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Nafisa Roja

Sheridan's Sustainability Crusaders

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 191 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    28
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    28
    organic meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    28
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    1
    mile
    traveled by foot
  • UP TO
    0
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    28
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill

Nafisa's actions

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 4 disposable plastic bottle(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 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Support Local Food Systems

I will source 4 meal(s) from local producers each day this week. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 4 meal(s) with zero waste each day this week.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 4 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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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    Nafisa Roja 11/16/2023 7:21 PM
    Reflecting on my experience with Choices for Sustainable Living, I found that while I was able to adopt several sustainable practices like using reusable bottles, walking more often, practicing zero-waste cooking, and opting for organic ingredients, there were certain challenges and aspects that stood out during this journey. Using reusable bottles was relatively easy and became a natural habit, contributing to reducing single-use plastics. Walking instead of using transport not only promoted sustainability but also encouraged a healthier lifestyle, surprisingly becoming easier as I adapted to the city's walkable neighborhoods and public transportation system.

    However, supporting local food systems presented challenges. While I aimed to prioritize local produce and support nearby farmers' markets, the accessibility and availability of such options were limited at times. Finding local, sustainable produce and foods in a city like New York proved to be more challenging than anticipated due to convenience and cost factors. This aspect of supporting local food systems is something I would like to focus on in the future. I chose this challenge because I believe in the importance of reducing carbon footprints associated with food transportation, supporting local economies, and promoting fresher, healthier food options.

    Despite the challenges, I recognize the significance of this sustainable choice and its potential impact on the environment and local communities. By supporting local food systems, I can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fostering community resilience, and promoting a more sustainable and ethical food ecosystem. In the future, I aim to explore better ways to access and incorporate locally sourced foods into my daily consumption, contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle and supporting the vibrant local food culture.

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    Nafisa Roja 11/08/2023 10:25 AM
    Living in a rented apartment in a city like New York often poses challenges when it comes to making environmentally friendly changes. Despite these limitations, there are several simple yet impactful steps I can take to reduce my carbon footprint and contribute to a greener planet.

    Let's break down some modifications based on the data, focusing on practical and feasible actions suitable for my apartment living that can be made easily:

    1. Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting: Even in a rented space, I can replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient options like LED or ENERGY STAR-rated bulbs. Not only will this reduce energy consumption, but it's a cost-effective change that's easily reversible. In my house we have eight lights that have already been replaced by Energy star bulbs. Replacing eight incandescent light bulbs with Energy Star lights saves me $32 and there is a 165Ibs CO2 reduction according to the calculation.
    2. Optimize Electronics: Enabling power management features on my computer is a small adjustment that can make a difference in energy savings. Simple changes in energy settings can significantly reduce my carbon footprint. Enabling the power management features on your computer could save me $13 and there would be a 67lbs CO2 reduction.
    3. Laundry Adjustments: Washing clothes in cold water and utilizing a clothesline or drying rack instead of a dryer can considerably cut down energy usage. These alterations are within my control and can be applied easily in a rented apartment. Washing my clothes in cold water can save my family $12 and the CO2 reduction would be 62Ibs.
    4. Recycling: While I am already recycling plastic, aluminum, and steel cans which reduce 375lbs usage of CO2. I am expanding my efforts and including newspapers, glass, magazines, and other materials can further reduce waste and positively impact the environment by 498lbs reduction of CO2.
    Acknowledging the limitations of my living situation is essential. For instance, when living in a rented apartment in a city like New York, options like changing the energy source to green power or replacing heating systems might be beyond my control. However, focusing on adjustments that don't require structural changes or landlord permissions is the key to making a meaningful impact.

    Making eco-friendly changes in a rented apartment in a city like New York can be challenging, but there are still several easily achievable improvements my family made to reduce our environmental impact. We reduce food waste by planning meals, buying only what we need, and properly storing leftovers. My family owns an EV car, use public transportation, or walk whenever possible which is possible because of the good transportation system in New York City.

    It's important to note that small individual actions collectively create a significant impact on the environment. While certain changes might not be viable due to our living circumstances, there are still plenty of adjustments that can be made within those limitations.






