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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Alan Nguyen

West Valley College Chemistry

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 319 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    683
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    4
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Alan's Actions

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and BIPOC-majority neighborhoods. I will avoid buying and using 5 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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 3
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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY 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 0
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 1
DAILY ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 4
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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

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

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

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Industry Go Paperless
    What do you want to prioritize over material 'stuff' in your own life?

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    Alan Nguyen 4/30/2021 11:15 PM
    My life? If anything I prioritize the lives of my sibling and my parents. Gotta be safe and educated to take care of them better! I do love my "stuff" though... "Does that stuff spark joy?" Yes, yes it does Marie Kondo. :D
  • 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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    Alan Nguyen 4/28/2021 11:30 PM
    Eating less = less trips to supermarket = less driving = less road rage = less stress = less money spent on gas (although hopefully we try to walk to the nearest market) = less Whiz palace/throne room = less chance of overeating = hopefully not obesity (of course what you consume is just as important + genetics, etc) = less money spent at hospitals/pills = spending less money overall = happy (happier?) wallet = attempting to build up wealth because everything is so darn expensive
  • 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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    Alan Nguyen 4/27/2021 11:36 PM
    When I eat mindfully, I eat less. I am able to listen to my body tell me when it is not hungry anymore. Being distracted while eating doesn't help my body register the food that is being consumed. If I'm writing emails or watching a show, next thing you know, a family sized bag of _____ is gone. All GONE?!
  • 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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    Alan Nguyen 4/26/2021 11:57 PM
    I try to buy refurbished items when I need it. I liked going to 2nd hand shops before the pandemic. Finding a new purpose for things is fun. It's like a challenge. I also don't use wireless charging. A lot of energy is wasted because wireless charging isn't very efficient right now.

    "How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?" It makes me feel grrrrreat! Is this allowed? I feel like Tony the Tiger is going to flag my post. If you are seeing this, use less sugar in your cereal.

  • 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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    Alan Nguyen 4/26/2021 11:45 PM
    If you boil and blend everything, you get soup... or don't blend it and rough chop everything and call it rustic... soup. Season to taste.

    Wait, you hate soup? How about tempura battered stalks? I take that one back, how about we start pickling stalks? Boil 1 cup of vinegar of your choice, 1 cup of sugar, after the boil carefully pour the liquid into your jar of heart-, I mean stalks. After the liquid has cooled down label your jar and put it in the fridge. Try the stalks in a few days and if doesn't have enough flavor, you can share it with your family. If it's decent, you can also share it with your family. 

    Side note. I have been eating more oranges for Vitamin C and the rinds can get composted, but if anyone wants, you can boil the rinds to remove some of the bitterness and then cook the rinds in a simple syrup. What you want is less of the pith and more of the rind. (some pith is okay) (simple syrup = 1 part sugar to 1 part water) Sugar can get extremely hot so proceed with caution. After a cool down, you could coat the rind with more sugar, or something else if you want. Ginger powder is an idea, but too much can be very bitter.... so you can mix some sugar in there too. (maybe 1 to 4 ginger to azucar?) Unsweetened cocoa power is another idea, but I haven't done that yet.  There are plenty of recipes online! Have fun~

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    Alan Nguyen 4/25/2021 3:00 PM
    I'm late, but this site is pretty cool, there's so many things to learn and then do! The most important thing is to take action consistently. We'll build good habits along the way too!
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

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    Alan Nguyen 4/25/2021 2:49 PM
     Now is not the time to be a bystander and watch these lives disappear. Animals get caught up in our nets and cages and die. "Protected" animals can't be sold when they are the bycatch. What good is protecting something that is dead? According to seafoodwatch.org, "over 4 million tons of bycatch are caught in bottom trawls." This is every year! Ghost gear is another issue and we need to combine advanced tech with this gear to keep track and owners need to be held accountable. 


    As for the reflection question, my seafood choices are okay as I compare to the seafood watch list, but there's always room to improve. I need to really find out where the fish are coming from in the Asian markets near me before I buy... the prices are cheap...

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    Alan Nguyen 4/25/2021 2:31 PM
    I never realized how ignorant we are when it comes to pipelines. We use a lot of natural gas and I understand we have a lot of pipes. Pipes leak. Yet we customers of PG&E pay for the wasted gas. Methane is worse than carbon dioxide. This news is upsetting and here is the link:

    https://www.kqed.org/science/407801/the-hidden-climate-threat-that-gas-companies-noticed-but-rarely-fixed

    The U.S and our whole system is extremely flawed. Prevention is best! (and probable less expensive in the long run.) Prevent so we don't get disasters like San Bruno. Clearing dry grass to prevent huge fires we all suffered through. Eating right first so we don't have to take medicine. Let's make a world a better place to live for all life.