Nicole Elizabeth

Spring Online Course

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 959 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    70
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    7
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    6,735
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    7
    whole food meals
    consumed

Challenges

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Attend a Meeting

This week, I will attend one local event or meeting concerning a current issue in my community such as a planning meeting, a town hall, or a training on taking action.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero waste each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

A Call to Sustainability

Sign a Petition

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Visions of Sustainability

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Ecological Principles

Advocate for Sustainability

I will contact local officials and city leaders this week to challenge them to support sustainability policies.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) free of processed foods each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Buy Only What I Need

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 10 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Community

Sign a Petition

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 5 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to 19.8 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

A Call to Sustainability

Talk To Others

I will tell 10 people why sustainability is important to me and what my vision for a sustainable world is.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Food

Visit a Local Farm

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Visit a Waste Management Facility

I will visit a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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  • Nicole Elizabeth 6/20/2018 10:09 AM
    Hey everyone... I'm sorry I've been away the last couple weeks. I've been co-facilitating a camp and working zero waste at events in the community. I feel like I am living sustainability & kicking a**! That being said I realize I have not been keeping some commitments and promises I have made to the group. One being sending information about climate battery greenhouse technology. I am linking it to this! Be well and be strong friends!
    http://www.ecosystems-design.com/climate-batteries.html

  • Nicole Elizabeth 5/30/2018 8:59 AM
    For today's class on Water, I followed the given link and found that I am located in the convergence of the Upper Colorado and Arkansas-White-Red watersheds, but for the activity, I would say I mostly affect the Upper Colorado region. The site was difficult to navigate and didn't load properly, so I wasn't able to find the most prominent water concern for the areas, but my instinct tells me it is drought. The boundaries are southwest Wyoming, western Colorado, and eastern Utah. There are a plethora of streams and creek, mostly created by snowmelt, that run into the Colorado river, which ultimately runs to the Pacific Ocean. The far east boundaries of the watershed that converge with the Arkansas-White-Red watershed is where tap water may be split among sources, but my tap water comes directly from the Upper Colorado watershed, from lake reservoirs and the Eagle River.

  • Nicole Elizabeth 5/30/2018 8:44 AM
    Greetings everyone! I made it back safely from Costa Rica! I had a truly transformational experience and am ready to dive back into my sustainable lifestyle learning full force. I apologize again for missing last week's discussion, but food is my passion, so I am already doing a lot of work with my coalition group to help localize our food system in our mountain region. 

    • Welcome back, Nicole! Wonderful news! We are happy to hear you are working towards creating a robust regional food system in your area. So important!

  • Nicole Elizabeth 5/18/2018 4:23 PM
    Greetings, 
    Unfortunately I will be unable to participate in next week's webinar. I will be disconnected at a meditation retreat in Costa Rica on the Osa Pennisula, the most biologically dense place on the planet! Or so I've heard. Either way, a perfect place to center, reground, and reflect on systems and networks with gratitude for those life sustaining. earth systems! Therefore, I am posting my session 3 reflection early. Please also excuse my lack of logging in here to post my actions. I will be back at it the first week of June. 

    I have kept a food journal before for about 3 weeks. This was daunting to keep up with for me and low on my priority list, so that was something I definitely learned. I also learned I'm quite the snacker. I would like to get better about tracking this, because it was nice to have that perspective to look back on when things felt out of wack with my system. 

    Cheers ya'all! Keep rocking out those actions!

    • Thank you so much for posting this before you left and thank you for sharing more about where you will be and how you will be there with intention! So inspiring. 

    • Evelyn Swett 5/21/2018 1:07 PM
      Wow - - What an incredible experience. I hear Costa Rica is amazing. I hope the spirit of that country feeds you on your journey to a more sustainable lifestyle. Safe travels.

  • Nicole Elizabeth 5/16/2018 11:03 AM
    Session 2 Reflection: I want to integrate local food production into my daily life more and focus on gaining skills within the realm of regenerative agriculture. As most of the planet's energy is derived from the sun, plants are a worthy companion to dedicate my time and energy to. As I gain energy and wellness from them, this would be me mindfully living out this particular earth system that has been in place for eons as intended. This would limit my need for transportation for food and increase optimal health as I would be eating seasonally and from local sources. I also want to invest in ebikes to decrease my dependency on fossil fuels, strengthen my mind and body, as well as increase my level of resiliency by exposing myself to earth elements, (change in air pressure, weather, pollen and other earth particulate) more often.

  • Nicole Elizabeth 5/16/2018 10:56 AM
    Hi everyone. I apologize for my lack of participation posting reflections. I joined this course because sustainable lifestyle and economic transitions have recently become the focus of my life's work. I left my full time job to pursue sustainable consulting work full time and build my own business in zero emissions delivery services. As an avid pursuer of taking a systems perspective, I hope this course will give me insight into innovative, more ethically and environmentally responsible ways of running a business with a foundation in sustainable principles.

    • Evelyn Swett 5/21/2018 1:05 PM
      Congratulations on building your own business. How's it going? It is truly satisfying to allow oneself to give into this work.