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Kassy Vazquez

Capstone summer 22


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Kassy's actions


Research Better Transportation

I will research one of the solutions presented in this week's session on Transportation and see if there are any groups in my community already doing this work.


Visions of Sustainability

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.


Consumption and Economy

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.



Meet My Neighbors

I will meet 1 new neighbor(s) this week.



Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) each day this week.



Weekly Meal Planning

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



Visit a Local Farm

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


A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

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


Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

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

  • Kassy Vazquez's avatar
    Kassy Vazquez 7/13/2022 10:56 PM
    For my sixth eco-challenge, I decided to research some better transportation options. One solution is cycling. There is a local group called "The Street Trust"(, whose mission is to advocate for safe, accessible, equitable, zero carbon streets. Everything they do is about expanding transportation choices to reduce dependence on solo drive trips and making roads safer for motor vehicles and other street users. They do a lot of advocacy work with different community members and are outspoken about injustices such as what happened to an Asain family on Eastbank Esplanade. They also run various clinics and events throughout the month; their calendar is on their website if anyone is interested! 

    • Lexi Silva's avatar
      Lexi Silva 7/13/2022 11:41 PM
      Hi Kassy!
      Good on you for expanding and learning more about different and more sustainable transportation options you can practice. Also, thanks for sharing about "The Street Trust" because I think local programs and groups like these help expand and influence others to also cycle. Thanks for sharing! 

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    Kassy Vazquez 7/13/2022 10:23 PM
    For my last eco-challenge, I decided to do an energy audit for my apartment. My total score was 8.6, which is not too bad, but there is always room for improvement. The website stated that I was among the top energy use performers over the last 12 months. This is great to hear because my husband and I are very cautious when it comes to not using too much electricity. When not in a room, we turn off the lights, and we do not keep the AC on continuously. However, my son gets hot VERY quickly, so sometimes we turn it on more than we would like if it were just us. We also unplug the things we are not using, such as the charger, the baby monitor, and the hatch. Once I clicked on ways that I can improve my score on the website, there were some interesting options, such as choosing an energy-star-certified TV, replacing the HVAC system, and choosing appliances that are energy-star certified. A lot of the options did not apply in my circumstance because many of the changes I am not able to make due to not owning a house. 

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    Kassy Vazquez 7/11/2022 10:34 PM
    This week (week 7), I choose to track what I spend my money on. I was not shocked to find out that I spend most of my money on food. With the weather scorching, my family and I have been going out to eat more than usual to avoid having an overheated apartment. However, there are other foods I can make that are "summer foods" that don't need the stove or oven. The next big thing I bought was gas and party supplies on amazon. My son's first birthday party is this month, so I am prepping, which means many orders from Amazon. I feel pretty guilty about ordering so much on Amazon, so I decided to go to a nearby party store. I checked out Boom Boom Balloons on Lombard. They are a local party store that carries different types of pinatas. They make them themselves there. I purchased one there and cannot wait to fill it with snacks. 

    • Romi Watson's avatar
      Romi Watson 7/14/2022 10:02 AM
      Hi Kassy!
      I relate a lot to spending a majority of my money on food because, well, food's good haha. I'm aware that my spending habits could be better in regards to that, and I know that frivolously spending money on food only contributes to our waste issue. With this summer heat though, I don't blame you guys for eating takeout! It's way more convenient than sweating over a plate of food because you had to use the stove or oven. 
      I hope your son has an amazing first birthday! I'm not a mom myself, but I know that it's almost impossible not to throw a huge party with a bunch of decorations. I think it's great that you're shopping locally and helping out a small family shop. I'm sure that pinata will be the highlight for the kiddos! 

    • Madison Scruggs's avatar
      Madison Scruggs 7/11/2022 11:10 PM
      Hi Kassy, I also tend to overspend on food and especially during the summer for the same reason! I found that meal prepping on cooler days helps a lot with not wanting to cook when it's hot!

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      Giovanni Simmons 7/11/2022 10:47 PM
      Hi Kassy!
      I think we can all agree that the convenience  and affordability is  nice, but nothing beats supporting a local business, so I'm glad you decided to check  out the local party  store. It's tough sometimes because its  just so easy to order off Amazon, but I can't help but think about how much more a local business would appreciate our purchases more than Jeff Bezos would. I hope the birthday party goes well!

