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Janny Lai

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participant impact

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    meatless or vegan meals
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Janny 's actions

Visions of Sustainability

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale, or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.


Consumption and Economy

Buy Only What I Need

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



Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 10 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to 124.01 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.



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.



Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 4 meatless meal(s) and/or 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.


Ecological Principles

Support Pollution Reduction

I will learn about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.


A Call to Sustainability

Research Local Organizations

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


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    Janny Lai 3/02/2022 11:03 PM
    This week I collected rainwater! It has been raining a lot recently so I thought this would be the perfect time to do so. My parents have a garden and I sometimes help them upkeep it. We like collecting rainwater so we don't have to waste water especially when it rains so much here. Something I also did was simply enjoy nature. I think we all get lost in our busy lives and have little time to enjoy the outside so that's what I did. I went to a park and sat under a gazebo while it was raining and read a book or painted. It was very therapeutic and I highly recommend it to everyone! 

    • Kobie Arnold's avatar
      Kobie Arnold 3/03/2022 2:37 AM
      It really is a perfect time for collecting rainwater! It's nice that despite the rain, you still got out into nature. I feel like many people tend to avoid going outside when it rains and end up disconnecting from nature as a result. The weather should never stop a person from experiencing the world around them, so I'm glad you didn't let it!

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      Daniel Tapia Silva 3/02/2022 11:24 PM
      Being out in nature really does help! I know I for sure get tired of just being inside or only seeing buildings and cars the majority of the time. I think doing so also helps us appreciate it a little more and hopefully makes us want to save the nature we still have. 

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    Janny Lai 2/23/2022 9:05 PM
    This week I chose not to buy anything that I didn't need. I'm usually good with my money and don't spend a lot but there are times when I feel an impulse buy coming. I also work at a retail store so it's hard to resist the temptation of cute clothing but I managed to pull through! Something that has helped me is to only carry cash and keep my card at home so even if I feel tempted to buy something I most likely won't have the money for it. 

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      Kobie Arnold 2/24/2022 9:38 AM
      That’s nice that you don’t spend frivolously and didn’t give into tempting clothing! I think it definitely helps when only using cash because you can actively see it diminishing and it encourages you to keep a good amount for other things you may actually need throughout the week!

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      Laura Maple 2/23/2022 10:22 PM
      That's actually a really great idea to keep yourself from spending money at work! I wish I had known that tip when I was working.... I was horrible with impulse fabric buying. Cute clothing is SO hard to resist. I just have to limit where I go into. I CANNOT go into Francesca's unless I actually need something because I will walk out with a purchase.

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    Janny Lai 2/16/2022 6:10 PM
    Public Transit
    I'm fortunate enough to live 7 minutes away from a bus stop and light rail station so I take public transit most of the time. However, I do get a ride if I am going to campus most of the time but this week I have pushed myself into taking the light rail. I'm also making it an enjoyable experience by finding new places I can go to via public transit. I don't explore much without a ride but you can actually go pretty far away without one! I live in SE Portland but I was able to go all the way to Beaverton using the MAX. The only thing I had to keep in mind is managing my time well. 

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      Reganne Harding 2/16/2022 7:15 PM
      I think it's so interesting to see all the places I didn't know existed when I take a new route on public transit and I've even found good restaurants that way! Time management is definitely important on transit since it can take a lot longer to get somewhere than you think it should, but it definitely gets easier the more you ride it.

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    Janny Lai 2/09/2022 11:02 PM
    I took a walk around my neighborhood and picked up litter! It was nice to get a breath of fresh air and also help the area I live in. There was actually less litter around my neighborhood than I thought but there was a ton at a nearby park. I did this with a friend and it was nice to chat with her while doing it. If you ever have spare time parks are always in need of a little clean-up! 

    • Kobie Arnold's avatar
      Kobie Arnold 2/10/2022 4:01 AM
      I certainly agree that litter is often present in parks. It's interesting how people will use a park in a community and then when inconvenienced to find a trash can they simply throw the trash on the ground. Perhaps even the garbage can is not stable and trash can easily escape, or it is not emptied often enough. I think parks should definitely install more frequent garbage cans and better designed ones to prevent trash from escaping.

