Havah Blais

Brattlevores

Points Total

  • 35 Today
  • 35 This Week
  • 712 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    6
    people
    helped
  • up to
    883
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    560
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    240
    miles
    travelled by bike
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    12
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    8
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    360
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    40
    hours
    volunteered

Challenges

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 4 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale, or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 3 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace, dorm, or elsewhere on campus.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Help Others

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

COMPLETED 6 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 40 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 9 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 9 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 9 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Drive Less

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

COMPLETED 8 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 40 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 61.51 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 6 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those who produce my food in other regions of the world to make better choices when I shop.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 12 OF 67
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Community Help Others
    In your opinion, how do social inequalities diminish a strong sense of community?

    Havah Blais 12/13/2018 8:46 AM
    I really like talking to other people in my community because I think that it helps me better understand my own affects and what is going on around me. When I get to help out other people, even if it's just baking bread or making hats for homeless people, it feels like I'm giving back a little with all of the luck I have been given.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Volunteer in my Community
    What is one thing you can do to help your community become more sustainable?

    Havah Blais 11/24/2018 6:42 AM
    I love working with people I wouldn't normally see or talk to, and working in my community is very fulfilling for me. I worked on tiny house building in Putney with a small company and lit candles at a wilderness center in Brattleboro.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Meet My Local Farmers
    When you know who produces your food, you are connecting personally to your complex regional food system. What are the advantages of knowing who produces your food and where it comes from? Do you think this might enable someone to advocate for a better quality of life for those who produce their food, both near and far?

    Havah Blais 11/24/2018 6:32 AM
    This inspired me to become a farmer, and I very much want to learn more about local, sustainable farming in my area. I had no idea there was so much math and business involved, which I think more people should come to understand. We have lost touch with how to make the things that keep us healthy and strong, and even seeing a bit of the process of where my food comes from was important for me.

  • Havah Blais 11/23/2018 6:34 AM
    Some of these questions got me thinking about where exactly my trash goes, so I have decided that I want to visit a dump. It's important for me to understand where the things I throw away go, because too often I forget I am using a linear system on a finite planet.

  • Havah Blais 11/13/2018 8:26 AM
    It's going fabulously and I am appreciating how much of an effect each one of us can make with little simple things. It also lets me know there is always more I can do, and has inspired me to talk to more people about social justice and environmental issues. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Zero-Waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

    Havah Blais 11/01/2018 2:40 PM
    I realized how hard zero waste cooking was when I looked in our fridge. Even vegetables we buy from the grocery store have plastic surrounding them! It makes me wonder why we think plastic is so necessary for food preparation- is it because we think it is somehow cleaner than having food loose or in another type of container? This was a very good challenge for me because it made me think about my impact in a way I do not usually notice.

  • Havah Blais 10/28/2018 4:46 PM
    Reading about all the ways I could effect my carbon foot print and spread awareness was inspiring to me, and showed me ways I could help that I had never thought about before. I am now interested in the zero waste movement and I just learned about a carbon offset, which was very interesting and made me think about the balance in all of our lives.