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Mohammad Abdallah

SBVC Human Ecology

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 166 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    19
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    5.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    20
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    70
    minutes
    of additional sleep

Mohammad's Actions

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 15-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 0
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Community

Meet My Neighbors

I will meet 1 new neighbor(s) each day.

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Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 15 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Drive Less

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

COMPLETED 0
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Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 60 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

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

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Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 3 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Help Others

I will offer to help 1 person(s) who are in need each day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

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    Mohammad Abdallah 5/13/2022 11:39 PM
    In my regular day-to-day life, I usually use a few single-use items such as plastic coffee cups and plastic water cups at work. I typically use plastic bags to put my things in when going to a grocery store or a mini-market. Since the beginning of this week, I have started using a multi-use mug for my coffee in the morning. I wash it and use it for water during the day at work for my two trips to the grocery store this week; I used a  reusable plastic bag that I started keeping in my car at all times. I see with this challenge, its not hard to make a change happen to help the environment
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Mohammad Abdallah 4/25/2022 8:37 AM
    I am aware that desires and needs are two distinct ideas with well-defined but easily interchangeable meanings — depending on my desires and intents. Deconstructing the relationship between these two terms is crucial to gaining a more thorough picture of myself. When I began arranging my Wants and Needs in a grid, my decision-making took on a new dimension — pun intended. I am capable of visualizing the interaction of desires and needs, comprehending their permutations, and adapting my thoughts accordingly.

    • Ariana Ariana's avatar
      Ariana Ariana 4/26/2022 9:40 PM
      Hi Mohammad,
      Your answer just brought me to ask myself what are my wants and needs, and making a grid is actually a great and creative idea because you'll not only analyze your thoughts but also visualize them and understand them better. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Mohammad Abdallah 4/17/2022 11:22 PM
    Since last week, when I began taking a shorter shower time of 5 minutes or less, I've noticed how it had no effect on the quality of my shower, as I was still able to achieve the same result while using less water. I've also noticed how such a small thing as our daily actions can make a difference, as I was able to save on water without feeling as though I'm getting less of a result when taking my daily shower.

    • Briana Lay's avatar
      Briana Lay 4/19/2022 5:46 PM
      Hi Mohammad, that's really great you were able to preserve on your water bill and couldn't notice the difference of the quality of the shower. Things like taking a shower can kill so much of our well-needed time while also consuming water we continue to waste for no reason. I'm glad you recognize how it taking longer showers didn't make a difference to you.

    • Alexis Adams-Lucas's avatar
      Alexis Adams-Lucas 4/19/2022 1:31 AM
      Hi Mohammad,
      I also decided to take shorter showers to help reduce how much water I use on a daily basis. As long as you are washing yourself well, there is no need to take 10 or 20 minute showers. I know that some want to relax but that is what baths and jacuzzi's are for. Great post!
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose LED Bulbs
    Switching out your lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! In what other ways can you exercise your civic duty to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions?

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    Mohammad Abdallah 4/17/2022 11:12 PM
    I was pleasantly surprised by how simple it is to make a difference by changing lightbulbs. I honestly did this about a month ago to all of my house lightbulbs and immediately saw a decrease in my big time bill and the fact that I am no longer disturbed by the light because the led lightbulbs are much better in the daytime and at night because I can adjust the brightness level.