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Laura Standley

capstone summer 20

"I will be mindful of the amount of water I use, be more sustainable in regards to consumerism, and expend less energy doing day-to-day activities."

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    25
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    4
    miles
    traveled by foot

Laura's Actions

Visions of Sustainability

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

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Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

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Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 4 mile(s) each day this week instead of driving and avoid sending up to 25.01 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

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Community

Pick Up Litter

I will pick up litter on my street and ask others to join me in taking care of our neighborhood.

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Food

Visit a Local Farm

I will visit a nearby farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.

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Food

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

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A Call to Sustainability

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a movie about a sustainability issue I would like to know more about.

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A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

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

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Water

Learn About My Watershed

I will find local resources for learning about my watershed and the particular water issues my region faces.

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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 Action

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    Laura Standley 7/10/2020 9:28 PM
    When I get started on planting some produce, I am contemplating on getting some preying mantises or ladybugs as my natural, eco-friendly pesticides. However, i would like some more insight from those of you who have gardens and if you've had experience with lady bugs or preying mantises? What eco-friendly fertilizers and pesticides do YOU use? 

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      Laura Standley 7/12/2020 2:03 PM
      Yeah I heard about them flying away, too. I read about a way to keep the mantises around by providing them a dish of water or something, but I don't know if that'll work. Plus, they'll probably get my dog's attention. Thank you for the tip on marigolds and mint! 

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      amy minato 7/12/2020 1:55 PM
      my chickens eat the bugs but I also plant marigolds and mint which deter some pests. i've heard the insects you buy just fly away 

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    Laura Standley 7/10/2020 9:17 PM

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      amy minato 7/12/2020 1:56 PM
      i know you can get local chicken. try the farmers markets. but yes the packaging from a deli is way better. i would think new seasons would have Oregon chickens..

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      Laura Standley 7/10/2020 9:20 PM
      My fiance went shopping for our produce at New Seasons and he got some fresh-cut chicken breast from a local source, only it's not that local since I just saw that it came from Arkansas, but the packaging definitely speaks volume compared to the pre-packaged meats you would find at a grocery store. I have to say, the quality is even better, too! 

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    Laura Standley 7/10/2020 9:13 PM
    Update on the transportation eco-challenge. As a current stay-at-home during this global crisis, I have no place I really have to go, so I un-selected the use of public transportation. Instead, I selected walking. My fiance and I take our son and our dog out for a walk around the neighborhood pretty much every day. There is a little nature pathway that we like to walk through on our walks. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of it because when we are out, we tend to not be on our phones. 

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      amy minato 7/12/2020 1:57 PM
      great to be outside every day! dogs help with that

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    Laura Standley 7/07/2020 3:33 PM
    The eco-challenge for riding public transportation has a goal for riding the bus each day. I only plan to take the bus once this week when I go to Craft Warehouse for some crocheting items. I calculated the miles to Gresham from Sandy and back. This also involves walking to the bus stop which is a good 15 minutes from my house. So, I guess I'll be killing two birds with one stone for session 6 eco-challenge! This will be on a weekend when Shaun can be home with Andrew. 

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      amy minato 7/07/2020 6:14 PM
      Laura
      I hope you can find a way to enjoy your trip. I remember any break from my babies was a relief, even tho I loved time with them

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      Laura Standley 7/07/2020 3:48 PM
      I could also check out the yarn shop in my town, but the purpose of me going out to Gresham is to learn the SAM bus system so that I can educate my Mom on how to get out here after covid-19. I guess maybe I'll be riding my bike to my local store. So, I'll be tackling 3-tasks (public transit, walk and bike). :) 

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    Laura Standley 7/06/2020 9:32 AM
    The day after the 4th of July, my next door neighbors, my fiance and I picked up left-over plastic firework pieces off the ground, mainly for the sake of our dogs who play in the neighborhood park. We were repulsed by how much $#!% people leave behind. You would they that they are aware of how frequent dogs and children play in that park. 

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      amy minato 7/07/2020 6:29 PM
      When people party it seems hard for them to think about others. 

