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Diamond Quinn

Capstone Fall 20


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participant impact

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    locally sourced meals
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    spent outdoors

Diamond's actions

Visions of Sustainability

Install Alternative Energy

I will install alternative energy systems, such as solar electric systems or solar water heaters.


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.



Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 3 meal(s) from local producers each day this week.



Help Others

I will offer to help 3 person(s) who are in need this week.



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.



Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.


Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 60 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.


A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.


Participant Feed

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To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

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    Diamond Quinn 11/24/2020 7:51 PM
    Although I personally did not install the system, my whole neighborhood has solar panels on their roofs. It's a law in California that every new house be built with solar panels. The only decision you have is whether you want to buy them or lease them. With the solar panels, there have been times where my parents receive credit since so much energy was saved they didn't have to pay for any of the electricity used that month.

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    Diamond Quinn 11/17/2020 12:45 PM
    This was quite interesting for me. I had to do some extra research to see what things qualified for this challenge and what didn't. At the end of the challenge it was scary to see how much waste I myself am making. I can't imagine what the total is for my household or even my neighborhood. After this I am planning on doing more research to see how else I can help cut back in this area. 

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    Diamond Quinn 11/10/2020 12:26 PM
    I went to the farmers market this past weekend to help prepare my for this week's Eco challenge. I had never been to this farmers market, actually the only one I've been to is the one in Portland. So the trip to my farmers market was a fun experience. I live near so many farms as well so it felt as though I really knew where my food was coming from. After this trip I do plan on coming back to grab some local healthy items. 

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      Sondra Curran 11/19/2020 12:01 PM
      I found it fairly difficult to find what farmers markets were open this year with COVID and the ones i did find were so far from gresham but im super lucky where I have a "growers outlet" store so it's like a local farmers market store that is open everyday so I shop there most days 

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    Diamond Quinn 10/31/2020 3:33 PM
    This actually is a funny story. The new neighbors that just moved in had dropped their phone down in the sewer and needed some help getting it out. My family got together and tried to help them to the best we could with some tape and nets. After probably thirty minutes we finally got the phone out and it was quite the bonding experience in getting to know them. It also brought other neighbors out who stuck around and talked to everyone. This allowed us to talk and plan some things to do around the neighborhood such as a block party when social distancing no longer separates us. 

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    Diamond Quinn 10/22/2020 7:30 PM
    I have been doing this for several weeks now but my house is fully equipped with reusable straws and reusable bags for groceries. Starbucks has put in an effort with using a nitro lid and only handing out straws if asked for. There was a set back when COVID-19 first happened since in many grocery stores you weren't allowed to bring in your own bags. I tried to continue my no waste efforts and would bag my own groceries once I was back at my car. So my motivation this week was to buy all of my family members a reusable bag along with a reusable straw. Allowing seven other people to say no to plastic as much as possible. 

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      Sondra Curran 11/19/2020 12:02 PM
      I'm not sure if it makes me a jerk but i definitely never stopped using my own reuseable bags I just told them I would bag my own stuff.. 

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    Diamond Quinn 10/15/2020 1:15 PM
    I recently started the WHOLE 30 this week since I was gifted the book by my sister-in-law after she had completed it. With this guideline to follow set by the book meal planning has been a new thing I've incorporated. This past weekend I planned out my meals for the week so when I went grocery shopping I bought only the essential ingredients. I made sure not to purchase anything that wasn't on the list even though I was tempted. Meal prepping was a little time consuming as well but it has paid off so far. 

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      Sondra Curran 11/19/2020 12:04 PM
      It really does seem like the paleo diet or caveman diet right? I did this 2 January's ago.. and I actually attemtped to do it the month of October but I also did Sober October and decided I was a bit too ambitious haha but i felt so good doing that meal plan!

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      Sondra Curran 11/19/2020 12:03 PM
      how is this going for you?

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    Diamond Quinn 10/09/2020 1:30 PM
    This week I decided to spend an hour outside everyday to be able to appreciate nature and my life. I changed what I did outside everyday. Sunday was yoga, Monday was a workout, Tuesday was for meditation/prayer, Wednesday was for yard work, Thursday was for washing cars, today is for a walk and Saturday will be spending time with family. So far I've felt thankful for my health and the ability to be able to do all of these tasks.  I also felt better about myself just being outside for an hour would drastically change my mood, so I plan on continuing this activity.

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    Diamond Quinn 10/02/2020 5:37 PM
    So for this week I decided to go searching for a new trail around my neighborhood. Every night my mom and I take our dog for a walk so this worked out perfectly. This trail is right behind my house so it's close walking distance to get there. The trail ends at a park which conveniently has a dog park. We plan to walk this mile and a half trail at least four times a week. Not only does this give us some peace but also increases our walking mileage compared to what we normally do.

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      Kyle Panek 10/06/2020 5:41 PM
      That's always exciting finding new places! My neighborhood used to have a lot of forest trails, but the last decade a lot of it got developed sadly. I have a pond i could walk around, but its not as natural!