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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Emily K

Cleveland Clinic Sustainability

"Taking action and adopting new habits to minimize my environmental footprint"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 855 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    975
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    27
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Emily's Actions

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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

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

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

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

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

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 20
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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Communicate With My Elected Officials

Onshore Wind Turbines, Offshore Wind Turbines

I will write or call 1 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Advocate for Forest Protection

Forest Protection

I will contact 3 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws, as well as the rights of local people to protect and restore the land in their communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

Public Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

Uncompleted
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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about the Legacy of Redlining
    How does city planning and design relate to equity and climate change?

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    Emily K 4/29/2021 11:00 AM
    City planning and design can impact environmental and human health through placement (whether communities are near highways, or whether busy road are routed through communities), and amenities that impact walkability (are there sidewalks, parks, etc.), green space (impacts heat) and more.
  • 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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    Emily K 4/19/2021 1:29 PM
    I have enjoyed seeing many species of birds on my daily walks. One feature that is highly used in my neighborhood is a series of tree-lined sidewalks that cut through the middle three consecutive streets. I would like to see more of these. One improvement would be more houses that turn their front yards into gardens. This beautifies the area, draws more wildlife, and reduces noise and environmental pollution from lawn mowing/care.
  • 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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    Emily K 4/08/2021 1:24 PM
    I walked with my family at the Metroparks Lakefront Reservation (Dike 14) and it was so cool to see red-breasted merganser pairs diving for fish all around the lake. We also saw a loon. I had never seen these birds before and didn't know they could be found locally. It made me appreciate the lake more and all the wildlife that benefits from it.
  • 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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    Emily K 4/01/2021 9:57 AM
    I was very disappointed to learn that I could not recycle plastic takeout, clamshell, berry, or produce containers through my residential recycling program. We use a lot of these items and it can be difficult to buy berries without some sort of plastic bag or container. When we get takeout, we have been asking restaurants to omit items we don't need from our orders (utensils, napkins, sauces, etc.) to reduce waste. I prefer to refuse waste when possible, but have been getting frustrated at how difficult the recycling "R" has become for waste I can't refuse!

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    Emily K 3/26/2021 12:24 PM
    I am excited to learn and make an impact with everyone on our team. Thank you for joining and committing to take action for the planet during the month of April!