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Chris Molinar

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Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 241 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    35
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2.0
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    9.0
    miles
    traveled by carpool
  • up to
    24
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    28
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2.0
    neighbors
    met
  • up to
    210
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Chris's Actions

Community

Help Others

I will offer to help 1 person(s) who are in need this week.

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Community

Meet My Neighbors

I will meet 2 new neighbor(s) this week.

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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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Consumption and Economy

Watch a Documentary

I will watch one of the films suggested in the additional resources and discuss it with friends or family.

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One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

Completed
One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 30 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

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Water

Say No to Plastic

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. This week, I'll say "no" to plastic bags at the store and plastic straws in all of my drinks.

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One-Time Action

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) each day this week.

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Transportation

Use Public Transit

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

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One-Time Action

Transportation

Try Carpooling

I will commute by carpool 9 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

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One-Time Action

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate for More Food Options

I will advocate for local and/or organic food options at work or on campus.

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One-Time Action

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 5 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Chris Molinar 2/22/2022 1:56 PM

    I took a carbon footprint test which analyzed all my consumptions then evaluated a score. Having a large footprint in carbon, i believe after reading the analysis came from my diet choices of consuming chicken, and dairy products. In addition, also driving to my job majority of the week really increased my footprint. After talking to my friends and family about this, I felt a sense of guilt but also understood that i can make changes such as taking public transit more to school and also researching more plant based diets.

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      amy minato 3/01/2022 6:27 PM
      Chris  it will be interesting to compare your footprint, after making changes, to this one.  Food is so often the culprit for high footprints. That and air travel.

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    Chris Molinar 2/22/2022 1:52 PM
    I found this one sorta difficult because I would forget at restaurants that was under this challenge.  Although, when I straws i would just fidget with them and not use them. I'm sure due to covid they would throw it away anyways. Plastic bags seemed a lot easier since i use my own bags for shopping, Or i reuse my paper ones

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      amy minato 3/01/2022 6:28 PM
      Chris i think you can ask them not to bring you a straw. some places will ask if you want one.

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    Chris Molinar 2/22/2022 1:50 PM
    After moving homes during Jan. 27th-Feb. 3rd, I immediately bought a Britta jug to have clean water and also reduced my plastic consumption by not having to buy water bottles. I just clean and reuse my hydroflask. 

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      amy minato 3/01/2022 6:29 PM
      Chris  Portland water is really pretty clean. Berkey filters are another way to clean it tho, and they have less plastic waste if you ever want to upgrade.

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    Chris Molinar 2/21/2022 9:08 PM
    During this week as well, friend and I decided to travel together from school and extra circular activities, since we live in the same building. It was fun to think that were saying the eco system but also money and resources. We would use his car for longer trips since he has a eco-friendly option during traveling.

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      amy minato 3/01/2022 6:30 PM
      Chris carpooling can be fun, efficient, cheaper and better for the environment but does require some planning.  

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    Chris Molinar 2/21/2022 9:05 PM
    Last week, I rode the max line a few times and had a great conversation about the public art that sits on the orange line right by where i live. The art was canoes that emphasized the historical culture of Brookland that had a lot of creeks, ponds and small lakes.

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      amy minato 3/01/2022 6:31 PM
      Chris  did you talk to someone you didn't know?  that's a fun thing about mass transit. you may end up meeting a new person.

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    Chris Molinar 1/27/2022 9:05 AM
    Well Unfortunately, I had a hard time completing this challenge bc  I'm moving this week into a new home so sometimes i ate out but when I did go grocery shopping over the weekend and I made those 5 meals to try to last me for a span of a couple days 

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      amy minato 2/04/2022 3:29 PM
      Chris  what meals did you make? i hope you enjoy your new home

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      amy minato 1/29/2022 2:05 PM
      What did you make? I hope you like your new home.

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    Chris Molinar 1/27/2022 9:03 AM
    So along with eating 5 organic meals this after going to the framers market, I told other friends of mine to join me next week to try it out and price compare some options. They always wanted to try healthier foods but never knew where to shop besides the "organic" section at large company stores

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      amy minato 1/29/2022 2:06 PM
      I'm curious what your meals were and how much they cost you. Its a good challenge to see if you can actually save money and eat healthy. have you heard of imperfect foods?

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    Chris Molinar 1/27/2022 9:00 AM
    This week i choose to eat 5 meals the had organic ingredients and it didn't seem that hard. I limited my meat consumption but valued to shop at local grocery stores and visit the Saturday market to get fresh produce. Meals that o made were a hearty veggie stew that lasted me awhile; a shrimp stir fry with rice; also a creamy chicken pasta with organic pasta and veggies.; in the mornings I had caged free organic brown eggs with a loaf of bread i bought at the market; lastly, I tried to cook with tofu but it didn't end up well to because the tofu broke a part into tiny pieces  

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      amy minato 1/29/2022 2:08 PM
      Chris you might want to buy the firm tofu. Also there are tofu shops were they make the tofu in house.  i have heard that baking the tofu can help it to stay more intact.

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    Chris Molinar 1/13/2022 9:16 AM
    My choices for sustainable living are going rather good. It felt nice to explore a nature trail near my area and feel connected to my environment and not be attached to an electronic device. To smell the air and greet people near by fun, likewise to see wildlife just coexist. 

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      Daniel Tapia Silva 1/13/2022 11:51 AM
      Chris, this resonates with me. I've been trying to cut down the time I spend on my phone and go outside to exercise or just enjoy the scenery as well over winter break. Definitely helps you refresh. 

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      amy minato 1/13/2022 9:33 AM
      Chris glad you are feeling better and getting outside