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Emily Jenkins

PLNU Sustainable Sealions

"On a mission to serve, protect, and restore God's Creation "

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 1,587 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    125
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    135
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    600
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    48
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    500
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Emily's Actions

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 5 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

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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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Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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Simplicity

Work-Life Balance

I will not work more than 8 hour days each day to practice work-life balance.

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Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 30 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

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Waste

Use Reusable Bags

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

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Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

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  • 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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    Emily Jenkins 11/11/2019 10:03 AM
    After dialing in my shower time, the next step I can take is having a plastic free shower/bathroom. This idea was brought up to me by a friend in Washington this summer. She has been working to reduce her plastic by buying items for her shower that come in the form of bars - shampoo bars, conditioner bars, and also the tooth paste cubes! I am extremely inspired by her- although I do already use a shampoo bar, I can cut down my plastic waste by trying the solid tooth pastes and more! This would be a fun challenge. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reusable one, but it's just hard to make the switch. What stands in your way of making this a habit? By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

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    Emily Jenkins 11/11/2019 10:00 AM
    Something that stands in the way of me saying no to single use mugs simply is convenience- This is a harsh reality. By planning ahead and bringing a mug with me, I can eliminate or greatly reduce my need for single use mugs! I also use my french press every morning (very little waste), and I can bring my coffee with me. This will not only save my need for buying coffee in single use containers, but it will also save me money! A win win situation if you ask me ! 
  • 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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    Emily Jenkins 10/06/2019 8:11 PM
    If I find myself needing a bag at a grocery store and the only option is plastic, I will always buy a reusable bag and spend the extra two dollars. Or carry my stuff out. I hate plastic. I know that hate is a strong word, and that is why I am using it above. I honestly hate plastic. I am privileged enough to be able to buy a reusable bag, so I will always buy a bag if I forget. I typically have some bags in the back of my car, but I always try and plan ahead when I go to the store. Thus, I can always plan ahead to have bags with me as well. This is going pretty well so far! 

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      Mandy Morrell 10/09/2019 12:12 PM
      Awesome! Its the worst when your bags are sitting by your door at home and youre out without any in the back! :P Glad its going well - planning is a big part of success for this!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

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    Emily Jenkins 10/06/2019 8:08 PM
    My roommates and I started a compost bin for our apartment, and so far, it has been a learning experience! So far, I have honestly been shocked by the amount of food waste we compost. One of my roommates eats 100% of her meals in our apartment due to a health related thing, and most of my other roommates (and myself) eat a lot of our food in the apartment too. We have accumulated a lot of compost from this. The amount is so surprising. I am thankful to be participating in this challenge! We donate our compost to the on campus compost bin in the apartment complex on campus. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Work-Life Balance
    How might practicing work-life balance lead to a more sustainable life for yourself? How might it contribute to sustainability more broadly?

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    Emily Jenkins 9/05/2019 7:16 PM
    By practicing a healthy work-life balance, I can focus both my work and my play on sustainability. Thus, I can practice sustainability in both realms of life -incorporating more habits in a wholistic approach. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

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    Emily Jenkins 9/05/2019 7:13 PM
    I usually get between 6-7 hours of sleep. This is an unsustainable habit that I have fallen into during college. In order to take control of my life and focus on self care, I will commit to getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. I would like to go to bed earlier, around 11, and get up earlier, around 7, to exercise, sit on my porch, and enjoy life. Limiting my screen time close to bed really helps me go to sleep earlier!  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

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    Emily Jenkins 9/05/2019 7:11 PM
    In richer countries, people have more access to expensive foods (which take more power and energy to grow/transport) such as meat! Eating more meat creates a larger environmental footprint for an individual. Every piece of meat eaten takes massive amounts of energy to produce and generates an incredible amount of waste. I once heard that it takes over 600 gallons of water to create one burger. If the average American eats three burgers a week, that's over 18,000 gallons of water a week that is being used. By eating lower on the trophic scale, for example eating a plant rich diet, you can cut out these large amounts of energy being used for meat production-lowering your environmental footprint!