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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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isabella catapano

SUNY New Paltz

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 316 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    0.0
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning

isabella's Actions

Materials

Fix Leaky Faucets

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Electricity Generation

Rooftop Solar Consultation

#10 Rooftop Solar

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 30 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Materials Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

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    isabella catapano 4/24/2019 6:11 PM
    A simple way I found is if I find a song that I really enjoy, and try my best to make my showers last as long as the song. That way, my showering time is minimized and I can focus on being quick instead of indulging. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    isabella catapano 4/24/2019 6:03 PM
    I believe that by driving, it separates myself from the people and environment around me. I've noticed that by walking, it allows me to be a bit more introspective whilst observing what is around me and appreciating all of the nature and people I am surrounded by. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    isabella catapano 4/21/2019 3:12 PM
    I believe that the biggest advantage of silvopasture is that forages that cows eat tend to have a higher nutrients under trees, allowing the cows to have more autonomy while having the opportunity to control the livestock in some ways.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons?

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    isabella catapano 4/21/2019 3:07 PM
    No tillage, diverse cover crops, in-farm fertility,no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and multiple crop rotations (found in article 1)
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    isabella catapano 4/21/2019 3:03 PM
    It was quite difficult to change my diet simply because it was so easy to overlook that so many common food products contain animal product in some way. Products like the coffee creamer that I had did not have animal product in it, which somewhat confused me since it looked so much like milk! I found that Oreo's and certain foods don't contain animal products either. All in all, it is a learning process but it is certainly beneficial in the long run for the Earth and your body.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    isabella catapano 4/21/2019 2:57 PM
    I understand that it takes more than 2,400 gallons of water just to make one pound of meat. That being said, if I were to make more choices that don't have meat products in them, I alone would contribute to lesser wastes of water- as we are slowly losing our natural water supply. We need water much more than we do meat!
  • 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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    isabella catapano 4/21/2019 2:55 PM
    I would rather use this money towards bills that my family has to pay. I would also use this money for rent if I had the opportunity. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Explore Other Food Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

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    isabella catapano 4/21/2019 2:53 PM
    I found that education is directly correlated with the environment and the future status of the Earth. A specific example that caught my eye was women's rights and gender equality. Not only is education important for sexual health, where women should have access to proper sex education and resources to protect their bodies, but also in informing all about what steps they can make to save the Earth.