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    Janny Lai 2/02/2022 11:52 PM
    This week I watched the Story of Bottled Water. It was interesting to learn about bottled water and consumerism. While water is virtually free, millions of bottled water are still being bought today. I think many people are scared of tap water and that's because of the media that we consume. Many companies create ads that scare people away from tap water and lead them to buy bottled water. In reality, bottled water may be no better than regular tap water. I stopped buying bottled water years ago and switched to a hydro flask which I think everyone should try and use a reusable water bottle! Something else a lot of people doesn't think about is the water restaurants serve you is probably from the tap! If you're drinking tap water from a restaurant then there is no difference from drinking tap water at home. 

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    Janny Lai 1/26/2022 11:51 PM
    This week I decided to eat vegan and meatless meals. I have a friend who is vegan so whenever we go out and eat she shows me new vegan places to try! This week we went to Jade Rabbit which is an Asian vegan restaurant and also went to Ice Queen which serves vegan Mexican popsicles. Both were very good I totally recommend them! I also made some meals that were meatless. Some dishes I made were veggie kimbap, spicy tofu soup, and salt and pepper tofu. I eat mostly Asian food so I tried making dishes that I would usually eat on a regular basis. 

    • Naomi Bojorquez's avatar
      Naomi Bojorquez 1/27/2022 1:05 AM
      That is great that you have a friend to support you in trying new things. I love jade rabbit, and I'm so glad you got to eat there. It is one of my and my omnivore partners' favorite vegan restaurants. I like that you made similar food to what you would typically eat; that seems like a sustainable way of implementing vegan food into your life. Great job!

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    Janny Lai 1/19/2022 11:31 PM
    I'm not sure if any of you know but lead has been a problem for Portland's drinking water for many years. It has even been reported that our lead problem is worse than Flint's. Lead is a toxin that can negatively affect everyone but is especially harmful to children and pregnant people. It can cause behavioral problems and pregnant people have a higher chance of a miscarriage. Something everyone can do is to have a filter if you do drink tap water and know where your source of water is coming from since you can't see, smell, or taste it. 

    • Naomi Bojorquez's avatar
      Naomi Bojorquez 1/20/2022 12:03 AM
      Thank you for the PSA, I filter my water, but I sometimes wonder if it is worth the hassle since I see many people drinking straight from the tap! We use a refillable Brita filter in my house, but there is some plastic waste when I have to replace it every ~ two months.

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    Janny Lai 1/12/2022 7:13 PM
    Two local organizations I researched that promote sustainability are Friends of Trees and SCRAP Creative Reuse. Friends of Trees helps combat the consequences of climate change by planting trees in communities. They have different programs that engage the community while also creating a more sustainable environment. They have plenty of tree planting events that you can sign up for on their website. SCRAP Creative Reuse is a network of creative reuse centers. This nonprofit organization was first started by teachers who wanted to make use of their leftover classroom materials. There are centers that collect discarded materials from the community and resell them for a bargain. You can get involved by visiting their reuse center and either donating or volunteering there! 

    • Kendyl Huston's avatar
      Kendyl Huston 1/12/2022 10:29 PM
      Hi Janny! The reuse of scraps reminds me of the video we watched in class the other day about the violins made out of trash. It's cool that there is a local organization that does something similar. Also the tree planting sounds great. Even in a place like the Pacific Northwest that has so many trees compared to other areas, it is still so important to have trees not just for us but for the environment as well. Cool organizations!

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      Naomi Bojorquez 1/12/2022 8:04 PM
      I love the idea of tree planting. Tree planting events seem like something I would be very interested in. I had not thought to look into anything like this myself, so I appreciate you talking about it. I am happy you got to research SCRAP. I use SCRAP all the time to get materials for crafts. I am Indigenous and vegan, so I buy second-hand leather, feathers, and shells.