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TERRANCE MOSES

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Participant Impact

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    miles
    traveled by bike
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    28
    pounds of CO2
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  • up to
    7.0
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
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    hours
    volunteered

TERRANCE's Actions

Community

Pick Up Litter

I will pick up litter on my street and ask others to join me in taking care of our neighborhood.

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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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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.

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Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 3 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

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Visions of Sustainability

Organize a Course

I will organize one of NWEI's discussion courses, such as 'A Different Way', with family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

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Consumption and Economy

Support a Sharing Economy

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

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Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) each day this week.

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Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 3 hour(s) in my community this week.

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  • TERRANCE MOSES's avatar
    TERRANCE MOSES 3/02/2022 11:29 PM
    About 5 months ago I noticed that some people in my neighborhood started to walk around and pick up litter in the neighborhood. The last time I saw them I stopped to talk to her about helping out with that. Seeing if there are any scheduling and how it works for what area exactly is being walked. 

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      amy minato 3/12/2022 10:38 AM
      Terrance it's great to hear about folks reclaiming their neighborhoods together!

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    TERRANCE MOSES 2/23/2022 3:25 PM
    Meal planning is something that me and my family have done for years. Way before it was a popular  thing to do. We all sit down each week to decide what we are going to eat for the week. We then only buy the things for those meals that week. 

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      amy minato 3/01/2022 6:22 PM
      Terrance that is really great. my family does this too. my parents grew up poor and taught us to not waste anything. meal planning allowed my mom to feed seven of us on a low budget.

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      Kaylee Fujita 2/23/2022 8:48 PM
      I think it's so nice you all plan together. I meal plan myself just as you've explained it. I just figure out what I'm going to eat for the week and make my list off of that. It's something I always try to get my parents to practice when I'm home but it just does not work with them. I think we get too much food from family and friends to be able to stick to a plan. But for me, it definitely works out great and I'm glad to hear the same for you and your family!

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      Sam Galvan 2/23/2022 7:01 PM
      Meal planning's great, I like that your parents have involved you in it and instilled the practice in you. I'm not necessarily the most on top of it when I try to meal plan a week or so at a time but I'm lucky enough to live a short walk from a grocery store so lately I've been doing more "day-of" meal planning, which has worked well and I've been able to minimize my food waste. This is a pretty common practice in denser, more walkable cities around the world where grocery store accessibility is higher and car ownership is lower.

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      Ethan Shubert 2/23/2022 4:39 PM
      Terrance, I like the idea of meal planning. When I move out and have my own place, I'm going to start really planning my meals, since it is both economically viable and more sustainable than buying food on impulse.

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    TERRANCE MOSES 2/16/2022 3:21 PM
    This is the first week that my students brought in batteries to be recycled. I have so far collected 337 batteries (I went through and counted every last battery). From what I’ve been told from my students there are more batteries that they will be dropping off they could just only carry so many though out the day. Once I am done collecting at the end of the term I will take all the batteries to be recycled at Batteries+Bulbs

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      amy minato 2/21/2022 5:31 PM
      Terrance That is awesome!  I did not know of Batteries + Bulbs. thanks for the tip.

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      Erin Stagner 2/17/2022 6:20 PM
      That's awesome, Terrance! I am guilty of tossing batteries and honestly I didn't think much of the negative impact that has until joining this class. This past year I switched to rechargeable batteries and I am hoping that means they last much longer. I did know it's bad to toss lightbulbs but I never knew what to do with them, so the ones that have died just live in my cabinet... I'm definitely going to check out Batteries+Bulbs!

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      Ethan Shubert 2/16/2022 7:19 PM
      That's really cool that you are collecting batteries from your students to be recycled. Batteries are often overlooked when thinking about recycling, yet I think they are one of the worst things to just throw out, environmentally. If I would have had a teacher in grade school who collected used batteries I would have jumped at the chance to get rid of them! Gets me thinking, I wonder what the process is for recycling a battery.

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    TERRANCE MOSES 2/09/2022 10:52 PM
    This week I have biked to work, which is about 3 miles there and back home, the weather has been a little nicer a few more days this week making it very easy to bike. While it still has been pretty cold, once you get going its not that bad. One of my reusable mugs fits pretty well with my bike cup holder so I am good to keep using my reusable mugs when I am biking as well. 

