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Kendyl Huston

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Kendyl's Actions

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.

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Consumption and Economy

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

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Transportation

Walk Instead

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

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Community

Sign a Petition

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

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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.

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Food

Weekly Meal Planning

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

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Water

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.

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A Call to Sustainability

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a movie about a sustainability issue I would like to know more about.

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  • Kendyl Huston's avatar
    Kendyl Huston 3/02/2022 6:37 PM
    For this week I decided to install a low flow shower head in my apartment. I had one at my parent's house so I just stopped by and asked if I could take it and use it at my apartment since that bathroom isn't really being used. My dad actually had an extra one in the garage so I took that one and installed it in my shower. It's a pretty easy process and it doesn't take too long. The shower head has different settings as well as a way to change how much water flows through. I made the flow of water as low as possible with still having the ability to shower like I usually do. I don't take very long showers (usually about 6 minutes) so I think that adds to lessening my water use. I will definitely continue to use this shower head and take it with me whenever I move!

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      amy minato 3/12/2022 10:56 AM
      Kendyl  changing a shower head is a small change that really adds up over time! do you like using it?

    • Daniel Tapia Silva's avatar
      Daniel Tapia Silva 3/02/2022 11:21 PM
      Hi Kendyl! Does low flow also refer to the water pressure? I personally like strong water pressure and wonder if there's a way to have that while saving water as well. 

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    Kendyl Huston 2/23/2022 10:43 PM
    This week I decided to track my purchases. It was an interesting week to track because it was so different compared to my weeks are normally. I did not really go grocery shopping this week except once to buy some food for my film crew. I went to Costco and found out that 12 muffins were only 8 dollars. This was a shock to me because some reason I didn't personally ever buy the muffins from Costco. I also bought a lot of gas because I commute to school which makes sense. The last thing that I really noticed was that I bought fast food a few times because I didn't have time to go to the store because of how busy I was. This was definitely mentally challenging because I didn't want to go through the drive through but I didn't feel like I had the time to go to the store. This is something I noticed that I definitely want to change!

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      amy minato 3/01/2022 5:24 PM
      Kendyl  I sincerely believe the first step to change is awareness. I've had those "ah-ha" moments to when I realize something about a wasteful habit. we are all learning!

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      Caeman Lipsey 2/23/2022 11:15 PM
      I did this same activity, and while I had known that the gas my car uses was excessive I had no real idea of how much it got. One tank was $50-60 dollars! I found the activity helpful in both understanding where my money went, and how much is spent on consumables. 

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    Kendyl Huston 2/16/2022 8:18 PM
    This week I decided to walk as much as I could. I live in Vancouver WA so I have to drive to school or else it would take me multiple hours. As a student I just don't have that kind of time. So I walked where I could. I have a store across the street that I can walk to so I went there. It's a decent walk and I only cross one busy street. This makes me feel a lot better about not driving my car even though it's not that far. Any difference matters right? I walk a lot once I am on campus as well, and if I have to go somewhere else in Portland I try to take the MAX. It's definitely difficult to not drive where I live but I tried to make the most of it this week!

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      amy minato 2/21/2022 5:23 PM
      Kendyl  it will only get easier as the weather gets better!  I wish that we could get a max to vancouver

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      Daniel Tapia Silva 2/16/2022 10:09 PM
      Kendyl, I totally get what you mean. Time is everything to me so I know how hard it is to try and justify double the commute time in order to reduce our carbon footprint. I think I'm going to try and do so one of these weeks that I'm not too busy. 

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    Kendyl Huston 2/09/2022 1:45 PM
    This week I wanted to look into what kind of petitions were circling around Washington State. Since I live in Washington (and have for basically my entire life), I was interested in what my state was doing to reduce carbon emissions. When I looked for petitions online, I came across one that our Governor, Jay Inslee, was pushing to get signed. This petition was focused on the railroads that we have crossing through populated areas and polluting everywhere they go. This petition was pushed after an oil train crashed in Oregon. The petition said it was a reminder that these railroads were harming us and the Earth that we live on. The petition was for a more sustainable railway that uses renewable energy. I think this petition is important because once we start the change from oil to renewable energy, things can start to change quickly for the average car and other things that use oil daily. I decided to sign this petition and I hope that someday it gains traction. Unfortunately, it seems like it was started many years ago, and I'm not sure what to do about that other than spread the word!

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      amy minato 2/11/2022 9:23 AM
      Kendyl  Yes two problems there. trains running on fossil fuel but worse the ones carrying it that spill.  I hope that we move toward high speed electric rail like in Japan. For so long we have underfunded our mass transit systems.

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      Laura Maple 2/09/2022 9:54 PM
      Yes! I've also heard that high speed rail is much more environmentally friendly, but of course there's logistical issues with implementing it here. We need to figure out sustainable ways to transport goods, because trucking and traditional railroads are not very green at all.

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      Jessie Quandt 2/09/2022 2:16 PM
      Hi Kendyl! This is a great way to get more involved in communities! I think that petitions work so well because they are a way for tons of people to show that they are passionate about the same thing. Working towards the same goals. Oil spills are so harmful to our environment and like you said it is so important to move towards renewable energy. Great post!
      -Jessie :)

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    Kendyl Huston 2/02/2022 9:50 PM
    This week I decided to take a test on my ecological footprint to see what I could change about my lifestyle. I also had some friends take the test so I could compare my life to theirs, and we could talk about it. I found out that if everyone lived like me, we would need 3.4 Earths! I thought that was wild because I don't think I live a super unsustainable life. I looked back through the questions and noticed that I could reduce my garbage waste and increase my purchasing of local products. Unfortunately there isn't much I can do about where I live and how sustainable my apartment complex is, but I can do my best. I noticed with my friends that the ones of us who drove more often during the week had a higher earth count. We talked about how we could reduce our footprints and it was honestly a very insightful and helpful experience!
     
