Parker Hula

ENST 246 : Environmental Activism

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 862 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    761
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    124
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3,180
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3,120
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    57
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    6
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    36
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    165
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    3,103
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    2,100
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 31 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

COMPLETED 33 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 25 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 120 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 26 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 26 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of C02 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 18 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

COMPLETED 19 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace, dorm, or elsewhere on campus.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 19 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Nature

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 15 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 11 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Support A Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, neighbors, or classmates.

COMPLETED 13 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Parker Hula 3/07/2019 9:42 AM
    For this week I had chosen two new daily challenges to up my challenges to 10 daily, and two more one time challenges. I decided to choose supporting a sharing economy, meditating 15 minutes a day, trying a new way of prepping food, and exploring my area.  I decided to choose what I believed to be easier daily challenges at this point, as I began to struggle last week with keeping up on challenges. Taking this route had helped me a lot to keep up with my goals, although on Tuesday I had accidentally forgotten about my challenge of two meatless or vegan meals a day, and had meat at breakfast. I believe that meditating had helped me a lot this week, as my roommate in my house is really big on meditation and had advocated for me to do it with him at some point it helped me get to know him better, as well as destress during some of the heaviest workloads I’ve had for ROTC and class this entire semester. I have done meditation before in my past, so it was easy to get into, and I don’t necessarily believe 15 minutes was enough for me to get really into it, but I found myself meditating a little bit longer each day. As for supporting a sharing economy, I have been taking rides from friends whenever I can when I needed to go off campus, and in doing so I cooked for them afterwards.  My favorite challenges from this week were easily from trying a new way for meal preparation and exploring my area. Both on Friday and Saturday, I went rucking off campus, once on the rail trail and once at Cherry Springs. I did an 8 mile trail then a 6 mile trail on these days and it really helped me get back into the beauty of the area around campus, even during this pretty harsh winter. On Saturday I baked bread and pickled some peppers that I had picked up at the farmer’s market recently, which was good experience, but it is something that I do pretty consistently when I am home. I can honestly see myself doing all of these after class is over, as they weren’t too much effort and really involved things that I like. Before meditating I did read the New York times article posted for meditating on the ecochallenge site, but I followed my roommate’s instructions instead, by listening to Tibetan bowl sounds instead. As for canning however, I did follow the resource from yes magazine on canning, and used their recipe list.

    • Dayane Da Silva 3/17/2019 5:44 PM
      Hello Parker, I found your mid-post journal for unit 2 to be really interesting. It was great to learn a little bit about your journey with these challenges and what you liked and disliked about them. I can completely understand that towards the end of the challenges it became extremely hard to complete all of them, and at times one or two might have slipped from our minds. However, I am glad that you were able to commit to these challenges and tried your best to complete them. I’m glad that you found meditation to be helpful and useful to your everyday life, and actually found yourself meditating for longer than your required challenged. I’m sure that taking some moment to put a stop to your daily busy life must’ve been extremely helpful and beneficial to you. Additionally, I am also glad to hear that these challenges gave you a chance to explore your surroundings and learn things that are located around us that you didn’t know was that previously. I am sure it felt great to get in touch with nature during your hikes and discovering new trails or places that you didn’t know existed. Additionally, it was also really cool to hear that in exchange for rides you also cook for your friends, as that keeps you guys from wasting money on food and also helps with extra unnecessary waste and trash. Overall, I am glad to hear that you had a positive experience with these challenges and can see yourself continuing to do them even after this class is over!
       
