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GRIFFIN JOHNSTON

PLNU Sustainable Superstars SUMMER 20

"Be better."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 986 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    220
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    780
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    102
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    9
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1,020
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    320
    gallons of water
    have been saved

GRIFFIN's 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 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 34
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 34
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 15 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 35
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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 35
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Reduce refined sugar

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 10 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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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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    GRIFFIN JOHNSTON 6/27/2020 4:09 PM
    Besides shorter showers I can wash my hands differently. Instead of running the water the whole time I can only run the water when I need to rinse my hands. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

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    GRIFFIN JOHNSTON 6/27/2020 4:08 PM
    I am hoping to spend more time in the Word when spending my time meditating. I look forward to strengthening not only my knowledge but my faith. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset
    Father Thomas Berry says, "... our primary purpose is celebration. Celebration of the dawn and the sunset and the different seasons of the year is a religious ritual, a way in which humans can establish their integral relationship with the universe, with the planet Earth." What is your response to Berry's assertion?

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    GRIFFIN JOHNSTON 6/27/2020 4:07 PM
    I am a huge fan of sunsets! Every time I watch the sunset I am reminded of the goodness and majesty of God. I would agree with this statement because I think it is somewhat of a religious ritual to watch the sun rise or set, you are watching a day begin and end, the way God created it. I have watched the sunrise very few times, mainly because I either saw it as I drove to work, or because the view is not that great, unless you are in the mountains. However I have watched the sunrise once on the beach in Virginia and it was incredible! 

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    GRIFFIN JOHNSTON 5/16/2020 10:12 PM
    Today I really felt like using my hydro flask really made a difference. When I clicked that I completed the task and was reminded that I avoided sending plastic bottles to the land fill I felt like that could really have an impact if I continue to do that for a long tim. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Reduce refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

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    GRIFFIN JOHNSTON 5/16/2020 10:08 PM
    Definitely not addicted to sugar but I would often find myself drinking 1-2 sodas a day, and I would like to minimize that to 1 at the most but ideally none for most days. 
  • 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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    GRIFFIN JOHNSTON 5/16/2020 10:06 PM
    My plan is to go to bed early enough to get at least 7 hours of sleep. I often find myself only getting around 6, and since I can not adjust my wake up time, I will do my best to adjust my bed time. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    GRIFFIN JOHNSTON 5/15/2020 9:37 AM
    I usually drink 3 water bottles a day but have a hydro flask and just don’t use it. I have decided to only use my hydro and refill it when ever it runs out. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    GRIFFIN JOHNSTON 5/15/2020 9:05 AM
    Helps me start the day with a good attitude. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

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    GRIFFIN JOHNSTON 5/15/2020 9:04 AM
    The place I rent has solar

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    GRIFFIN JOHNSTON 5/15/2020 8:59 AM
    Ready to save my energy!