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Lena Stepp

capstone spring 21

"Fill cups, grow community, spark joy, and greet the winds of change with optimism!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 517 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    7.0
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    14
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    7.0
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3.0
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    2.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    3.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    70
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Lena'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

Learn About Alternatives to the GDP

I will research alternatives (like Gross National Happiness) to measuring economic livelihood and the health of a nation.

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Consumption and Economy

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) from local producers each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or some other small improvement.

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One-Time Action

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of an environmental or social initiative in my state.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 2 hour(s) in my community this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

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One-Time Action

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Learn About My Watershed

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.

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One-Time Action

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 Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.

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One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Research Renewable Energy Options

I will find out if my local utilities offer an option for supporting renewable energy investment.

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One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 10 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Watch a Documentary

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Lena Stepp 5/20/2021 9:51 AM
    In completing my Eco-Change project, I was going to need a lot of soil, bark, and rock. I checked the Nextdoor app and saw a neighbor posting about free river rock in a mile away! I sent her a message and the next day I went over to her house with a fleet of buckets in the back of my car. She had a wheelbarrow full of extra river rock from her own extensive backyard project and didn't know what to do with it. I filled my buckets, offered her a spider plant in trade, and completed my project without another trip to the store! Thanks neighbor Sarah!

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      amy minato 5/25/2021 9:02 AM
      Lena I love this story!!
      Nextdoor apps are game changers.

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    Lena Stepp 5/11/2021 11:47 AM
    I've been volunteering lately with Solve to do trash pickups in nature areas and walking trails around Portland. This last weekend, we were at Oaks Bottom, and I thought we'd be picking up litter along the trails. But no, the Parks & Rec employee led us down to the gate for the wetland, where people generally aren't allowed. At first we were dubious, I felt like we were just trampling around the wetland with empty bags. Then, we found the area she had directed us toward- the area just below the parking lot and trailhead. The banks of the pond were covered in trash, unceremoniously dumped over the side of the lot into the wildlife refuge below. This was by far the hardest pickup I've done since there was so much trash and we had to mountain-goat our way up the steep forested slope to retrieve much of it. 
    Originally, the motivation to volunteer came from the trash I could see. This week, I was astounded by all the trash I couldn't see. Time to sign up for more!

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      amy minato 5/12/2021 12:44 PM
      wow Lena so great that you are helping with that! sounds rough.  Thank you!

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    Lena Stepp 4/29/2021 10:08 AM
    This week my focus has been on my eco-change garden and in combination with this week's course on water I'm thinking a lot about how I water my plants. At the moment I use a timer-sprinkler for the whole garden, and manually watering with a hose attachment for the backyard. I've been looking into drip irrigation systems or soaker hoses and trying to decide which method is best for our house. Which one will get me the best spread of water without wasting it on concrete or bark? More research is needed!

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      amy minato 5/03/2021 1:54 PM
      i really like soaker hoses. easy and targeted water use


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    Lena Stepp 4/22/2021 11:50 AM
    My grocery shopping and food preparation choices have been great this week. I'm really happy with how my diet has changed. In addition, by shopping more mindfully and pulling out the ol' compost bin, we made less waste this week than we usually do! That wasn't a benefit I was looking for but I'll definitely take it!

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      amy minato 4/23/2021 1:33 PM
      Lena i'm so glad you are enjoying your new food plan. Do you feel better or do you just like the taste and enjoy cooking?


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    Lena Stepp 4/15/2021 12:03 PM
    I sat down with my boyfriend and pulled up the PGE website last night and made sure we were signed up for the Green Future Choice (thanks for reminding me christina!). We also briefly looked at getting a bid for solar, the front of our house gets great light when it shines. More research is needed!

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      amy minato 4/20/2021 9:09 AM
      we are so happy with our solar panels!  they will be paid off in about 3 years. its a great option if you plan to live in a place for awhile.

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      Abigail Jones 4/17/2021 10:54 PM
      This is so great that we have this option through PGE! I moved recently and need to double check that I'm using this option too. Hope all goes well with the solar adventure!

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    Lena Stepp 4/13/2021 9:59 AM
    Spending time in nature is always a plus, I'm glad my challenges send me outside so much! My pup and I went for a walk at Tryon yesterday. Today I sat in the garden, watching the birds, thinking about flowers, feeling the wind... peace.
    Now that my schedule is set, I signed up for two SOLVE cleanups (Lents 4/18 and Oaks Bottom North Entrance 5/8 if anyone wants to join...) I've also been doing some research into  composting. I have tried a few times to start but it always seems to turn into a mess, fruit flies everywhere. Am I too lazy to compost? Any tips?

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      amy minato 4/15/2021 12:24 PM
      i love Tryon park! I may plan a field trip for there for our class if my director says its OK. Help me remember to remind our class about the May 8 Oaks Bottom cleanup

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    Lena Stepp 4/08/2021 11:51 AM
    This week has been a nice introduction, getting my mindset in the right place to be able to take on more challenges and assess where in my life I have room to grow and where I've become stuck. Watching documentaries about sustainable living environments, checking out my local nature areas with my dog, and keeping an eye on the current news were the ways I surveyed my life this week to make way for change. This year, spring cleaning feels a little more important since I've been at home so much lately. It's a good change of perspective do it with sustainability freshly in mind. 

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      amy minato 4/10/2021 3:14 PM
      Lena I'd love to hear about the films that you've watched and which nature areas that you have visited