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Michele Sprague

Wise's Earth Warriors

"Trying to create better habits for the planet every day!"

Points Total

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    66
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1.0
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    627
    minutes
    spent learning

Michele's Actions

Health & Equity

Learn About Equitable Food Access

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

I will spend 30 minutes learning about equitable food access and how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Support Indigenous & First Nations Communities

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

I will spend 30 learning about the past and present indigenous communities in my regions and what I can do to be supportive.

Completed
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Understand Your Climate And Natural Disaster Risks

SDG #9 Industry & Infrastructure

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the climate and natural disaster risks in my area.

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 30 minutes researching which plants support local pollinators and plant some in my area.

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

Basic Needs & Security

Get To Know Your Watershed

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will spend 30 minutes learning about my watershed and the particular water issues my region faces.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Work-Life Balance

SDG #8 Work & Economy

During the workday, I will schedule time for daily rest during work days to practice work-life balance.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate & Ecosystems

Learn About Invasive Species

SDG #14 & 15

I will spend 30 minutes learning about invasive species and ways to reduce their impacts.

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

Economy & Communities

Mend Clothing

SDG #9 Industry & Infrastructure

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate & Ecosystems

Reduce Single-Use Plastics

SDG #14 & 15

Throughout the day, I will note the single-use plastics I use and consider the reusable options available to me.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

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

Find out where your energy comes from

SDG #7 Energy

I will spend 30 minutes learning about where my energy comes from.

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

Induction Cooking

SDG #7 Energy

I will spend 15 minutes learning about induction cooking and consider if I could add this to my food prep methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Share My Positive Actions With My Community

SDG #4 Education

Each day, I will make my sustainable actions visible through a lawn sign, bumper sticker, pin, t-shirt, social media or other ways.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Learn About Participation and Representation

SDG #5 Gender

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Track My Purchases

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

Throughout the day I will track my purchases and then research the companies making these goods.

COMPLETED 27
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

Basic Needs & Security

Support A Renters Bills of Rights

SDG #1 No Poverty

Of nearly 44 million U.S. renter households in 2019, more than 45% paid rent equal to 30% or more of their gross household income. I will spend 30 minutes learning about a renters bill of rights and affordable housing.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Reduce Animal Product Consumption

SDG #2 Zero Hunger

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Basic Needs & Security

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will spend 30 minutes learning about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

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

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  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Learn About Equitable Food Access
    How is food equity and access linked to a sustainable future?

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    Michele Sprague 4/30/2022 8:14 PM
    It seems that equity and access are directly tied to sustainability; people who are food insecure by and large have significantly less healthy, fresh food available and instead often have highly processed, high calorie, and low nutritional value food choices that also tend to be less expensive.  These highly processed foods are the opposite of sustainability initiatives, and affordability can make all the difference.
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Support Indigenous & First Nations Communities
    Why is it important to honor native and indigenous peoples and cultures? What have you learned that is important to you? If you identify with or are a member of an indigenous group, how does your community practice sustainability?

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    Michele Sprague 4/30/2022 6:53 PM
    It is important to honor native cultures because for so long so many were completely disrespected and even actively destroyed.  While I have no direct native ancestry of my own, I have family that does, and I see the respect they have for the earth.  The story of Mother Turtle is one I have heard, and each iteration is mostly the same - mother earth is life.
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Learn About Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women and girl's equitable participation or representation in your community? Do you experience these barriers?

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    Michele Sprague 4/30/2022 6:35 PM
    The pervasive gender bias is so ingrained that often it goes unperceived simply because it is second nature.  Take, for example, purchasing a car.  I am the one making the purchase, but twice now questions were continually addressed to my significant other.  It gets quite frustrating.
  • Reflection Question
    Economy & Communities Create A Readiness Plan
    What was it like to create a readiness plan? Did you find other resources you could share?

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    Michele Sprague 4/30/2022 8:51 AM
    With a young child it can be hard to talk about serious things, especially in the context of what-ifs.  I found this website helpful: https://www.ready.gov/kids

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    Michele Sprague 4/29/2022 4:45 AM
    Loving the sunshine!!! Seriously, is there any better feeling than sun and wind on your skin and a smile on your face??  
  • Reflection Question
    Economy & Communities Understand Your Climate And Natural Disaster Risks
    What are the climate and disaster risks in your region?

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    Michele Sprague 4/29/2022 4:43 AM
    In upstate NY I was not the least bit surprised to see the highest risk hazard was snowfall.  However, climate change has definitely impacted winters here, and they are very different from when I was a kid.  The temperature variation and melt feel much higher than I can remember.

    I was a little surprised wildfires and landslides each fell in medium hazard risk, because neither is particularly common in my experience. However, with changing scapes due to climate it does make sense that these could also see an uptick. 

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    Michele Sprague 4/28/2022 6:20 PM
    I am taking a mini road trip this weekend.  My friends and I have decided to carpool and to use the car with the highest gas mileage.  Every little thoughtful action is a step in the right direction!
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Safe Disposal of Medications and Household Chemicals
    Do you have any tips for others on finding locations that accept products for safe disposal?

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    Michele Sprague 4/28/2022 10:37 AM
    You can find a plethora of resources online, so my advice is google and you shall receive!  Many local hospitals and pharmacies are open to public disposal, and you can contact them directly to find out if they participate.  If you are looking online, the DEA has a search tool to find local disposal locations HERE.   You will also find that "Take Back" events run regularly through many public organizations and schools.  I even pitched doing one on campus during Earth Month this year, but that may have to make next year's agenda to allow time to set it up.

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    Michele Sprague 4/28/2022 8:12 AM
    I just got word - I have been accepted to a local community solar farm to help offset my electricity usage!  Yippee!  

    • REBURTA MOFFITT's avatar
      REBURTA MOFFITT 4/30/2022 6:34 PM
      This is awesome!  Good job Michele!

    • Colleen Wise's avatar
      Colleen Wise 4/28/2022 10:21 AM
      Awesome! Ours starts later this year, looking forward to the environmental impact & savings too :) 
  • Reflection Question
    Economy & Communities Find out where your energy comes from
    Where does the energy in your region come from? Which energy is a renewable source?

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    Michele Sprague 4/28/2022 7:27 AM
    Our region uses a lot of various sources for energy, including some renewable and some non-renewable.  I discovered that NYS is the third largest hydroelectricity generator in the country (behind Washington and Oregon).  We also use wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass energy sources.  I read that as of 2020, renewable sources combined with nuclear energy supplied 60% of all in-state generation.   While there is some debate, I don't personally classify nuclear energy as "renewable"; while the carbon emission aspect is beneficial and there are some positive aspects to it, uranium is not unlimited, and there is a serious question about waste disposal - it is permanent, dangerous, and forever, and can't just go in a landfill.