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    Laura Standley 7/02/2020 7:48 PM
    I did a little research on the water my area receives. I live in Sandy and surprisingly, the water that serves the small city does not all come from the Portland Water Bureau, whose primary source comes from the Bull Run Watershed. Sandy buys about fifty percent of the water from the Portland Water Bureau during fall, winter and spring seasons. The other two sources that serve Sandy are "Brownell Springs, a city-owned natural spring on Lenhart Butte, and Alder Creek, a small tributary on the Sandy River" (City of Sandy, Oregon).

    I also learned that the Portland Water Bureau's second source of water comes from the Columbia South Shore Well Field. In the "About Us" section of the Portland Water Bureau's website, that secondary source "serves to augment supply during summer months, allow the bureau to manage turbidity issues in the Bull Run watershed, and can meet the daily demand of the City on its own when necessary."

    The links for my sources are listed below. Feel free to poke around for more info. :) Also, a picture of the infamous donut shop in town. Mmm, donuts...
    City of Sandy, Oregon: https://www.ci.sandy.or.us/water-sources

    Portland Water Bureau: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/29343

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      amy minato 7/07/2020 6:36 PM
      interesting info about our water supply! and that donut store is a heritage site...

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    Laura Standley 6/30/2020 8:37 PM
    Oookay, I just got done watching The Story of Bottled Water. Plastic is disgusting. It's sad that's its used everywhere. It's difficult to avoid. 

    I already decline offers of straws and I use reusable bottles. In fact, a water bottle I got from the hospital after my son was born is made of plastic but guess what? I still have it and I plan to keep it because it's an easy reminder for me to drink water because it's so big. I use that one at home while I take a more portable one with me elsewhere. 

    Anyway, back to the video. My initial thought was that burning the plastic is better than having them end up in the oceans, but then--it's no better because burning them pollutes the air which the pollutants still reaches the ocean. The marine ecosystem is still affected. So, yeah---it's still not good...plastic just needs to go away. Period. 

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      amy minato 7/01/2020 4:36 PM
      i hope the new plastic-eating enzyme solution will help out

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    Laura Standley 6/30/2020 1:59 PM
    I went ahead a checked of a few things I already did in regards to using water sustainably such as the amount of water flushed, a water-efficient shower head, making sure we don't have any pipe leaks, and using reuseable water. My house was built last year, so everything that was put in are water and energy efficient. I will however, be watching a show on plastic bottles. I'll keep y'all posted on that!

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      amy minato 7/01/2020 4:32 PM
      but good for you putting in those features

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      amy minato 7/01/2020 4:31 PM
      you might want to think about deeper level of water conservation such as food choices, etc

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    Laura Standley 6/27/2020 8:50 AM
    I re-watched the "Cowspiracy" documentary but this time, with my fiance in hopes I can get him on board so that doing my eco-change would be easier to do.

    I also visited Schedeens Farm Fresh Produce in Boring and bought a handful of fruits such as apples and berries, as well as a Farmers Market in my hometown of Sandy. I loved how juicy and fresh the berries tasted compared to store-bought!

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      Laura Standley 6/29/2020 2:27 PM
      Yes, I do believe  that they are organic. 

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      amy minato 6/29/2020 2:22 PM
      wow that looks delicious! are they organic?


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      Laura Standley 6/28/2020 2:19 PM
      Elura, it's called "cowspiracy" although I assume autocorrect was to blame. :) 

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      elura Harris-Toovy 6/28/2020 1:39 PM
      I have never heard of "conspiracy" before, but after looking it up, it will be on my list of documentaries to watch next weekend. Love the pic, the berries look amazing. It makes me want to go to a "you pick" farm, hopefully, I get to do that soon as berry season is finally here. 

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    Laura Standley 6/25/2020 1:33 PM
    I calculated my carbon footprint and this is my result. I am already making a move towards living more sustainably. Being a stay-at-home Mother has helped with that. I'm not saying I won't be returning to work once the COVID situation clears up, but saying at home and not being able to go out as much as I did definitely changed my carbon footprint dramatically. The only things I know I need to do to make it better is to eat more sustainably and produce less waste. 

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      amy minato 6/29/2020 2:28 PM
      Laura  anything under 5 is really good for anyone living in the US. We are victims of our society in that way