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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Stesha Ong

JAC Sustainability

"I am excited to participate in this Eco challenge to be more sustainable in my life!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,476 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1,910
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    290
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    520
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    36
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    330
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Stesha's 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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars, Efficient Trucks

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Become A Master Recycler/Composter

Recycling

I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

Bioplastics

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 5 friends, family and/or colleagues.

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

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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Install A Toilet Tank Bank

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water a day or 330 gallons (1,230 L) a month by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Upgrade My Windows

Insulation

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Research Peatlands

Peatland Protection and Rewetting

I will spend 30 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how people can build with carbon-storing materials - including agricultural byproducts - and discuss it with my peers in person or by posting to social media.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

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

Electricity

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics, Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in creating or purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

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

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.

Completed
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

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
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

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 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 20 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
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 25
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 25
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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Exercising outside

My goal is to become healthier while decreasing my carbon footprint. Going outside also helps to destress and is very calming.

COMPLETED 23
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 27
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail
    What are the factors that influence your choice of transportation? These can include things like money, time, and convenience, as well as perceptions of danger or safety. What would need to change for you to regularly choose more climate-friendly options?

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    Stesha Ong 4/29/2021 7:37 PM
    Convenience can surely affect my choice of transportation because if a bus stop or station is not nearby it cannot be considered a option of transportation if it is not easily accessible. Not only that but time taken on the ride also makes a difference because sometimes different modes of transportation are slower than the other which will surely affect my choice depending on whether I am in a rush or not especially if I wake up late :)
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Muscle Power on Earth Day
    Did you have any obstacles getting to and from campus with your "muscle transportation" of choice?

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    Stesha Ong 4/29/2021 10:18 AM
    It was definitely a tough way of commuting via bicycle because I am still a beginner and the campus is really far from my house. I think my low stamina was definitely an obstacle but nonetheless it was fun to do something good for the environment!

  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Stesha Ong 4/29/2021 10:14 AM
    My transportation choices allow me to actually have a break and think about what I need to do. The scenery is very calming and really helps with lifting my mood everyday without fail.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Online Energy Audit
    What are your next steps for saving energy?

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    Stesha Ong 4/28/2021 4:35 AM
    I will have to educate my entire family to use energy only when needed because a lot of energy is wasted in the lights that are left on when not needed. We will have to work together to remind each other to do this not only to save energy but also to save money. We could also start investing in more fuel-efficient goods. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Stesha Ong 4/18/2021 5:37 PM
    I use plastic bags, coffee cups and plastic containers for food a lot. I substituted these by using reusable cloth bags that I can wash so that it can be clean and reusable to buy groceries. I try to make drinks like coffee and tea at home and limit the amount I drink outside to prevent myself from using coffee cups because I tend to forget to bring my own bottle when I go out to buy these drinks. When I takeout, I try to use my own containers now instead of plastic ones to be more sustainable and eco-friendly. If I do ever use plastic products, I will try to reuse it especially for plastic bags before recycling it.

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    Stesha Ong 4/17/2021 2:00 PM
    Today was colder than usual and I was not able to walk as long as I wanted today but I will definitely try to make up for it tomorrow and hopefully the weather will get better as time goes on :)
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience 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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    Stesha Ong 4/16/2021 12:42 PM
    Community garden allow people more access to plant more things and we would have multiple people caring for the soil and earth instead of it being one tedious task for just one person. It also encourages team work which would cause our community to become closer which is something I would really like to see. When we look back at the work that we all had a part in creating, it would bring everybody lots of joy while being eco-friendly which makes your work all the more satisfying. People can also learn from one another more about gardening and they can exchange ideas which is somethig I would like to learn from others who would have more experience.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Support Companies Leading in Green Energy
    Every dollar you put into solar or wind is a dollar not put into traditional financial institutions. You'll also be bolstering the fossil fuel divestment movement, too. Name some companies you know that invest in green energy. How can you support them?

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    Stesha Ong 4/16/2021 12:37 PM
    Apple and Intel uses renewable energy sources in the production of their goods which is really inspiring as they are both famous companies and we could support them by buying their products but unfortunately that is very expensive. However, we could bring to light how they use green energy by sharing the information around which may draw in some people who are thinking of buying from them.
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Research Barriers to Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women's equal participation and/or representation in your community?

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    Stesha Ong 4/15/2021 7:58 PM
    In my community I would think that some of the adult's old-fashioned way of thinking that has been instilled in them when they were young is one of the barriers to women's equal participation. Not only that, but women themselves are believing that they may not be able to attain equal participation which is why sometimes women do not stand up; but this I can see is changing fast as we all grow more self-aware. Awareness may also be another barrier as some women may not be aware that they are able to attain equal participation and some people take advantage of this fact sadly.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. In what ways (i.e. with money, time, advocacy) can you invest in geothermal energy?

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    Stesha Ong 4/15/2021 7:54 PM
    I could try advocating for geothermal energy but I would have to research more about the area first to see if we are able to lean more on geothermal energy and whether it would be beneficial for us. I can also spend more time researching about the topic and sharing it around. It is quite an interesting form of energy which I think is something amazing!