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Shirley Mirous

Cleveland Clinic Sustainability

"I believe in a better future, with fresh air, clean water, and a stable climate. Our individual behaviors are important in creating this environment. Everyday people raising voices and taking action. Our actions, our impact, and our will to create significant change. As we take small steps forward, we better our future."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,629 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    6.8
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    40
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    14
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1,945
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    920
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1,945
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1,712
    minutes
    spent learning

Shirley's Actions

Education & Livelihood

Research Impact Investing

SDG #8 Work & Economy

Using the links provided below, I will research impact investing or my current investment portfolio to determine if they align with my values.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate & Ecosystems

Calculate Your Carbon Impact

SDG #13 Climate

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how lifestyle changes could reduce the carbon footprint and impacts on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Learn About Participation and Representation

SDG #5 Gender

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the barriers to women and girl's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Know Your Produce

SDG #2 Zero Hunger

I will visit ewg.org to learn about and use their Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen produce lists.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate & Ecosystems

Learn About The Climate & Ecosystems SDGs

SDG #13, 14 & 15

I will spend 60 minutes learning about these SDGs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Learn About The Economy & Communities SDGs

SDG #7, 9 & 12

I will spend 60 minutes learning about these SDGs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Learn About The Education & Livelihood SDGs

SDG #4, 8, 11 & 17

I will spend 60 minutes learning about these SDGs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Learn About The Health & Equity SDGs

SDG #3, 5, 10 & 16

I will spend 60 minutes learning about these SDGs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Learn About the Basic Needs & Security SDGs

SDG #1, 2 & 6

I will spend 30 minutes learning about these SDGs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Learn About Gender Diversity

SDG #5 Gender

I will spend 60 minutes learning about gender diversity.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Communicate Constructively

SDG #16 Peace & Justice

I will use the communication methods I read about to practice effective, compassionate, and nonviolent communication with someone I interact with regularly (i.e., my roommate, parents, co-worker, partner, classmates, or children).

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DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Spend Time Outside

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will replace 60 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside exercising, enjoying the sunrise/sunset, gardening, journaling, or practicing gratitude for nature.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Basic Needs & Security

Make Zero-Waste Meals

SDG #2 Zero Hunger

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Basic Needs & Security

Take 5-Minute Or Less Showers

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will save up to 6 gallons (23 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers. Tip: Use a timer to practice or count to 60 a few times.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Economy & Communities

Understand Your Climate And Natural Disaster Risks

SDG #9 Industry & Infrastructure

I will spend 60 minutes learning about the climate and natural disaster risks in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will spend 60 minutes learning about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Plan A Staycation in Your Community

SDG #11 Communities

For an upcoming vacation, I will plan a staycation in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Calculate Your Water Footprint

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Practice Mindfulness

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will spend 30 minutes each day practicing mindfulness.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Safe Disposal of Medications and Household Chemicals

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will spend 30 minutes learning about how and where to dispose of medications and chemicals properly.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Shirley Mirous's avatar
    Shirley Mirous 4/26/2022 2:11 PM
    So, instead of spraying the grass with pesticides (for the fire flies) I will try planting more of this around the yard. I already have Mint and Cat Nip!

    • Thomas Saad's avatar
      Thomas Saad 4/26/2022 5:39 PM
      I came across this video:  "Use Vinegar In Your Garden And Watch What Happens"
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO071MANkm0

  • Shirley Mirous's avatar
    Shirley Mirous 4/26/2022 2:08 PM
    I didn't know this about Fire Flies. We use to have so many.. :(

    • Emily K's avatar
      Emily K 4/27/2022 10:02 AM
      I have been really happy to see more and more homes replacing part or most of their lawns with gardens. Here is a link to a fascinating study that shows a lack of data is a big issue with determining how healthy firefly populations are!
      Evaluating firefly extinction risk: Initial red list assessments for North America
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8598072/

      "We found at least 18 species (14%) are threatened with extinction (e.g. categorized as Critically Endangered, Endangered, or Vulnerable) due to various pressures, including habitat loss, light pollution, and climate change (sea level rise and drought). In addition, more than half of the species (53%) could not be evaluated against the assessment criteria due to insufficient data, highlighting the need for further study."

      I had no idea that so few invertebrates and insects had been assessed for their conservation status!
      "Currently, the Red List comprehensively covers charismatic vertebrates, including mammals (91% of all species assessed) and birds (100% of species assessed) [3]. Invertebrates, in contrast, are profoundly underrepresented on the Red List, with just 2% of described species (24,219 out of an estimated 1,478,938) assessed as of 2020 [3]. This gap is even wider for insects: although they represent an estimated 53% of described animal and plant species, only 1% have been assessed [3]."
  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Research Impact Investing
    After learning more about investing, how can you increase positive impacts and decrease negative impacts?

    Shirley Mirous's avatar
    Shirley Mirous 4/26/2022 12:09 PM
    Stop underestimating the value and importance of time. The markets have proven resilient over the long term.  Historically returns have been generally positive over multi-year periods. By staying invested, you may give your assets the chance to rebound in the wake of downturns.
    And as difficult as it may seem.. staying true to a personalized, long-term financial plan can help you achieve your objectives. I have to trust my financial advisor.  (Lucky for me I married her!)

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    Shirley Mirous 4/26/2022 11:38 AM
    And don't forget the pineapple ?? !! I am going to run out of window space soon..
    lol

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    Shirley Mirous 4/26/2022 11:36 AM
    My niece decided she wanted one of my spider plant babies.. It's almost ready to put in dirt.

    • Thomas Saad's avatar
      Thomas Saad 4/26/2022 5:08 PM
      Need babies?  Mine are full.  I will use some of them in my outside planters once the weather warms up.  I actually take cuttings off most of my indoor plants and use them outside.  They don't flower but they add texture and color to the planters.

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    Shirley Mirous 4/25/2022 4:45 AM

    • Thomas Saad's avatar
      Thomas Saad 4/25/2022 10:29 AM
      My daughter got me these for a present.  I'm looking forward to trying them :)

  • Shirley Mirous's avatar
    Shirley Mirous 4/25/2022 4:45 AM

    • Thomas Saad's avatar
      Thomas Saad 4/26/2022 5:11 PM
      I have lots of Lemon Balm if your interested.

    • Emily K's avatar
      Emily K 4/25/2022 11:35 AM
      Although, you might get some visitors with the catnip! We put a pot out on the porch of my parent's house that we grew for the cats and a bunch of neighborhood cats started showing up to check it out :)

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    Shirley Mirous 4/25/2022 4:45 AM

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    Shirley Mirous 4/23/2022 10:44 AM
    Over 200 stairs up, but she made it!

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    Shirley Mirous 4/23/2022 10:42 AM
    Celebrating Earth Day the entire weekend. Today we are at Holden Arboretum.