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Siobhan de Graaf

Team Greening Guidewire

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    31
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    731
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    70
    minutes
    spent learning

Siobhan's Actions

Education & Livelihood

Participate in the Photography Contest

Join the ESG team and the Fun Committee in submitting a photograph of a landscape around the world during the Photography Contest from April 4th-15th. Be a part of a community that educates others of the importance of different landscapes and ecosystems around the world.

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One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Getting to Know Alemany Farms

Check out our GGB Getting to Know Event with Alemany Farms to learn about sustainable farming and food systems!

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
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 15 minutes researching which plants support local pollinators and plant some in my area.

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One-Time Action

Climate & Ecosystems

Calculate Your Carbon Impact

SDG #13 Climate

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

Climate & Ecosystems

Explore My Area

SDG #14 & 15

Each day, I will spend 10 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

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DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Plan A Staycation in Your Community

SDG #11 Communities

For an upcoming vacation, I will plan a staycation in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Support Indigenous & First Nations Communities

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

I will spend 180 learning about the past and present indigenous communities in my regions and what I can do to be supportive.

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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.

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One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Reduce Animal Product Consumption

SDG #2 Zero Hunger

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Research Impact Investing
    After learning more about investing, how can you increase positive impacts and decrease negative impacts?

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    Siobhan de Graaf 4/28/2022 5:20 AM
    I love how easy ethical investing has become.  Collectively, we can make positively influence companies' social and environmental practices, and there isn't a financial downside to this.   

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      Helena Lam 4/29/2022 6:33 AM
      Great insight - it's been found that ESG funds tend to be less volatile during turbulent financial times! Definitely motivates companies (even Guidewire) to do better across social and environmental practices. Been a bit difficult to find any causation between ESG investing and financial returns though as stronger performing companies tend to have better ESG programs.  
  • 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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    Siobhan de Graaf 4/22/2022 10:21 AM
    Make use of our rain barrel!  
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Reduce Animal Product Consumption
    What was the tastiest meatless or vegan meal you ever had or had recently? Did you make it? Can you share a recipe?

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    Siobhan de Graaf 4/22/2022 10:19 AM
    Tastiest meatless meal I've eaten is a Buddha bowl with tofu.  I love the tastes and all the colours.  I like to do a peanut marinade for the tofu and then combine in a bowl with rice, edamame, purple cabbage, shredded carrot, avocado and sesame seeds.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Ecological & Xeriscape Gardening
    What ecological or xeriscape landscaping practices do you have? How has your landscape changed from these practices?

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    Siobhan de Graaf 4/21/2022 12:50 PM
    Since we are getting snow here still we wonèt likely be able to plant before the challenge end, however, weève bought the tools and seeds for native and pollinator-friends plants, grasses and flowers.  Looking forward to working on it in May!
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place? Was there a new place in your region that was exciting to learn about and visit?

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    Siobhan de Graaf 4/21/2022 12:47 PM
    Visit an area near us called Shanty Bay.  Hiked along the rail trail, through a small forest behind a church and along the lake. 
  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Plan A Staycation in Your Community
    What place in your region are you most excited to visit during your staycation?

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    Siobhan de Graaf 4/06/2022 10:28 AM
    Camping at McRae Provincial Park and Algonquin.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators? Do you have a favorite pollinator?

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    Siobhan de Graaf 4/06/2022 10:15 AM
    I think there will be many things we can do as a family this year to take of pollinators, especially bees, flies, birds and butterflies.  We will be planting lots this year (flowers, vegetables and vines) and will use the pollinator guide for our ecoregion to determines the best ones.  We will also consider how to leave spaces "untidy" on our property.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Calculate Your Carbon Impact
    What is one way you will reduce your carbon foorprint? What is a practice you already have that helps you reduce your carbon footprint?

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    Siobhan de Graaf 4/06/2022 9:55 AM
    A few investments this year will be a smart in-ground irrigation system to reduce water and purchasing a hybrid vehicle.  As a family, we will choose to vacation within Canada and avoid air travel.