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JoAnn VanDeWater

Emerson Houston

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 447 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,370
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    500
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1,630
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    460
    minutes
    spent learning

JoAnn's Actions

Education & Livelihood

Take Action During Earth Week

I will participate in Earth Week by attending at least one of the global Emerson Earth Day Live Panel discussions during Earth Week on 19th and 20th April, listening to the special Planet in Focus podcast episode, or completing an EcoChallenge action.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Engage with Emerson’s Sustainability Content

I will engage with the content available on the Emerson Environmental Sustainability Hub by doing one of the following: watch a webinar recording, read a blogpost, read one of the newsletters.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Take Emerson’s Sustainability Training

I will complete the first module of the Emerson Environmental Sustainability training program available on the Global Learning Center.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Spend Time Outside

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will replace 45 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

Health & Equity

Cleaning Product Ingredients

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will spend 10 minutes each day studying the toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies, personal care, and pet products around my home.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate & Ecosystems

Explore My Area

SDG #14 & 15

Each day, I will spend 10 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Health & Equity

Practice Mindfulness

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will spend 10 minutes each day practicing mindfulness.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Learn About Gender Diversity

SDG #5 Gender

I will spend 30 minutes learning about gender diversity.

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

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

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  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Practice Mindfulness
    What was it like to practice mindfulness? If this is a practice for you already, what was something new you understood in practicing during Earth Month?

    JoAnn VanDeWater's avatar
    JoAnn VanDeWater 4/29/2022 7:01 AM
    It was difficult to stay still and reflect for 10 minutes, but now I am finding it easy to reflect for 15 minutes.  It feels really good to focus on myself for a little bit each day
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Cleaning Product Ingredients
    What was surprising about the ingredients in your cleaning supplies, personal care, and pet products?

    JoAnn VanDeWater's avatar
    JoAnn VanDeWater 4/29/2022 7:00 AM
    I didn't realize how harmful cleaning products were to the environment.  I am going to look for natural cleaning products going foward.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place? Was there a new place in your region that was exciting to learn about and visit?

    JoAnn VanDeWater's avatar
    JoAnn VanDeWater 4/29/2022 6:59 AM
    I am fairly new to the area so I am excited to see there are many parks nearby.
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Take 5-Minute Or Less Showers
    With 5-minute or less showers reducing your water footprint, what do you plan to add next to your water conservation habits?

    JoAnn VanDeWater's avatar
    JoAnn VanDeWater 4/29/2022 6:58 AM
    I am trying to reduce my shower time to 4 minutes so when I wash my 2.5 feet of hair on Sunday, I can still feel like I am conserving some water by banking gallons.