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Karlee Boon

Capstone Fall 20

Points Total

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  • 142 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    11
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    miles
    traveled by foot

Karlee's Actions

Food

Visit a Local Farm

I will visit a nearby farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.

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Consumption and Economy

Watch a Documentary

I will watch one of the films suggested in the additional resources and discuss it with friends or family.

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Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.

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Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) each day this week instead of driving and avoid sending up to 11.25 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

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Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 5 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to 25.69 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

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Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

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    Karlee Boon 11/19/2020 8:00 AM
    This week I really wanted to focus on supporting local businesses and preparing for the upcoming holiday season. Since I travel home to Arizona for Christmas every year, it's usually hard for me to resist ordering gifts for my family online so I can avoid having to lug a ton of packages onto a plane. However, this year, I really want to make a point to purchase entirely from local and small businesses in Portland and Phoenix. So this week, I worked on a huge list of my favorite local shops and devised a sustainable, ethical holiday shopping gameplan. 

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      amy minato 11/24/2020 8:39 AM
      as holiday gifts

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      amy minato 11/24/2020 8:38 AM
      Karlee what a good plan!  and fun I bet. I bought some linen napkins at a thrift store and plan on sewing up some microwavable hot packs (full of rice) with them

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    Karlee Boon 11/12/2020 1:20 PM
    Since I've been avoiding taking public transportation during COVID, my boyfriend and I decided to invest in road bikes this summer to help decrease our carbon footprint. It has been so handy being able to ride to nearby shops and restaurants, and I've even bike commuted a few times across the bridge to my job in NW Portland - riding across the Broadway bridge is so beautiful! My tire went flat a few weeks ago so I finally got around to fixing it up with my boyfriend yesterday. Now all I have to do is buy some rain gear to brave this freezing Portland winter and I'll be ready to get back on the road!

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      amy minato 11/16/2020 2:18 PM
      riding across the bridges is so nice!  have you ever done the bridge pedal where they close some bridges to traffic for bikes? 

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    Karlee Boon 11/05/2020 9:15 AM
    There are a few different communities within Portland that I identify with - my work community, my film community, and the community within my household (aka my roommates). One way I decided to build more community this week was by organizing a meeting/hangout at my job after hours. My coworkers and I all met up at the coffee shop we work at, had some drinks, and got to just chat like we did in the good ol days pre-COVID. Since most of us don’t do much outside of working & sitting at home, it was a nice way to get some safe socialization in while also allowing us to further connect with each other as coworkers & friends. Having a support system is SO important right now and I’m glad that my job has become a source of that for everyone employed there. 

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      amy minato 11/16/2020 2:29 PM
      Karlee I agree that connecting with others is essential during these times and kudos to you for doing it safely


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    Karlee Boon 10/29/2020 7:32 AM
    (From 10/22): This week I wanted to focus on my own food consumption habits and identify areas where I can further reduce waste (both plastic and food waste). One thing I’ve begun doing when I go grocery shopping in order to combat food waste is purchasing my bread off of the discount rack at Fred Meyer. I always feel like I’m doing something positive when I purchase these items because I know that unless these items are sold, they will be tossed directly in the garbage (not even unwrapped & composted, which would be infinitely more environmentally friendly). I have also been trying to wean myself off of the few items in plastic that I buy on a regular basis; for example: oat milk is a big thing in my household but I have recently started purchasing oats in bulk and making my own instead. I’ve found that, over time, habits like buying in bulk and bringing reusable produce/linen bags become second nature - all you have to do is start. 

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      amy minato 11/05/2020 8:46 AM
      good idea Karlee!  there are always a lot of veggies on the discount rack too. Taylor was looking into alternative milk so maybe you could share your oatmilk recipe in class?

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    Karlee Boon 10/29/2020 7:31 AM
    This weeks topic was water consumption and I wanted to focus on places I could reduce my own personal household water footprint. One specific and sort of strange practice that I have been implementing more and more at my house (which I share with 3 other people) Is the “if it’s yellow let it mellow” method - and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like: we only flush the toilet if someone goes number two. Although this seems kind of gross at first, it actually hasn’t been that weird and is a super common practice when I have gone to Mexico or countries with poor sewage systems. It saves a ton of water too - a toilet flush can use anywhere from 3-7 gallons each time! Beyond this, I have also been actively avoiding taking any long showers, baths or running my washing machine with small loads. 

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      amy minato 11/05/2020 8:49 AM
      you can also put a brick in the toilet tank to reduce the water use per flush.
      it is also kind of ridiculous that we use clean water to flush with. there are some interesting grey water 
      solutions now

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    Karlee Boon 10/15/2020 7:11 AM
    For my ecochallenge this week, I decided to focus on consumption, specifically within the fashion industry. Especially when the weather starts to cool down, I always begin feeling the need to refresh my wardrobe for the new season. This week, to combat these urges, I decided to watch The True Cost (2015), a documentary focusing on the global fashion industry. Did you know that the fashion industry is the world's second-largest polluter? Neither did I before I watched this documentary! If you are someone interested in simplifying your wardrobe OR you're someone desperately trying to wean off of fast fashion like H&M or F21, I highly recommend this doc! There's so many options to buy clothes outside of fast fashion now (thrifting, Poshmark & Depop are all great resources) - take advantage of them! Refresh your fall wardrobe and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. 



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      amy minato 10/20/2020 8:43 AM
      thred up is an online thrift store for women's clothes.  learning to sew could be a good COVID activity 

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    Karlee Boon 10/07/2020 3:10 PM
    I spent the weekend with my parents who were visiting from Phoenix, AZ, during which we patronized many local businesses in Portland and throughout the Oregon Coast. Some of my favorite places we visited were Tin Shed on Alberta (they have great vegan options!) and the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island. I always make an effort to prioritize patronizing local businesses over franchises/large corporations because I believe it's vastly more important to support our own community and keep money within the local economy. Coming from another big urban city like Phoenix, it's almost shocking how different Portland is from the flurry of chain restaurants and corporate grocery stores that I grew up around in the Southwest. I feel very lucky to live in a city that is founded upon small, locally-owned businesses, knowing exactly where my products are from and who made this. 

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      amy minato 10/08/2020 9:15 AM
      yes and those small businesses really need our support right now!