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Laura Velez

The Geese

"My mission is to learn more about the environment and how my daily actions make an impact! "

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 445 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    4
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    1,370
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    6
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    315
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    17
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    30
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Laura's actions

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

CARRY MY TRASH

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

REDUCE SINGLE-USE DISPOSABLES

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate and divert waste from the landfill.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

THE TRUTH ABOUT EXPIRATION DATES

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

ATTEND THE LOCAL - GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY FAIR

I will attend the Local-Global Sustainability Fair at Tyler Haynes Commons.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

GO PAPERLESS

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

TOUR THE ECO-CORRIDOR

I will attend a tour of the Eco-Corridor from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. to learn more about biodiversity and native species on our campus by utilizing the app iNaturalist.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

BUY FROM A FARMERS MARKET

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

ATTEND KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

I will attend the opening keynote addresses for International Education Week from Daniel Wildcat and Jacinta Ruru in the International Center.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

LEARN ABOUT & PRACTICE SUSTAINABLE FASHION

I will spend 10 minutes learning about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

VISIT THE SPIDER EXCHANGE

I will visit the on-campus "free store", known as the Spider Exchange, to donate unneeded items or "shop" for free from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Spider Exchange is located at 24D New Frat Row.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

LOCAL INDIGENOUS PRACTICES

I will take 10 minutes to learn how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

COMPOST FOOD SCRAPS

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

GO MEATLESS

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

SMART LAUNDRY

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

SHORT SHOWER CHALLENGE

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

ATTEND INTERNATIONAL DINNER

I will attend the International Dinner at Heilman Dining Hall.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

DISCONNECT FROM EMAIL

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

REUSABLE BOTTLES AND MUGS

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

ENJOY THE SUNRISE/SUNSET

I will enjoy the sunrise and sunset.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

GO FOR A DAILY WALK

I will take a 10-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

PRACTICE GRATITUDE FOR EARTH

I will spend 10 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

EXPLORE MY AREA

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

SPEND TIME OUTSIDE

I will replace 30 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

TOUR THE ECO-CORRIDOR

I will attend a tour of the Eco-Corridor from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to learn about Abby's Garden and the restored stream bed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

TALK TO MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ABOUT ECOCHALLENGE

I will tell friends and/or colleagues about the Ecochallenge and share information about how to get involved.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

HELP OTHERS

I will offer to help person(s) who are in need each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

TURN IT OFF

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

SMART LAUNDRY

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

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

GO ON MINDFUL SELF-GUIDED TOUR

I will visit the Eco-Corridor for a self-guided tour between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to slow down, destress, and engage in mindfulness stations.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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  • Laura Velez's avatar
    Laura Velez 11/17/2023 4:16 PM
    In only 5 days I already learned so much about myself and my impacts!

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    Laura Velez 11/16/2023 5:19 PM
    Did you guys see the sunset tonight?!? I caught the end of it in this photo:

    • Eva VanAtta's avatar
      Eva VanAtta 11/17/2023 1:35 PM
      Wow! Such a cool sunset, I bet the moon looked beautiful!

    • Jean Creamer's avatar
      Jean Creamer 11/17/2023 7:55 AM
      Wow, what a gorgeous photo! And yes; I called my daughter while I was driving home and told her to look out her window at the sky.

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    Laura Velez 11/15/2023 7:22 PM
    Looked into the truth about expiration dates, crazy how much we unnecessarily waste because of vague wording - 10/10 would recommend

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    Laura Velez 11/15/2023 2:38 PM
    Learned tons about trees at the sustainability fair today! Fun fact: the oldest tree on campus is at least 200 years old! WILD

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    Laura Velez 11/15/2023 7:42 AM
    Just doing what I do best

    • Eva VanAtta's avatar
      Eva VanAtta 11/15/2023 11:01 AM
      So proud of this easy yet important daily task! Keep up the good work B)

  • Laura Velez's avatar
    Laura Velez 11/14/2023 8:57 PM
    Never felt greener! Excited for the next few days.

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    Laura Velez 11/14/2023 12:29 PM
    Make sure you guys swing by the eco-corridor! Perfect to unwind and rest your mind. P.S. you can hear the water from the creak trickling by in this hammock 10/10 would recommend

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    Laura Velez 11/13/2023 9:26 PM
    Hey guys! We are gonna KILL this challenge!

  • Laura Velez's avatar
    Laura Velez 11/13/2023 2:16 PM
    Key takeaway: Manage people for benefit of the land rather than manage the land for benefit of the people

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    Laura Velez 11/13/2023 11:45 AM
    Doing my daily duties! Turned off my roomies light

    • Rebecca Hedlund's avatar
      Rebecca Hedlund 11/13/2023 9:28 PM
      Let's make this clear people -- I am NOT the roommate in question! #noenergywaste