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Riley Ingles

Western Technical College - Fall 2021

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 568 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    136
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    133
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    2
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    122
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    19
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    133
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    22
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    47
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    239
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    29
    whole food meals
    consumed

Riley's Actions

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 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.

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 20-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 13
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 6
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 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 14
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.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Feed

  • 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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    Riley Ingles 10/19/2021 1:16 PM
    I would love to enjoy fruit all year round, especially watermelon. I'm not sure how well that would freeze or can well!

    • John Heath's avatar
      John Heath 10/19/2021 2:14 PM
      We've made watermelon ice cubes and used them to flavor water or other beverages in the winter.
  • 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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    Riley Ingles 10/14/2021 2:09 PM
    I've (trying) to save to buy a house in the next couple of years. I've had a couple of big set backs this year so any little bit extra helps!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Riley Ingles 10/14/2021 2:05 PM
    Vegetable bags and straws are my most common single-use items. I've been making an effort to always make sure there is a reusable straw in my car and my purse. I'm having a hard time moving away from vegetable bags, as someone to consumes a lot of produce. I need to purchase some reusable produce bags.
  • 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 or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? 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?

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    Riley Ingles 10/14/2021 2:03 PM
    It depends on the item. If its groceries, such as a meat product, I will accept a disposable bag. But I try to shop at places that allow me to bring my own bag or I just carry them if I only have a few items. I do repurpose by disposable bags so having them doesn't bother me, I just try to limit the amount I take.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

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    Riley Ingles 10/14/2021 2:01 PM
    I'm fairly good at the reusing, repurposing and even the reducing. I really need to learn to refuse and repair. I buy an excessive amount of things I don't need and I'm not very good at repairs.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Riley Ingles 10/14/2021 1:59 PM
    Creativity is necessary because you sometimes have to learn to repurpose things or learn to use it for more than one thing. 
  • 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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    Riley Ingles 10/14/2021 1:59 PM
    I've been trying to remember to ask myself if I *need* this item or simply want it before purchasing it.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

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    Riley Ingles 10/14/2021 1:58 PM
    I get to see all of my neighborhood dogs when I walk! I get to slow down, enjoy the sounds of nature and maybe even wave at a person or two.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Food Lifestyle
    Michael Pollan states that “it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor.” What are your thoughts on this assertion?

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    Riley Ingles 10/14/2021 1:57 PM
    I've spent the last year or so cleaning up my diet. And healing myself through food. I think its true, for the most part. Obviously a clean/ healthy diet isn't going to cure everything; there is a time and a place for doctors. But a lot of physical pain, and even depression, can be healed or eased by a cleaner diet. 

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      Cindy Lyga 10/15/2021 2:06 PM
      Great work Riley.  It was so nice to meet you in Independence.  

      I have never heard the Michael Pollan statement above.  It is soooo true.  I will certainly remember this every time I shop or plant my garden again next spring.  Here's to a bigger garden and MORE vegetable gardens next year.

  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

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    Riley Ingles 10/14/2021 1:54 PM
    I'm not surprised by that amount.  I cleaned my fridge out this morning and  was frustrated with how much I had allowed to go bad and had to throw away. I'd rather be adding all of that wasted money to my house-saving fund.