Andre Cantuniar

PLNU Sustainable Superstars SUMMER 20

"Improving how I treat my planet one day at a time."

Points Total

  • 35 Today
  • 80 This Week
  • 2,040 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    132
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2,040
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    34
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    330
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    800
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    120
    whole food meals
    consumed

Andre's Actions

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 40
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support businesses owned by people of color in my community whenever I shop.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 52
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will spend 15 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

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

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Reduce refined sugar

I will keep track and reduce my consumption of refined sugars, including sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 90 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Foods Diet

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

COMPLETED 40
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • Andre Cantuniar 8/01/2020 10:34 PM
    I started watching this show on Netflix called Down to Earth. It's hosted by Zach Efron who travels to different countries around the world and focuses on some very interesting sustainability topics. I would definitely recommend it as it is highly relevant to what we are learning in this class. My favorite episodes so far were Iceland and Costa Rica. 

    • Professor Morrell 8/02/2020 8:48 PM
      Its so good! Im hoping to use it in future instances of this class. Glad you enjoy it! Iceland was my favorite too!

  • Andre Cantuniar 7/24/2020 12:07 AM
    Ever since our module on the CO2 impact of food and food waste I have been consciously and subconsciously wanting to consume less meat. Especially red meat. Overall I feel better for it and intend to make it a lifestyle change moving forward. 

  • Andre Cantuniar 7/18/2020 11:43 PM
    I finally pulled the trigger on investing in two 5-gallon bottles and a stand from Carlsbad Alkaline water. No more plastic bottles from here on out. It was well overdue but I am happy I did it. Also, the quality of the water from our local well is better than anything you can buy at the store. 

  • Andre Cantuniar 7/12/2020 12:16 AM
    I harvested my seed planted spinach this week and I must say that, along with the zucchini I have grown, the vegetables I have eaten out of my back yard are some of the most delicious I have ever tried. There is something about the freshness of eating a vegetable right after you remove it from the soil that cannot be replicated with store-bought produce. I can't wait for my eggplant and cherub tomatoes to give. 

  • Andre Cantuniar 6/27/2020 4:09 PM
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    Harvested my first Zucchini and had it for dinner last night. Without a doubt the best zucchini I have ever had. You can practically taste the sustainability. 

    • Professor Morrell 6/30/2020 11:31 PM
      Wow!!!! That looks delicious! You can totally taste the difference! Make some zucchini bread sometime this summer! :) *high five*

  • Andre Cantuniar 6/18/2020 7:33 PM
    I recently traded in my big V8 powered muscle car for a car that can run on e85 gasoline. If anyone in the Oceanside/Vista area drives a flex-fuel car, G&M off of Oceanside Blvd sells e85. Not only is it about a dollar cheaper per gallon, but it also decreases CO2 emissions by 30-40% compared to gasoline. Also, purchasing it supports American corn farmers as opposed to foreign oil conglomerates. Oh, and you get better HP as well. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Support Businesses Owned by People of Color
    Keen Independent Research Foundation conducted a recent study that highlights the disparities in the availability of city contracts and loans to businesses, and how this disparity correlates to owners as people of color. The study showed that Minority businesses enterprises (MBEs) are more likely to have difficulties in receiving loans or city contracts. In what ways can you address systemic racism like that demonstrated in this study?

    Andre Cantuniar 6/18/2020 7:26 PM
    This study is in no way surprising to me considering the systematic oppression and putrid racial discrimination present in nearly all social structures in America. The best way for us to address these issues is to make ourselves heard. Do not be hesitant to march, call out injustice, and speak your mind. Spreading awareness is key. Sign petitions. I have signed dozens of petitions so far, ranging from local minority-focused funding programs to statewide police reform. Also, if possible, donate to foundations fighting for this cause. Finally, the very least one can do is inform one's self of minority-owned businesses and support them as a customer. To anyone who is in the Oceanside area, I would highly recommend Felix's BBQ with soul in Rancho Del Oro. Amazing food and great service. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

    Andre Cantuniar 6/14/2020 9:21 PM
    The five minutes showers have been a struggle so far, I feel like I am in the Army. My last shower was more like 7 or 8 minutes, but I am making progress. Taking them cold helps to speed them up. My next step towards reducing my water footprint is to water my plants at sundown so that less water evaporates and I can reduce the time the hose is on. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

    Andre Cantuniar 6/07/2020 8:41 PM
    You can feel the air and see the sky. This makes me feel more connected to my surroundings. When I am in my car, it is almost like I am encapsulated in my own world, and this gives the sensation of detachment. Also, riding my bicycle has a similar effect that walking does. I often notice things I normally wouldn't. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Foods Diet
    Michael Pollan states that “it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor.” What are your thoughts on this idea?

    Andre Cantuniar 6/07/2020 8:37 PM
    I could not agree more. America has a major health issue with steadily rising rates of obesity, diabetes, and other conditions that are largely attributable to diet. During this pandemic I have heard so many critiques of our healthcare system, but not enough critiques of our food system which has a direct and often dramatic effect on the healthcare system. Preventative measures are the simplest and least expensive way to stay healthy, and diet should be number one on that list.