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Ashley Landis

Capstone winter 23

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    spent outdoors

Ashley's Actions


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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Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 60 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

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A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

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    Ashley Landis 1/31/2023 10:01 PM
    This week, I decided to plan out my meals and only purchase the ingredients needed to make them. It required a lot of planning within my busy schedule, but I started with three meals. I also planned for two of them to be meatless and veggie-filled. I decided to make the ones with the most produce earlier in the week, as these items typically go bad in the fridge and that is what greatly contributes to waste in an average home. I always find it hard to use all of the produce I buy in a week, especially if I buy something I'm interested in without having an idea of a recipe for it. Overall, it was really fun to focus on my food and not only strategize while doing it, but also eat filling, homemade food.

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    Ashley Landis 1/24/2023 5:58 PM
    For this week's ecochallenge, I decided to practice gratitude for the Earth by spending 60 minutes outside each day. During these reflections, I would sit outside either on campus or somewhere along my walk home and first try to find all of the pieces of nature I could find. This includes birds, squirrels, plants, insects, etc. I would go down my list of observations - the temperature, the people nearby, the sounds around me, and the impact that humans have had on that specific area. I made sure to be mindful and grateful of what the Earth was providing for me in that moment, and to acknowledge the history that has occurred in order to get us to where we are today. I chose this because I find myself getting caught up in work and school quite often, and it is nice to be able to take a pause and appreciate the beautiful Earth surrounding us. This relates to our Capstone course because it draws attention to the appreciation of nature and the acknowledgement of how society has an impact on it.

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      Amy Minato 1/25/2023 7:42 PM
      Ashley. there is a lot of research now about how beneficial being outside is to our physical and mental health. you may want to include nature appreciation in our eco change project

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      Osvaldo Rios-Sabalza 1/25/2023 12:40 PM
      Your post reminds me a lot of one of the readings we've done, which mentions that in order to realize that nature is a system and not a thing, we must spend time in nature. Personally, I find nature, specifically the weather to be a nuisance and not something that I will always be a part of. Even at this moment of writing this comment, I am a part of nature. I thought of doing this challenge but it sounded like it would've been distracting to my school work which proves that I treat nature as a thing still.

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    Ashley Landis 1/18/2023 2:37 PM
    For this eco-challenge, I decided to explore a new area and take a walk. My partner and I drove to Noble Woods Park, where I have never been before. It's quite easy to find places that are new to me, though, because I am originally from AZ so everything is foreign. This nature walk was one of the best I have ever been on. All of the pathways that are over water let you hear the water under the rocks below you, and I found it really pleasant that they had signs in certain areas telling folks to keep out for animal/plant sake. I wouldn't necessarily call it an obstacle, but something to note is that we did drive to the park as opposed to using a more sustainable method of getting there. One bonus that I love about the PNW is that many parks are accessible via public transit, and this one is too! Overall, it was an amazing chance to take a mental break from school and appreciate the very accessible and beautiful nature surrounding us. :)

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      Ashley Landis 1/23/2023 9:17 PM

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      Stacey Alcott 1/20/2023 9:26 PM
      Hi Ashley, we don't see a photo only an icon where it shows that a picture might be. Way to get out in nature to enjoy yourself. With the cold I find nature very unwelcoming. I've never understood those that can go hiking during this time of year. I think it is great that they can. Truly, way to go.

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      Kailyn Mckeown 1/20/2023 4:20 PM
      Hi Ashley,
      I am also from out of sate, SoCal. The difference in climate is incredible, and I'm still finding my new places as well. One of my favorite things about the PNW, besides as you point out the accessible public transit, is how green and alive everything is here. Growing up in a desert, especially around a lot of wild fires, the doom and gloom of the world was easy to see, but here, it feels more attainable to become sustainable.
      It is a bummer than the transit couldn't take you to the park, I also wish there was a train that lead to Multnomah Falls, as it's one of my favorite areas because it has so many falls!
      Thanks for sharing!

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      Ashley Landis 1/20/2023 9:59 AM
      Hi, yes, I did take a photo! I am seeing it on my end attached to this post, but let me know if you are unable to view it. :)

    • Amy Minato's avatar
      Amy Minato 1/20/2023 9:10 AM
      Ashley I will have to check out this park. did you take any photos?