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Vanessa Wissler

Capstone spring 23

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    miles
    traveled by carpool
  • up to
    25
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched

Vanessa's Actions

Consumption and Economy

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 5 mile(s) each day this week instead of driving and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Try Carpooling

I will commute by carpool 10 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

Completed
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Vanessa Wissler's avatar
    Vanessa Wissler 5/28/2023 8:38 PM
    This week, I only made necessary purchases. I made note of the unnecessary items I was tempted to buy, and questioned why I felt tempted to buy them. I re-framed what I considered to be essential, and this resulted in making way fewer purchases than I initially would have. I've also used a lot of discretion when making my item choices too, being mindful of the types of packaging my purchases come in and being aware of the materials they are made of.
    I only bought groceries this week; here's a meal I made from some of them!
    This is pan fried tofu with sautéed vegetables and brown rice.



    • Randy Lucas's avatar
      Randy Lucas 5/28/2023 9:58 PM
      Hey Vanessa, that looks delicious! I have been wanting to try cooking with tofu but have not yet found a recipe to attempt.

    • Vytien Phan's avatar
      Vytien Phan 5/28/2023 9:08 PM
      Nice. Making a list, I think would be helpful to revisit for me. I might borrow that method. That looks delicious, thank you for (not) sharing. haha. The shoes are called On Cloud Running Shoes. There is a lot of variety in what costumers could find. I am not a fan of the price and believe me when I say I do not spend lavishly. I just felt an enormous amount of guilt for falling back brand names such as Nike or Adidas. I wanted to purchase practically and from a company that cared. I get them on June 6th, hopefully you'll get to see it!

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    Vanessa Wissler 5/22/2023 10:13 AM
    This past week, I walked whenever feasible to do so rather than taking my car. I chose this action because it seemed like the most effective way for me to implement a challenge immediately. I noticed how many destinations I could fairly easily get to on foot that I had previously only traveled to by car out of convenience. The pleasant weather has added a big incentive for me to walk as well!

    • Amy Minato's avatar
      Amy Minato 5/28/2023 8:05 PM
      did you feel any physical or emotional benefit? i have noticed how fragrant the spring air is in parts of Portland this month

    • Vytien Phan's avatar
      Vytien Phan 5/27/2023 1:28 PM
      Hey Vanessa, that's awesome that you chose to walk when able. Taking this course has helped me beware of short drives where I could walk instead. It's uplifting and environmentally helpful. Like a superhero, I am helping the planet one task and conscious thought at a time. Can you tell I'm a dreamer? hehe. "The power is yours.." (;

    • Amy Minato's avatar
      Amy Minato 5/23/2023 8:53 AM
      Vanessa walking in spring in Portland is the best. so many flowers.. how far were some of the places you went?

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    Vanessa Wissler 5/14/2023 1:07 AM
    This past week I continued a carpooling habit I had taken a hiatus from for about 6 months. A friend and I began carpooling together to complete errands earlier in the pandemic as a way to mitigate covid exposure risk (my friend was reliant on public transportation at the time and was therefore exposed to a lot of people on a regular basis.) We're trying to get back into this routine and went grocery shopping and to the laundry mat together. Carpooling for errands specifically has been a great way to both reduce carbon emissions and ensure that necessary tasks get done by having someone else to keep me accountable and motivated.

    • Amy Minato's avatar
      Amy Minato 5/15/2023 4:38 PM
      Vanessa it's probably more fun too!

    • Ruby Nations's avatar
      Ruby Nations 5/14/2023 8:14 PM
      Having an accountability partner is so helpful! Also, I've found that doing errands with another person can make the experience much more enjoyable :)

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    Vanessa Wissler 4/23/2023 11:33 PM
    This past weekend, I shopped local at People's Co-Op, which I haven't been to in years! I'm trying to move away from supporting corporations where I can, which is difficult to do when it comes to food. I'm trying to get back into a more simplified, whole food diet, and buying basics such as grains, vegetables, and legumes can be done on a tighter budget (though it takes some planning in advance and craftiness.) Unfortunately I don't have any photos (I meant to take one of the front entrance of People's, which is beautiful, but completely forgot.)

    • Amy Minato's avatar
      Amy Minato 5/02/2023 11:42 AM
      sounds good Vanessa. i'm so sorry Food Front closed. they were a true grassroots collective.

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    Vanessa Wissler 4/19/2023 3:48 PM
    Eco Challenge Session One
    For this week’s eco challenge, I collected reusable plastic food containers that I plan on using for my mutual aid group. I found it difficult to retain enough steam to consistently collect my plastic, wash it, and store it, but think this habit can be maintained through practice. Session two of the text sites that 9.1 billion percent of plastic has been manufactured in the last 13 years alone (Choices for Sustainable Living, 40.)

    • Amy Minato's avatar
      Amy Minato 4/19/2023 7:02 PM
      Vanessa i have some pieces of plastic that i could not recycle for your eco bricks project.