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Chris Gabriel

PLNU Sustainable Superstars Summer 2021

"Just trying to do my small part!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 913 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    34
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    34
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    30
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2,115
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    86
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    924
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Chris's Actions

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 15 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Heat and Cool Naturally

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 3 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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 33
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 33
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 45 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Energy Heat and Cool Naturally
    What are other ways you could use the power of the sun to reduce your own environmental footprint?

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    Chris Gabriel 6/10/2021 2:03 PM
    The only use of the sun is to dry your clothes and to open the curtains to let sunlight in. I also use the sun by installing solar panels. 

  • Reflection Question
    Water Brush My Teeth Without Running Water
    What is the main water source in your region? If you don't know, how could you find out?

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    Chris Gabriel 6/07/2021 4:23 PM
    The main water source is that 85 to 90 percent of all water is purchased and imported from Northern California and the Colorado River. 
    Also there are 9 reservoirs the city also uses based on area. If interested here's a map of the reservoirs according to the City of San Diego. 
    source_water_system_director_map_no_table_2019.pdf (sandiego.gov)
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more unnecessary things in the future?

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    Chris Gabriel 5/25/2021 2:42 PM
    The best way to not accumulate more unnecessary things in the future is to determine if this is a need instead of a want. Also, you have to get into the mentality that items only give temporary satisfaction and then turn into clutter therefore before buying an item you have to ask yourself if this will be used multiple times or is this a one-off and then stuck in your closet. The worst kind of thinking comes when they stash it away and say it's not hurting anyone but overall I feel this is the mentality of hoarders. 
  • 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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    Chris Gabriel 5/25/2021 2:27 PM
    The human factors that impact the water system is the landfills and waste. Also not cleaning hazardous material and littering. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

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    Chris Gabriel 5/18/2021 9:04 PM
    I do with my clothes that I wear and if not using them i end up giving them to charity or someone in need. Also, I use old plastic containers for storage purposes instead of throwing them out. Also my meal prepr meals containers are dishwasher safe so I can re-use them. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

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    Chris Gabriel 5/18/2021 6:48 PM
    The best way to incorporate a excercise routine with family is through hikes. 

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    Chris Gabriel 5/18/2021 6:46 PM
    This one was easy since I exercise everyday. Also my time in the military taught me about water conservation.