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    Nafisa Roja 11/01/2023 6:12 AM
    To improve the existing sustainability challenges, EcoChallenge folks can implement a comprehensive online community platform with resources, guides, and a tracking system to foster engagement and measure collective impact. By forging partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and influencers, offering incentives, and providing personalized recommendations based on location, the challenge can stimulate wider participation. Additionally, weekly themes, expert sessions, social media campaigns, and recognition for outstanding contributions could further motivate and inspire individuals to partake in actions such as using reusable bottles, supporting local food systems, zero-waste cooking, and choosing organic ingredients, thereby significantly amplifying the overall sustainability impact within the city.

    There can be some more steps that could be taken especially for each challenge. For example, folks at EcoChallenge can enhance the initiative by actively engaging in their communities through actions like forming local walking groups, advocating for improved pedestrian infrastructure, and educating others about the benefits of walking and supporting local food systems. They can also document and share their progress, involve their personal networks, provide constructive feedback to organizers, and create a supportive environment among participants. By taking these proactive steps and leveraging their collective efforts, participants can amplify the impact of the challenge and contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future.

    Moreover, folks at EcoChallenge can enrich their experience by actively engaging with local food advocacy groups, sharing budget-conscious shopping tips, and collaborating with peers to discover cost-effective local food sources. They can also provide constructive feedback to EcoChallenge organizers to enhance future challenges and leverage the platform to raise awareness about the importance of supporting local food systems.


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    Nafisa Roja 10/21/2023 1:16 AM
    What have you learned?

    I have learned and embraced several important sustainability practices and values through my lifestyle changes in the vibrant urban landscape of New York City. I have recognized the importance of reducing plastic waste by using reusable bottles. This shows my commitment to reducing single-use plastic consumption, aligning with NYC's proactive stance on environmental responsibility. I am making an effort to eat locally sourced and organic meals. This demonstrates an understanding of the benefits of supporting local farmers, reducing food miles, and choosing organic options for better personal health and environmental sustainability. My goal of zero waste meals indicates a commitment to minimizing food waste and its associated environmental impact. This reflects an awareness of the importance of reducing waste throughout the food production and consumption process. Opting to walk instead of using transportation highlights my commitment to reducing my carbon footprint. This choice not only reduces emissions but also promotes a healthier lifestyle and engagement with my local community.

    Overall, I have learned the significance of individual actions in contributing to a more sustainable and eco-conscious urban environment. My choices are in harmony with NYC's sustainability initiatives, showing a clear understanding of the importance of personal responsibility in addressing environmental challenges. These changes reflect a growing awareness of the interconnectedness between personal choices and broader sustainability goals.



    How could you leverage / amplify your efforts to make greater change?

    To leverage and amplify my efforts for greater change in promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact in NYC, I can consider few strategies.

    Actively engage with my local community by organizing or participating in sustainability-focused events or clean-up initiatives. Encourage my neighbors and friends to adopt similar eco-friendly practices and share my knowledge and experience. I can become an advocate for sustainability by spreading awareness about the importance of my chosen practices. I can do this through social media, helping others understand the positive impact of sustainable choices. I can continue supporting local businesses that promote sustainability, such as restaurants and stores that offer organic and locally sourced products. My patronage can encourage more businesses to adopt eco-conscious practices. We have a composting system in my home. Composting reduces food waste and creates nutrient-rich soil, which can be used for my mother’s gardening. I can go beyond using reusable bottles and actively avoid single-use plastics in other areas of my life. This might include using reusable shopping bags, utensils, and containers, or seeking out businesses that minimize single-use plastics. I can consider on partnering with local environmental organizations or non-profits dedicated to sustainability. By collaborating, I can participate in larger-scale initiatives, such as tree planting, river cleanups, or advocacy campaigns. I can engage with local government officials to advocate for policies and regulations that support sustainability. Our voice can help shape urban policies and initiatives that align with my goals. I can maintain a record of my sustainability efforts and share my progress with EcoChallenge website. Documenting my journey can inspire others to follow suit and can serve as a source of motivation for myself. I can stay informed and updated on the latest sustainable practices and technologies. I can also read relevant literature, and incorporate new ideas and innovations into my daily life. I can consider guiding others who are looking to make similar changes in their lifestyle. Sharing my experiences and knowledge can have a ripple effect in building a more sustainable community.

