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Andrea Foster

Women of Color ARG

"I will be intentional reducing waste and leaving spaces better when I leave them. I will make make this challenge part of my family time to raise awareness with my daughters. "

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,341 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1.0
    energy audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    145
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    56
    single-use bags
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    104
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1.0
    water footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    10
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    3.0
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • UP TO
    1.0
    community event
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    26
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    78
    minutes
    spent learning

Andrea 's actions

Climate + Air

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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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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 30 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

Pick Up the Phone

I will gather a group of friends, family, neighbors or colleagues to make 3 phone calls to public officials or companies to advocate for planet-friendly policies.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 15 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Beauty and Personal Products

Beauty and personal products can create a lot of waste. I will spend 30 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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Use Reusable Bags

Plastic bags can be mistaken for food by many wild animals and can end up in habitats that harm wildlife. I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

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 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Action Track: Community

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 10 hours in my community.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

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

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?


  • Andrea  Foster's avatar
    Andrea Foster 4/30/2024 4:33 PM
    Making moves today to a Moe’s heighten awareness to energy conservation
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Online Energy Audit
    Where did you do an energy audit (work, home, school, other) and what did you learn?

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    Andrea Foster 4/30/2024 4:32 PM
    I did an energy audit at home. I changed my front porch light to a timer and my lamps downstairs. I changed out bulbs in my chandelier

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    Andrea Foster 4/29/2024 5:53 PM
    It’s the final count down. So much learning so much teamwork and accountability.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans
    What did you learn about freshwater and oceans you did not already know? In sharing this information with people in your life, which conversation was impactful to you?

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    Andrea Foster 4/29/2024 5:52 PM
    The conversation with my daughter was most impactful to me. Her genuine curiosity to research created a moment that only the eco challenge could present.

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    Andrea Foster 4/27/2024 1:07 PM
    Happy Saturday. It’s a gorgeous day to wrap up eco challenge

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    Andrea Foster 4/24/2024 8:09 PM
    We are almost there! The beauty of our team is we are locked in and committed to one another. I’m fortunate to take this journey with my WOC ARG! Cheers!

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      Jennifer Sabado 4/26/2024 1:23 PM
      Yes, agreed. Love the support and encouragement from the team. Have a great weekend, Andrea :)
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Pick Up the Phone
    What do all of us have in common, regardless of politics, race, religion, occupation, or place we live? How can finding common ground help us as a society and as a species?

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    Andrea Foster 4/24/2024 8:05 PM
    Things that we all have in common are the need for food, shelter, and water. Better understanding our vital needs creates awareness that we need to converse and share these needs. They are fundamental needs and should be equitable to all.

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    Andrea Foster 4/23/2024 5:42 PM
    Metal straws ….. yes please!

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    Andrea Foster 4/23/2024 8:57 AM
    Happy Tuesday everyone! We are on the final count down! Let’s gooo!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Invest in Nature
    What did you learn about how investing can support the environment and create a more sustainable world?

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    Andrea Foster 4/22/2024 9:51 PM
    including metrics on issues like clean energy, gender equality, and climate action — and decide which companies strive to achieve the goals that matter most to you. Many of these funds or companies will have a stated commitment to furthering certain environmental or social causes (e.g., racial equality, clean food and energy, affordable housing, animal rights, etc.). This type of explicit commitment to societal good may appear in a company mission statement or a fund’s mandate.