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Adeze Chukwu

JAC Sustainability

"Trying to do my part for the world that I live In"

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,253 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1
    waste audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    54
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    1
    water footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    30
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • UP TO
    866
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    132
    minutes
    spent learning

Adeze's actions

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.

COMPLETED
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.

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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Carry My Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me this month, to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill. I will post on the feed my reflections, conversations, and actions I will take moving forward.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Advocate for Forest Protection

Using my voice can help create a more sustainable and just world. I will contact 1 local, regional, or national decision makers to advocate for public policy that protects forests and improves their ability to sequester carbon and nourish biodiversity.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Declutter My Home Without the Landfill

Each day, I will learn about responsible ways to dispose of items and de-clutter, clean, donate, repurpose or recycle unneeded items in my home to make sure that what I get rid of doesn't go into the landfill.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 20 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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

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.

UNCOMPLETED
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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

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 20 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

Go Plastic-Free

Millions of tons of plastic is produced each year worldwide. Each day, I will conduct a plastics audit of what I buy and use throughout the challenge (kitchen, bathroom, personal care products, etc.), to see how single-use plastic shows up in my life. I will find plastic-free alternatives to these products and advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, product manufacturers, at work, or on campus.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 2 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.

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

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Save the Bees

Bees are vital to ecosystems. To help save the bees, I will learn which local flowers provide nectar and plant them in my backyard or in a pot on my balcony.

COMPLETED
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.

UNCOMPLETED
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?


  • Adeze Chukwu's avatar
    Adeze Chukwu 4/29/2024 8:02 PM
    I participated in the bio blitz today, and I identified some local organisms.
    We identified a paper birch, periwinkle, black squirrel and many more I don't remember their names.
    I'm still waiting for my friend to send the pictures of what we found, cause I did not take any.

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    Adeze Chukwu 4/28/2024 8:51 PM
    wow! two days till the end of April!


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    Adeze Chukwu 4/27/2024 8:05 PM
    My city got back to m about my application for a plot on the community garden, and they said it would take 2-5 years. So I'll be trying to figure out how to grow vegetables in pots for a while. :)

    • Melissa Tomecz's avatar
      Melissa Tomecz 4/28/2024 6:11 PM
      That's awesome that you reached out! Maybe if they had more people demanding it, it would happen faster. Did they give a reason why it would take that long? Two years is not that bad, but five ...

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    Adeze Chukwu 4/26/2024 6:52 PM
    Today I saw 2 snails, on the road. I picked them up and placed
    on the grass, so they don't get squashed by a car.

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    Adeze Chukwu 4/25/2024 8:14 PM
    One of my eco challenges is to go plastic free, so I took it a step further to include the hair extensions I use for my braids. So far this month I have styled just my hair without extension. Most extension brands are made from plastics, and get transported from abroad, then after use cannot be recycled so end up in landfil. I am happy about reducing my plastic as well as learning new creative ways to appreciate my hair.

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    Adeze Chukwu 4/24/2024 7:39 PM
    I'm doing research for a project on sustainability in pharma industries; and i'm learning a lot of cool stuff i will definitely share when my project is concluded like how companies take sustainable initiatives to help them cut costs.

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    Adeze Chukwu 4/23/2024 7:51 PM
    Today I taugh little kids about different types of seeds and how they get pollinated. :)

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    Adeze Chukwu 4/22/2024 8:08 PM
    I went Orienteering today, it was very fun. I learned how to use a compass and a map. I also got to use my leave no trace knowledge. There are 7 LNT principles:
    1. Plan Ahead and Prepare.
    2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces.
    3 Dispose of Waste Properly.
    4. Leave What You Find.
    5. Minimize Campfire Impacts.
    6. Respect Wildlife.
    7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
    These
    principles are important for minimize human impact on conservation area, thus I am very proud of myself for following them

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    Adeze Chukwu 4/21/2024 4:29 PM
    Yesterday and today I did a deep declustering of my room, and I noticed that a majority of unessasary things I had were clothes and unfinished craft projects. Decluttering my room helped me see where I make unessasery purchases, hence I am now working to finish all the yarn I have before purchasing any new one. likewise, I am donating all the other craft things like felt, nail kit. And I will be selling all my cute, but rearly worn, clothes on depop or porshmark.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Reduce Pollutants in Cleaning
    What did you learn about ingredients in our cleaning products and how they impact water and biodiversity? Did you try making your own cleaning products? If so, how did it go?

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    Adeze Chukwu 4/19/2024 2:31 PM
    I learned to read the ingredients list of my cleaning products to avoid the pesticide triclosan. Because they are harmful to aquatic life when flushed down the drain. I also learned that these pesticides can also make humans less reactive to antibiotics. I haven't tried making my own cleaning products, but I'm working on it.


    • Melissa Tomecz's avatar
      Melissa Tomecz 4/19/2024 8:24 PM
      Thanks for sharing, Jenna! Seems simple enough :)

    • Jenna Cassidy's avatar
      Jenna Cassidy 4/19/2024 4:13 PM
      I didn't know this! Last year during the eco challenge I made my own cleaning products. I've included the recipe if you are looking for one:
      1) Add 2 cups white vinegar, peels from about 6 lemons/oranges, a few sprigs of thyme to a mason jar.
      2) Store the jar in the pantry for 2-3 weeks.
      3) Strain out the peels and herbs, and fill a spray bottle 1/3rd of the way with the vinegar and top it off with water.
      You can add essential oils to it too.