    Here's a screenshot of my results! This is from footprintcalculator.org if anyone is interested in finding out their ecological footprint!

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      amy minato 2/04/2022 3:10 PM
      Kendyl I really dont think you can live in our country and do much better than that.

    • Naomi Bojorquez's avatar
      Naomi Bojorquez 2/02/2022 10:27 PM
      I thought I was relatively sustainable, too, but I got similar results to you. The questions in this quiz called out a couple of consumer behaviors that I knew were heavily impactful such as air travel and living in a large home. This quiz shows how ridiculous our lifestyles are. Many of the "sustainable" things we do, do not make up for the unsustainable things. Part of this issue is our consumer habits. However, I am starting to see that every step of the extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and recycling/waste needs to be more sustainable to reduce our impact heavily. 

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    Kendyl Huston 1/26/2022 9:59 PM
    This week I decided to be more conscious about what I purchased and ate. I personally am not very good at eating leftovers, I tend to forget about them until they've gone bad. This leads to a lot of food waste which is not what I want to do. I also have noticed I eat out a lot at fast food places because it's quick and convenient for my life. This is what I decided to change this week. I didn't eat any fast food and I only had one meal that was delivered because it was my grandpa's birthday and I didn't have a say in what we were doing (however I did spend the time to educate my family on what I was learning in this class). I also tried to include more fruits and vegetables in my meals to have a more balanced diet. I feel like I could continue this past this week, and it has made me more conscious about leftovers and what I'm putting in my body in general.

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      amy minato 1/30/2022 12:19 PM
      Kendyl  Its hard to get used to eating an apple or carrot for a snack but after doing it for awhile your body starts to crave it I've found. Convenience is a major barrier for students and food. i do think some fast food places are more sustainable than others.

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      Erin Stagner 1/27/2022 3:38 AM
      That's awesome, Kendyl! I know cutting fast food/going out to eat is a hard habit to break. And I really feel you about bad leftover habits, it's definitely something I am guilty of as well and it can be so easy to forget about them. Good work!

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      Reganne Harding 1/26/2022 10:44 PM
      Great job cutting out fast food! And I hope your family was interested in what you were teaching them. I definitely struggle with the leftover thing too, but I'm getting better about it as I get over my want to always make/get something new.

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    Kendyl Huston 1/19/2022 12:22 PM
    This week I watched The Story of Bottled Water. I know of many people who drink bottled water, and I was curious what exactly bottled water does to our planet. Bottled water companies use energy and oil to make their plastic water bottles. They use as much oil a year as it takes to fuel a million cars. I couldn't believe that this much oil was used to package water, which is basically free in our own homes. Bottled water costs 2000 times more than tap water, and many bottled water companies use filtered tap water as their product. The fact that these companies scared Americans into believing tap water was bad for them is mind boggling. I can't help but notice that information like this continues to prove that US Companies don't care about the wellbeing of people or the planet, but only care to earn more money.

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      amy minato 1/21/2022 3:02 PM
      Kendyl i recently read that people who drink from bottled water have twice as much microplastic in their systems.

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      Jessie Quandt 1/19/2022 4:30 PM
      I had no idea that many bottled water companies just use filtered tap water. I've actually been lied to my whole life with "fresh mountain spring water bottled at the source" etc. It is really shocking but at the same time makes sense that these giant corporations only want more money. Bottled water is also a difficult topic because while I think that everyone should use reusable water bottles, it is not possible for some people to own one. I wonder if someday there will be something similar to the reusable bags we get in some grocery stores now- meaning someday rather than offering plastic water bottles, stores will offer reusable water bottles instead. Interesting post, thanks!

    • Laura Maple's avatar
      Laura Maple 1/19/2022 1:33 PM
      Wow, that is a LOT of oil. Happy that I was able to get my parents to stop using bottled water regularly a couple of years ago--though they still keep some on hand for emergencies. It's crazy how paying for bottled water is basically just paying for the plastic packaging and transportation costs.

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    Kendyl Huston 1/12/2022 10:22 PM
    I watched Food Inc. and I was scarred but not surprised at what I saw. The way the food industry treats the animals we eat is ridiculous. I think this all goes back to that American mentality of money being the most important thing. The people who own these huge businesses like Tyson will ruin workers lives just so they can have more money and more product to sell. It felt quite unsettling and upsetting that people were treated this way. And I'm sure everyone knows how horribly the meat industry treats the animals. I think this was an important documentary to see because it showed me where my food is coming from, something that I believe everyone deserves to know.

    • Daniel Tapia Silva's avatar
      Daniel Tapia Silva 1/13/2022 11:54 AM
      Kendyl, watching those kinds of things convinces me more and more I should cut down on my meat consumption which I have slowly tried to do, as well as find brands that ethically source their meat. 

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      amy minato 1/13/2022 9:15 AM
      Kendyl  Yes its gruesome. Now it is very hard for film crews to even get into meat facilities.  Invisibility generates and perpetuates injustice it seems