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Maddy Kurland

YCP Sustainability Fa2021

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 35 This Week
  • 420 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    20
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    22
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    69
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    2
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    39
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Maddy's Actions

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Joyful Movement

I will spend 30 minutes doing an activity where I'm both moving my body and enjoying myself.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Learn More about Food Apartheid

What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 2
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 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Nature

Explore My Area

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 20 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 12-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Drive Less

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • 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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    Maddy Kurland 9/17/2021 7:24 PM
    The production and thus consumption of eating meat leads to an increase in greenhouse emissions polluting the planet's air. This factors into climate change and other environmental declines like water pollution, deforestation due to production sites needing mass amounts of land, and more. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Joyful Movement
    What's your favorite activity(ies) in which you experience joy while being active and moving?

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    Maddy Kurland 9/17/2021 7:19 PM
    My favorite activities are lacrosse, running, listening to music while walking or doing something outside, hanging out with my friends, and watching interesting shows/movies. All of these activities bring me joy, they help me relax, and they give me a well needed distraction from stressors. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

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    Maddy Kurland 9/15/2021 6:36 PM
    To reduce my environmental footprint, I can turn off the lights in my apartment when I am not home, carpool with friends, limit my mileage/driving, take short showers with cold water, maximize my laundry, so I do fewer loads, and more. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Drive Less
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    Maddy Kurland 9/14/2021 3:13 PM
    I have always had easy access to modes of transportation, wherein it is a singular ride, as opposed to a carpool or public transport. Walking to get groceries, food, etc. can turn out to be very therapeutic and give you time to think about your day. Although it may take you a little longer to get to your destination, the time you spend walking will not be time wasted. Also, there is great value in carpooling, and it can be really fun to ride places with friends and turn it into an adventure. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

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    Maddy Kurland 9/14/2021 3:09 PM
    I would like to invest more time in thinking about my mental health, specifically by asking myself various questions: how do I feel about how my day went today? What can I do to turn any negatives today into positives for tomorrow? What activities/hobbies that bring me joy can I engage in? How can I schedule out my week in order to de-stress?