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Katie McGinnis

University of St. Thomas Class of 2023

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    40
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Katie's Actions

Nature

Practice Gratitude for Earth

I will spend 30 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and my natural surroundings.

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Water

5-Minute Showers

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

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Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

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Health

Take Control

Both systemic and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

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Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

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Food

Weekly Meal Planning

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

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Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Katie McGinnis 5/02/2020 7:02 PM
    Other water-reducing steps that can be taken in the restroom are using water-saving toilet flushing methods and turning off the water while brushing teeth.
  • 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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    Katie McGinnis 5/02/2020 7:00 PM
    Eating meat requires more water than eating at lower trophic levels. Moreover, it requires farmers to divert crops from feeding people to feeding other livestock.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Eco-friendly Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

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    Katie McGinnis 5/02/2020 6:58 PM
    One of the most prominent water concerns where I live is flooding in the spring time. When the snow melts during the water season, water has difficulties entering the nearby sewers and rivers. This is why it can be helpful to have rain gardens and other surfaces that allow for higher water infiltration. 
  • 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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    Katie McGinnis 4/22/2020 7:23 PM
    My favorite ways to express personality without the use of fast fashion is to wear minimalistic pieces that function for my lifestyle. I'm fortunate enough to own a working sewing machine so I can create new pieces from items I no longer fit or care for. Instead of buying a new pair of shoes, I can trade the laces with another pair for a new look. 

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      Katie McGinnis 4/24/2020 8:23 AM
      Ellie let's do it

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      Ellie Romfoe 4/22/2020 9:59 PM
      So Katie, you're saying if Ariana and I send you fabric scraps, you will make us all matching shirts that say "micro-plastics suck & soil rules" ????  👀

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      Ariana Porcello 4/22/2020 7:56 PM
      This is so cool!! Re-working your clothing for new styles is such a neat way to be sustainable and keep up your own fashion!  Keep up the awesome work!!
  • 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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    Katie McGinnis 4/22/2020 7:20 PM
    Living in a land where all types of food are abundant in supermarket chains and excessive marketing, it does not surprise me that Americans throw away 240 lbs of food per year. While this is a horrible statistic, I believe it is caused by the imbalance of consumer-to-food systems in place. 

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      Ariana Porcello 4/22/2020 7:57 PM
      We definitely have a lack of awareness when it comes to what we eat and where our food is coming from:(
  • Reflection Question
    Health Take Control
    How do environmental health, community health, and your personal health intersect?

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    Katie McGinnis 4/22/2020 7:18 PM
    Environmental health, community health, and personal health are connected because we live in the environment and with each other. Spending time in nature grounds myself, and I am able to spread that with my community. 

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      Ariana Porcello 4/22/2020 7:54 PM
      I totally agree!  Being in nature is such an awesome way to feel connected to your environment and community!