Jennifer Convertino-Blackmer

SUNY Poly Green Team

"I am committed to doing my part in reducing my footprint and helping our environment. I am raising my children to do the same."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 505 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    990
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    270
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Install a Toilet Tank Bank

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water each day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Visit a Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 60 minutes visiting a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 60 minutes researching environmental justice concerns in my region, their causes, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Install Alternative Energy

I will install alternative energy systems, such as solar electric systems or solar water heaters.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

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  • Jennifer Convertino-Blackmer 5/03/2019 12:57 PM
    My ecochallenge is going great!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Install a Toilet Tank Bank
    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?

    Jennifer Convertino-Blackmer 5/03/2019 12:53 PM
    Littering and dumping hazardous materials impacts the health of our water systems.  I pick up trash along the canal way when I walk my dog or go for walks on my own.  It helps keep the trash from making it's way into the canal.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Visit a Waste Management Facility
    Field trip! What a fun way to learn about our impact and consumption! What facility did you visit? What did you learn? Did you take anyone with you?

    Jennifer Convertino-Blackmer 5/03/2019 12:51 PM
    I went with my class to our local dump and was able to see there recycle one program and the new anaerobic digestion tanks which was really cool and informative.  I learned how the recyclables were separated, and before visiting I didn't know we had anaerobic digestion tanks creating energy.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Support Pollution Reduction
    What environmental factors affect human health in your region, and how do they affect it?

    Jennifer Convertino-Blackmer 5/03/2019 12:49 PM
    Pollution from traffic and buildings is the biggest air quality pollutant, however people in the area seem to litter a lot around here and it gets into the waterways, and can be seen along roadsides, there are plastic bags caught in trees and it's really disgusting. I think living in crowded areas where there is litter and increased exhaust from cars negatively impacts peoples health through breathing it in and just by seeing it everyday. Seeing constant littering makes me feel sad and even sometimes angry or depressed and those kinds of feeling affect people's health.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

    Jennifer Convertino-Blackmer 5/03/2019 12:44 PM
    In my community I believe those most negatively affected are poor people.  They tend to live in areas that are not well maintained, have less trees, live in cheaper homes located near power lines or busy highways, have less land for gardening.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

    Jennifer Convertino-Blackmer 5/03/2019 12:42 PM
    I think our lack of longer growing seasons contributes to our consumption of more meats.  It's a colder climate.  Where I grew up in Potsdam, NY lots of people hunt rather than purchase meat because it's cheaper.  Venison, goose, turkey, pheasant, rabbit, fish and other wild game is popular.  I people weren't so poor in the north country they would be able to afford a more plant rich diet.  I don't think eating wild game is a bad choice, I think purchasing food like chicken at walmart mass farmed by purdue, and hamburger meat etc. is contributing the problem. It's important to consider where your food is coming from and not focus so much as weather it's meat.  Hunting dear helps the areas in north country so it's hard to view doing so as bad or wrong, in my opinion.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex agrarian transition to modern food systems?

    Jennifer Convertino-Blackmer 5/03/2019 12:32 PM
    It promotes local food production and purchasing which allows us more democratic control over large food industries and the political forces that drive them.  It reduces climate change and promotes sustainability.
  • 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?

    Jennifer Convertino-Blackmer 5/03/2019 12:28 PM
    I agree! I would much rather pay the people I have gotten to now at my local farmers markets here in Utica, and Clinton.  Bouchard Farms in Little Falls and the Common Thread CSA in Madison, NY are the best.  They both have become traditional staples of our Thanksgiving each year!
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

    Jennifer Convertino-Blackmer 5/03/2019 12:23 PM
    I posted on my facebook page inviting my friends and family to utilize the renewable energy program through national grid.  I was able to switch to 100% renewable electricity through there green program.