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Cassandra Chang Fatt

Women of Color ARG

"Fostering environmental stewardship and empowerment among women of color through inclusive initiatives and advocacy!"

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,907 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    4.1
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • UP TO
    1
    Carbon Footprint
    Calculated
  • UP TO
    81
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    47
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1
    waste audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    24
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1
    water footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    204
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    2
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    1
    public official or leader
    contacted
  • UP TO
    2
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    1,125
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    1
    tree
    planted
  • UP TO
    176
    minutes
    spent learning

Cassandra's actions

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

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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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Plastic in Clothing and Water

Synthetic clothing can contain plastic and shed harmful microplastics into our water. I will use a microplastics catcher in my laundry, or install a microplastics filter for my washing machine.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Share My "Why"

I will record a video to share why I am taking action this Earth Month, a sustainable swap I've made, and/or a local conservation effort in my area.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

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

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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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ONE-TIME ACTION

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

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

Pick Up the Phone

I will gather a group of friends, family, neighbors or colleagues to make 1 phone calls to public officials or companies to advocate for planet-friendly policies.

COMPLETED
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

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Endangered Species

Wildlife and biodiversity play an important role on our planet and are being threatened each year. I will spend 60 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

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.

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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

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 1 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

COMPLETED
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

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 2 hours in my community.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Weekly Meal Planning

One third of all food produced worldwide is wasted, and so is the energy it takes to produce and transport that food. I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need and eating what I planned each day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 30 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood, office, or campus (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Dishwasher Efficiency

Hand washing dishes can use more energy and hot water than a dishwasher. To save water, I will use a dishwasher and scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.

COMPLETED 30
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 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED
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
    Land + Forests Personal Waste Audit
    What are the results of your waste audit and what did you learn? How can you reduce your waste going forward?

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    Cassandra Chang Fatt 4/30/2024 10:48 AM
    After conducting a waste audit, I was able to identify the main sources of waste in my household and develop a plan to reduce it

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    Cassandra Chang Fatt 4/30/2024 10:28 AM
    The challenge was a great reminder of the importance of living sustainably and taking care of our planet. It also inspired me to continue making eco-friendly choices beyond Earth Month.
  • 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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    Cassandra Chang Fatt 4/30/2024 10:25 AM
    Restructuring my trip to avoid air travel was definitely a bit challenging, but it was worth it to reduce my carbon footprint. Instead of flying, I opted for an alternative mode of transportation, which was driving. I hate flying anyway.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Plastic in Clothing and Water
    How did you try to catch the release of microplastics in your laundry? What did you learn in the process?

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    Cassandra Chang Fatt 4/30/2024 10:19 AM
    To catch the release of microplastics in my laundry, I started by using a laundry bag designed to capture microfibers. I also switched to using a liquid laundry detergent instead of powder, as it tends to produce fewer microplastics. Additionally, I tried to wash my clothes at lower temperatures and with shorter wash cycles to reduce the amount of agitation that could release microfibers.

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    Cassandra Chang Fatt 4/30/2024 9:17 AM
    Hapy last day! It was really great doing this challenge. I felt impacted and I hope to carry what I have learnt into the future.

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    Cassandra Chang Fatt 4/29/2024 11:20 AM
    Happy Monday fellow earthlings!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel? What results did you see? Please consider posting a photo of your cleanup!

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    Cassandra Chang Fatt 4/28/2024 1:06 PM
    Working with others to clean up my community makes me feel incredibly proud and satisfied. It's a great feeling to come together with neighbors and friends to make our community a cleaner and better place to live

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    Cassandra Chang Fatt 4/28/2024 12:57 PM
    Just a couple days left, and I have gained so much insight.

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    Cassandra Chang Fatt 4/27/2024 6:44 AM
    Saturdays are for reflection and relaxation. Happy Saturday!

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      Jennifer Sabado 4/27/2024 3:31 PM
      Happy Saturday!

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      Andrea Foster 4/27/2024 1:12 PM
      I had a walk today around the venue from volleyball and actually admired the trees and picked up some liter. I found it relaxing and it gave me time to reflect.

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    Cassandra Chang Fatt 4/26/2024 9:13 AM
    Fabulous Friday Friends!!