Sandra Gonzalez

Sustainable Sealion Superstars

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,755 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    234
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5,520
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    4
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    370
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    900
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    900
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    296
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    710
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    2,790
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 74
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 5 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 74
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 73
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 74
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 3 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 78
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

I will spend at least 30 minutes assessing the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Car Share

I will sign up for a car-sharing service or organize car sharing with my neighbors or classmates to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 4 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and ending unwanted subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 60 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 60 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Lobby For Reusables

I will lobby my dining hall to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Forage for My Food

I will use the resource below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 44
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 44
DAILY CHALLENGES

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 120 minute(s)

COMPLETED 46
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Limit Social Media
    Social media can keep us connected with loved ones, make us laugh, and help us to learn new things. It can also take more time than we realize or intend to give. After doing this action for a few days, how do you feel? What do you notice?

    Sandra Gonzalez 6/30/2019 8:59 PM
    I like to see cute pictures and videos of my friends and family but I can see how it gets toxic. I feel good about limiting it however it gets tough to not check it often some times it is just about looking when I am bored or procrastinating. 

  • Sandra Gonzalez 6/17/2019 6:24 PM
    My boyfriend and I have decided to change our diet as of today to improve our health. We have decided to cut out most carbs and reduce our red meat consumption. We will see how well we do cutting out these things that were a regular part of our diet. 

  • Sandra Gonzalez 6/03/2019 9:02 AM
    My boyfriend and I spent yesterday walking our dog around our neighborhood, we walked to get coffee (did not use any straws), walked to get lunch and the only time we used the car was to get gas for the week. We are trying to walk more around our neighborhood as its good for my dogs health as well. We are trying to make sure we stay active.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

    Sandra Gonzalez 5/29/2019 8:14 PM
    I have made sure to keep about 3-4 reusable bags in my car as well as placing them in my boyfriends car so we are never left without one. If we go to the store and don't have one we typically carry the items without a bag. If we ever have to buy a plastic bag we usually reuse it for our recycling so it does not go to waste. I think we have been pretty successful in using our reusable bags no matter when we go to the store though I am sure there is room for improvement. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Sandra Gonzalez 5/29/2019 8:09 PM
    I have purchased reusable cups for my self, boyfriend and boss. We each have two one for hot liquids and one for cold. We stopped using cups at work making sure to use our reusable cups. Apart from the styrofoam type cups our work requires a lid, our reusable cups eliminate excess use of the cup and plastic lid. Slowly but surely I have been influencing my coworkers to move towards reusable cups hoping that as a company overall we will reduce the amount of cups we are throwing away, especially given that these cups are not being recycled. 

  • Sandra Gonzalez 5/29/2019 7:57 PM
    This weekend my boyfriend's family was visiting. We made sure we carpool to visit seaport village. We ate at a local restaurant made sure not to use any straws at the restaurant and we did ask about where they received the local seafood however the waitress did not know. We walked around the area and limited our carbon foot print, enjoying the day versus adding to polluting the area.