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Laura Arens

capstone summer 20

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 282 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    14
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    4.0
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    46
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2.0
    neighbors
    met
  • up to
    140
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Laura's Actions

Transportation

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 2 meal(s) from local producers each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Pay Attention to Current Events

I will watch or read the news each day this week with a specific focus on sustainability issues and happenings.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Recycle Everything I Can

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Reduce My Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint and talk with my family or roommates about way we can reduce our negative enviromental impact.

Completed
One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 20 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

Completed
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Meet My Neighbors

I will meet 2 new neighbor(s) this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 4 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Laura Arens 7/13/2020 10:37 PM
    For my challenge of reducing my ecological footprint, I met with my roommate and we discussed our consumption, waste, and recyclables situation. We decided to switch to more eco-friendly cleaning products, such as plant-based sponges and reusable cleaning sprays. We also researched what can be recycled in our area. I took an online ecological footprint quiz (footprintcalculator.org) and it said if everyone lived like me we would need 1.9 earths :( sad. I will continue to evaluate my habits and try to find ways to lower my waste! 

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      Sai Kiersarsky 7/14/2020 8:51 AM
      That's awesome you're talking with your roommate about this! We are social creatures, so the involvement of other people helps us to succeed with our endeavors. 

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    Laura Arens 7/13/2020 10:21 PM
    I visited another farmer's market this weekend and was able to make homemade vegan meals that were locally sourced! I made a strawberry rhubarb jam that was super tasty. 

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    Laura Arens 7/08/2020 8:46 AM
    This morning there was the coolest bird by my bird feeder :0

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      amy minato 7/12/2020 2:03 PM
      yes thats a mourning dove. they have a mournful sound that's where they get their name

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      Laura Standley 7/09/2020 7:14 PM
      A dove?

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    Laura Arens 7/07/2020 8:26 AM
    On Sunday, I collected some recyclables from my neighbors and roommates to create my scrap garden. I used an old oat milk container, 2 plastic La Croix bottles, a Ben & Jerry's ice cream container, and a pasta box. I researched which items need to be propagated and which go directly in the dirt! It was fun & will hopefully be a very good way to save money in the future. 

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      Laura Arens 7/08/2020 8:49 AM
      Yes! lettuce, celery, tomato, onions (green, yellow & red) and some rosemary. I also have ginger growing outside but that is supposed to take a long long time to sprout lol so I might not track it 

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      amy minato 7/07/2020 6:17 PM
      Cool! What are those plants? lettuce? celery? green onions? rosemary? exciting

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      Laura Standley 7/07/2020 3:55 PM
      I was looking up on produce I could plant indoors and I saw this kind of gardening on Pinterest. I'm really intrigued with it. Let me know how it all goes!

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    Laura Arens 7/07/2020 8:19 AM
    On Saturday, I researched what foods grow best in a small scrap garden. I came up with ginger, tomatoes, green, yellow, and red onions, celery, and lettuce. My neighbors contributed some scraps of onion and tomato. To obtain what I didn't already have, I went to the farmers market to get the produce I needed to start my scrap garden. We participated in the Native American march and I met some new people in my roommate's tribe. It felt good to connect with my neighbors, the people at the farmers market, and some friends at the march. 

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      amy minato 7/07/2020 6:18 PM
      good for you going to that march. I was I had known about it. 

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    Laura Arens 7/06/2020 10:25 PM
    This weekend, I tried to meet all of my sustainability goals. On Friday, I ordered a vegan meal from my favorite local Thai place. I wanted to support a small business while keeping my goal of entirely plant-based meals. My partner and I rode our bikes to get the food and we enjoyed nature as we ate! It was nice to connect with the community & nature.

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      Laura Arens 7/08/2020 8:50 AM
      Tara Thai is my favorite Thai place! Family owned and they give free lunches to the hospital staff they are so so nice. 

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      amy minato 7/07/2020 6:21 PM
      Even before Covid I have been wanting to Bring Back the Picnic. What is the name of the Thai Place?

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    Laura Arens 6/30/2020 9:04 AM
    This weekend I went grocery shopping and made sure to focus on buying organic and local products. I have wanted to work towards veganism for quite a while. I bought eggs and cheese still, but my eco-challenge I am focusing on is to eat 7 entirely plant-based meals this week. Yesterday, I made a lentil dish that was very good with no animal ingredients. I also biked to the store and attempted to find products that weren't sold in plastic. Hopefully, the grocery trip put me in a good position for the rest of the week. 

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      amy minato 7/01/2020 4:33 PM
      what was the lentil dish? tonite i am making stuffed peppers with quinoa and lentils

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      Laura Standley 6/30/2020 2:01 PM
      Way to go!