Skip to main content
Carlos Luna's avatar

Carlos Luna

PLNU Sustainable Superstars Summer 2021

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,971 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    706
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    1,238
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    735
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    10
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    1,993
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    155
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1,258
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    1,607
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Carlos's Actions

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 33
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 54
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 10 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 55
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 10-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 55
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Drive Less

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

COMPLETED 33
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 33
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 54
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Water Brush My Teeth Without Running Water
    What is the main water source in your region? If you don't know, how could you find out?

    Carlos Luna's avatar
    Carlos Luna 5/19/2021 5:56 PM
    I'm not sure. Maybe the Pacific Ocean, Tijuana River, or Otay Lake. I could just google the question and get a reasonably accurate answer. For something more certain I could just check the county website for Chula Vista.

    • Professor  Morrell's avatar
      Professor Morrell 5/20/2021 10:15 AM
      Research it and then report back to us! I can say none of those are our primary source!
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

    Carlos Luna's avatar
    Carlos Luna 5/19/2021 5:52 PM
    I don't find it all that beneficial. Cultures that have normalized indoor living might be more communal because of their close proximity, or more isolated due to their potentially limited time outside of their homes. It really depends on a whole slew of factors. You can look at massive metropolitan areas with brutal work cultures like New Delhi and Tokyo and see entirely different cultural outcomes. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Conserve Toilet Water
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

    Carlos Luna's avatar
    Carlos Luna 5/19/2021 5:45 PM
    I think for southern California specifically we would need to rethink the type of agriculture done in the region and ask if the revenue lost from water intensive crops is worth the gains in sustainability. 

    • Professor  Morrell's avatar
      Professor Morrell 5/20/2021 10:17 AM
      Is it really losing crops or just finding new efficient ways of farming? We will discuss this more. No one is recommending wiping out the agricultural industry.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

    Carlos Luna's avatar
    Carlos Luna 5/19/2021 5:44 PM
    You get a bit more time to observe your surroundings, as well as take in natural smells and sounds.