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Kenja Bettis

capstone summer 21

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 76 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    70
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    35
    organic meals
    consumed

Kenja's Actions

Food

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 5 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 5 meatless meal(s) and/or 5 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a movie about a sustainability issue I would like to know more about.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Research Local Organizations

I will learn what local organizations are working on sustainability issues and how I can get involved.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Learn About Local Issues

I will find out what local sustainability issues are most urgent in my region, including both social and environmental justice concerns.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Sign a Petition

I will sign petitions in support of an environmental or social initiative in my state.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Kenja Bettis's avatar
    Kenja Bettis 7/12/2021 5:01 PM
    I went on a walk today downtown. I discovered a few parks that brought an interactive experience for community members. (It ties into my project so I will be adding it). One of the parks was Tanner Springs Park. It is a sustainable park that was a formerly a contaminated industrial site. It is now a sustainable natural park. It was like looking at a piece of nature, but in the middle of the city. I wish they had more of these, especially in NE Portland. You should check it out! It is transit accessible. 

    • Kenja Bettis's avatar
      Kenja Bettis 7/20/2021 10:58 AM
      There are never too many parks! I wish there were more! Thank you all for your responses.

    • Lucia Wanzenried's avatar
      Lucia Wanzenried 7/20/2021 10:44 AM
      Great find Kenja! I visit there often likewise. I love discovering hikes and parks local to my community....especially when I can walk to a destination and not need to drive whatsoever!! Nice

    • Nicola Bittner's avatar
      Nicola Bittner 7/14/2021 9:10 AM
      NE could definitely use some more nature parks, I agree! Thank you so much for sharing your find. I feel like I've heard of this park, but have never visited. They're thinking about making the Willamette Falls industrial area some kind of community space, but it'll probably take years and years to tear the old paper mills down and make the area safe. 

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      amy minato 7/12/2021 6:00 PM
      wow thanks for telling me about this park Kenja!  yes. we cant have too many parks.

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    Kenja Bettis 6/24/2021 12:30 PM
    I love this idea of an eco challenge. It is a fun way to make positive and sustainable change. I have already made a drastic change in my diet and how I use my foods. For example, I eat strictly organic and plant based foods. Any food waste I accrued was reused for vegetable stock, or thrown in a compost bin. However, for this week I wanted to learn about something new. I focused on construction. I wanted to be able to sign a petition or email a representative because they are in charge of how our world operates. I first chose an organization to learn about. Blueprint for Better is a campaign that focuses on a call to action. They work with the organization AIA. Their focus is to work with architects, design professionals, civic leaders, and the public in the community to transform our day to day practices of architecture. I was able to sign a petition that emails Representative Blumenauer, Senator Jeff Merkely and Senator Ron Wyden. This emails addresses the call to make buildings a part of the climate change solution. 40% of greenhouse gas emissions are generated through construction and operation of buildings. Sending that email was barely any effort but I did learn about an important issue, and was able to send the email out to the people in charge of this problem. Here is the link so you all could do the same: https://blueprintforbetter.org/about-the-campaign/ 

    • Josie Share's avatar
      Josie Share 6/29/2021 10:49 PM
      Hi Kenja,

      It's awesome that you were able to take action on such an important climate issue. Thank you for including the link; I emailed my representatives as well! I did not know that such a large percentage of GHG emissions were caused by building construction and operation, so this is something I will need to educate myself on. Thanks for the insight!

      Josie

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      amy minato 6/26/2021 1:55 PM
      Kenja that is fantastic thank you so much! i agree we dont focus on buildings and design enough. At least now there are groups to deconstruct old buildings and salvage the materials in Portland at least (instead of bulldozing them)