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Samantha Gibbs

UFV Ecochallenge 2022

"Live Long and Prosper"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,156 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    57
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    347
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    556
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    81
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    26
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    728
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    8.0
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    297
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    405
    minutes
    spent learning

Samantha's Actions

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products

I will spend 45 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Learn More about Food Apartheid

What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

Both systemic and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

LEARN ABOUT TRANS, FEMME, AND NONBINARY EXPERIENCES

I will spend 60 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Engage In Active Listening

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 3 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 60 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 15 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 45 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Use an Energy Meter

I will use an energy meter to monitor my energy use and identify opportunities to save power.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Core Values

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Reduce refined sugar

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

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Mindfulness Practice

I will spend 10 minute(s) per day practicing Mindfulness.

COMPLETED 26
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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Tend a Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • 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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    Samantha Gibbs 10/28/2022 3:00 PM
    When the weather allows, I like to use the sun to dry my laundry, inside my house or outside - it saves on energy!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Go get a check up
    How do you practice self care?

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    Samantha Gibbs 10/28/2022 2:58 PM
    I practice self care with crafts, reading, listening to music, doing a special skin care treatment, taking a bath, painting my nails, going for a walk or hike, hanging out with my cat, watching a favourite movie or TV show...and many other things!
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How might spending more time outdoors enhance your brainpower?

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    Samantha Gibbs 10/28/2022 2:55 PM
    When I am outside, I try to spend as much time as I can looking at the world though my own eyes, rather than a camera lens. I want to remember how I feel, what I see, what I smell and what I feel in that moment. I know I will remember that more than a picture on my phone that I probably won't look at again. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

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    Samantha Gibbs 10/28/2022 2:50 PM
    I grew up with a compost in the backyard of my childhood home, so it is not a new concept to me. Currently, I live in a place where I cannot have a backyard compost, so I am grateful for the organic waste collection. Composting has significantly reduced my waste  and food waste output. I would love to be able to have a place someday that allows me to compost my own waste and use it!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Samantha Gibbs 10/28/2022 2:45 PM
    I love using reusable cups, coffee mugs and water bottles while out, at work or even at home - keeps my drinks hotter or colder for longer and saves on washing dishes!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA or another trusted source. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

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    Samantha Gibbs 10/28/2022 2:42 PM
    I am planning on drying some rosemary and incorporating it into different meals. I am also looking at making things like rosemary salt or rosemary infused olive oil. I also want to try making some chia jam - just have to decide what fruits to use!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

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    Samantha Gibbs 10/28/2022 2:39 PM
    I planted a few herbs this summer, in planter pots on my back patio. Planter pots are the only kind of garden I can have at the moment. The basil I planted did not do well (it died), but my rosemary is still thriving! I'm hoping to harvest and dry it soon, so I can use it over the winter in cooking an baking!