    By actively engaging with my community, advocating for sustainability, and broadening my sustainable practices, I can create a more significant impact and help drive positive change in my urban environment, aligning with NYC's overarching goal of a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable city.



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    Nafisa Roja 10/14/2023 10:09 PM
    Song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0kcet4aPpQ

    One song that can be related to Milton Friedman's perspective on the purpose of the corporation is "Money" by Pink Floyd. This song, released in 1973 as part of their album "The Dark Side of the Moon," contains lyrics that can be interpreted as a commentary on the pursuit of profit and the role of money in society. While the song does not explicitly celebrate or denigrate Friedman's perspective, it reflects some of the themes and concerns he raised in his essay on the social responsibility of business.

    The lyrics of "Money" include lines such as "Money, it's a gas / Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash" and "Money, so they say / Is the root of all evil today." These lyrics highlight the role of money and profit as a central motivator in people's lives. In Friedman's view, the primary responsibility of a corporation is to maximize profits within the framework of the law and ethical custom. The song's lyrics can be seen as a reflection of the idea that businesses exist to make money, and individuals often prioritize financial gain.

    Friedman argued against businesses taking on social responsibilities beyond profit maximization, as he believed it would be a form of imposing taxes and deciding how the proceeds should be spent, which he considered a governmental function. The song's lyrics can be interpreted as critiquing the pursuit of profit at the expense of other values, echoing the sentiment that the relentless quest for money can lead to negative consequences and moral dilemmas.

    In summary, "Money" by Pink Floyd, while not directly addressing Friedman's perspective, explores themes related to the pursuit of profit and the role of money in society. It can be seen as a reflection of the idea that corporations exist primarily to make money, which aligns with Friedman's view on the purpose of a corporation. Additionally, the song raises questions about the ethical and social implications of a profit-driven mindset, indirectly touching on the issues Friedman discussed in his essay.




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    Nafisa Roja 9/30/2023 1:21 AM
    Action: WALK INSTEAD

    1. Are you progressing at the expected rate? Why or why not?
    In New York City, walking is a practical and efficient mode of transportation, so I might be progressing at or even above the expected rate if I incorporate walking into my daily routine. However, my progress could be hindered by factors like extreme weather conditions like recent days or personal time constraints.

    1. Have any unforeseen challenges arisen or has it been easier than expected?
    Challenges in NYC might include crowded sidewalks, especially during rush hours, which can make walking less enjoyable. However, it could be easier than expected if I live close to my workplace or have access to nearby amenities. But unfortunately, I do not live close to my work but still I get to walk.

    1. What have you learned?
    By choosing to walk in NYC, I have realized the convenience of this sustainable transportation method. I have also learned about the challenges and opportunities for pedestrian infrastructure in urban environments.

    1. How could you leverage/amplify your efforts to make greater change?
    I can encourage my friends and colleagues to join me in walking or promote walking as a sustainable transportation option on social media. Additionally, advocating for improved pedestrian infrastructure in my neighborhood can make a significant impact.

    1. How might the folks at EcoChallenge improve this challenge?
    Folks at EcoChallenge can enhance the initiative by actively engaging in their communities through actions like forming local walking groups, advocating for improved pedestrian infrastructure, and educating others about the benefits of walking and supporting local food systems. They can also document and share their progress, involve their personal networks, provide constructive feedback to organizers, and create a supportive environment among participants. By taking these proactive steps and leveraging their collective efforts, participants can amplify the impact of the challenge and contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future.

    Action: SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS

    1. Are you progressing at the expected rate? Why or why not?
    In New York City, supporting local food systems is a viable action due to the abundance of farmers' markets and local food producers. I am progressing well. My progress in this action could be notably positive if I actively participate in these local food networks, prioritizing purchases from nearby farms, and seeking out artisanal and locally sourced products available in the city's numerous specialty stores. Moreover, New York City's diverse culinary scene offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of cuisines and ingredients that are locally produced, adding a delightful dimension to your journey of supporting local food systems.

