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November 15 - November 19, 2021
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Jenney Stevens

IE Global Spiders

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 453 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    4
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    60
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    310
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    20
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    40
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Jenney's Actions

Day 4 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT ENERGY IN VIRGINIA

I will learn about renewable energy in Virginia.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

READ THE SPIDERS GUIDE TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING

I will read the Spiders Guide to Sustainable Living to learn more about individual sustainability on campus and in Richmond.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

I WILL GET GREEN ROOM CERTIFIED

I will examine my living habits while on campus, and make an effort to be more sustainable in my day-to-day living habits. All are invited to complete the checklist, however students will receive certification for their dorm room or apartment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

I WILL LEARN ABOUT LITHIUM MINING IN CHILE

I will watch a video to learn about the impact of negative impact of green technology on Chile's deserts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

I WILL TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER TRANSPORTATION QUIZ

I will take the BAGS transportation quiz to learn about transportation at UR and general transportation knowledge.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT GREEN ENERGY IN CHILE

I will learn about Chile's shift towards sustainable energy through the use of geothermal energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - 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 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 4 - 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 4 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF FOSSIL FUELS

I will learn about the negative impacts of fossil fuels on our health and the environment by reading at least one article.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

LEARN ABOUT INDUSTRIAL SALMON FARMING IN CHILE

I will read an article about industrial salmon farms in Chile.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - 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 5 - Protecting the Planet

ATTEND BROWN BAG DISCUSSION

I will attend the Brown Bag discussion on Climate Activism in Chile & Virginia with guest Fabiola Barrenechea, Dr. Mary Finley-Brook, and Riley Place, '22 at 1:00pm in Tyler Haynes Commons 305.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Water is Life

LEARN ABOUT FARMED SALMON IN CHILE

I will learn about salmon farming in Chile by reading an article.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

TRY OUT COMPOSTING

I will reduce food waste by composting my food waste.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

EAT LESS WATER INTENSIVE FOODS

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - 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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

OPT-IN TO REUSABLE NAPKINS & UTENSILS

I will use reusable napkins instead of single-use disposable napkins. I will opt-out of using single-use utensils by bringing my reusable set to an on-campus dining location or take-out restaurant.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

ADVOCATE

I will call my congressman and leave a message to advocate for climate legislation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER FOOD QUIZ

I will test my knowledge of food at UR with the Be A Green Spider Food Quiz.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

COMPOST FOOD SCRAPS

I will participate in the composting program on campus or compost my food scraps at home.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

LEARN ABOUT THE IMPACT OF INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

I will listen to "How to Save a Planet" podcast to learn about how my individual actions can help mitigate climate change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

I WILL LEARN ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE IN VIRGINIA

I will read an article about the effects of climate change at the local and state level.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

PROJECT DRAWDOWN

I will watch at least two videos from Project Drawdown to learn about climate solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

LEARN ABOUT IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN CHILE

I will read at least one article about the environmental and social impacts of climate change on Chile.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

LEARN ABOUT PERCEPTIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN CHILE

I will listen to a podcast about the perceptions of climate change in Chile.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Protecting the Planet

LEARN ABOUT YOUTH CLIMATE ACTIVISM

I will watch a TEDTalk by Xiye Bastida to learn about the youth climate movement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Water is Life

LEARN ABOUT THE IMPACT OF MINING IN CHILE ON WATER

I will learn about the impact of mining on water resources in Chile by reading at least one article.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

ATTEND LECTURE

I will attend a lecture by Ángela Vergara in Ukrop Auditorium at 2:30pm.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

REDUCE SEAFOOD INTAKE AND EAT SMART SEAFOOD

I will make responsible and sustainable seafood choices.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

Reduce Dining Hall Waste

I will reduce food waste by participating in the composting program, using my reusable bag, and bringing my own utensils.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

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 4 - 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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - 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 4 - Powering the Future

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, appliances, and power strips turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

ATTEND INTERNATIONAL DINNER AT DHALL

I will attend the International Dinner at Heilman Dining Center from 5:00-7:30pm.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 4 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Water is Life

SMART LAUNDRY

I will conserve water and energy by only doing full loads of laundry in cold water.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Water is Life

BRUSH MY TEETH WITHOUT RUNNING WATER

I will save up to 2 gallons (7.5 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Water is Life

LESS THAN 5-MINUTE SHOWERS

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Water is Life

ATTEND CHILEAN ENVIRONMENT AND POLITICS LECTURE

I will attend a discussion on Environment and Politics in Chile with Gabriela Pizarro at 7:00pm in Ukrop Auditorium. This event is co-sponsored with Journalism and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

CHANGE DEFAULT PRINTING SETTING TO DOUBLE SIDED

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

LEARN ABOUT WASTE REDUCTION EFFORTS IN CHILE

I will learn about waste management efforts in Chile.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Water is Life

CHECK FOR WATER LEAKS

I will check for water leaks in my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Water is Life

TAKE THE 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

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    Jenney Stevens 11/19/2021 8:53 AM
    Another Chile memory popped in my mind today, this one actually related to environmentalism: After we moved to Santiago, my then-boyfriend got an office job at Embotelladora Andina, the bottling company for Coca-Cola. At that time Chile was the 5th largest consumer of Coca-Cola in the world (!) and most Chileans purchased 1.5L and 2L recycled plastic bottles ("retornables"), which cost less than brand-new bottles. Once finished, customers would return their empty bottles to any store.

    Andina would collect and return the empty bottles to their San Joaquin plant where they'd undergo an automated, very thorough sterilization. I was lucky enough to take a tour and see this in action!  The bottles — scuffed up on the outside but totally clean/safe inside — were refilled and put back out on the shelves, where the process would start all over again. 

    The average "retornable" plastic bottle could be recycled/resold 10-12 times. I also learned that Andina actually lost money this way because the recycling process was more expensive, but they felt it was important. 

    This was in the mid-90s and I remember being very impressed but also surprised that the same recycling process didn't exist in the United States, even though companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi can clearly afford it. I later met people who worked for Coca-Cola USA (in Chile as expats) and was told that the company didn't think Americans would be willing to drink out of scuffed-up bottles. I think they give Americans too little credit! 

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    Jenney Stevens 11/19/2021 5:48 AM
    This week has been very nostalgic for me. Attending Dr. Angela Vergara's lecture on Wednesday was a flashback to all those Latin American history classes I took with Dr. Joan Bak in Ryland Hall thirty years ago. At the reception I met Nina, a recent UR grad who studied abroad in Santiago in fall 2019 when the mass protests against social inequality swept across Chile. We swapped stories about our experiences living there, and I found her perspectives so insightful. It's just been a great week! I know I'm biased but I wish every International Week was about Chile! :)

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    Jenney Stevens 11/18/2021 10:19 AM
    I emailed Rep. McEachin to ask him to support the BBB plan. I also asked him to add "Climate change" to the "issue of concern" drop-down menu on his email contact page. That's an easy first step he should take!

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    Jenney Stevens 11/18/2021 5:35 AM
    Chile night at D-Hall was terrific! The food was great! It was my first in-person, sit-down dining experience since early March 2020. It was weird at first not having a tray, but then I remembered just how much water is wasted when they're used and I got over it really quickly :)

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    Jenney Stevens 11/17/2021 8:23 AM
    Just last week I replaced my 15-year-old washer, dryer, and dishwasher with ones that are much more energy-efficient and use a lot less water (especially the washer). My old appliances had the most basic settings; the new ones allow me to really customize each cycle to save as much energy/water as possible. Better for the planet, and better for my wallet!