Skip to main content
Matthew Dunn's avatar

Matthew Dunn

Foundations and Practice of Sustainability 2019


  • 0 TODAY
  • 167 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    traveled by bike
  • UP TO
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO

Matthew's actions


Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.


Ecological Principles

Reduce My Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint and talk with my family or roommates about way we can reduce our negative enviromental impact.



Watch The Story of Bottled Water

I will watch The Story of Bottled Water to learn more about bottled water's impacts on the environment.


A Call to Sustainability

Research Local Organizations

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


Visions of Sustainability

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.



Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 2 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to 8.95 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.



Pick Up Litter

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


Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • Matthew Dunn's avatar
    Matthew Dunn 11/07/2019 2:54 PM
    Went to the 6th Annual Tree Planting Day at Washington University this afternoon!  Seemed like a chilly day, but once you got into the work, it wasn't so cold at all.  I planted six trees/bushes: Chokeberries and Paw Paw.  It was a beautiful afternoon, after all.  This was in association with Tree Campus USA, a program with the Arbor Day Foundation, and an event organized (in part) by members of the  Sustainability Department.

    • Lacy  Cagle's avatar
      Lacy Cagle 11/18/2019 1:01 PM
      I love paw paws!

    • Todd Horn's avatar
      Todd Horn 11/13/2019 3:10 PM
      A Paw Paw tree is a fruit tree.  It produces fruit and when it drops off the tree it is only good for 2 days and then goes bad.  Gotta get them fast. My grandparents had an orchard of these trees.  They made brandy out of them.  They are a pretty cool tree.  

    • Dawn Andrew's avatar
      Dawn Andrew 11/13/2019 9:11 AM
      I don't know what a paw paw is but I need one at my home. I'll look this up.

    • Matthew Dunn's avatar
      Matthew Dunn 11/07/2019 2:58 PM
      Don't know why my picture didn't load the first time, so here's another try.  The trees were planted behind the Whittemore House on Forsyth.  Even a chef of the Whittemore House got into the act!

  • Matthew Dunn's avatar
    Matthew Dunn 10/24/2019 1:17 PM
    Became a member of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment today.  I appreciate there are hardworking individuals out there working to shift policy that will make our air, water, and soil cleaner and to inform the public of ways each person can, individually, make "greener" choices.

  • Matthew Dunn's avatar
    Matthew Dunn 10/19/2019 4:43 PM
    Today, I joined a large group of volunteers with the Missouri Stream Team and picked up litter in the Des Peres river watershed (Gravois Creek).  It was amazing how much litter we pulled from the waterway near the start of the Grant's Trail (walk and bike trail) behind Orlando's on Hoffmeister Avenue and Hwy 55.  The most interesting thing I retrieved myself from the day was a car wheel (!!) that was almost fully submerged in the creek!  Other notable finds were a large, patio furniture umbrella, several tires, and a Marvel Hulk figurine.  It was a great reward to see the creek in much better shape after the work of about 20-30 volunteers this morning.  I will definitely sign-up to join them on another Stream Clean!

    • Michelle Parsons's avatar
      Michelle Parsons 10/21/2019 6:25 AM
      I did this as well; we were at Deer Creek.  We hauled out a lot of trash and debris that had kept the water from flowing.  We found a chair and love seat, tables made with rock and a circle gathering area.  From what I can tell, it was a kids hang out versus homeless.  We filled two three truck loads of trash.  I don't have pictures yet; waiting on Webster website to be updated.  We sure had beautiful weather for the day. 

  • Matthew Dunn's avatar
    Matthew Dunn 9/08/2019 3:37 PM
    Aw, man.  My Ecological Footprint gives an Earth Overshoot Day of 29 March, and the need of 4.1 Earths if everyone on the planet lived like me.  Completing those questions made me take a hard look at the packaging of the food we buy - I think my wife and I do really well since we hardly buy any food outside of the produce aisle, but I still wouldn't say more than approx. 33% of the food comes locally, without packaging.  And my work commute is about 28 miles each way, with a mpg the question phrased as being 'low' gas mileage - at 34 mpg!  This is eye-opening to what the burden my lifestyle is causing onto our resources.

    • Michelle Parsons's avatar
      Michelle Parsons 9/08/2019 4:49 PM
      I downsized from a SUV to a small car and I thought that 34 mpg was decent compared to the 15-16 I used to get.