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Amanda Maier

University of St. Thomas Class of 2023

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 169 This Week
  • 655 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    134
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    990
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    1
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    110
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    15
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    108
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Amanda's Actions

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 30 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 90 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Water

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

I will spend at least 30 minutes using the resources provided to learn about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

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

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 60 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Community Support Native Communities
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

    Amanda Maier's avatar
    Amanda Maier 4/21/2021 8:36 PM
    The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about balance in relation to sustainability is balancing or offsetting our environmental impact with restorative actions, so we preserve and honor the planet and its resources.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

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    Amanda Maier 4/19/2021 10:42 AM
    Investing the money saved from making energy efficient choices into long term solutions for sustainability, or purchasing eco-friendly alternatives for everyday products

    • Elyse Zeswitz's avatar
      Elyse Zeswitz 4/19/2021 12:24 PM
      Hi Amanda, I love both of these alternatives! I think using our power as consumers in environmentally targeted and sustainable ways is so important :) 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Amanda Maier 4/19/2021 10:30 AM
    It can take some creativity to figure out ways you can use things for more than one function- keeping things simple can take some thinking and creativity, especially when there are so many readily available products or options.

    • Ariana Porcello's avatar
      Ariana Porcello 4/21/2021 7:01 AM
      I agree Amanda!  This is so true especially when many of us as college students live busy lives it can often be hard to find ways to be simple without thinking outside of the box!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

    Amanda Maier's avatar
    Amanda Maier 4/21/2020 10:58 AM
    Exercising outside (running, walking) is a good way to connect with nature. To incorporate time with friends or family, you can always plan a workout together, which would also be good for keeping each other accountable.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

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    Amanda Maier 4/21/2020 10:56 AM
    Unfortunately, that doesn’t surprise me. A lot of families buy more food than they need and end up throwing it out when it goes bad. That $1500 could easily be spent on buying everything needed to plant a garden and grow your own food, which would be more cost effective and better for the environment.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Amanda Maier 4/21/2020 12:34 AM
    A great way to express yourself through fashion that doesn’t require buying more clothing is to give clothes you already have a makeover- DIY old clothing into something new and keep textile waste out of landfills.

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      Ariana Porcello 4/21/2020 10:50 AM
      So true!!!  Buying thrift and making them your own is an awesome way to be sustainable and cost efficient!!