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November 15 - November 19, 2021
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Susan Wolski

The A- Team

"My mission this week is to learn more about how I can be part of the solution not the problem. I also want to get to know more people and be motivated to learn more about environmental issues and Chile."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 536 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    275
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    24
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Susan's Actions

Day 3 - Feeding Us & the Future

READ ALL WE CAN SAVE EXERPT

I will read "Solutions Underfoot" by Jane Zelikova and "Notes From a Climate Victory Garden" by Louise Maher-Johnson.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

TRY OUT COMPOSTING

I will reduce food waste by composting my food waste.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 4 - Powering the Future

READ ALL WE CAN SAVE EXERPT

I will read "A Field Guide for Transformation" by Leah Cardamore Stokes.

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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Water is Life

READ ALL WE CAN SAVE EXERPT

I will read "Loving a Vanishing World" by Emily N. Johnston and "Solutions at Sea" by Emily Stengel.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 1
DAILY 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

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

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.

Uncompleted
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 5 - Protecting the Planet

ADVOCATE

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

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

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

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 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 ENERGY IN VIRGINIA

I will learn about renewable energy in Virginia.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 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

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

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

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 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

READ ALL WE CAN SAVE EXERPT

I will read or listen to "Calling In" by Mexican-Chilean climate activist Xiye Bastida to learn about a framework for climate advocacy and attend a discussion at 4:00pm in THC 310.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 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 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

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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 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 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 1 - Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

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

COMPLETED 5
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

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    Susan Wolski 11/19/2021 8:44 AM
    "Hope and optimism are our most powerful tools. Resilience, love, and knowledge  are enough to make a difference. "  Xiye Bastida -  wise words from a young activist.

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    Susan Wolski 11/19/2021 5:39 AM
    LAST DAY TEAM A - Thank you so much for being great teammates for the week!  I appreciate your time and energy put to this eco-challenge week. If you have been busy and haven't had time to do much that is A-OK. I am so happy you joined and I hope that you were able to take part in some part of this week.  Many of you really did learn and do new things - I sure did! From this I made some changes in my home and here in my department.   I also will make sure others read All We Can Save!  If you didn't get to read any of the selections, I highly recommend the book.  I received it courtesy of the Sustainability office!  

    Okay now let's see we are in 4th place.... could we squeak by and make it to 3rd. Happy Friday folks!   Have a great day!

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    Susan Wolski 11/18/2021 1:46 PM
    4th day almost done.   Last day tomorrow.  Please log any points you have.  We are so close to 3rd place  and we are a smaller team.

    I have some reading to finish so i can log a few more points. This has gone so fast.  I have learned so much and will have great topics for discussion on the Thanksgiving break.  Energy is an area where I need more work. I wish I could do more public transportation in Richmond but... that is not very easy to do here but I hope that it improves over time.

    Thanks to all of you for participating.  It has made this week  especially enjoyable.   

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    Susan Wolski 11/18/2021 6:13 AM
    DAY 4 - Hi all!  I hope you have a good day learning today and taking steps to help the environment.  I learned there is an air filter whistle... who knew - i just write the date in my calendar but this might make more sense.  My car is getting a tune up today - slightly past due and I am getting the tire pressure checked. Again I didn't know what a big difference that makes.  I appreciate all that you all are doing for our team and for the environment!  GO A-TEAM!!!  

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      Susan Wolski 11/18/2021 10:22 AM
      sorry about your tire light - hope it is something small especially since you filled the tires!

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      Nancy Propst 11/18/2021 10:09 AM
      My tire light came on this week for tire pressure.  I bought a small thing from Walmart several years ago that plugs into the lighter slot in my car and can add air to my tires.  Checked and added air to all 4 tires this week.  But dang it, for once the light hasn't gone off, so going to have to check the tires again.

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    Susan Wolski 11/17/2021 5:39 AM
    DAY 3 - let's go Team A !  I am so excited to see us log some points and see where we are at the end of the day. Lots of good learning to be done today.  Thanks for being a part of this!!!

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    Susan Wolski 11/16/2021 10:05 AM
    So exciting - 4th place.  I hope you are learning like I am.  Learning today about seafood  and about pollution in the water off Chile.  Also I just checked all my faucets and sinks last night - but I did forget to check my water heater.... so will do this afternoon.  I need a plumber for one of my outside faucets so turned it off until he can get out and fix it.  No plants to water anyway....Thanks team for working together for our Eco-Challenge! 

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      Nancy Propst 11/17/2021 6:53 AM
      I don't like Salmon but found the article really interesting.

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    Susan Wolski 11/16/2021 5:39 AM
    DAY 2 - Eco-Challenge - let's see what actions we can do today!  I appreciate your team work A-Team!  We are doing great! 

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    Susan Wolski 11/15/2021 12:52 PM
    Day 1 almost done! Check in to complete any actions today !  Thanks for all you are doing!

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    Susan Wolski 11/15/2021 10:44 AM
    We are in 4th place for the day so far!  Great start for the A-Team!

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    Susan Wolski 11/11/2021 1:54 PM
    Why?  I joined this challenge because the environment is something that I believe I should care enough about to make changes in my life and I knew I would likely learn from this experience!  I am more excited that I am doing it as part of a team!