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    Kassy Vazquez 7/05/2022 9:37 AM
    This week for my eco-challenge this week, I chose to meet a new neighbor. I recently moved into a new apartment complex and met the neighbor down two doors away from me. They have a dog named Nova, and my son loves animals so that is how we got talking. It is interesting because I am a very introverted person and having my son has caused me to be more outgoing. Especially, when he sees someone walking a pet, he has to say hi. So, it is nice getting to know who lives around you to build a sense of community. 

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    Kassy Vazquez 6/30/2022 9:50 AM
    I love buying reusable water bottles and the idea of it but I never really execute it. I am always running late and forget to use my reusable water bottle which will then cause me to buy a plastic water bottle. I also find myself not drinking as much water as I used to. I used to drink tons of water but now I find myself gravitating towards Izzys. So for this eco-challenge, I am going to try and stop drinking so much soda and instead use my reusable water bottle to encourage me to drink more water. 

    • Misti Randall's avatar
      Misti Randall 6/30/2022 8:04 PM
      Hi Kassy,
      I relate to your point of forgetting the reusable water bottle and then buying plastic water bottle. I have done that many times before because you can't go without water! I love that you are gearing more towards water instead of soda because I had to do a dr. pepper detox after my roommate who grew up drinking it got me hooked a couple years ago. Now I just use it as my treat if going somewhere different not just for casual drinking. 

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    Kassy Vazquez 6/28/2022 10:27 AM
    Whenever I go to the store, I always have a grocery list. I find having a grocery store list reduces food waste. This week I decided to make a meal plan and also have my typical grocery list. I have never actually made a meal plan, I really just rely on the list. I found myself forgetting key ingredients sometimes when I make my list which is frustrating. So having the meal plan as well makes it easier to not forget important ingredients I need for the meal. For Monday, I made party wings, roasted potatoes, and a salad. On Tuesday, I am going to make tofu stir fry, garlic green beans, and broccoli, On Wednesday, I am planning on making taquitos, so that will need tortillas, shredded chicken, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, cheese, and black beans. On Thursday, I will be making lasagna, in which I will need pasta and pasta sauce, cottage cheese, and ground beef. On Friday I will need ground beef, romaine, avocados, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime to make lettuce cups. 

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    Kassy Vazquez 6/23/2022 1:05 AM
    I went to Hoffman Farm on Wednesday after the field trip with my family. This farm is located in Beaverton. It is somewhere I have wanted to go to for a while, and the weather was so great that we decided to go last minute. We were able to pick our strawberries and had a blast. It was neat seeing my son have such a great time; he was covered in strawberry juice by the time we were finished. We needed the fresh air, so it was a fantastic opportunity to pick our fruit at a local farm. The staff at the farm was friendly, and we even had strawberry milkshakes. Overall, it was so much fun. We hope to go again once blueberries are in season. 

    • Gabe Dicenzo's avatar
      Gabe Dicenzo 6/23/2022 7:49 AM
      Hi Kassy! Good to hear you got out and about. I've never been out to Hoffman Farm but I did a quick Google and it looks stunning. I used to pick strawberries with my mom all the time when I was really little although I'm not sure where. I do know that I'll be headed to the gorge near Hood River to pick some blueberries though when they come about. Hopefully we get a good crop this year-- fingers crossed!

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    Kassy Vazquez 6/20/2022 8:23 PM
    My family and I went on a walk at cooper mountain trail today with my family. We have been here before, but never to the actual trails. There are multiple, and it is a beautiful hike. There were tons of wildflowers at this location! So that was great, we got to show my little one, and he loved looking at the flowers. We also went to another park called Spring Garden Park the other day and walked around and played on the playground. My little guy loved the splash pad and swinging on the swings. Going on hikes and going outdoors is beneficial for my baby's development, so I try to go to many different spots weekly! 

    • Bella Solorzano's avatar
      Bella Solorzano 6/20/2022 11:32 PM
      Kassy, this sounds like such a fun day! It must be so fun and rewarding to watch your son experience new things. A splash pad seems so fun I will definitely have to check that out. I really appreciated your comment on how beneficial being outdoors is for little ones and I'm sure you've also noticed how great it is for us older ones as well! Looking forward to hearing more from you :)

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    Kassy Vazquez 6/20/2022 8:13 PM
    From this course, I hope to learn what exactly sustainability is and what I can change in my lifestyle to be more sustainable. My goal is to know more about ways I can be more sustainable. I would also like to take this knowledge and teach it to my son. I want him to be caring for our planet.