    1. Have any unforeseen challenges arisen or has it been easier than expected?
    I have faces challenges that includes the cost of locally sourced products in NYC, which can be higher than mass-produced alternatives. However, the availability of diverse local foods might make it easier to find a variety of options.

    1. What have you learned?
    Participating in this action have taught me about the rich food culture in NYC, the importance of supporting local farmers and producers, and how my choices can contribute to a more sustainable food system.

    1. How could you leverage/amplify your efforts to make greater change?
    I can share my experiences with local food on social media, write reviews for local producers, or even explore ways to volunteer or support initiatives that promote local agriculture in NYC.

    1. How might the folks at EcoChallenge improve this challenge?
    Folks at EcoChallenge can enrich their experience by actively engaging with local food advocacy groups, sharing budget-conscious shopping tips, and collaborating with peers to discover cost-effective local food sources in NYC. They can also provide constructive feedback to EcoChallenge organizers to enhance future challenges and leverage the platform to raise awareness about the importance of supporting local food systems. Sharing recipes, meal ideas, and data on the cost-effectiveness of local sources can inspire others and contribute to a deeper understanding of NYC's local food landscape. Through these proactive efforts, folks not only improve their individual experience but also collectively enrich the challenge by fostering a sense of community and promoting sustainable, affordable food sourcing in the city.

    My participation in these actions in New York City can have a significant impact not only on my sustainability efforts but also on my local community. Continue to explore opportunities for advocacy and engagement to amplify my positive contributions.




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    Nafisa Roja 9/21/2023 5:30 PM
    In the vibrant urban landscape of New York City (NYC), adopting the sustainability practice of "USE REUSABLE BOTTLES" harmonizes with both my personal commitment to reducing plastic waste and the city's proactive stance on environmental responsibility. NYC's robust recycling programs, community engagement initiatives, public awareness campaigns, and easy access to clean tap water create an environment where using reusable bottles is not only convenient but actively encouraged. The city's commitment to sustainability, combined with the support of local businesses and cafes, fosters a culture that values eco-conscious choices, making it easier and more meaningful to reduce single-use plastic consumption and contribute to plastic pollution mitigation while aligning with NYC's overarching goal of creating a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable urban environment.

    I've chosen the sustainability practice of "WALK INSTEAD" because living in New York City (NYC) aligns with my lifestyle and values for several reasons. One of the primary reasons for this choice is the availability of sustainable living options and opportunities for reducing my environmental footprint. NYC has a robust public transportation system, including buses and subways, which make it easier for me to walk or use public transit instead of relying on a personal vehicle. However, I anticipate potential challenges in the form of time constraints, weather conditions affecting the feasibility of walking, the suitability of walking for longer distances, considerations of infrastructure and safety, and the need to account for personal physical fitness and health limitations. Despite these obstacles, walking offers numerous benefits, including reduced carbon emissions, increased physical activity, and potential health improvements. Overcoming these challenges will require careful planning and a dedication to both personal and environmental well-being.

    Living in the bustling urban environment of New York City (NYC) presents both opportunities and challenges when it comes to “SUPPORTING LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS”. While my commitment to reducing my carbon footprint through shorter food transportation distances, promoting sustainable agriculture, building community connections, and enjoying fresh, seasonal food aligns well with this practice, I anticipate certain obstacles. NYC's colder winters result in limited availability of local produce year-round, necessitating seasonal ingredient adaptation. The city's higher cost of living can pose financial challenges in sourcing local and organic items, requiring careful budgeting. The need for extra time and effort to shop locally may clash with the convenience-focused lifestyle, and concerns about food safety might arise when dealing with smaller vendors. Additionally, the variety of locally available foods can be somewhat limited. To address these challenges, I plan to prioritize seasonal ingredients, budget wisely, explore local markets, stay informed about food safety, and adapt meal planning to local availability. Despite these hurdles, supporting local food systems in NYC remains a meaningful step toward sustainability, reducing food transportation emissions, and nurturing a resilient urban food culture.

