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November 14 - November 18, 2022
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Ellen Sayles

International Education

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 306 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    6.0
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    20
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    18
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    65
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    7.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    spent learning

Ellen's Actions

Day 5 - Living With Less

MAORI & ZERO WASTE

I will spend 20 minutes learning about zero waste practices and principles in Maori cultures.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Living With Less

DISCONNECT FROM EMAIL

I will disconnect from my email when not at school or work.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 5 - Living With Less

DECLUTTER MY HOME OR DORM

I will declutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

CONNECT WITH A NONPROFIT

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on issues affecting women and trans/nonbinary people in Virginia, communities in poverty, or environmental justice, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

SUPPORT NATIVE COMMUNITIES

I will use the resource links and spend 20 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

ATTEND LUNCH DISCUSSION ON PRIVATE PRISONS

I will attend the "Private Prisons: Lessons from New Zealand" lunch discussion hosted by Lauren-Brooke Eisen from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting at 12:00pm in the School of Law.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

TALK ON MAORI ANCESTORS IN NATURE AND LAW

I will attend a talk on "Maori Ancestors in Nature and Law: Legal personality of the environment in Aotearoa New Zealand" by University of Otago professor Jacinta Ruru in the International Commons at 4:00pm.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

LEARN ABOUT MAORI FOOD SYSTEMS

I will read an article on Maori leading sustainable food systems in Aotearoa.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

THE TRUTH ABOUT EXPIRATION DATES

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

CELEBRATE AOTEAROA AT THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR

I will attend the International Fair celebrating Aotearoa New Zealand in the Alice Haynes Room between 4:30pm-6:00pm.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

KEYNOTE ON BIODIVERSITY

I will attend the International Education Week keynote presentation "From Ecosanctuaries to Predator-free: Engaging local communities in biodiversity restoration in Aotearoa" by University of Otago professor Philip Seddon. Location: International Center Commons at 2:00pm.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

NEW ZEALAND-INSPIRED INTERNATIONAL DINNER IN DHALL

I will eat Kiwiana-inspired recipes at the International Dinner in Heilman Dining Center between 5:00pm-6:00pm.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

LOWER YOUR WATER "FOODPRINT"

I will learn about water use in food production and eat less water intensive foods.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

EAT LOCAL

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

GO MEATLESS

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

LOCAL INDIGENOUS PRACTICES

I will take 15 minutes to learn how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

VIRTUAL WALK WITH KAKAPO CONSERVATIONISTS

I will take a virtual walk with conservationists to learn about a critically endangered native bird species, the kākāpō.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

INDIGENOUS INFLUENCES ON SCIENCE RESEARCH

I will read an article about the influence of Maori knowledge on science research in New Zealand.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

RESTORING BIODIVERSITY IN RICHMOND AND NEW ZEALAND

I will attend the "Conserving and Restoring Biodiversity: From James River Sturgeon to New Zealand Kiwi" panel at 4:30pm in THC 305.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

SHORT SHOWER CHALLENGE

I will save up to 6 gallons (23 L) of water each day by keeping my showers under 5 minutes.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

BE A GREEN SPIDER WATER QUIZ

I will test my knowledge of water by taking the Be A Green Spider Water Quiz on the Office for Sustainability's website.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

BETTER SLEEP

I will commit to getting 20 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

PRACTICE MINDFUL BREATHING

I will calm my body and mind by doing ten minutes of Maori breathing exercises each day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

TAKE A VIRTUAL WALK IN NEW ZEALAND

I will take a "virtual walk" along New Zealand's Kepler Track.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

NEW ZEALAND'S WELLBEING BUDGET

I will learn about wellbeing initiatives in New Zealand.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

ATTEND RARE KIWI SEMINAR

I will attend the "Cryptic inbreeding and population structure in New Zealand's rarest kiwi" seminar hosted by Dr. Kristina Ramstad at 12:00pm in Gottwald Auditorium.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

SPEND TIME IN NATURE

I will celebrate the Maori concept of whenua by spending 25 minutes outside to reduce stress, boost my mood, and to enjoy nature.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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