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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Jennifer Yuen

Alteryx - Alter.Eco

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 831 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    365
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    21
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    21
    minutes
    being mindful

Jennifer's 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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Tour a Green Roof

Green and Cool Roofs

I will set up a visit or a virtual tour of a green roof in my city, and ask about the codes and process for installing a green roof.

Completed
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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate My Carbon Footprint
    What stood out to you most about your carbon footprint? What surprised you or sparked curiosity? Where can you take most immediate action?

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    Jennifer Yuen 4/30/2021 1:45 PM
    Here is a quick and easy quiz I recommend to calculate your ecological footprint. My biggest carbon footprint came from food, which definitely motivates me to try harder to cut out beef and animal-based products and move towards a plant-based diet. 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Tour a Green Roof
    What did you learn on your green roof tour?

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    Jennifer Yuen 4/29/2021 4:06 PM
    Here is a 360 degrees view of a green roof designed by the American Society of Landscape Architects - it's simple but imagine how much more appealing (both visually and environmentally) our rooftops could be if we all implemented these green roofs!
  • 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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    Jennifer Yuen 4/26/2021 10:09 AM
    A group of Alteryx employees got together over the weekend to volunteer at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano - an amazing community garden that is one of the only organic farms left in the country. The farm grows an incredible diversity of fruits, flowers, herbs and vegetables which produces fresh seasonal produce that can be purchased at their Farm Stand! Over the weekend, we helped with picking Frontera strawberries at their annual TASTE festival!  
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    Jennifer Yuen 4/23/2021 9:56 AM
    I recommend watching this video from NPR about the dirty truth of recycling: https://www.npr.org/2021/04/21/987111675/video-is-recycling-worth-it-anymore-people-on-the-front-lines-say-maybe-not
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about the Legacy of Redlining
    How does city planning and design relate to equity and climate change?

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    Jennifer Yuen 4/16/2021 1:43 PM
    "Redlining" is a policy that began in the 1930's by the Federal Housing Administration, and furthered the segregation efforts. You can see these infamous redlining maps here and how the HOLC "graded" neighborhoods into four categories, based in large part on their racial makeup. Neighborhoods with minority occupants were marked in red — hence "redlining" — and considered high-risk for mortgage lenders. These decades-old housing policies have had a lasting effect on American society. The segregation of our metropolitan areas today leads to stagnant inequality, because families are much less able to be upwardly mobile when they're living in segregated neighborhoods where opportunity is absent,
  • 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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    Jennifer Yuen 4/13/2021 3:35 PM
    Food expiration dates are not a guide for safe use, but rather indicate the product quality. These dates DO NOT mean the product is unsafe to consume after the date - and confusion over these dates results in Americans wasting some 40% of all edible food. Here is a great site I found that lists common foods and their storage options and how long they last: https://savethefood.com/storage

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    Jennifer Yuen 4/07/2021 10:42 AM
    Just a tip for Starbucks lovers that Starbucks is currently hosting an Earth Month Game on the app - you have the chance to win prizes for purchasing meatless and non-dairy food/drinks, and they will also be planting trees with One Tree Planted! I enjoyed the Impossible Breakfast Sandwich today (first time trying it and thought it was really tasty!) 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Jennifer Yuen 4/06/2021 2:32 PM
    Here is a great article I found on the climate impact of eating meat & dairy. The two animal-based foods with the largest climate impact are beef and lamb, so cutting these out of your diet would be the most impactful. Why are beef and lamb so carbon intensive? 
    1. The digestive process causes the animals to belch out methane, a greenhouse gas that is around 28-34 times more powerful than CO2 over a 100-year period;
    2. The conversion of land for beef production and animal feed is a leading cause of deforestation in many tropical regions;
    3. Farmers often use nitrogen fertiliser on their fields to stimulate plant growth, since grazing cattle need plentiful supplies of grass
    Rounding out the top 5 foods with the largest climate impact are cheese, dark chocolate and coffee!