    I've chosen the sustainability practice of "ZERO-WASTE COOKING" because it aligns with my commitment to reducing waste and promoting sustainable living. Zero-waste cooking focuses on minimizing food waste through efficient ingredient use, resource efficiency, cost savings, and culinary creativity. However, potential challenges include the need for careful meal planning, preventing food spoilage, sourcing package-free ingredients, navigating a learning curve, and accommodating lifestyle constraints. To overcome these challenges, I plan to start small, gradually incorporate zero-waste principles, seek guidance from dedicated communities, and prioritize the numerous benefits of reducing food waste and enhancing resource efficiency in my sustainability journey.

    I've chosen the sustainability practice of "CHOOSE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS" because it aligns with my commitment to promoting environmentally friendly and health-conscious choices. Opting for organic ingredients supports farming practices that prioritize soil health, reduce chemical inputs, and have a lower environmental impact. Additionally, it aligns with my goal to minimize exposure to synthetic pesticides and potentially harmful substances found in conventional foods. However, challenges include the higher cost of organic ingredients, limited availability in certain regions, and potential confusion over organic labeling, the need to prevent food waste, and a transition period to adjust meal planning and shopping habits. To address these challenges, I plan to gradually incorporate organic ingredients into my meals, prioritize key items, and explore local sources for more affordable options, recognizing that the benefits of choosing organic align with my sustainability and health objectives.




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    Nafisa Roja 9/14/2023 1:27 PM

    Hello there, I'm Nafisa Roja, and I'm on a mission to make sustainable living an integral part of my life. Hailing from the bustling heart of New York City, I've always been surrounded by the energy of the city that never sleeps. However, the urban lifestyle often presents challenges when it comes to making eco-conscious choices. But I firmly believe that wherever you are, there are opportunities to lead a more sustainable life, and I'm here to share my journey with you.


    In our own little corner of the world, my family and I are making efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. During the summer months, our backyard transforms into an organic vegetable haven, where we nurture nature's bounty without harmful chemicals. We're dedicated to growing our own food in an environmentally friendly way, promoting a healthier lifestyle while reducing our reliance on industrial agriculture. Opting for organic ingredients is a conscious choice that aligns with my commitment to a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner environment. Organic farming practices promote soil health, reduce chemical pesticides, and support biodiversity. Adopting a zero-waste cooking approach has been a gratifying challenge. It involves minimizing food waste by using every part of an ingredient and repurposing leftovers creatively. I believe that I have adopted a zero-waste cooking approach very easily because of my mother and my grandmother. We grew up seeing her use every part of a vegetable and other ingredient. This not only reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills but also saves money and resources.


    On the transportation front, I drive a fuel-efficient electric vehicle. However, my vehicle is powered by electricity . But my future plans include converting our electricity source to a solar system, a step towards greater energy sustainability. I've embraced walking as an eco-friendly mode of transportation whenever possible. Walking not only reduces my carbon footprint but also allows me to connect more intimately with my surroundings, fostering a sense of mindfulness about the environment.



    Recycling plays a significant role in our sustainable lifestyle. We dutifully follow recycling guidelines, ensuring that our household waste is sorted and disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. It's a small but essential step in minimizing our impact on the planet.


    Right now, I find myself in beautiful Canada, where I'm exploring the local farmers' markets. It's inspiring to see the vibrant community of farmers and artisans offering fresh, organic produce. Supporting local farmers not only ensures fresher and healthier food on our plates but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation. Supporting local farmers and artisans is something I'm passionate about, whether I'm in NYC or exploring the local food scene in Canada. By doing so, I contribute to the vitality of the local economy and reduce the carbon footprint associated with long-distance food transportation.


    While NYC may have its limitations in terms of sustainable living options, I'm eager to learn and adapt to new possibilities as I discover how other cities and communities embrace eco-conscious living. I joined these challenges because I believe that making sustainable choices, no matter how small they may seem individually, collectively contributes to a more eco-conscious way of living. Each challenge reflects an aspect of my commitment to reducing my environmental impact, supporting local communities, and prioritizing health and sustainability. Together, these efforts help me forge a path toward a greener, more sustainable future. Join me on this exciting journey towards a greener, more sustainable future. Together, we'll explore sustainable choices, share valuable insights, and inspire positive change, one step at a time. Welcome to my blog!