Abigail Kaczmarek

Sustainability Sisters

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 586 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    5
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    18
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    11
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    12
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    6
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    6
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    350
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    6
    whole food meals
    consumed

Challenges

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 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

Food

Visit A Local Farm

I will visit a nearby farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Join a Local CSA

I will sign up for a local CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Waste

Visit a Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 30 minutes visiting a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Organize a Course

I will organize one of Ecochallenge.org's discussion courses on food sustainability - 'Menu for the Future' or 'Hungry for Change' with my family, friends, co-workers, or classmates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 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 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those who produce my food in other regions of the world to make better choices when I shop.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Advocate for More Food Options

I will advocate for local and/or organic food options at work or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 2 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 Challenge

Food

Whole Foods Diet

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 3 meal(s) each day from local producers.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

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.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Lobby For Reusables

I will lobby my dining hall to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

    Abigail Kaczmarek 11/26/2019 12:07 AM
    There are a lot of restrictions especially in Hawaii because we are surrounded by ocean, therefore I use an app on my phone that helps me to know whether I am eating sustainable seafood choices or not. 

  • Reflection Question
    Food Join a Local CSA
    Dependable fresh food, better prices (cutting out carbon-heavy supply chain and grocery stores), supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these benefits (or others not listed here) inspires you the most?

    Abigail Kaczmarek 11/19/2019 12:38 PM
    I think dependable fresh food is very important because now a days you never know where or even what is in your food.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Visit A Local Farm
    How do our current food growing and manufacturing processes affect our future and the future of Earth?

    Abigail Kaczmarek 11/19/2019 12:37 PM
    The agricultural industry is affecting the earth in a huge way due to runoff and pollution both to water and the air.
  • 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. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

    Abigail Kaczmarek 11/19/2019 12:36 PM
    I like to make strawberry jams with my mom during the summer so we can enjoy it all year long.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Lobby For Reusables
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Abigail Kaczmarek 11/05/2019 1:07 PM
    That the oceans are being affected dramatically and that we are leading ourselves to catastrophic events if we do not change our ways.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Locally-Sourced Meals
    If you were to only eat what is in season locally, what would be the hardest food item for you to give up?

    Abigail Kaczmarek 11/05/2019 1:06 PM
    I would say strawberries because strawberries are my favorite fruit.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Zero-Waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

    Abigail Kaczmarek 11/05/2019 1:05 PM
    You can put it in a soup so it uses everything.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate for More Food Options
    "What efforts would help food insecure regions have access to local, seasonal foods?"

    Abigail Kaczmarek 11/05/2019 1:05 PM
    We could try to have people eat more fruits and vegetables and more plant based diets, and we could end world hunger and have more for everyone.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    It is often said that “you can’t feed the world with just organic food.” What is your response to that statement?

    Abigail Kaczmarek 11/05/2019 1:04 PM
    I think that you absolutely can, and it would be way better for everyone. If everyone ate ONLY organic fruits and vegetables we could end world hunger.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    Bringing your own bags and containers to the grocery store, and even to restaurants for leftovers, are a couple of ways to reduce your waste. What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Abigail Kaczmarek 11/05/2019 1:03 PM
    I would use plastic bags or straws but I now use reusable items for all of those as well as I bring my reusable water bottle with me.