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      amy minato 2/11/2022 8:45 AM
      Nice Terrance. I'm so glad the weather is getting nicer for biking

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    TERRANCE MOSES 2/02/2022 12:14 PM
    This Last week I started a "course" in my after-school program to teach my students about sustainability practices that they can use. One thing I noticed when we started this conversation is how little a majority of my students know. Now given they are 2nd-5th grade, however even my 5th graders didn't know how bad plastic is for the earth. As part of this course I am doing with them, I have created a challenge for them to bring in as much plastic bottles, caps, cans and batteries as they can for roughly the next month. We are also going to be saving some of our plastics from our daily snacks to see how much plastic we get in those each week (which I can imagine is a lot since almost everything other than the bag is in plastic of some sort). 

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      amy minato 2/04/2022 3:28 PM
      Terrance  I suggest that you encourage them not to buy extra plastic in order to win the challenge!.. I'm so glad that you are teaching your youth group how to lessen their footprints

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      Jessie Quandt 2/02/2022 4:52 PM
      This is such an awesome routine that you brought to these kids! I think that teaching kids as early as possible is essential to educating the next generation about sustainability. I work at a preschool and we are always encouraging the kids to reuse what would typically be single use art materials. I think there is so much potential for kids to reuse stuff because of how creative they are. Really great post!
      -Jessie :)

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      Kendyl Huston 2/02/2022 12:29 PM
      Hi Terrance! This is an awesome thing to do, it is definitely prevalent that kids don't know a lot about sustainability practices and how bad plastic is for the earth. I mean how could they? Everything in the store is packaged in plastic, why would we as a society do that if it is so bad for the environment?
      I talked with my family last week about plastic waste, and I have a younger brother who is in 6th grade who knows nothing about it. It's very surprising and saddening that schools aren't teaching kids how to live sustainably, and what is hurting our planet. So great job!

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    TERRANCE MOSES 1/26/2022 4:43 PM
    This last week and half or so. I have been going through stuff I don’t need, want, or have space for. Normally I would give these things to goodwill or just trash them. However I had forgotten that I was apart of a by nothing group on Facebook, since I’m never on Facebook, so I decided to post the things I don’t want in there and the people in my neighborhood have come by to get them. 
    Separate topic, as many of you may know, I go to black rock daily and have noticed that they have started using agave straws instead of plastic. I looked these straws up because they have the same feel as a plastic straw but they are made from agave instead and are biodegradable and able to be used in hot or cold drinks. 

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      amy minato 1/30/2022 12:27 PM
      Terrance that's cool about the buy nothing group. i think there is a psu barter group also that you might try. of course there's the reuse room in Cramer but often i just put things outside my house with a free sign.

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      Janny Lai 1/26/2022 11:55 PM
      The agave straws are awesome! Paper straws always lose their structure quickly so I prefer other alternatives. I've seen some restaurants switch to agave straws and I've also seen some use bamboo straws!  If shops started promoting glass and metal straws I think that would be cool too (: 

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      Daniel Tapia Silva 1/26/2022 10:04 PM
      I'm doing something similar for my eco change project as far as getting rid of items. I totally forgot about Facebook and its groups which could be super helpful. As for the agave straws, that's awesome. I had no idea agave could even be used that way. I wonder what the cost differences are so more businesses could start using them?

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    TERRANCE MOSES 1/18/2022 11:53 PM
    This last Sunday I helped organize a cleanup with my dads nonprofit and my church. We cleaned up the king neighborhood just off of MLK in the surrounding area of King Elementary School. We had 63 volunteers sign up for the cleanup and probably a little more that showed up. Including families with little kids, even an infant in a stroller 🙂. I do these more often then most as it is something that my dad has picked up in the 6 or so years, so much so to point of starting a nonprofit dedicated to house less cleanup and “bridging the gap between houses and houseless”. Even before the nonprofit I was and still am frequently out cleanup up houseless camps around North Portland. Weather it’s a big organized cleanup or just me and him. For this specific cleanup we gather roughly 300 lbs of trash and litter. We are always accepting volunteers, regardless of an organized cleanup. My dad runs 6 days a week cleaning up trash. Making multiple trips to the dump. 
    This link is for the interview conducted of the cleanup this last Sunday: https://www.kgw.com/video/news/local/volunteers-cleaned-up-martin-luther-king-jr/283-f360718d-0416-4d9e-963d-ea1660c3ca12

    If you are interested in more I strongly urge you to look at more via the Facebook page “neighbors helping neighbors pdx” for organized cleanups or getting in contact to volunteer any day of the week!
    The images I’ve attached are also from this last cleanup. 

