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Kiet Chuc

capstone summer 21

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 227 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    112
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    7
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1
    neighbors
    met
  • up to
    7
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    miles
    traveled by foot

Kiet's Actions

Consumption and Economy

Buy Only What I Need

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

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One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) each day this week instead of driving and avoid sending up to 112.54 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Pick Up Litter

I will pick up litter on my street and ask others to join me in taking care of our neighborhood.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Meet My Neighbors

I will meet 1 new neighbor(s) this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Talk To Others

I will tell 7 people why sustainability is important to me and what my vision for a sustainable world is.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Start a Sustainability Journal

I will start a sustainability journal, capturing my thoughts, concerns and learning about sustainability issues.

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

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  • Kiet Chuc's avatar
    Kiet Chuc 7/15/2021 10:01 AM
    I've been keeping track of my purchase, and I notice something. I had some periods of not spending at all, and then at some periods I would buy things here and there. I do notice how wasteful company deal with packaging. It's great that Amazon would offer option to receive everything in one package one day, but it results in a longer delay in the other items if it weren't available at the warehouse. Sometimes, this option is not available, and they end up sending out different oversized packaging for such a small item. Worst is that there is no way to opt for a smaller packaging for smaller items. And oversize packaging is also a problem, as it is a waste of plastic and paper for a small item inside it. 
    That was the reason why I bought most of my items in same order, so I would only receive less packaging and all the items on the same day so I don't have to wait for each of them to arrive. I usually put an amount of budget when I buy an item, and I won't spend more if I don't have to. I think I've been doing some smart shopping for the past years. However, this still does not prevent trash in my room because of some packaging send out earlier or later regardless of the same-day option listed. I did not buy anything except for my project, and I also don't buy things because it's a hassle to wait for delivery anyway.

    • Kiet Chuc's avatar
      Kiet Chuc 7/15/2021 3:16 PM
      It is an option, but the problem is not a lot of item will have that option. I only got it to work like 2 out of 10 of my orders. It seems like things that have the label "Sold by Amazon" were qualified for this, but it has been a year since I saw that feature appear on my checkout.

    • Emma Butterfield's avatar
      Emma Butterfield 7/15/2021 12:23 PM
      I didn't know receiving everything in one package was an option, I'll have to look into that!

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    Kiet Chuc 7/08/2021 4:32 PM
    This week, I decided to walk, use the public transport and pick up litter. Believe it or not, I have not use public transportation ever since Covid hits. I remember the feeling of waiting for the bus to come, sit on the bus and then get off the correct stop. Walking + Bus and Max are my main methods of going back to campus, and I did not even feel tired after not doing it for a while. Bus and Max are the main transportation for me to explore some places in Portland, and I even take advantage of some to get to a much further place without a car.
    I tried to pick up litter for 2 days. But no one seems to come and join me. It's hard work picking them up and sorting them out. Still, It's a small thing I did to keep my neighborhood clean. I end up giving the cans to some of the homeless people. I also pick up a lot of water bottles and milk cartons. This is not a campsite or anything like that. But I guess some people just throw trash randomly if there is no trash can available nearby. 

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      amy minato 7/12/2021 6:10 PM
      thanks for picking up litter Kiet!  Often if people see someone else doing it, they will do it too.

    • Lucia Wanzenried's avatar
      Lucia Wanzenried 7/10/2021 2:23 PM
      Hi KIET! 
      I can relate .....this came to mind after reading you post. I lived in ST.Lucia among Indigenous Islanders a few years ago, and I was shocked watching folks basically stick their water bottles and trash in the bushes and trees! And there's  concrete water runoff drain systems (not curbs) off the roads, where folks also drop their takeout food containers. St.Lucia doesn't have reliable garbage collection services.  The actions picking up the trash in your community is taking the initiative of service and care! I'd be grateful living in a community as yours!   

