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February 15 - February 19, 2021
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Martha Merritt

International Education

"To learn more about India through engagement with lifestyle, daily practice and historical understanding."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 436 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    275
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    330
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    6
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    8
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Martha's Actions

Day 5 - Water is Life

WATER CRISIS IN INDIA

I will learn about the water supply in India by reading at least one article.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Water is Life

BRUSH MY TEETH WITHOUT RUNNING WATER

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 4 - Feeding Us & the Future

ATTEND "GATHER" FILM SCREENING

I will attend the RVA Environmental Film Festival screening of "Gather" and a discussion with director Sanjay Rawal at 7:00pm.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Feeding Us & the Future

EAT LOWER ON THE FOOD-CHAIN

I will eat lower on the food-chain to reduce my carbon footprint.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 4 - Feeding Us & the Future

EAT LOCAL

I will buy local produce and meats when shopping for groceries.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 4 - Feeding Us & the Future

Smart Seafood

I will make responsible and sustainable seafood choices.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 4 - Feeding Us & the Future

Meal Planning

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 4 - Feeding Us & the Future

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

I will avoid using items with single-use packaging when possible.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

TRY OUT COMPOSTING

I will reduce food waste by composting my food waste.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

LEARN ABOUT THE RECYCLING INDUSTRY IN AMERICA

I will learn about recent changes to the recycling industry in America and their connections to Asia.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

LEARN ABOUT WASTE REDUCTION EFFORTS IN INDIA

I will learn about waste reduction efforts in India.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER RECYCLING QUIZ

I will learn about how to reduce waste by taking the Office for Sustainability's Be A Green Spider Recycling Quiz.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

USE REUSABLE BEVERAGE CONTAINERS

I will avoid sending 3 disposable beverage containers to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or water bottle.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Powering the Future

WATCH VIDEO ON PROJECT DRAWDOWN

I will watch a video on Project Drawdown.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT SOLAR ENERGY IN INDIA

I will learn about renewable energy in India.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Powering the Future

ATTEND "ENVIRONMENT UNDONE" TALK

Attend a virtual talk by Pulitzer Center journalists, Tish Sanghera and Disha Shetty, on the project "Environment Undone" at 7:30pm.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Powering the Future

CHECK TIRE PRESSURE

If all Americans maintained their tire pressure, we would save 1.2 billion gallons of gas annually.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Powering the Future

REDUCE PERSONAL VEHICLE USE

I will walk, bike, or use public transportation in place of driving my personal vehicle to a destination.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Powering the Future

TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER ENERGY QUIZ

I will test my knowledge of energy at UR with the Be A Green Spider Energy Quiz

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Powering the Future

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF FOSSIL FUELS

I will watch a documentary about climate change to learn about the effects that fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions have on our planet.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT ENERGY IN VIRGINIA

I will learn about renewable energy in Virginia.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Powering the Future

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 4 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

TOUR OF WELL-BEING CENTER

I will visit or take a virtual tour of the Well-Being Center.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

ATTEND A VIRTUAL YOGA CLASS

I will attend a virtual yoga class sponsored by University Recreation from 10:00am-11:00am. Registration is limited to 25 participants.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

BUY NOTHING

I will buy nothing (meal plans excluded) the whole day today.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

HAPPINESS PROJECT IN INDIA

I will learn about the Happiness Project in India.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

PRACTICE GRATITUDE

I will write down three things that I am grateful for OR reach out to thank someone who's doing something positive for our world's health and well-being.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

PRACTICE MINDFULNESS

I will spend 30 minute(s) per day thinking quietly, practicing meditation, yoga, working out, or doing another mindful activity.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

De-Clutter

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Martha Merritt's avatar
    Martha Merritt 2/18/2021 3:25 PM
    Team International Education is going strong! Second place is awesome with so many teams and keen participants. Keep up the good work through Friday :)

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    Martha Merritt 2/17/2021 12:46 PM
    Really appreciated the panel last night with two intrepid female reporters in India (participating at 5:00 am their time)! Thanks to the department of journalism for connecting us all, including lots of student majors who attended and asked great questions.

    • Jean Creamer's avatar
      Jean Creamer 2/19/2021 9:20 AM
      Wish I could have attended, but your post is exciting because it shows that participation was strong and that this was a good event! :)

  • Martha Merritt's avatar
    Martha Merritt 2/16/2021 12:51 PM
    International Ed team LOOKING GOOD! I'm enjoying Experience India-endorsed yoga.

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    Martha Merritt 2/15/2021 8:38 AM
    Nice to have a UR yoga experience on this first morning of the Experience India Ecochallenge!