Teresa Campos-Ortiz

capstone summer 20

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 5 This Week
  • 272 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    spent outdoors
  • up to
  • up to
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    whole food meals

Teresa's Actions

Visions of Sustainability

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

One-Time Action


Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) each day this week instead of driving and avoid sending up to 17.77 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

One-Time Action


Sign a Petition

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

One-Time Action


Say No to Plastic

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. This week, I'll say "no" to plastic bags at the store and plastic straws in all of my drinks.

One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 30 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

One-Time Action


Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) free of processed foods each day this week.

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.

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.

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.

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.

One-Time Action


  • Teresa Campos-Ortiz 7/13/2020 12:25 AM
    I did the online energy audit from the link that was provided. According to the energy star website an average household scores 5 and I scored 8.2. I had to estimate on it though because on the PGE bill it has a graph but it doesn't tell you exactly how much over a year. I do live in a fairly new apartment that does have some energy efficient appliances, so I believe that's why the score was what it was. The heater doesn't have an off button or dial so in the winter if the temperature inside gets below 74 it turns on and we end up using more energy. Some of the tips they have were to turn off lights (especially now in the summer), choose energy star certified light bulbs, and cover your pots. I will try to do these to use less energy and save money. 

  • Teresa Campos-Ortiz 7/12/2020 9:37 PM
    I'm unsure if it will count, but yesterday I went to a local farm and picked blueberries and bought zucchini that was grown locally. For dinner I used one of the zucchini's and it was so yummy. 
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    • Sai Kiersarsky 7/14/2020 8:59 AM
      Wow, what a haul! Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Enjoy the antioxidents! And you can't get any more local than that :)

  • Teresa Campos-Ortiz 7/08/2020 10:55 PM
    I walked a couple miles today with my dog. I took a different route and it was nice to actually walk and see what these places look like. It is much easier to see when you walk than when you're driving by to notice things or how things and places have changed. I enjoyed my walk because I got to see the neighborhood a little more by seeing different trees and flowers especially now that it's summer.

    • amy minato 7/12/2020 2:01 PM
      taking different routes can really help you to locate yourself in an area and feel connected to your hood

    • Laura Standley 7/09/2020 7:13 PM
      It's always nice to have a change of scenery. :) 

  • Teresa Campos-Ortiz 7/07/2020 12:09 AM
    Since last time I shared some environmental links this time I'll share some links to social change petitions either here in Oregon or in the U.S.

    Commemorative George Floyd post stamp link: http://chng.it/5x6kD4J5d6
    Stop rent increases during COVID-19: http://chng.it/J8gmd54dst
    Rent and Mortgage cancellation: http://chng.it/889YvzkN7J

    • amy minato 7/07/2020 6:19 PM
      i like the idea of the postal stamp - especially because right now the PO is endanger too

  • Teresa Campos-Ortiz 7/01/2020 10:29 PM
    I went to the grocery store today for a few things and actually forgot my reusable bags. The store does offer paper bags or reusable plastic ones too but I didn't buy any. I didn't take a picture but I just put the few items in the cart after checkout and just used my hands. Actually, I'll insert a picture of the reusable bags I normally use.
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    • amy minato 7/07/2020 6:41 PM
      i have done that before and just used my hands. usually tho my forgotten bags are in my car so i can stick the groceries in them before I drive off

  • Teresa Campos-Ortiz 6/29/2020 9:51 PM
    I had 2 whole foods meals between yesterday and today. I had some of the same vegetables in both but they are both different.
    • Potatoes, red onion, yellow bell pepper, cilantro and avocado
    • Quinoa with tomato, avocado, cilantro, and not pictured (lemon juice from a lemon) 

  • Teresa Campos-Ortiz 6/29/2020 9:41 PM
    I spent some time outdoors today. I went back to the local park for a walk on a different trail but I didn't take any pictures or videos. Afterwards, I went to a nearby lake and walked in the creek a little bit and sat on a rock. I was grateful for that moment in nature even though there were other people nearby I didn't feel like that. It was very relaxing! 

    • amy minato 7/01/2020 4:39 PM
      nice photos!  i think we all need nature therapy right now...

  • Teresa Campos-Ortiz 6/25/2020 11:39 PM
    This might sound silly, but I put all of the paper recycling in a paper bag. In it I put papers, grocery store ads, paper from packaged purchases, and shredded paper. I also make sure to flatten all the boxes from purchases and I take all of them to the recycling container. I will also share two links with you to change.org petitions that are going on in Oregon.

    More recycling in Oregon link: https://www.change.org/p/kate-brown-please-support-oregon-recycling/psf/share?source_location=signed_interrupt

    Ban on plastic straws: http://chng.it/qNh26qwHkN

    • amy minato 6/29/2020 2:25 PM
      thanks for the links Teresa

    • Zoe Kaiser 6/28/2020 2:59 PM
      I was gathering up recyclables from my room and was looking up how to do it properly. I learned that because of how the sorting works with the blue bins I think it's best if all the paper (especially small things like receipts, etc.) goes in one bigger paper bag because the small things tend to get sorted through into a pile going to the landfill because it's too small.

    • Laura Standley 6/27/2020 8:55 AM
      Also, thank you for sharing those links!

    • Laura Standley 6/27/2020 8:54 AM
      Great job! I also partake in recycling properly. It feels really good to do something morally responsible! Way to go!

  • Teresa Campos-Ortiz 6/25/2020 11:10 PM
    I went to explore a trail on a nearby park and got to walk my dog too. It has a natural waterway which leads to a pond. The Tualatin River is also nearby. I'll have to go back and explore another trail when it's not as hot.  
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    • Teresa Campos-Ortiz 7/01/2020 10:33 PM
      Yes, I believe you can. I actually saw some people last weekend on the river and one of them was paddle boarding.

    • amy minato 6/29/2020 2:26 PM
      do you know if you can paddle board on the tualatin?