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  • Parker Hula 2/28/2019 10:29 AM
    For this week I believe that it had become overwhelming alongside my work outside of class to a certain degree. With ROTC starting to pick up more and more throughout the semester in preparation for my summer at Fort Knox, and midterms coming up I was completely distracted from doing my new challenges from Friday to Sunday. When I realized that I had missed a few days I immediately went to the ecochallenge website and looked for challenges that I had already been doing throughout the week. For my daily challenges I selected skipping on plastic straws, flushing when necessary, and driving less. The past few weeks I have already been doing these challenges on my own as I am trying to have less of an impact, but I was able to truly focus on them throughout this week. I feel like it was surprising to see that I already make somewhat of an impact without even having the reminder of the ecochallenge website. As for my one time challenges, I selected starting a recycling program and installing low flow showerheads. For these two I was able to convince our house manager at the Chi Phi house the importance of finally emplacing recycling bins throughout the house, as the majority of greek life houses do not have or use them, and then changing our high flow showerheads to low flow. This was much more easy than expected, because it actually saves us money on water usage, and the vast majority of my house was in favor of bringing in recycling bins finally. All in all, with my challenges, I believe the hardest thing for me were my time barriers and scheduling of work. From Thursday night last week all the way to Monday I had been stuck studying for midterms and working on two midterm papers that are worth significant portions of my grades in those classes. As well as keeping up with daily challenges from the weeks prior it became a lot and I had honestly forgotten to select new challenges during the weekend. As a substitution I am going ahead and continuing the ecochallenges throughout spring break to compensate from the three days that I missed on doing new challenges. I also hope to take on driving less each day and skipping plastic straws entirely after I had done research on the resources for these daily challenges. I believe walking more around campus and downtown Lewisburg will not only help the amount of emissions I am personally responsible for each year, but will also give me a better appreciation of the area I live in. As I read from “Reimagining our streets as places” by Annah Mackenzie, she explains that, “streets can once again become thriving, livable environments for people, not just cars…” (Mackenzie 2015). I hope to have the ability to begin seeing the importance of street life once again instead of focusing on driving from place to place. As for plastic straw usage, I read on simply straws’ website that the U.S. consumption of straws is enough to fill Yankee stadium over 9 time a year, or over 500 million straws used in the US per year. I know that straw usage is an issue with our plastic waste, and that’s why I hope to continue saying no to disposable plastic straws.

    • Andrew Stuhl 3/04/2019 10:52 AM
      Appreciate the accountability! Also, that's great news about your conversations with housemates and your house manager -- I'd love to hear more about that and wonder if it is something that can be expanded to other Fraternity houses? Is that something that goes horizontally to other house managers or vertically to IFC?

  • Parker Hula 2/28/2019 9:32 AM
    (Repost from 2/21) This week I had chosen three new daily challenges and one more one-time challenge. In doing so I wanted to focus on challenges that would keep me motivated throughout the day for completing these tasks. I decided to choose the daily challenges; spending 2 hours each day outside, writing down three things each day that I am grateful for, taking five minute showers and the one-time challenge of switching to wash my clothes in cold water. So far from this week I would say that all of these challenges were very helpful for my journey through a more environmentally friendly month. I haven’t noticed any changes whatsoever using cold water for my laundry, and since I already take short showers, pledging to take 5 minute showers was not hard. I will have to say however, that with the weather this week, especially Wednesday, spending two hours a day outside was somewhat tough. This weekend it was extremely easy, as I went for a 12 mile run on the rail trail Saturday, and Sunday I went to Milton State Park. As for during the week, I have been usually doing my homework outside, as well as going for runs on the rail trail every day. I believe the only barrier to make this one permanent would be dependent on weather, although I was still able to spend about two hours outside on Wednesday, I would not want to do that if it was freezing rain all day. I also believe that shorter showers, even less than five minutes are completely possible for me to continue into the future, as well as doing my laundry in cold water (as I haven’t seen any differences in doing that so far). I also believe that writing down three things that I am grateful for each day is amazing. I keep a notebook in my room where I can write these down each day, and has honestly made me feel a million times better each day after doing so. It has truly helped me stay motivated for the challenges in this classroom and outside of it. I hope to make washing my clothes in cold water a regular occurance now even after our challenges end. From researching this on https://coldwatersaves.org/ I learned that 90% of the energy used in laundry machines is from heating the water, and " Washing 4 out of 5 loads of your laundry in cold water could cut out 864 pounds of CO2 emissions in a year." (ColdWaterSaves).

    In all I believe that week two has been extremely successful, even though I have added on so much more now from last week. I am ready to plan out what new challenges I will be partaking in for the next few weeks, and I hope to keep this streak going of having a nearly perfect record in keeping up with my goals.

