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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Kelly Reynolds

A Cleaner Texas

"Christian, Family Woman, Texan, Team Player, Environmental Enthusiast, Optimist."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 426 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    225
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    26
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

Kelly's Actions

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 15 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Choose Better Wood Products

#38 Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Express My Support

#54 Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Materials

Install a Toilet Bank

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day by installing a toilet tank bank.

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 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Restore Wetlands

#52 Coastal Wetlands

I will volunteer 2 hours with a wetland restoration project in my region.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Kelly Reynolds 4/22/2019 9:26 PM
    Happy Earth Day, y'all! Glad to being participating in this challenge as a way to celebrate!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

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    Kelly Reynolds 4/03/2019 8:47 PM
    Honestly part of it is probably that it is so available. It's tasty, and you can find meat everywhere, and a lot of people don't think about how it has more of an environmental impact. Plus, there is sort of a cultural component to it - the cowboy or rancher, for example, is a very American image. Eating meat is advertised as a "manly" thing in many cases, whereas vegetarian meals seem like something for a dainty lady or a hippie. As environmentalists we may have a different perspective, but I think this is another component to the views and behaviors people have in our country.
  • 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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    Kelly Reynolds 4/03/2019 8:42 PM
    I would use this extra money donating to a church or charity - or maybe to buy a bike or go on a weekend trip to Galveston!
  • 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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    Kelly Reynolds 4/03/2019 8:39 PM
    Eating smaller portions can often be healthier, especially given that I have a sweet tooth. :P
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Kelly Reynolds 4/03/2019 8:37 PM
    Today on  my walk I saw these bluebonnets! People taking the time to care for their landscapes and plant native flowers such as these is really nice. I saw butterflies, bees, squirrels, and birds on my walk. Today I walked from my office to a restaurant to pick up a bite to a local nature center where I went on a lunchtime bird walk. Having places close by to walk to makes it possible to walk on my lunch break rather than drive!

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    Kelly Reynolds 3/27/2019 1:52 PM
    I accidentally created two profiles, hence there are two "Kelly Reynolds" on our team. My bad! There is only one of me! ;P