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Kalee Nesbitt

Capstone Winter 21

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 423 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    8
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    4
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    35
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    14
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    210
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    2
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    1
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    19,426
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    7
    whole food meals
    consumed

Kalee's Actions

Transportation

Car Share

I will sign up for a car-sharing service, or organize car sharing with my neighbors, to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.

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One-Time Action

Transportation

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Buy Only What I Need

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Pay Attention to Current Events

I will watch or read the news each day this week with a specific focus on sustainability issues and happenings.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Talk To Others

I will tell 1 people why sustainability is important to me and what my vision for a sustainable world is.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Start a Sustainability Journal

I will start a sustainability journal, capturing my thoughts, concerns and learning about sustainability issues.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Watch a Documentary

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

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

Visions of Sustainability

Become a Master Recycler/Composter

I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Sign a Petition

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Toilet Tank Bank

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Research Renewable Energy Options

I will find out if my local utilities offer an option for supporting renewable energy investment.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
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

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 3 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 1 mile(s) each day this week instead of driving and avoid sending up to 8.44 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) free of processed foods each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Pick Up Litter

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Kalee Nesbitt 1/28/2021 9:14 AM
    This week I challenged myself to plan out a weekly menu and eat at least one meal a day consisting of only whole foods. Eating whole foods wasn't too difficult because I love to eat salads and make my own dressings. Sometimes I like to add these crispy chicken strips to my salad that are all natural and crusted with cauliflower, but still a processed food. It was hard to forego them sometimes but my salads were still delicious. I also worked on planning out my meals because that is not something I usually do and will end up feeling pressed for time and not eating as healthy as I could. At the beginning of the week I planned out some meals, chopped up a bunch of different vegetables, made salad dressings, cooked some ramen noodles and rice, and put them in the fridge so that they would be ready to go when I was cooking to save time in the evenings. It really helped and I ended up saving time, eating healthier, and producing less waste! 

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      Kalee Nesbitt 1/31/2021 9:38 PM
      Amy, yes of course! 

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      amy minato 1/28/2021 1:05 PM
      Kalee I think it is sooo helpful to prep foods for easy meals. I am interested in your salad dressing recipes. Would you be willing to share a couple with our class in the zoom chat?

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    Kalee Nesbitt 1/21/2021 10:12 AM
    This week I committed to eating two meatless meals a day and choosing organic ingredients. It was pretty easy to eat two meatless meals a day, I would just wait until dinner to have meat. I had a harder time sticking to organic at times because some of the dry food in my house wasn't already organic. When I was at the store picking out some organic fruit, an employee came up behind me and "warned" me that it was organic because he didn't want me to be "price-shocked" at the register. I was kind of shocked that he felt the need to mention it and told him it was worth the extra cost.. 

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      amy minato 1/23/2021 5:49 PM
      I'm glad that you are not wasting the non organic food you have at home.  Eating less meat may save more than the extra you spend on organic.

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    Kalee Nesbitt 1/15/2021 12:16 PM
    I found a great list of environmental documentaries to check out, suggested by Zero Waste Store. You can check out their blog for a lot of other great suggestions on how to live more sustainably.
    https://zerowastestore.com/blogs/lifestyle/top-ten-must-see-documentaries-about-the-environment?utm_campaign=10%20Must%20See%20Documentaries%20%28Veq6RL%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Giveaway%20%28has%20not%20purchased%29&_ke=eyJrbF9jb21wYW55X2lkIjogIkxKWXFpMyIsICJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJrYWxlZS5uZXNiaXR0QGdtYWlsLmNvbSJ9

    It is also a store that offers a wide variety of eco friendly alternatives to household items! Here is a coupon for $10 off for anyone who might be interested!  http://i.refs.cc/si2yP6j0?smile_ref=eyJzbWlsZV9zb3VyY2UiOiJzbWlsZV91aSIsInNtaWxlX21lZGl1bSI6IiIsInNtaWxlX2NhbXBhaWduIjoicmVmZXJyYWxfcHJvZ3JhbSIsInNtaWxlX2N1c3RvbWVyX2lkIjo2NDU5NTgxMjR9 

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      amy minato 1/23/2021 6:10 PM
      Hey Kalee thanks for the links!  feel free to report on any of the documentaries in class.

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    Kalee Nesbitt 1/10/2021 9:49 PM
    I recently switched to reusable paper towels and it's been so great. It's so easy and I feel a lot better about how it has significantly reduced mindless waste. There are a lot of different brands but I like Marley's Monsters because they are local. My partner and I have been telling our extended families how great they are and to also try to make the switch! 

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      amy minato 1/15/2021 8:41 AM
      thanks for the tip Kalee I will look into those

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      Shannon Poole 1/12/2021 7:44 PM
      This is great Kalee. I have a pretty high reliance on paper towels and even though I compost the ones that I can, I could probably find ways to reduce my use of them! I will check out Marley's Monsters!

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      Jami O'Reilly 1/11/2021 10:14 AM
      Thanks Kalee!  I'm going to look these up!  We go through SO many paper towels. Yikes!