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Lily Hastings

University of St. Thomas Graduate & Professional Students

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 7 This Week
  • 307 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    137
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    10
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    75
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    8
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    168
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Lily's Actions

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

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One-Time Action

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

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

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One-Time Action

Health

Exercise Daily

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

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with durable non-plastic options.

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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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

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DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

I will spend at least 10 minutes using the resources provided to learn about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

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Nature

Tend a Garden

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

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Energy

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 3 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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

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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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Health Eliminate Toxic Plastics
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Lily Hastings's avatar
    Lily Hastings 4/29/2020 9:28 PM
    Before getting introduced to eco-consciousness about a year ago, I had regularly used single-use items several times a day. I started swapping out my plastic bags for reusable cloths ones, though it seemed to make me feel really uncomfortable going in public with it at first. It took awhile for me to make the change of denying straws, but that has become a normal now. Things that I fairly often use, especially being at home living with my family during quaratine, are plastic bottles (which I'm trying to find ways to use them with my gardening now), plastic silverware and paper plates. Trying to either force ourselves to be more diligent about doing the dishes would help with eliminating the plastic silverware and paper plates, but sometimes we all need a break. So, we've started getting compostable options for these and only having a limited amount in the house as to not get carried away with how many we use. 
  • 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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    Lily Hastings 4/22/2020 9:28 AM
    I'm in the process of moving into my own apartment right now, and this is a very big concern to me. I have a lot of stuff, and frankly a lot of stuff I haven't even seen in a year or two because it's been packed away. I have to remember that if I've lived without it for more than a couple of months, then it needs to be re-homed. As for collecting new things, I need to stop buying things on impulse but rather think about my purchases and go to the store for what I specifically came for. 

    • Shayna Thostenson's avatar
      Shayna Thostenson 4/22/2020 3:48 PM
      Right there with you! It's definitely difficult to downsize and really only keep the necessities. In my experience, it's been harder as I've moved from my parents' home, to the dorm, to an apartment, to my partner's mother's home, and to an apartment again. I challenge myself every few months to go through drawers, my closet, etc. and donate or sell items I do not need. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

    Lily Hastings's avatar
    Lily Hastings 4/22/2020 9:25 AM
    Going on the same trend, I'm sure I could try to unplug most of my items that I do not use every day. I also know that using fans instead of A/C units along with keeping drapes closed on windows is easy and reduces energy.
  • 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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    Lily Hastings 4/13/2020 12:38 PM
    Using packaging-free products in my shower and skincare routine
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

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    Lily Hastings 4/13/2020 12:34 PM
    Building a more sustainable budget rather than living paycheck to paycheck