Michelle Parsons

Foundations and Practice of Sustainability 2019

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 472 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    4
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    42
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    22
    neighbors
    met
  • up to
    21
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    210
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    28
    whole food meals
    consumed

Challenges

Visions of Sustainability

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 5 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 3 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 4 meal(s) free of processed foods each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Buy Only What I Need

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

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 Challenge

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 Challenge

A Call to Sustainability

Talk To Others

I will tell 4 people why sustainability is important to me and what my vision for a sustainable world is.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

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 Challenge

Community

Plan a Block Party

I will plan a block party to meet my neighbors, help them meet each other, and foster a sense of community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Community

Meet My Neighbors

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

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 Challenge

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

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 Challenge

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 Challenge

Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Join my Neighborhood Association

I will join my neighborhood association or another local group.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed


  • Michelle Parsons 12/01/2019 9:09 AM
    Eating healthy in Boston. Organic and meatless

  • Michelle Parsons 11/13/2019 5:24 PM
    Showing my age here, lol but I joined a Bunko group which consists of some of my neighbors on my street along with women from the womens club at the local churches in our area.  At these meetings/play night we discuss a variety of topics and I mentioned the course I am taking and it started a great conversation among the women who discussed issues they see, etc.  I was rather impressed.  

    • Lacy Cagle 11/18/2019 12:58 PM
      That's so cool! I love all the ways you participate in community, Michelle!

  • Michelle Parsons 10/20/2019 6:16 AM
    Yesterday, 10-19 I spent 5 hours cleaning up Deer Creek along three different paths. We picked up a wide array of trash. Under a bridge we removed a love seat and chair, lawn chairs and 20+ softballs out of the water. Looked like a gathering place for local kids to hang out. The most amazing find was a water logged Kate Spade purse (we assumed stolen and tossed since it was completely empty). After the day, made me realize how much plastic bags are so harmful to our planet. I have a new hatred for them. 
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  • Michelle Parsons 10/02/2019 7:24 PM
    Donated $30 to Ecochallenge

  • Michelle Parsons 10/02/2019 7:05 PM
    i signed up to do the 2019 River Des Peres Trash Bash on October 19th.  This is the 17th annual River Des Peres Trash Bash where a group of volunteers go out and clean up rivers and creeks within River Des Peres Watershed.  This is my first year signing up for this organization.  Looking forward to meeting a group of people who have the same thing in common in regards to cleaning out waterways.

    • Matthew Dunn 10/19/2019 5:09 PM
      Michelle, I didn't sign up ahead of time, but I participated in this event too (and posted about it)!  It was great to meet the organizers, some people that had been there years before, and some newbies like me!  It seemed everyone had a good time (lovely weather an' all) and a rewarding time.  The folks I met that were new said they would be back to another event!

  • Michelle Parsons 9/30/2019 6:15 PM
    watched TAPPED and don't think I could ever purchase bottled water again.  The thought of it being unregulated and even tap water that is not tested is disgusting.  What infuriated me most was when cities in Maine and  Georgia were having to conserve water, Coke and Pepsi continued to pump millions of gallons of water and turn around and sell it back to those same people . I can understand needing bottled water for tragedies such has the hurricanes, earthquakes, etc., to allow people access to water.  It's a catch 22.

    • Dawn Andrew 10/10/2019 8:12 PM
      That is a great documentary and scary right! So many documentaries to watch and they really make you think why are more people not watching theses and doing something about some of the issues. Instead, I guess it's easier to watch a drama show on TV than an educational movie.  

  • Michelle Parsons 9/15/2019 6:22 PM
    We had our annual Crestwood night out on Saturday night; which is a program sponsored by our police department to heighten crime deterrence through strengthening neighborhood bonds, spirit, etc.  We had an excellent turnout; more than last year. This year I was able to talk with some of the neighborhood girls while setting up and explained how we needed bins for recycling versus trash cans.  The three girls each grabbed a different color and marked them for the bottles, cans and paper waste.  At the end of the night the girls were amazed at how full the recycle bins were compared to the trash cans.  I spent most of my evening socializing I didn't get pictures except for this one at the end of the night .
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  • Michelle Parsons 9/14/2019 11:47 AM
    I spend every evening after work on my back deck enjoying the outdoors while my dog Riley plays in the backyard.  On the nights I get home from class it is quite a bit later and we can stay out longer due to the sun being down.  This past week was a hot one and I cannot wait for the cooler weather to enjoy more time outdoors and get my walking boot off to start walking Grants Trail again.  

  • Michelle Parsons 9/14/2019 11:41 AM
    I have always planned weekly meals and purchased what was needed.  I have found that if I go to the store by myself I stick to the list.  If my husband goes, he doesn't believe in lists and likes to go up and down almost every aisle therefore, buying items really not needed

  • Michelle Parsons 9/14/2019 11:38 AM
    Our neighborhood has what we can "Circle Parties" usually every Friday nights.  We had a gathering last night and we invited new neighbors one block over who moved in. Dan and Katie have two young children and they are now a part of of "Circle Party" email blast list for upcoming parties.