  • Parker Hula 2/21/2019 10:32 AM
    This week I had chosen three new daily challenges and one more one-time challenge. In doing so I wanted to focus on challenges that would keep me motivated throughout the day for completing these tasks. I decided to choose the daily challenges; spending 2 hours each day outside, writing down three things each day that I am grateful for, taking five minute showers and the one-time challenge of switching to wash my clothes in cold water. So far from this week I would say that all of these challenges were very helpful for my journey through a more environmentally friendly month. I haven’t noticed any changes whatsoever using cold water for my laundry, and since I already take short showers, pledging to take 5 minute showers was not hard. I will have to say however, that with the weather this week, especially Wednesday, spending two hours a day outside was somewhat tough. This weekend it was extremely easy, as I went for a 12 mile run on the rail trail Saturday, and Sunday I went to Milton State Park. As for during the week, I have been usually doing my homework outside, as well as going for runs on the rail trail every day. I believe the only barrier to make this one permanent would be dependent on weather, although I was still able to spend about two hours outside on Wednesday, I would not want to do that if it was freezing rain all day. I also believe that shorter showers, even less than five minutes are completely possible for me to continue into the future, as well as doing my laundry in cold water (as I haven’t seen any differences in doing that so far). I also believe that writing down three things that I am grateful for each day is amazing. I keep a notebook in my room where I can write these down each day, and has honestly made me feel a million times better each day after doing so. It has truly helped me stay motivated for the challenges in this classroom and outside of it. In all I believe that week two has been extremely successful, even though I have added on so much more now from last week. I am ready to plan out what new challenges I will be partaking in for the next few weeks, and I hope to keep this streak going of having a nearly perfect record in keeping up with my goals.

    • Dayane Da Silva 2/25/2019 8:10 PM
      Hi Parker! I really enjoyed reading your post and learning about how active you have been in enjoying your time out-doors. It’s really great to hear that you have picked such positive and uplifting challenges that can not only health the environment, but also help you enjoy some fresh air and partake in some out-doors activities. I can imagine that spending 2 hours a day outside can be extremely challenging, especially during the temperatures we’ve been having. So, make sure that you are staying warm during your homework hours outside, and avoid getting sick! I especially enjoyed reading about your challenge of writing three things that you are thankful for every day. It was great to hear that this activity is having a positive effect in your life, and that it really gives you a change to reflect on the things that you are thankful for and even motivates you to keep going and doing great in the process! That is actually a challenge that I was thinking about picking up for my next set of challenges, and after reading about the positive outcome it has made for you it is defiantly something I will be doing. I can see how doing something like this can really motivate you to live a more positive life while also appreciating those around you. Lastly, it is great that you do not take long showers and it’s good to hear that this hasn’t been too much of a challenge for you. By taking shorter showers we can really avoid gallons and gallons of water being wasted, so good job on making all of your challenges seem do-able and quite enjoyable! 

    • Andrew Stuhl 2/21/2019 10:57 AM
      Parker, this is such an upbeat and positive post! I totally agree that the gratitude challenge is such a simple, transformative one -- I've been doing that one too. I also commend you for being outside for 2 hours each day -- that's amazing! The average young person in the US (aged between 10-16) now spends only 12.6 min outside every day (as compared to around 10 hours relatively motionless, including sleep) (that's from childinthecity.org). One thing I want you to revise about this post -- I don't see any reference to the sources you read attached to your challenges. Can you add that in and re-post? Thanks!

  • Parker Hula 2/13/2019 7:08 PM
    Throughout this week I was expecting for these daily challenges to be somewhat hard, at least for the reasons of changing my diet so drastically. Although changing my diet to 2-3 meatless or vegan meals a day has had an impact on me physically (I have become much more tired throughout the day, but this is more so linked to lower protein intake than I typically have), it has not been mentally tough whatsoever. I decided that my number one priority to begin these challenges was to change my diet to a much more environmentally conscious one, as I typically have red meats in almost all of my meals while at college. Surprisingly I found that eating less meat was the easiest of them all. As I have been able to eat vegetarian or vegan for nearly every meal since last Friday it has opened me up to many more cooking option and has honestly become very fun for me. Cooking is a very important part of daily life as I was raised to cook big meals for my family and friends, I have found quite a bit of enjoyment looking up new recipes and trying different meals or even substituting meat in my meals with other protein options. As for researching more environmentally conscious fish, I found this to be somewhat redundant every day. I felt as if I could only read this material so much every day, so I substituted it with better meat and produce options as well. This made the researching much more enjoyable. For the one-time option, I chose to shop for at least 6 meals at the farmer’s market. In doing so I ended up going to Ards Farm during the weekend in case the Lewisburg Farmers Market would be closed due to weather or the season. I was easily able to pick up my week’s groceries knowing that my produce and meat were locally sourced.
     
