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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Michelle Barranco-Ramirez

SUNY New Paltz

"Even if it's just a small change, I want to make the world a better place, uniting the people. I want to learn more and be aware of the world outside of my own life. "

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Participant Impact

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Michelle's Actions

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

I will spend 10 minutes each day researching women-owned businesses I can support when shopping.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Make School More Affordable

#6 Educating Girls

I will raise funds to help make school affordable for girls around the world.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Make School More Affordable
    Why is it important that girls have equal access to education in order to reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions?

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    Michelle Barranco-Ramirez 4/24/2019 6:28 PM
    Girls are not below men, and shouldn't be treated as a lower individual, we are not in the past anymore, everything has changed, we are in the 21st century. Without having that education, they won't be aware of the things happening around the world. If both genders come together, they can bring forth ideas that can work with the now existing ideas but not yet fully developed. One of those issues that can be worked on through the education taught in a classroom- the school environment is how to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. 

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    Michelle Barranco-Ramirez 4/22/2019 3:55 PM
    This world at times can be male-based. There are more men running the business rather than a small percentage of women who are in the field of business. One of the few reasons why I want to support these businesses is to be informed on how women too can make it big- hoping to break down the barriers and the gender gap in society. Another reason is that my sister one day will be able to pursue her dreams in business without judgment and there can be a place for her in the future- of what's left of women smallholders. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

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    Michelle Barranco-Ramirez 4/21/2019 9:59 AM
    I would rather spend it on my school education or for future purposes. Although I do believe food is very important, and necessary in our lives, a certain amount can keep our systems running. We can use that money for something you would like to support, an organization, family, bills, health, etc. If we limit ourselves to a certain portion each day, we would make that a habit and helps us save money. But if we serve bigger plates. the more we will want-to a point that we will not be as satisfied. 

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    Michelle Barranco-Ramirez 4/20/2019 9:17 AM
    There is some challenges have bounced back on, relating to my food intake and food sources,  by limiting myself to a certain portion that somehow would make me hungrier in the process. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come out of eating smaller portions?

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    Michelle Barranco-Ramirez 4/20/2019 9:15 AM
    A healthier diet is one of the many benefits that can come out of eating smaller portions, there is always a way to find some food source that not necessarily would make a good impact on one's health, or eliminating that product can relieve our system intake. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Michelle Barranco-Ramirez 4/03/2019 4:51 PM
    The expiration dates are important because some products aren't healthy intake we put into our bodies. The use by, and sell by are two different things, sell by, and best by  is the stronger date, but can have the same effect if not aware beforehand.