Skip to main content
Jo-A Lozano's avatar

Jo-A Lozano

Emerson Manila

"Promoting sustainable actions, One day at a time"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 35 TODAY
  • 395 THIS WEEK
  • 1,442 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    22
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    2.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    18
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    1,010
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    1,565
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    720
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1.0
    tree
    planted

Jo-A's 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.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Endangered Species

Wildlife and biodiversity play an important role on our planet and are being threatened each year. I will spend 30 minutes each day learning about the current status of local or global wildlife and how I can align my actions to support their livelihood.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

When traveling, I will seek souvenirs that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Plastic in Clothing and Water

Synthetic clothing can contain plastic and shed harmful microplastics into our water. I will use a microplastics catcher in my laundry, or install a microplastics filter for my washing machine.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Save the Bees

Bees are vital to ecosystems. To help save the bees, I will learn which local flowers provide nectar and plant them in my backyard or in a pot on my balcony.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Stay on the Ground

Carbon emissions from air travel is harmful to planetary and human health. Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Advocate for Forest Protection

Using my voice can help create a more sustainable and just world. I will contact 5 local, regional, or national decision makers to advocate for public policy that protects forests and improves their ability to sequester carbon and nourish biodiversity.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 30 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood, office, or campus (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Choose Eco-Friendly Wood and Paper

Trees provide food and habitat for local wildlife species, shade our streets and homes, and help keep our air and water clean by capturing pollutants. Buying products that help protect forests makes a difference. I will only purchase wood, furniture, and paper products from ecologically certified sources such as Forest Stewardship Council.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Reduce Pollutants in Cleaning

Understanding cleaning product ingredients and their effect on water and biodiversity is helpful to our consumer choices. I will spend 30 minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Plant Trees

Trees capture carbon and produce oxygen that is essential to life on earth. I will support this important piece of nature by organizing or joining a community group to plant 10 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 15 hours in my community.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Choose Renewable Energy

Renewable energy options are becoming more widespread and accessible. Not only are they good for the planet, they can help save money as well. I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will contact them to advocate for this option in the future.

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 30 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Low Water Gardening

Grass lawns are water-intensive and on average require about 30 percent of a household’s water consumption. Native plants are water-efficient and help maintain the balance and diversity of local ecosystems. I will plant native species with water-efficient plants to conserve water and improve the habitat, then post a photo on the feed to share.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Declutter My Home Without the Landfill

Each day, I will learn about responsible ways to dispose of items and de-clutter, clean, donate, repurpose or recycle unneeded items in my home to make sure that what I get rid of doesn't go into the landfill.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Leave No Trace

I will respect and protect biotic communities by practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace whenever I am outside.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Zero Waste Day

The impacts of our waste are far reaching. I will create zero waste for an entire day and share my reflections and learnings on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Carry My Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me this month, to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill. I will post on the feed my reflections, conversations, and actions I will take moving forward.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

30 for 30 in Nature

Studies have shown that when we spend consistent time in nature, our health improves, our creativity increases, and our connection to the planet gets stronger. Each day of the Ecochallenge, I will spend 30 minutes outside (in a large or small patch of nature), then share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the feed.

COMPLETED 22
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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will organize or participate in a trash pickup at a local river, beach, or natural body of water.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

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

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.

UNCOMPLETED
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?


  • Jo-A Lozano's avatar
    Jo-A Lozano 4/21/2024 7:28 AM

    Eating plant-based foods can significantly contribute to sustainability efforts. Plant-base diets have shown to reduce hr eenhouse gas emission by more that 50% compared to meat-based diets. Im also on my 14th week of eating plant based foods and my body weight has lowered, cholesterol and sugar back to healthy ranges. So, next time you’re craving a burger, consider opting for a plant-based version – your health and the planet will thank you!

  • Jo-A Lozano's avatar
    Jo-A Lozano 4/20/2024 6:44 AM

    Day 20 of the ecochallenge, while running in the University of the Philippines today, I came across a couple of discarded pet bottles along the trail. Inspired to take action, I turned it into a quick clean-up challenge. With determination, I collected the bottles, and discarded them properly -- collected about 28 pet bottles. Every small effort counts towards a cleaner, healthier planet!

  • Jo-A Lozano's avatar
    Jo-A Lozano 4/18/2024 7:43 PM


    Today, I’m challenging my office mate to a zero-waste lunch showdown! On one side, it’s me with my reusable bag, lunch box, watercup and utensils, championing the cause of sustainability. On the other side, it’s my office mate, armed with a Jollibee lunch, complete with plastic water bottles and utensils. Even though the packaging is paper-based, it still contributes to waste. Let’s see who comes out on top in this eco-challenge. Remember, every small step towards sustainability counts!

