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Annie Maley

ENST 246: Fall 2020

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 680 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    29
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    172
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    892
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    13
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    50
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    38
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    922
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    61
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    12
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    72
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Annie'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

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

Community

Talk To My Friends and Classmates

I will decide which social or environmental issue in my community is most important to me and tell 1 friends and/or classmates each day about the issue.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Health

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?

Completed
One-Time Action

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 9
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 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

SIGN UP TO VOTE

I will make sure I’m registered to vote. While I’m at it, I’ll sign up to help others register too!

Completed
One-Time Action

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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Drive Less

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Car Share

I will sign up for a car-sharing service or organize car sharing with my neighbors or classmates to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 2 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

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

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Annie Maley's avatar
    Annie Maley 9/20/2020 1:08 PM
    This week was a very work-heavy week for me and at times I felt super overwhelmed. Despite this, I feel that I did pretty okay with my new daily and one-time challenges. I’ve started outdoor-running (instead of the gym because of COVID-concerns) and so I’ve been using that time every week for my nature walk. I follow a similar route as I have in previous weeks along the trails by the golf course and surrounding wooded area. Next week I hope to run down by the river and some of the parks in Downtown Lewisburg. In previous years when I lived downhill I would sometimes run down there to relax and connect with nature, but since I’ve been in the senior apartments I haven’t found myself in downtown Lewisburg/by the river as much. I was surprised by how much I found nature-running relaxing, despite the fact that it was more physically exerting than nature-walking. 

    One of my one time actions this week was signing up to vote (a one-time action in the “community” section) and it fit super well into my schedule this week. This semester I am a Mauch fellow with the Political Science department & the Lewisburg Area League of Women Voters. As a part of the fellowship we hold monthly discussion events (over zoom this year) to provide students with a place to discuss concerns regarding the election. This past week we held a discussion and the topic was mail-in voting and voter registration, so in preparation for the event I made sure that my registration was up to date and compiled a voter registration guide so that others could check their registration/sign up if necessary. 

    One barrier I face in my lifestyle towards making these changes permanent are the time and location I am living in the future. My second one time challenge this week was car sharing. Instead of going grocery shopping on my own this week, I waited until my roommates needed to go and we all coordinated driving together to the store. While this is very easy to do now, keeping this habit long-term will be much harder once I graduate college and enter the “real world” as I may not live in a place where I have a ton of roommates or have the flexibility in my schedule to wait for them to go to the store. On the same note, one of my daily challenges has been to drive less. This has been not too difficult, as I have simply been choosing to walk to places downtown/downhill instead of drive my car but once again after college I may not live in a place where I have the ability to walk everywhere. 

    One resource that I used this week that really made me want to make some of these changes permanent was the water footprint resource. One of my new daily challenges was using fewer plastic water bottles by carrying a reusable water bottle around. A resource on that action’s page is a water-usage calculator that asks you a bunch of questions and then shows you how many gallons of water your footprint is per-day. It showed me that many choices, including my diet and shopping habits, impact my water footprint- not just how long I shower or wash dishes. The calculator said I had a footprint of around 1,225 gallons/day of water (and the US average was 1,802 gallons/day!!). This shocking number really motivates me to make some of these environmental actions (such as eating meat less and using a reusable water bottle) permanent choices.  


    • Emily Spitz's avatar
      Emily Spitz 9/27/2020 6:51 PM
      Hi Annie, I really enjoyed reading your journal entry this week! I am impressed with your progress on the daily and one time challenges and the impact they have had on your life (and the impact you are having on the world!) One example, is your new daily challenge of using fewer plastic water bottles, by instead, carrying a reusable bottle. It was extremely helpful to see real life examples and statistics in your entry and this really helped me visualize the problem. The fact that the US average water footprint is 1,802 gallons per day is shocking to me as well and makes me want to make big lifestyle changes. I signed up for this daily challenge also, as well as taking five minute showers. My goal is to continue these challenges even after the semester ends and I hope you can too. I am also blown away by your experience connecting with nature during your runs. Your route by the golf course and surrounding wooded areas seems really interesting. Would you want to run together one time? I am worried about going to the gym for Covid related reasons as well, and running outside is a great chance to get fresh air, so it's a win-win!! In addition, I am very impressed by your work as a Mauch fellow with the Political Science Department and the effort you are putting towards the election. I would love to see the voter registration guide if you are able to share it. I'd love to learn more about the mail-in voting process.

