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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Maria Polgano

Office Depot Women of Color

"I'm always looking to clean up the environment. "There is no Planet B!" (I got that from a t-shirt)"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 496 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    870
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    25
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    26
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    200
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    21
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Maria's Actions

Electricity

Use Cold Water

I'm going to use cold water for my laundry for the rest of the month. Decrease my carbon footprint. (and it saves the clothes too!!)

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Clean the Canals

I live on a canal and have noticed a lot of garbage due to the low water levels. I'm going to clean the half mile length of canal behind my house.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Dispose of Batteries and Paint Properly

I'm in the process of moving and will make sure that I dispose of all toxins appropriately including old paint, batteries, and technology.

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 2 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 19
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 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 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 120 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Maria Polgano's avatar
    Maria Polgano 5/01/2021 9:27 AM
    I had a lot of fun doing this challenge.  I always try to do my part by recycling and volunteering to clean beaches, but this challenge made me go out back and clean the canal that I live on, and I think my neighbors took notice.  I also switched the auto-setting on my washing machine to "tap cold" water; my clothes are just as clean!  I'll keep it going--There Is No Planet B!
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Maria Polgano 4/29/2021 10:00 AM
    I already don't pay attention to dates because I don't like wasting food or money.  I did share the information that I read with family members that are not as conscious as I am.  :)

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    Maria Polgano 4/29/2021 9:58 AM
    Great.  I feel really good about everything that I did!
  • 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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    Maria Polgano 4/19/2021 4:27 PM
    I use too many paper towels because I'm always cleaning something from my hands to my counters.  It's constant.  I need to move to wash cloths.  
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Maria Polgano 4/19/2021 4:25 PM
    Animals.  I've noticed so many more animals since the pandemic started, and I've noticed how many are hit by cars.  We're encroaching on their territory.  I'm not sure what we can do about that, but I do walk/ride to run any errands that are within a mile from my house.