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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Sabrina Hu

JAC Sustainability

"“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,070 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    0
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    36
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    72
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    36
    miles
    traveled by carpool
  • up to
    210
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    79
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    55
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    24
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    352
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    691
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    22
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Sabrina's Actions

Transportation

Muscle Power on Earth Day

I will cut green house gas emissions related to my commute to John Abbott College on Earth day, April 22. I will only use muscle-powered transportation (walk, bike, skateboard) for my commute.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Save Rigaud Mountain

Rigaud Mountain is an expansive natural resource that we rely upon to run many of our Outdoor Education courses, here at JAC. It is under extreme pressure from development and mismanagement, and in desperate need of protection. Facing COVID and the Climate Crisis, the need to protect our few remaining local intact forests, is more stronger than ever. We need them, for our health and wellness, and they are disappearing. If you are able, please support this important cause and take a few moments to forward this letter to others who understand its importance. The petition and funding pages are accessible through the "Learn More" button.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Try Carpooling

Carpooling

I will commute by carpool 7 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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 24
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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 15 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries

Small Hydropower, Micro Wind Turbines, Microgrids

I will make a donation to a nonprofit that installs microgeneration in low income countries.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Calculate My Carbon Footprint

All Drawdown Solutions

I will calculate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce my negative impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time 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

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 15 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use Public Transit

Public Transit

I will use public transit 7 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 25 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 16
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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove from my current diet the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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 29
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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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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    Sabrina Hu 4/30/2021 8:59 PM
    with the current situation, it's unsafe to carpool with people that are not in your bubble. but luckily, I get to have a ride from my classmate to go to the hospital for stage (clinical). it was a really fun ride!
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Support a Community Garden
    What are the multiple benefits of community gardens, including carbon sequestration? Why do these benefits matter to you?

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    Sabrina Hu 4/30/2021 8:57 PM
    it benefits me personally because I love gardening. at the same time, it can reduce my carbon footprint by eating food that I can access without transportation with carbon emissions. in addition, photosynthesis also contributes to the reduction of CO2. 

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    Sabrina Hu 4/30/2021 8:52 PM
    more seedlings!
    some are ready to face mother nature!!
    wish us luck
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Sabrina Hu 4/30/2021 8:50 PM
    ex: 
    reduce kitchen waste by making more "zero-waste" meals
    reuse water if not dirty 
    refuse to print all of my class notes
    repair my clothes with the sewing machine 
    repurpose by wearing old clothing in the garden instead of throwing away, 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Sabrina Hu 4/30/2021 8:45 PM
    my family always tell me to check the date before I purchase any food, but I always thought it was unnecessary. however, now I know how to select the food that benefits me personally and satisfies my family at the same time. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Sabrina Hu 4/30/2021 8:41 PM
    every time I eat without distraction, I'm focused on the food itself. the texture, the flavor, and the chemical reactions in my mouth slow down my chewing and swallowing. I feel full without eating a lot and I tend to enjoy the food more. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

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    Sabrina Hu 4/30/2021 8:38 PM
    my parents always say that I have a bigger eye and a smaller stomach. I find that using smaller plates really fix that problem. I don't have to overstuff myself and not feeling good after the meal. I can protect my GI system by decrease its unnecessary workload. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Sabrina Hu 4/30/2021 8:34 PM
    what I can do is select food that doesn't need to be skinned.  or the food that doesn't require certain parts to be removed (potato, tomato, apple). in fact, many fruits or veggies' skin contains a lot of nutrition so leaving them on can benefit the person consuming it.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Sabrina Hu 4/30/2021 8:28 PM
    what I can do is limit my family's waste of water. there are many simple strategies such as wash your veggies in a big bowl instead of rinsing it with water for a long time, and reuse that water if not dirty; use less plates to save water from dishwashing; take the time to close the faucet when applying soap while washing your hands...
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Sabrina Hu 4/30/2021 8:23 PM
    being outdoor brings me the privilege to have closer contact with nature. most of the time I refuse to go out because of electronic distractions. however, I find that as soon as I step outside, I forget about my phone.