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    Kiet Chuc 7/01/2021 3:57 PM
    I was lucky enough to be gifted so many reusable shopping bags from one of our neighbors. These are bigger than the plastic bags the shops  give us, and it is easy to carry around. And the best thing is we never have to waste 5 cent for a disposable bag we throw away after. I think this should be a requirement for shopping nowadays. Because some places still have plastic bags to give out to customers, and that is not contribute to eliminating plastic bags, as reduce and recycle are just not enough. Some plastic bags even have insulated layer inside to keep the cold products which is something plastic bags do not possess.
    I went to California once, and almost all fast food restaurants I went to all use paper straws. They may not work as well when submerge in liquid too long, but I think that's a  great idea. I think there is a way to reduce plastic straw use here in Oregon. I think it's possible to ask for a metal straw through mail, but I don't remember where to send the mail from. And the simplest way to not use a plastic straw is just don't ask for one or refuse to get one. At least that is what I do when I bought any drinks. Some reusable cups comes with hard plastic straws that can be washed inside and outside. And that is what I've been using. I've not used any plastic straws in my house as I did not even think about buying one. I don't buy a drink from outside that much and I usually make my coffee in a ceramic cups / glass cups. I never mind about drinking it directly as long as I kept washing them everyday and make sure it's my personal cup that share with no one, I can always use them. There is no need of using a plastic straw 

    • Lucia Wanzenried's avatar
      Lucia Wanzenried 7/10/2021 2:54 PM
      Gosh Kiet - I prefer coffee from porcelain cups too. Not in paper cup. I received a paper straw recently, and the texture - contact to my lips was awful. No thanks, I'll go without. smiles       

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      amy minato 7/06/2021 5:42 PM
      Kiet you can buy a metal straw at a local natural food store and keep it with you. they make tiny brushes to clean them out with

    • Justus Wolber's avatar
      Justus Wolber 7/01/2021 4:38 PM
      Kiet, this is so cool! Its wonderful that using reusable bags not only is more sustainable, but it also can save money!

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    Kiet Chuc 6/24/2021 5:11 PM
    I watched "No Impact Man" this week for the Wednesday reflection paper. I think it can count towards the "watch one documentary" category. I love how committed Colin is to reduce and reuse certain items around him. However, I can not stop constantly thinking that it is too extreme because he's passionate. However, I think that is the strongest point of the movie. He is willing to give up his current possession and life style to save the Earth. I also think that his wife was struggling because she could not get used to his idea. She admitted that it is good for her spending habit and health, but she was constantly questioning why. Colin is knowledgeable about what he was doing, but I felt that he struggle to understand his wife's feelings. His goals were on-point, and pin point the necessary actions. He was also aware of how people criticize his life, but he still stays strong and believe in a no-impact effort. From his experiment, he said he can have fun with his family and friends without relying on technologies. Colin was understanding that his experiment is not easy to do, but he still got his family involved. And the result was that his wife is not happy with some choices. I think he could have just done it himself no problem, but he wants his family to see the benefit firsthand.
    I think there's a lot of things to learn about this documentaries. Colin has a lot of good idea that we can easily jot-down and follow. The difficulty when attempt this experiment is to know what resources are available, such as a farmers' market / local market location, how to make one's own cleaning supply and giving up on daily routine and die we got familiar to. The benefit when follow Colin's example would be a healthier life with eating fresh and local, using no electricity means less energy generation which reduce potential fossil fuels usage. It can also allow for more creative activities indoors or outdoors. However, it is not hard to follow Colin's example. We can reduce electricity usage by not plugging in televisions or computers, or rather just use them in a limited amount. It is not hard to make compost out of food waste, but gardening may prove some challenges, especially when it comes to spacing. Shopping locally and using reusable bags and plastic cups are relative simple task to perform. In fact, most of us already did.



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      amy minato 6/26/2021 1:52 PM
      good points Kiet. I was surprised it took him so long to use a solar panel.