    As for the barriers that I might face in making these changes permanent, I know that changing my diet to a nearly meatless one might be difficult for my time in the Army as there are little to no meatless or vegan options for soldiers on deployment. I know that this isn’t much of a barrier, as I know I want to make this change for sure as I am living a civilian life after college, and I am open to the changes. I am willing to make this change permanent at some point in my life, whether now or after the military, but I believe that making an impact on eating less or no meat in my life will help somewhat or even inspire others to make a more environmentally friendly change within their diet and eventually their life. As for shopping at farmer’s markets, I have done this almost my entire life and am very open to doing so whenever I have the ability. So far I can say that the ecochallenges have been easy for me, albeit I am still in week one. I am excited to see any other changes I make in the future during this experiment. 

    • Michael Park 3/18/2019 8:21 AM
      I respect individuals like you who have chosen to complete the ‘stay away from meat’ challenge. I could not bring myself to complete this challenge, and in the end, I have not chosen this challenge throughout the unit. As much as I have debated with myself to try out this challenge and to really see if I can stay away from meat, I could not click the button to complete this challenge. This debate was going on as I was eating meat for dinner, so I told myself that I almost don’t deserve to complete this challenge, when I’m debating whether to stay away from meat for a little bit or not, all while eating meat. I hope that this challenge really helped you out. It seems that this challenge ended up well for you, as you weren’t faltered mentally in duration of this challenge and you ended up cooking for yourself more and enjoyed doing so. I’m sure the combination of the challenges you have chosen for this week have really challenged your diet and how and what you eat. I hope you can try to continue these challenges even after the EcoChallenge unit is over. 
      I also appreciate the fact that you have been consuming locally-grown foods. I heavily depend on large supermarkets like Walmart on a weekly basis, since they are convenient and easy for me to access. Purchasing locally-grown produce is something that I have always tried to do, but it’s not easy when large supermarkets are shooting out promotions on a daily basis with coupons, etc. Since my roommates also use Walmart a lot as well, it’s just easier for me to tag along to pick up what I need there. Since I don’t have a car, I find it hard to ask my roommates to drive me to where I can purchase locally-grown produce when they don’ t have to go. They also find it easier to just drive to Walmart and pick up everything they need, because it has everything. I hope that I can learn from this as well and try to lean more on locally-grown goods in the future.

    • Andrew Stuhl 2/20/2019 5:35 AM
      Nice work Parker! I also chose eating 2 vegetarian/vegan meals a day. I found breakfast was a cinch, but the lunch and dinner meals were a bit more challenging. This was mostly because I typically eat leftovers from dinner for the next day's lunch, so if my dinner meal was the one with meat, I was in a pinch for the next day. I totally hear you on protein intake. On days where I am doing strength training, I need to have protein and, ideally, nearly 1g of protein per pound of bodyweight -- which is a lot. I use soy-based protein powders for that reason -- do you use those? I get mine from Amazon in bulk and then transfer to a smaller container to store in my pantry, and then fill up my 'protein shaker' on the days I am pushing weight. Also, as I'm sure you know, there is a remarkable amount of protein in plant-based meals -- tofu, falafel, beans/chili. Finally, my personal take is that is more acceptable to eat some fish than it is to eat land-based animals, esp those farmed in our industrial agricultural system. So, I wonder if you'd feel it is environmentally ethical to eat some fish, now having read what you've read. What fish would you recommend? I ask in all seriousness, as I'm interested. In our house, we try to eat sardines, since they are a high R species (big populations, high reproduction rate) and lower on the food chain.