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Xenia Owen

Capstone Spring 22

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 266 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    7.0
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1.0
    neighbors
    met
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    140
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Xenia's Actions

Community

Meet My Neighbors

I will meet 1 new neighbor(s) this week.

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Learn About Local Issues

I will find out what local sustainability issues are most urgent in my region, including both social and environmental justice concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 20 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Research Local Organizations

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Learn About My Watershed

I will find local resources for learning about my watershed and the particular water issues my region faces.

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

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  • Xenia Owen's avatar
    Xenia Owen 5/16/2022 5:15 PM
    I live in an apartment building and I like to talk to the people in the elevator I am with and today I met David. He loves coffee and has a dog named Apollo. It was nice to formally meet him as I usually just ask people how they’re doing but this time I got to learn more about one of my neighbors. 

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 5/19/2022 9:57 PM
      Xenia  It makes me happy that you talk to people in the elevator. My son has a cat named Apollo. 

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    Xenia Owen 5/13/2022 5:34 PM
    I learned about the some issues regarding a glass plant in Northeast Portland.  Owens-Brockway Glass Container, Inc. has created concern in the Cully neighborhood for years but the glass plant has been receiving more attention in the media these days due to facing multiple fines. In 2021, the company was fined $1.03 million for air quality violations and this year they are being fined for water monitoring violations. This tied to the videos our professor showed us this week-- in terms of the harmful impacts of recycling on the community around it. An article on earthjustice.org states:
    "Cully is one of the most diverse communities in Oregon, home to low-and-middle income families, newly arrived refugees, long-term elderly residents, new homeowner families, and BIPOC communities.Residents in the surrounding area face elevated health risks due to hazardous pollutants — but stronger pollution controls can help address these
    dangers. Portland, like many U.S. cities, has a longstanding history of racist housing and land use practices that created and reinforced racial segregation and inequities. Exclusionary zoning, racially restrictive covenants, and redlining are early examples of this, with their effects still visible today. These discriminatory practices have all played a role in shaping the city’s urban form—and in exacerbating inequities along lines of race and class." 

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 5/14/2022 6:01 PM
      thank you for pointing out the connection between the toxic glass plant and how it relates to Portland's early segregation and continued inequities

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    Xenia Owen 5/05/2022 8:11 PM
    I made organic dinners this week. I usually try to buy organic which has really only been more realistic for me since I got food stamps. Whenever I go to the grocery I just feel very fortunate to be able to have access to healthier meals now because it was very different for me for the first couple years after moving to Oregon as I lived with food insecurity. The action this week made me reflect on the need to make these options more accessible. 

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 5/14/2022 6:50 PM
      Xenia I totally agree. anyone who wants to eat organic produce should be supported by the government to do so. also anyone willing to take public transportation, and put solar panels, and plant trees in their yard, and buy an electric car, etc..these are actions that benefit all of us.

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      amy minato 5/08/2022 3:26 PM
      Xenia
      I'm glad to hear that food stamps will work with organic food. 

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    Xenia Owen 4/27/2022 4:40 PM
    I love being outside but I decided to use my jogs this week as a sense of meditation. I tried by just taking in the way my body feels as I am jogging while putting focus on the environment around me. It felt really good to try to center and ground myself that way. I find that when I go on my jogs sometimes, I am not always that present. Practicing this helped me to connect to my body as well as the nature around it. We are a part of nature and I feel that its easy to forget. I felt really lucky to have such a beautiful space to jog-- I love to jog up Terwilliger blvd.

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 4/30/2022 5:51 PM
      Xenia  It's been good running weather too! running up Terwilliger sounds challenging!  but the views are nice. 

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    Xenia Owen 4/20/2022 6:29 PM
    I learned about the Portland Gear company and their efforts in sustainability. They are a part of something called the Oregon Business for Climate Organization which is a program to bring focus around sustainability in the realm of industry. This organization sounds like it would be a good resource for small businesses that want to keep sustainability in mind. Portland Gear has also attempted to reduce their footprint in terms of their shipping practices such as using recycled boxes and biodegradable tape. They also offer an addition called an eco-cart where the customer can pay a little extra to offset the order’s carbon footprint. Portland Gear also works with other charities and organizations put in place for climate work such as SolveOregon. 

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 4/30/2022 6:19 PM
      thanks Xenia i didn't know about Portland Gear and i had not heard of biodegradable tape

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    Xenia Owen 4/14/2022 1:50 PM
    For this week's daily challenge I decided to learn about the watersheds in the Portland area. Within the city limits there are five major water sheds which include: Columbia Slough, Fanno Creek, Johnson Creek, Tryon Creek, and Willamette River. I think my abode depends particularly to the Willamette river watershed. There are also additional sub-water sheds connecting to the Willamette river watershed. Having healthy watersheds plays important roles in many aspects such as (and not limited to) protection from climate change, accessibility to water for humans and wildlife, protecting city funds from events such as drought, floods etc and managing groundwater-- the list goes on. Challenges to the watersheds manifest through old infrastructure, the impacts of overdevelopment and human waste. One thing I learned that we can do to help maintain the health of the watersheds is being mindful of the chemicals such as fertilizers and detergents we use. 

    • Alexa Brattain's avatar
      Alexa Brattain 4/20/2022 9:02 PM
      Did you watch a documentary or read articles? That sounds interesting! People rarely question where their water comes from so I am glad that you were able to look into it! Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Guillermo Castillo's avatar
      Guillermo Castillo 4/19/2022 8:32 AM
      Xenia, really great research. Thank you very much for compiling this list of watershed locations within local areas. With sustainability it is so important to stay informed and aware of such matters so your research and input is very valuable. 

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 4/18/2022 5:16 PM
      Xenia Portland water primarily comes from the Bull Run Watershed. Good to know about the other local watersheds

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    Xenia Owen 4/06/2022 5:33 PM
    This week I decided to watch a documentary relating to food. I chose to watch “The Game Changers” with James Wilks with my boyfriend. I really enjoyed it and I thought he would, too, since we both enjoy watching UFC. James Wilks is a former UFC fighter who takes a journey speaking to elite athletes who sustain a plant-based diet. I thought it would be a good opportunity to show different evidence about sustaining peak performance since his social media often is filled with people engaging in diets like the carnivore diet. It was really inspiring to see athletes who take part in a plant based diet and excel at what they do. Incorporating plant-based foods into one’s diet can be a more sustainable approach since it uses less natural resources. I am not strictly plant-based but it is easy for me to not eat meat every day since I love vegetables and am not as attached to eating meat as I was when I was growing up. I think it is important to still be mindful as there can be some greenwashing involved with the rising popularity of plant-based foods and companies trying to jump in on the profit and using plastics and other less sustainable practices to keep up with popular interest.  


    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 4/07/2022 5:49 PM
      also please respond in canvas that you have done this assignment - eco challenge one - so i can record your points.

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      amy minato 4/07/2022 5:48 PM
      Xenia really good points about athletes and the myth that "power eating" meat makes you stronger. I will have to look into that film. I also appreciate your insight on plant-based foods and greenwashing.

    • Vanessa Martinez's avatar
      Vanessa Martinez 4/07/2022 9:41 AM
      Thank you for sharing Xenia. Sounds like a really entertaining documentary I will have to check it out soon. I am not on a plant based diet so I would personally have difficult keeping up with this specific diet. Yet, I can see the benefits of switching to a diet as this.