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Kendall Martens

BUS 4075 FA20 Serious about Sustainability

"This is a good reminder of easy sustainable ways to live. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 751 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    648
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    84
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    33
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Kendall's Actions

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 3
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

Energy

Heat and Cool Naturally

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

COMPLETED 8
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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

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

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 14
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 7
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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • 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 using every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable (including the skins, tops, stalks, etc.) during your next meal prep?

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    Kendall Martens 11/18/2020 8:08 AM
    Wow, this would be a big challenge. Honestly I am not sure. You can cook the food in the skins etc. I researched a bit and found that corn cobs you can use to make broth, make sauces with vegetable tops, etc.  
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Kendall Martens 11/18/2020 8:02 AM
    Phones and tv etc. are so distracting and social media can even make you compare your life with others. By eating without distractions, it sets aside time each day off of your phone and without these distractions. I am able to rather connect with the people around me and think clearly. 
  • 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?

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    Kendall Martens 11/18/2020 7:59 AM
    I like to exercise with friends. One way that I do this is by surfing. This includes time shared with friends, and is also time spent in nature. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Kendall Martens 11/18/2020 7:58 AM
    It reminds me about what is good around me, rather than what is bad. It makes me excited for the future and for a better world rather than focusing on what is hard. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Heat and Cool Naturally
    What are other ways you could use the power of the sun to reduce your own environmental footprint?

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    Kendall Martens 11/17/2020 9:28 AM
    I think about countries in Europe and such who don't have as many clothing dryers but rather hang their clothes outside their windows and let the sun dry them. This would help reduce my own environmental footprint but I would need to do so with a whole load of laundry rather than still using a dryer for some items. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Car Share
    Take a moment to think of places you frequent often (school, work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

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    Kendall Martens 11/06/2020 10:57 AM
    Yes I could! I will be living off campus next semester with friends and I definitely could see us carpooling to school sometimes. We already go to the grocery store together and we have even talked about biking to the grocery store instead next semester. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Leave No Trace
    Educator Stephanie Kaza advises her students to focus on what they care about most when addressing the enormity of ecological problems. Is there a specific area you feel particularly called to work on?

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    Kendall Martens 11/06/2020 10:56 AM
    I think just day to day actions make a big impact. If everyone alters little things in their life it could make a big change. So, I am most called to work on informing my friends and family on what I have been learning, as well as reminding them of simple little things they can do to help like turning off lights that are unnecessary or not wasting food. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more unnecessary things in the future?

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    Kendall Martens 11/06/2020 10:54 AM
    I am aiming to have quality products instead of more things that are unnecessary or that I don't love. I will only purchase things that I absolutely love now.