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Crystal Parra

Cypress Magnolias & Lilies

"Feeling excited for this EcoChallenge! Can't wait to see how everyone does. Good luck team! WE GOT THIS! =)"

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 1,303 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4.8
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    28
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    36
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    798
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    3.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    36
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    4.0
    minutes
    spent learning

Crystal's Actions

Climate & Ecosystems

Climate & Ecosystems

TALK WITH SOMEONE IN NEED Talk with someone in need

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate & Ecosystems

Join A Climate Action Orginization

SDG #13 Climate

I will learn about local, national and international climate action organizations that I could join and connect with one or more.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate & Ecosystems

Ecological & Xeriscape Gardening

SDG #14 & 15

I will do one or more of the following actions in my yard, or volunteer in my community: plant indigenous plants, landscape with water-efficient plants, add mulching, replace a lawn, and/or use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate & Ecosystems

Support Local Pollinators

SDG #15 Life On Land

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 1 minutes researching which plants support local pollinators and plant some in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

SDG #7 Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Create A Readiness Plan

SDG #9 Industry & Infrastructure

I will develop a readiness plan for my household in the event of an emergency.

Completed
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Understand Your Climate And Natural Disaster Risks

SDG #9 Industry & Infrastructure

I will spend 1 minutes learning about the climate and natural disaster risks in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Online Energy Audit

SDG #7 Energy

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

Economy & Communities

Mend Clothing

SDG #9 Industry & Infrastructure

I will mend a piece of clothing for myself, family or friends.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Education & Livelihood

Volunteer to Tutor

SDG #4 Education

I will volunteer to tutor in my community at least once this month.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Volunteer In My Community

SDG #11 Communities

I will volunteer hour(s) in my community.

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

Volunteer

SDG #1 No Poverty

In my community, I will volunteer at a community shelter, food pantry or soup kitchen.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 28
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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Economy & Communities

Carry My Trash

SDG #12 Consumption & Production

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me each day to raise my awareness of how much waste I produce.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Basic Needs & Security

Practice A Sharing Economy

SDG #1 No Poverty

Each day, I will engage in a sharing economy among my family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Spend Time Outside

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will replace 1 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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Plan A Staycation in Your Community
    What place in your region are you most excited to visit during your staycation?

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    Crystal Parra 4/28/2022 9:20 AM
    A staycation is a holiday that you take at home or near your home rather than traveling to another place.
  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Volunteer In My Community
    What is one thing you can do to help your community become more sustainable?

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    Crystal Parra 4/28/2022 9:18 AM
    1. Eat Locally
    2. Form a Community Garden
    3. Start a Neighbourhood Compost Bin
    4. Ride Your Bike
    5. Join a CSA
    6. Volunteer for Earth-Friendly Causes
    7. Carpool
    8. Plant Trees
    9. PUSH FOR COMMUNAL CAR CHARGERS
    10. VOTE WISELY

  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Research Impact Investing
    After learning more about investing, how can you increase positive impacts and decrease negative impacts?

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    Crystal Parra 4/28/2022 9:15 AM
    Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. 

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    Crystal Parra 4/28/2022 9:03 AM
    An automatic dishwasher uses less hot water than doing dishes by hand -- an average of six gallons less, or more than 2,000 gallons per year.

  • Reflection Question
    Economy & Communities Online Energy Audit
    What most interested or surprised you about your energy audit?

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    Crystal Parra 4/26/2022 2:52 PM
    1. Learn Your Metrics and Benchmarks.
    2. Find Air Leaks. 
    3. Verify Insulation Levels. 
    4. Check Your Thermostat. 
    5. Inspect Your HVAC. 
    6. Look at Your Lighting. 
    7. Assess Nighttime Power. 
    8. Contact a Professional.
    How to begin an energy audit.

  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Ecological & Xeriscape Gardening
    What ecological or xeriscape landscaping practices do you have? How has your landscape changed from these practices?

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    Crystal Parra 4/26/2022 2:49 PM
    Ecology is the study of the relationships between living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment. 

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    Crystal Parra 4/26/2022 9:26 AM
    The US makes up only 5% of the world population, but it throws away enough plastic bottles in a week to encircle the Earth 5 times! 

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    Crystal Parra 4/25/2022 8:49 AM
    Today's Fact About Pollution:
    Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year. 

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    Crystal Parra 4/22/2022 2:04 PM
    “The single biggest threat to our planet is the destruction of habitat and along the way loss of precious wildlife. We need to reach a balance where people, habitat, and wildlife can co-exist – if we don’t everyone loses … one day.”
    —Steve Irwin


    • Marlene Raigoza's avatar
      Marlene Raigoza 4/26/2022 7:45 AM
      wonderful words by Steve Irwin. Thank you Crystal for your daily quotes. I am sure everyone appreciates them ...

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    Crystal Parra 4/21/2022 9:23 AM
    "Environment is no one’s property to destroy; it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect."
    – Mohith Agadi