calculated
  • UP TO
    1
    energy audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    120
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    50
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    63
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1
    water footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    2
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    2
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    1
    advocacy action
    completed
  • UP TO
    1,090
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    100
    minutes
    spent learning

🍏 Iulia 's actions

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 10 hours in my community.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Beauty and Personal Products

Beauty and personal products can create a lot of waste. I will spend 15 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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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 60 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

Freshwater + Oceans

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 60 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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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

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 60 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

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

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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

30 for 30 in Nature

Studies have shown that when we spend consistent time in nature, our health improves, our creativity increases, and our connection to the planet gets stronger. Each day of the Ecochallenge, I will spend 30 minutes outside (in a large or small patch of nature), then share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the feed.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Keep My Community Clean

At times it may not feel like it's up to us to keep our community clean and healthy, but we all have a role to play. Each day I am outside, I will pick up any litter I see.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Smart Seafood Choices

We need to support healthy seafood populations. I will spend 30 minutes learning about sustainable seafood choices, commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean, and share what I learned on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

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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 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

JOIN OR CREATE A GREEN TEAM AT EMERSON

I will continue to contribute to Emerson's environmental sustainability goals beyond April by learning more about the Global Green Teams Network, joining a team near me, or maybe even creating a new team.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY AT EMERSON

I will sign up to the Sustainability Aficionados distribution list to receive global news on sustainability at Emerson, including world news and Greening OF, BY, and WITH news.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

TAKE PICTURES AND SHARE ON LINKEDIN

I will take at least one photograph that is connected with this year's theme of Nature Conservation & Biodiversity (for example an urban park, bee hives, birds and other animals...) and I will post it on LinkedIn with the hashtags #EarthMonthEcochallenge #EarthMonthAtEmerson.

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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

Choose Eco-Friendly Wood and Paper

Trees provide food and habitat for local wildlife species, shade our streets and homes, and help keep our air and water clean by capturing pollutants. Buying products that help protect forests makes a difference. I will only purchase wood, furniture, and paper products from ecologically certified sources such as Forest Stewardship Council.

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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

Action Track: Community

Sustainability Lunch and Learn

Learning in a social setting can inspire connection and change. I will work with a friend or colleague to plan and host a lunch and learn at work, school, in my neighborhood or other location to learn more about an environmental topic important to me. After the lunch and learn, I will share more about it on the feed.

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Freshwater + Oceans

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will organize or participate in a trash pickup at a local river, beach, or natural body of water.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Plant Trees

Trees capture carbon and produce oxygen that is essential to life on earth. I will support this important piece of nature by organizing or joining a community group to plant 5 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

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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 β€œyour why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans 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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    🍏 Iulia Catanescu 4/30/2024 4:20 AM
    According to statistics, Romanians consume almost three times less fish than the European Union average, estimated at 22.5 kg per inhabitant per year, but there are also wide variations between EU countries, depending on tradition. By comparison, Bulgaria and Hungary consume 2.5 to 3 kg of fish a year, while Portugal has the highest fish consumption in the EU at 76 kg a year. In Spain, consumption is 60 kg of fish per year.

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  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    🍏 Iulia Catanescu 4/29/2024 5:48 AM
    Taking part in a local litter pick and actively spending time participating in your community can help you meet new people and enhance your sense of belonging.

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    🍏 Iulia Catanescu 4/26/2024 1:05 AM


    🌿 Nature is an oasis of peace. 🌿
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community ATTEND THE ECOCHALLENGE CONSERVATION WEBINAR
    What did you learn in the webinar? Did anything surprise you?

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    🍏 Iulia Catanescu 4/25/2024 5:38 AM
    What surprised me the most was the implication, dedication and passion of so many people, when it comes to the sustainability subject. Such a great atmosphere, even online, you could feel a good energy! 🌷
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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    🍏 Iulia Catanescu 4/24/2024 6:52 AM
    By absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, trees help to combat climate change. A walk among trees enhances our mood, reduces stress and improves our mental wellbeing. Green spaces encourage more social interaction and a stronger sense of community. Trees help to improve soils and prevent flooding and erosion.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Choose Eco-Friendly Wood and Paper
    Beyond carbon sequestration, what other benefits do forests offer you personally?

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    🍏 Iulia Catanescu 4/19/2024 8:48 AM
    Yet no matter where we live or who we are in this world, I think forests should be crucial to every one of us. They recycle the air we breathe, and regulate rainfall and climate patterns around the world. Their ecosystem services even include water purification and carbon sequestration (storing carbon).
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Cooking Oil Disposal
    Did anything about this action surprise you? Do you use more or less oil than you thought?

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    🍏 Iulia Catanescu 4/08/2024 11:23 PM
    I never empty the cooking oil down the sink as it can lead to blockages. What I did not know is that we can let larger amounts of oil to cool and solidify before you scrape it into a waste container and dispose of it in your general waste. I used to collect it in a plastic bottle and try to find location where we can dispose of it.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    🍏 Iulia Catanescu 4/08/2024 4:39 AM
    It's believed that straws take over 500 years to break down. And, if they end up in our waterways and oceans, plastic straws never biodegrade. Instead, they break down into tiny fragments known as microplastics. It will finally become part of our bodies. :(

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      Laura Sumlea 4/08/2024 5:41 AM
      This is so sad; I also believe plastic is one of our main enemy.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests 30 for 30 in Nature
    What have you noticed about how it feels to spend consistent time outside?

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    🍏 Iulia Catanescu 4/03/2024 5:28 AM
    So, stepping outside can help you keep a healthy weight or even lose weight by increasing activity levels. Studies have also shown that being in nature has a positive effect on our bodies by reducing cortisol levels, muscle tension, and demands on our cardiovascular systems (lowers heart rate and blood pressure).
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    What did you learn about the amount of plastic we consume and what actions will you take to reduce your use of plastic?

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    🍏 Iulia Catanescu 4/01/2024 11:01 PM
    Some scientists have estimated the average person might eat 5 grams of microplastics in a weekβ€”about the weight of a credit card. Another study breaks that down to up to 52,000 particles annually from various food sources.
    I think it is very important that we start living plastic free. Reduce plastic as much as possible, so it will not end up in our waters and soils, and finally in our bodies. A healthy planet has healthy citizens.