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Josie Share

capstone summer 21


  • 0 TODAY
  • 172 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    locally sourced meals
  • UP TO
    traveled by bus
  • UP TO
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill

Josie's actions

Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.



Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) each day this week.



Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 10 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to 54.5 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.



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.


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  • Josie Share's avatar
    Josie Share 7/13/2021 8:15 AM
    I am visiting family out of town this week which has presented a great opportunity to support local businesses I wouldn't otherwise be able to support. We have been buying coffee from local coffee shops and shopping from local jewelry and clothing boutiques. It has been really fun to do this while traveling instead of going to a mall and Starbucks, for example. I feel like it has enhanced my experience and made me enjoy the trip even more.

    • Samantha Contreras Leos's avatar
      Samantha Contreras Leos 7/13/2021 11:06 PM
      Hi Josie! That sounds awesome. What a great opportunity you have. I used to live in a small town that had quite a bit of local shops right in its downtown. I never really had the money or chance to shop when I was younger but the next time I visit I think I will take a look. I bet it would enhance my experience with shopping as well when I have some pocket change. Thank you for sharing!

    • Abby Strobel's avatar
      Abby Strobel 7/13/2021 9:23 AM
      It is always fun to visit local shops out of town! Really gives you a sense of the community.

  • Josie Share's avatar
    Josie Share 7/06/2021 6:25 AM
    I frequently use public transportation to get around Portland, so for my challenge this week, I rode the streetcar every day to get to work, a clinic I intern at, and various other places like the grocery store. I am fortunate to have a streetcar stop right outside of my apartment and outside of my work, so it's really easy for me to get around this way. In addition to the environmental benefits of public transportation, it's also really convenient to not have to worry about driving or sitting in traffic.

    • Lucia Wanzenried's avatar
      Lucia Wanzenried 7/10/2021 2:56 PM
      Agreed Josie - convenience sure takes the stress out of the busy day and commuting.

    • Henry Apgar's avatar
      Henry Apgar 7/06/2021 8:31 AM
      Hi Josie, that's awesome you have public transport so close to where you live! Luckily Portland has a very good public transport system that we can all rely on, not a luxury a lot of major cities in the US can brag about. It lessens our carbon footprint and the added convenience is always nice!

  • Josie Share's avatar
    Josie Share 7/01/2021 9:07 AM
    For this week's eco challenge, I decided to choose not to buy disposable water bottles. I am already pretty good about bringing my own water bottle with me everywhere, so I decided to also try not to buy kombucha or other drinks (like coffee or tea) that come in disposable containers, as this is where the majority of my waste comes from. This week, I've been bringing coffee from home in a reusable mug to work instead of stopping at Starbucks and getting a plastic reusable cup. I also haven't bought any kombucha. While it comes in a glass bottle which I always recycle, there is a plastic cap and label which does ultimately end up in a landfill. While I enjoy the occasional drink from a coffeeshop, this is an action I can consistently take to reduce my contribution to landfills.

    • Samantha Contreras Leos's avatar
      Samantha Contreras Leos 7/02/2021 11:07 PM
      Hi Josie!

      I recently have been buying disposable bottled water, sodas, and coffee and I really want to change that. I really like the way you are doing it by using your own water and coffee and using reusable bottles to carry it around. I have a water bottle I feel I will begin carrying around more and should look into a mug for when I want coffee. I'm glad you point out that these small actions can make a good change to reduce your waste. I think you're completely right and I think I can do the same. Thank you for sharing!

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    Josie Share 6/24/2021 7:54 AM
    I went to the Portland State Farmer's Market last Saturday and bought beets, green beans, berries, and peppers. I used all of this local produce to make meals throughout the week (supplemented by non-local food from the grocery store).