    Fun Fact: when we first started doing this it was my dads personal truck and little trailer he had found somewhere. We eventually got enough recognition for our work and were given a grant from the city to buy a bigger trailer. When our trucks engine blew out after being replaced with a brand new one, a used car dealer donated another truck for us to use to hauls the trailer. We recently received a donation to get an additional dump truck (as seen in the photo) to collect even more trash with. Now the front of our house looks like a mini car lot 😂 but it’s worth it. We also hand out sack lunches that are donated from a lodge nearby. As well as warming kits and clothes we get donated, often new clothes that were ordered in surplus for a race and then the extras get donated. 

    • TERRANCE MOSES's avatar
      TERRANCE MOSES 1/21/2022 3:16 PM
      I can check with him and see. I’m sure we can find something. We actually have a really good interaction with houseless 99% of the time. Usually they will help, we also often will give out trash bags to the sites we go to more often and they will bag up their stuff and then put of the curb for collection similar to what we all do anyway. We also do a lot of camps that aren’t camps anymore so there’s not a lot of valuable things as for people don’t actively live there anymore

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      amy minato 1/21/2022 3:07 PM
      Terrance THIS IS AMAZING! Do you think our class could do a cleanup with your dad's organization during a class time field trip?  Also do the houseless folks help? are they ever upset with you? I read somewhere that its hard to know what's trash and what might be something someone else feels is valuable.

    • Kaylee Fujita's avatar
      Kaylee Fujita 1/19/2022 5:35 PM
      Hi Terrance,
      Wow that is so awesome. Do you normally get that many volunteers? 63 is a lot! I think it's so cool how you've gotten all those donations of trucks. Your group must be pretty good at what you do to fill up all those truck beds and bins. Thank you for sharing -- reminds me that taking time to take care of our communities and earth is important. 

    • Ethan Shubert's avatar
      Ethan Shubert 1/19/2022 10:54 AM
      Hi Terrance! I think that is awesome how your dad has a nonprofit dedicated to cleaning up Portland. And so cool that organizations have donated for new dump trucks! That job takes dedication, so bravo! It is also nice to see how many volunteers you got for this last clean up.

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    TERRANCE MOSES 1/12/2022 3:21 PM
    This was the first week of me issuing my usable container for my daily coffee. It was definitely a little tricky to remember to wash and bring back my mug since I only have one right now. I think I might get a couple more to make it easier. But I tend to leave this one in my car and then forget to take it back out for the next day. But it was nice to find out that Blackrock has gone back to accepting personal mugs. Since they and many other shops had stopped for a while due to Covid concerns. 

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      amy minato 1/13/2022 9:31 AM
      Terrance  I think theres a website on all the places in portland that accept personal mugs now. having a few mugs is key because its easy to forget to clean them. sometimes they will wash it out in the coffee shop. 

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      TERRANCE MOSES 1/12/2022 7:33 PM
      Hey All! I know for Starbucks in particular it varies per location. Some are accepting personal containers now and some aren't. So it's entirely possible that the Urban Center one hasn't resumed that. 🙃

    • Janny  Lai's avatar
      Janny Lai 1/12/2022 7:18 PM
      Glad to hear that coffee shops are going back to accepting personal mugs! I love bringing my tumbler with me whenever I go out just in case I end up getting a drink somewhere. I don't drink coffee but I'm a big tea fan so I like carrying my tumbler and metal straw everywhere! 

    • Kaylee Fujita's avatar
      Kaylee Fujita 1/12/2022 6:27 PM
      Hi Terrance,
      I agree with Reganne, that's great to hear! I had finally gotten in a great habit of bringing my cup with me to Starbucks when the pandemic hit and they discontinued accepting personal mugs. I feel like I may have seen the Starbucks at the Urban Center putting a personal cup out with an order one day towards the end of last year. I wonder if they're still doing that considering Omicron and all? It's nice that Blackrock is back to accepting though! 
      Thanks for sharing!

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      Reganne Harding 1/12/2022 5:15 PM
      That's good to hear because I wasn't sure if coffee shops were accepting reusable mugs again. I think having a few mugs is a good idea to help you remember to use them and so you have a backup when one is dirty!