  • Jo-A Lozano's avatar
    Jo-A Lozano 4/17/2024 5:39 PM

    Day 18 of the EcoChallenge, and my home garden in Manila has become a symbol of sustainability for me. The highlight is my lemon tree, which is now in full bloom. Each flower promises a future lemon, embodying the potential of nature to provide. This tree is more than just a source of fresh, organic lemons. It’s a testament to the power of sustainable living, turning sunlight and water into food, and absorbing carbon dioxide in the process. It’s a daily reminder that nature, when respected and nurtured, gives back generously. This journey has taught me that sustainability isn’t just about big changes; it’s also about appreciating and fostering life in our own backyards.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel? What results did you see? Please consider posting a photo of your cleanup!

    Jo-A Lozano's avatar
    Jo-A Lozano 4/17/2024 2:02 AM
    Reflecting on the coastal cleanup we did last Monday, the experience was truly enriching. Working hand-in-hand with fellow volunteers to restore our environment filled me with a sense of pride and camaraderie. It was a tangible reminder of the power of collective action. The transformation of our community was evident - from a littered landscape to a cleaner, more vibrant space. The smiles on everyone’s faces and the renewed beauty of our surroundings were the most rewarding results. While I can’t post a photo here, I encourage everyone to capture these moments and share them to inspire others.I have posted some photos in my feed but it will forever be in my memories. Together, we can make a difference.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Volunteer in my Community
    How does volunteering enhance your community and/or change your relationship with it?

    Jo-A Lozano's avatar
    Jo-A Lozano 4/17/2024 1:57 AM
    It’s clear that it profoundly enhances our community and transforms our relationship with it. Volunteering, whether it’s for coastal cleanups or local education programs, fosters a sense of unity and shared responsibility. It bridges social gaps and brings us closer to understanding the diverse narratives within our community. More importantly, it changes our relationship with our community from being mere residents to becoming active stewards. We begin to see our community not just as a place we live in, but a place we are a part of and have the power to shape and improve. This shift in perspective is perhaps the most significant change volunteering brings about.

  • Jo-A Lozano's avatar
    Jo-A Lozano 4/17/2024 1:54 AM

    Collaborating with experts in the industry !!

  • Jo-A Lozano's avatar
    Jo-A Lozano 4/15/2024 8:12 AM

    Spending day 15 of the ecochallenge with the Emerson Manila team to do a coastal cleanup activity at the Wetland Islands in Las Piñas, As we combed the shores and mangroves, the kilos of waste we gathered were a stark reminder of how our everyday consumption habits directly impact our coastal areas. Plastic bottles, wrappers, and discarded items—all remnants of our daily lives—washed up on these shores. In just a short span of time and within a limited area, we witnessed the sad reality of how our waste finds its way to the areas we cherish. This eye-opening experience has fueled our commitment to responsible waste management and the urgent need to protect our oceans. Let’s turn the tide, one cleanup at a time!

  • Jo-A Lozano's avatar
    Jo-A Lozano 4/14/2024 6:35 AM

    On Day 14 of the ecochallenge, our family and friends embarked on a camping trip in Mount Banahaw. Amidst towering trees and the scenic mountains, we discovered that sustainability and nature go hand in hand. Armed with reusable water bottles, secondhand gear, and a commitment to the Leave No Trace principles, we minimized our impact on the environment. We cooked over campfires, reveled in starlit nights, and reveled in the joy of being surrounded by nature’s beauty. It was a true test of our ability to tread lightly while enjoying the great outdoors
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs
    How do your consumption choices affect the health of wildlife and other communities?

    Jo-A Lozano's avatar
    Jo-A Lozano 4/12/2024 9:34 PM
    Our consumption choices has a profound impact on both wildlife health and community well-being. When we opt for unsustainable practices, such as overexploitation of wildlife through trade or as food, we inadvertently contribute to biodiversity loss. Additionally, our interactions with wildlife can escalate the risk of diseases, which originate in animals. Wet markets and similar wildlife trading centers, if not managed hygienically, pose threats to both wildlife and human health.

    • NOE REGUDO's avatar
      NOE REGUDO 4/13/2024 6:58 AM
      Thank you for sharing this Sir! I couldn't agree more.