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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Alex E.

West Valley College Chemistry

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 413 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    3
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    436
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    70
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    11
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    210
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    85
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Alex's Actions

Industry

Choose Recycled Paper

Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and BIPOC-majority neighborhoods. I will avoid buying and using 3 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go by Bike

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 1 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 60 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Try Carpooling

Carpooling

I will commute by carpool 60 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 60 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    Alex E. 4/28/2021 10:31 AM
    I think another R is reallocate. Especially to reallocate the money on the purchase I am going to make. I should be mindful about what I should buy in the first place, and think about the possible usage of the container after using the initial product that I purchased. I learned this from my girlfriend she shops at a eco conscious store called Ethos. They use and sell products from other recycled and reclaimed materials. They also don't sell products in plastic. The goods are sold to you by weight and the customer is expected to bring a glass or jar container that will be reused in the future.  If you do not have glassware with you then they provide it for you. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket
    How close is the nearest climate-friendly supermarket to your home? How could you encourage local supermarket to reduce or phase out their use of HFC refrigerants?

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    Alex E. 4/28/2021 10:24 AM
    The closest climate- friendly supermarket near me is about 10 miles away from my home. To help encourage supermarkets to reduce their use of HFC fridges I can help to educate the higher ups for the business. This can be down by sending a letter. There are many studies and websites that explain the negative impact the use of these systems cause. As well as methods of reducing the impacts. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Choose Recycled Paper
    Good job on choosing recycled paper! How can you take your action a step further?

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    Alex E. 4/28/2021 10:17 AM
    A steps to take further in my opinion is by properly discarding paper based materials in the appropriate containers when you're done using it. Be sure to put the correct and actual reusable materials with the each other. Don't just throw it all away in a garbage can that just contributes more to a dump. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    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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    Alex E. 4/28/2021 10:14 AM
    I actually use to use Single use coffee cups all the time. Now I have been using my favorite porcelain mug when at home. And when I go out for the day I invested in two portable reusable options for hot beverages. I use a reusable hard plastic cup that looks like a single use coffee cup for my coffee beverages. And I use a thermos I bough from habitat for humanity for teas. Also My family as a whole stopped using plastic bags. Instead they use the rebate ones made out of canvas material. Also they have their own foldable push cart to conveniently transport all their groceries in a single trip from the car to the house. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

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    Alex E. 4/27/2021 5:31 PM
    The advantage that inspires me the most is supporting local farmers. I was born in the central valley. I have even helped in the fields to make extra money to support my grandma. It is back breaking labor, and I couldn't imagine doing that for a living. Farmers deserve to get paid for their hard work. It is often taken for granted the convince of stopping by a farmers market or grocery store chain for veggies. But we as a community can support local farmers by going to them for their products. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go by Bike
    How does using human-powered transportation make you feel compared to using other methods of transportation?

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    Alex E. 4/27/2021 5:24 PM
    I enjoy using human powered transportation. One of my jobs is half away from my home. I either skateboard or bicycle to work. I especially enjoy skateboarding, because it feels fun and is convenient putting my board away. However biking is way faster if I am in a rush. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Try Carpooling
    List some of the places you frequent often (work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

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    Alex E. 4/27/2021 5:21 PM
    My coworker lives on the way to Santa Cruz from my house. We will be working four 10 hour shifts for our job. We have already decided that we will alternate, and each drive one another to work twice a week. We will meet at his house and be swapping vehicles. His car is about 3 times more efficient in mpg compared to my vehicle. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Alex E. 4/27/2021 5:17 PM
    I was originally living in Santa Cruz when I got a season job working for the city of Santa Cruz. I was able to ride my bicycle a mile to get to the corp yard to pick up my company issue vehicle. However during the pandemic I moved back to my parents house in South San Jose. So the commute became fairly long of a drive each way, especially since my vehicle is not fuel efficient. My SUV only gets 15 mpg, and is expensive to fill up with gas, usually costing about $70. I was much happier riding a bike. Now I have to commute 45 minutes to work in the morning, and it takes about and hour and fifteen to an hour and a half to get back home in the evening. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Alex E. 4/27/2021 5:10 PM
    For the past year when the pandemic started I would go for a daily walks while wearing a face mask. I live at the bottom of mountains that happen to be a nature reserve for animals. Theres many different hiking trails to choose from. Initially I started off with short walks around 15 minutes one way, and then back. However if I have the time I am capable on going on 8 mile hikes. This takes about 2 to 2 and a half hours. It is fun walking and observing the wildlife when I go up towards the trails. I have noticed wild turkeys, possum, raccoons, deer, coyotes and even wild boar.  I actually enjoy where I walk, and there is a steep road that leads to the top of the mountain to an IBM. As cool as it is going up the steep road it is freighting walking up on the road as the bicycle lane is small, and some people drive so carelessly. They weave in an out over the marked lines of the road, speed, and run stop signs. A change I would like to see is making roads safer to walk on. Not just for people but for the wildlife as well. I also believe another improvement would be to have speed bumps installed before the stop signs so that can not be run any more. 
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks 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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    Alex E. 4/27/2021 4:46 PM
    I checked information on a website California fresh water sport fishing guidelines. As stated the consumption guidelines in the tables below are based on the chemicals noted in each table. Fish consumption recommendations in the following tables are provided as the number of servings per week. A serving is about the size and thickness of your hand. Give children smaller servings. As well as a quick tip to help prepare the fish. Many chemicals are stored in the fat. When advisories are based on PCBs or pesticides (DDTs or dieldrin), skin the fish, when possible, do not eat the skin, and trim any visible fat to reduce the levels of these chemicals. Removing fat will not reduce mercury levels.
    It is so good to to be able to live in California as we are lucky to be able to enjoy such a commodity as being able to eat fresh fish from the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Many of the fish that can be enjoyed from the bay and Ocean are healthy and safe to eat. However, some fish do have higher levels of toxins that can harm your health and are not safe to eat.