    • Annie Maley's avatar
      Annie Maley 9/21/2020 6:48 PM
      • I'd be happy to share voting info!


    • Andrew Stuhl's avatar
      Andrew Stuhl 9/21/2020 12:10 PM
      This is great Annie! I'm glad to hear the nature-running is going well and allowing you to re/connect with the surrounding community. And that's awesome news about your work with Poli Sci and the upcoming election -- would you be open to sharing this with the class so we can all stay current on mail-in voting for the November election? 

  • Annie Maley's avatar
    Annie Maley 9/11/2020 1:18 PM
    This week’s challenges have definitely been a step up from last weeks, but it has been an incline that I have enjoyed. I feel that I have learned a lot about myself this week through the additional challenges I have undertaken, which actually provided a lot of new thoughts and ideas. One experimental challenge that I have found surprisingly easy is the meals challenge. This week I have been aiming to eat one meatless and one vegan meal per day. I have to admit, I didn’t realize how close my previous diet was to being vegetarian. Furthermore, prior to this week I didn’t realize how easy cutting out a few ingredients was to make one meal a day meatless. For instance, I usually make a grain bowl for either lunch or dinner a few times a week. In this bowl I previously would use quinoa, whatever veggies I had leftover in the fridge, sweet potatoes, chicken, garlic, and plenty of seasonings. This week I switched to using black beans in the bowl instead of chicken and so far I haven’t missed the chicken at all (side bonus- black beans are way cheaper than chicken!). Another meal that was an easy switch for me was my quesadilla. Similar to the grain bowl, whenever I’m on the go I will usually make a quesadilla real fast out of leftover meat, cheese, rice, etc. This week I switched to making it more veggie-centered and I used beans, cauliflower rice, cheese, and leftover potatoes to make it a vegetarian meal. In both cases, with the right seasonings and preparations, I actually liked the taste of the meals better than my original recipes. My other daily challenge this week has been meditating for two minutes everyday. To my extreme surprise, this one has actually been harder than eating vegan/vegetarian for two meals a day. I have found that remembering to take two minutes a day to clear my mind is actually really difficult. Furthermore, when I do give myself those two minutes, I’ve found it really tough to clear my mind. Meditation is a skill I hope to build on through this challenge, as it’s an area of my life I didn’t realize I needed to improve on so much until this week. On an exciting note- tonight I am doing goat yoga, so maybe the baby goats will help me relax and meditate and little more! 

    Some barriers I face in making this a permanent lifestyle is my love of food. While at home for a meal or two I don’t mind sacrificing meat or animal products, in the long term going out to cool restaurants and trying interesting foods is really a love of mine. I enjoy learning about how the recipes are prepared, learning the ecological reasons behind why the food tastes the way it does, and attempting to make variations of delicious  restaurant dishes at home. Moving forward, I think the key thing I will try to focus on is eating sustainably and ethically raised foods, especially when I choose to eat meat. Additionally, I will aim to reserve my meat consumption for special occasions, and limit the amount of animal products I use. 

    A resource I read that gave me some confidence that I could make the one vegan meal a day challenge permanent was the Solutions U resource, that linked to an article about vegan tacos. Personally, al pastor tacos are one of my favorite foods and the article discusses a vegan version that made me consider how fun it would be to try and recreate some of my favorite meat-filled recipes with substitute ingredients such as jackfruit. I think that making my diet partially vegan (around one meal a day) is something that I would like to make permanent because not only would it be good for the planet, it would be a fun and interesting way to learn new recipes and challenge my culinary skills. 


