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Lily Hastings

University of St. Thomas Graduate & Professional Students

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 322 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    7
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    165
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    80
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Lily's 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.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Support Resilient Powergrids

A community can be brought to its knees without dependable power, often affecting the most vulnerable. I will write 2 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for a more resilient power grid (e.g. microgrids, solar+storage).

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 60 minute(s)

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Health

Reduce refined sugar

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY 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?

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 60 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 3
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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Collect Rain Water

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

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

COMPLETED 0
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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Tend a Garden

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

COMPLETED 8
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

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  • Lily Hastings's avatar
    Lily Hastings 4/15/2021 9:57 PM
    I changed up my actions a bit to hold myself more accountable since this is my second annual eco challenge with St. Thomas and I'm getting more versed in sustainable swaps. Glad to step up!
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more unnecessary things in the future?

    Lily Hastings's avatar
    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?

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    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.