Michelle Parsons

Foundations and Practice of Sustainability 2019

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 209 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    210
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    4
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    22
    neighbors
    met

Challenges

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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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.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
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

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  • 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.  

  • Michelle Parsons 9/08/2019 5:21 PM
    OMG, the next time I am at a grocery store I won't look at it the same.  It is really amazing how we go about our daily lives and never really think about where our food comes from.  Cooking is an  awful chore but to learn new recipes with fresh local ingredients is quite appealing as I am tired of the same meals over and over.  I know that fresh food is always better and more flavorful.  I will have my work cut out for me as I will need to learn how to store fresh veggies, etc., to last 5-7 days, new recipes and adjust time on my weekends to allow a trip to a farmers market. 

  • Michelle Parsons 9/08/2019 10:31 AM
    We purchased bottled water for more for the convenience of grab and go.  I never thought about the impact it had on the community much less the rest of the world.  I would place empty bottles in a recycle container.  After going to the Dominican Republic for my birthday, i realized just how many water bottles ended up on the sides of roads and not in recycle bins.  Even here in the states while walking on the beach in Panama City we can across so many plastic bottles left by beach goers every day.  When we returned from the Dominican (July 2018) we have not purchased bottle water since.  We all have re-useable water bottles and we are lucky enough to have very good tap water.  We have so many resources available to us there should be no reason why anyone in the US should not have drinking water.  

    Now one thing I have thought about though is the areas that are affected by Hurricanes, natural disasters, etc. where bottled water is brought in.  Is there another container water could be placed in that is better and cheaper to recycle?  Truckloads of bottled water goes to the disaster areas; which are needed at the time but again, what about the trash these empty bottles cause?  

  • Michelle Parsons 9/08/2019 10:08 AM
    I have been trying to bring my reusable bags when I shop.  I remembered yesterday and I felt very good about myself.  As I stood in line I looked around and notice quite a few people using re-usable bags.  Now, as far as the paper straws - I cannot stand them.  I don't like the texture of a wet paper straw so I purchased four stainless steels straw with a brush for cleaning and a carrying case.  I now keep them in my purse for use when out in the community.  I had purchased them about six to eight weeks ago after visiting my son in Springfield MO.  More resturants there have gone to paper in Springfield than here in St. Louis . 

  • Michelle Parsons 9/05/2019 8:13 PM
    i was shocked by my ecological footprint of 2 1/2 earths.  I have to admit since I don't need to rely on public transportation here in St. Louis to get to work; i drive daily.  I have downsized throughout the years from a minivan to a SUV and now in a small Mazda 3.  Although not electric, my gas mileage in my smaller car is a lot better for the atmosphere than my older gas guzzling vehicles.  Now, when I go to Boston to visit family; I use the all the public transportation I can.  One, I actually like it and 2, it is very convenient.  I do take Metrolink to the main campus of Washington University for meetings, etc., if i leave from home otherwise, I am forced to drive.  This has to do with convenience of the Metrolink stops and bus routes, etc.  

  • Michelle Parsons 9/05/2019 8:04 PM
    I recycle every day for our trash pick up on Thursdays.  I have noticed that i have a full recycle canister and less trash taken to the curb.  I try hard to rinse the items before putting into the recycle bin; which i hope makes it easier on the person down the line who has to handle the recycled items.  

    • Matthew Dunn 9/08/2019 3:11 PM
      Me too, Michelle.  I appreciate you saying you rinse the items before putting them into the recycle bin.  I feel like the only person at work giving much attention to what I'm putting in waste and what I'm putting in the recycling bin, and I always rinse yogurt cups, to-go salad dressing ramekins, and the like.  At home, we soak peanut butter and jelly jars for a few hours with dish soap so the stuff isn't putting food waste into the systems for recycling.

  • Michelle Parsons 9/05/2019 7:49 PM
    After seeing the destruction left behind after hurricane Dorian I started to think about all the trash left behind from the destruction.  Roofing materials, plastic, appliances, etc., where is this going to end up?  There is cocaine washing up on the Florida beaches.  This debris in the water will makes it way to to the bottom of the ocean and/or to the shores of a coastal town.