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    Annie Maley 9/07/2020 4:55 PM
    Overall this week I really enjoyed experimenting with the eco-challenges. However, I found some challenges definitely easier than others. For example, the turn it off challenge I found to be much easier than I expected. Although I was not in the habit of unplugging devices when not in use and turning off lights, the effort was easier to remember than I expected. I liked that I had to log my progress everyday, as it was a nice reminder to stay focused and continue my challenges. One challenge that was unexpectedly difficult was the 30 minute nature walk. Last week was a busy academic week for me, and one day I was unable to fit in a 30 minute walk in nature. What surprised me was how much it impacted my mood, and how much I missed the break in my day outside. The following day I made sure to take an extended walk, and I was impressed by how much the designated outdoor time reconnected me to my surroundings and gave me a sense of mental clarity and focus. On Saturday, Charlotte and I along with some other friends went on a hike at Dale’s ridge which was a great, relaxing way to connect with the natural world and start off the weekend on a positive note. 
    Some barriers that I face in making these changes permanent are time and focus. I have a tendency to overcommit to responsibilities, and am often balancing jobs, interning, classes, friends, and clubs all at the same time. This challenge has shown me that I need to prioritize where I put my time and focus each week. Spending thirty minutes to an hour each day walking, turning off lights, and learning about environmental issues around me has had an immensely positive impact on my mood and energy-level that is worth the sacrifice of time. 
    One resource that made me want to really try and incorporate nature walks into my permanent routine was the Greater Good Magazine article “What Happens When We Reconnect with Nature”. In the article the author references several studies that suggest that regular nature exposure can lead to dopamine releases, greater connection to neighbors, and feelings of gratitude and awe. Personally, from my one week of nature walks I have found these impacts to be true and something I have really enjoyed. Some days I walked with only one friend, other days I went on walks with several but in all the walks I enjoyed connecting with the environment and people around me. It was an excellent way to take time away from the stress of school and work, and focus on the friendships and nature that surrounds my daily life. 
    Another resource which I found to be very helpful was the “Shrink Your Dorm Print” article on smarterhouse.org. One tip they offered for reducing electricity usage was using power strips to simplify unplugging devices. As someone who already owns a power strip, simply plugging in all my charging devices to it so that I could easily remember to turn it off when I wasn’t using them was a great idea that was easy to implement. As a fairly forgetful person, I found it easier to remember only one switch on the power strip versus trying to remember several chargers and devices every day. This resource also made me aware of some of the eco-friendly aspects of my dorm that I hadn’t paid attention to before. For instance, the lights in our bathroom and shower are motion sensor and all of the lightbulbs are LEDs, which already fit some of the resource's recommendations for a greener dorm room! 


    • Lizzy Rojas's avatar
      Lizzy Rojas 9/14/2020 12:23 PM
      I enjoyed reading your journal about week one of the eco-challenge. I like your point about the 30 minute nature walk. It can be difficult to dedicate 30 minutes to your well-being, when you’re overwhelmed with academic work. But at the end of the day, we should be prioritizing our well-being and hope that it does essentially help us to be more productive. Although I haven’t chosen this as one of my challenges, taking my puppy on multiple walks a day, including an extended walk, I do realize how reconnected with your surrounded it makes you feel as well as cultivating mental clarity, as you stated. I just wonder how this will go in the winter. As much as I love nature, I really dislike the cold weather so I’m wondering how that will affect my mental state and behavior.

      I agree with you on the barrier aspect of implementing these changes permanently. I just feel like there simply are not enough hours in the day. I wholeheartedly agree with sacrificing time for these habits because it does improve our well-being overall. In reference to the resources you read about this, it’s really interesting to know the science behind nature walks. This definitely motivates me to stick to this!


    • Andrew Stuhl's avatar
      Andrew Stuhl 9/08/2020 12:45 PM
      Awesome Annie! It's so good to hear you resonate with the emerging literature on happiness, mental health, and outdoor time. I'm really glad you identified the very common issue of just not being able to keep up with a 30 min walk / commitment. 30 min is a lot of time! Def feel free to adjust that amount of time to something you feel is more manageable given your schedule, and I'd hope the benefits would still come to you!