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Kevanna Doolittle

Capstone summer 22

Points Total

  • 1 Today
  • 66 This Week
  • 168 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    spent outdoors

Kevanna's Actions

A Call to Sustainability

Start a Sustainability Journal

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

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.

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.

One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 15 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

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.

One-Time Action


  • Kevanna Doolittle's avatar
    Kevanna Doolittle 6/23/2022 8:23 AM
    For today's eco-challenge, I completed a challenge not listed on this website. On my morning walk with my dog, Mika, I decided to pick up garbage along my path to one of the ponds near me. I thought of this idea when I worked on my reflections from Session one and Professor Minato recommended I do it as an eco-challenge.
    When I lived on the coast of Washington (Tokeland) I had a history of picking up trash on the beach. I did this a couple of times a year as a teenager. I hated seeing the garbage in one of my favorite places and thought it was a good contribution to mother nature. I haven't done a garbage clean up in a few years and I thought getting in touch with my neighborhood trails would be a good start. It's an easy step because I regularly walk my dog on the path, I simply need to use a bag and gloves to gather garbage. 

    I picked up a lot of beer caps and cigarette butts. A tiny paint brush (yellow in my bag) and a few other miscellaneous items. I was surprised there wasn't more trash but glad that my neighborhood is semi-clean. I hope with this little change, I can see improved health for the animals I see on my path such as bunnies, birds, ducks, and geese. As we learned about nested systems and system thinking, this is my contribution as a subsection of my local ecosystem. I'd rather help contribute to cleaning it than do nothing at all. 

    • Jillian McDaniel's avatar
      Jillian McDaniel 6/23/2022 12:09 PM
      Hi Kevanna, 

      I think that it's so cool that you decided to pick up trash along a normal routine. it has inspired me to do that the next time I go on a walk around the neighborhood. This just shows that little changes to everyday routines can make a difference. It's also interesting to see what kind of trash gets left behind, like the paint brush. 

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 6/23/2022 11:30 AM
      Kevanna this is awesome!  Many students talk about the cigarette butts on campus. I wonder what a good solution for preventing that is?  I'm sure you inspired others who saw you

    • Katherine Huff's avatar
      Katherine Huff 6/23/2022 9:03 AM
      Hey Kevanna! 

      This is such a great idea to add to a daily walk, especially the use of the doggy bags you have to bring on your walk anyways. Also, your dog is adorable! 

      Hope you're having a great summer term!

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    Kevanna Doolittle 6/20/2022 11:35 AM
    My eco-challenge for the session one reflection included starting a sustainability journal as recommended in the "A Call to Sustainability" challenges. I have always enjoyed journaling because it helps me organize my thoughts when I have a lot of information to sort through. I anticipate and recognize I will have exposure to various resources which will be helpful to have time to reflect on through my journaling. 

    A couple of years ago, I made a decision to purchase a tablet to reduce my use on paper. After this switch I have made several notebooks for journaling and classes I have taken. In my digital journal thus far, I documented what my reading of session one in our textbook. For example, session one focuses on intersectionality and how everything is connected. Due to the digital aspect of my set up, I also have the privilege of taking pictures and dropping them into my journal. I included the Culture Tree as well as the Iceberg Model for later use.

    I am excited to continue journaling my sustainable journey to help me consider further steps I can take to improve my community and planet's life. 

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 6/21/2022 9:39 PM
      Kevanna I think its a smart idea to drop images from the course into your journal. sometimes graphics can say so much in such a small space

    • Ellie Griffith's avatar
      Ellie Griffith 6/20/2022 8:04 PM
      Hi Kevanna,
      I also started a sustainability journal for my eco-challenge. Originally, I used a notebook because I enjoy writing things down on paper. I was thinking more about the aesthetics rather than the practicality of the form of journaling. Your post and ideas have totally shifted by point of view. I could have saved the paper and instead used my laptop to journal. It seems so obvious, but it didn't even come to my mind that this wasn't sustainable! This just shows me how much I have to learn from this course to change my mindset to live more sustainably. Because I already have the physical journal, I will continue to use it, but in the future I'm going to use my laptop to journal. Thanks for your post!

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    Kevanna Doolittle 6/17/2022 11:59 AM
    From this class, I hope to gain knowledge and actions I can share with my organization to promote environmental sustainability. I hope I can also find new ways to reduce my carbon footprint and support others with the same goal.