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Michelle Picca

Sustainability Action Spring 2018

"No amemos de palabra, sino con obras "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,163 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    29
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    78
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3.2
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    48
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    930
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    2.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    720
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Michelle's Actions

Nature

Take Nature Photos

I will take photos to capture my experiences with the natural world.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Attend or Join an Outdoor Club

I will go to an outdoor club or similar group's meeting or event.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Dining Hall Waste

I will carefully fill my plate in the dining hall and take only what I can eat. I'll also inquire about ways to improve composting and use of recyclable foodware.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Print 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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers for my lunches at work or school.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Avoid Disposables

I will not use any disposable plates, cups, or cutlery.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 3 meal(s) per day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients per day.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Needs vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Get Involved In Local/Campus Conservation

I will get involved in a local or campus conservation project, volunteering my time or researching local conservation issues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Watch A Water Documentary

I will watch a documentary about water and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 34
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Join an Environmental Justice Group

I will join a student group that is committed to environmental justice. If one doesn't exist, I will begin one.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Keep a Nature Journal

I will journal each day about my experiences in nature.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Volunteer in my Community/on Campus

I will volunteer 2 hour(s) in my community or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Buy Nothing But Food

I will not purchase anything but food during the challenge.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Michelle Picca 4/29/2018 12:20 AM
    This past week I got to hang out with some adorable bunnies! I suggest everyone spend more time researching the products they use and seeing if they're cruelty free. It saddens me to know that a lot of our cosmetic and household products are tested on animals like the one in this picture. The consumer, aka you, play a role by embracing compassion with your purchases!

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    Michelle Picca 4/16/2018 7:05 PM
    One of my goals for this semester was to embrace more of minimalist living. I've been slowly cleaning out my closet/room and don't shop nearly as much as I used to. Some benefits of doing so is that I feel less cluttered and the money I do spend is on experiences/activities with people that I care about rather than material items that only offer momentary happiness!

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    Michelle Picca 4/11/2018 2:38 AM
    I recently went camping with some friends at Trestles. It was a chill weekend filled with nature, good friends, lots of laughs, and tasty plant-based meals I cooked on my portable stove!


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    Michelle Picca 4/04/2018 12:11 AM
    I've been carrying reusable utensils in my bag for about a month and it definitely has come in handy! I also haven't used the utensils at Point Break

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    Michelle Picca 3/29/2018 5:43 PM
    Hope everyone has a great Easter break! One of my favorite things to do when I go home is relax in our backyard/garden. Today I thinned our peach tree and tended some flowers. There were many hummingbirds out today and I even saw a coyote walk by!

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    Michelle Picca 3/26/2018 11:23 PM
    Even though my parents and brothers are by no means vegan or vegetarian, I still try my best to positively influence/impact their eating habits. I'm really happy because I convinced my mom to ditch the conventional chicken and buy organic, antibiotic-free chicken instead. Although I'd love for them to go meatless, at least this is a step in the right direction! This change is better for the environment and their health! 

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    Michelle Picca 3/25/2018 12:33 PM
    Today I went on a bike ride with me mom! It's nice to spend quality time with family while getting in exercise and fresh air!

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    Michelle Picca 2/20/2018 12:13 PM
    Today I got flower seeds to plant in our community garden! I bought ones that are specifically for good for pollinators.  Biologists fear several butterfly and bee species have disappeared from parts of their range, especially here in San Diego where half our wild bee population is gone. Why are pollinators in trouble? It appears that habitat loss and pesticide poisoning account for much of the population declines. Through pollination, bees help produce many of our specialty crops like almonds, berries, fruits and vegetables. We can do our part to support pollinators by creating pollinator friendly gardens, buying locally grown organic fruit, veggies, and honey, and protecting wildlife habitat!