Andre Cantuniar

PLNU Sustainable Superstars SUMMER 20

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

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 90 This Week
  • 1,225 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    spent exercising
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    spent learning
  • up to
    organic meals
  • up to
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    whole food meals

Andre's Actions


Track my Purchases

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



Turn it off

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



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.

One-Time Action


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.



5-Minute Showers

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



Choose Organic Ingredients

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




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



Whole Foods Diet

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



Exercise Daily

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



Reduce refined sugar

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



Go for a Daily Walk

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



  • Andre Cantuniar 6/27/2020 4:09 PM
    Zucchini Harvest.jpg 3.25 MB
    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. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Track my Purchases
    What have you noticed about your purchases? Where are you inclined to make shifts, if any?

    Andre Cantuniar 6/01/2020 11:19 PM
    Overall, my spending has decreased during the lockdown, which is what I anticipated. That being said, my online spending has actually increased during these past 3 months. This is easily attributable to an increase in time spent online as well as an increase in overall boredom. It is certainly not all bad though, of my recent online purchases, most of them have been in support of either local businesses or sustainable brands. I spent a decent chunk of my stimulus check on some summer Patagonia gear, but have also discovered other socially responsible brands. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

    Andre Cantuniar 5/31/2020 10:18 PM
    I plan on supporting brands that follow sustainable practices. I recently stumbled upon an apparel company that sells trunks made from plastic bottles sourced from littered ocean zones. Also, the labor behind the production is Fair Trade Certified. The price is higher than other less sustainable brands, but I felt much better about the buying decision overall. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

    Andre Cantuniar 5/24/2020 9:42 PM
    According to their website, SDGE sources 45% of its electricity from renewable sources, which does not include additional clean energy from customers who install their own renewable systems. That is up from 35% 5 years ago. I hope that SDGE continues to trend towards having a majority of its electricity sourced sustainably. That being said, not all renewable energy is eco-friendly. Hydroelectric dams are a renewable source but negatively impact many types of sweetwater organisms. They can also cause upstream flooding which destroys natural habitats as well as prime farming land.  

    • Professor Morrell 5/24/2020 10:31 PM
      Thats awesome that you looked this up - we will dig into this in a couple weeks! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    It is often said that “you can’t feed the world with just organic food.” What is your response to that statement?

    Andre Cantuniar 5/21/2020 7:32 PM
    I don't believe that to be the case. There are plenty of healthy diet options that are natural and affordable. Organic options tend to be more expensive on average, but it depends on what the food group is. For instance, when it comes to eggs I always opt to pay the extra dollar or so to ensure I am supporting farms that treat their hens responsibly.