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Aileen Modesto

RIT Community Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,380 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1.0
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1,374
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    2,213
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    3.3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    56
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    450
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1,449
    minutes
    spent learning

Aileen's Actions

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products

I will spend 60 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home or dorm room.

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

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

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gal (56 L) of water a day or 450 gal (1,680 L) a month by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Know My health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, neighbors or classmates.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 30 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 180 minute(s)

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will spend 30 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Work-Life Balance

I will not work more than 8 hour days each day to practice work-life balance.

COMPLETED 27
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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Core Values

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Buy Used Clothes

I will spend 20 minutes learning about the perils of fast fashion and will buy my clothes at second-hand stores when I shop.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Health Take Control
    How do environmental health, community health, and your personal health intersect?

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    Aileen Modesto 10/17/2022 2:14 PM
    Environmental hazards can affect humans such as water and air pollution, extreme weather, or chemical exposures. 
  • Reflection Question
    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?

    Aileen Modesto's avatar
    Aileen Modesto 10/17/2022 2:12 PM
    They can have chronic illnesses. Communities should work to increase the presence of many types of healthy food retailers. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

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    Aileen Modesto 10/06/2022 10:49 AM
    Inadequate access to healthy food, inadequate transportation, air, and water pollution, and unsafe homes are essential parts of lives.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Audit Toxic Cleaning Products
    To what extent do environmental factors contribute to your own health or issues with health?

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    Aileen Modesto 10/06/2022 10:46 AM
    I found this very difficult because working from home is my life with money. However, I thought of having a bunch of plants to be here. Setting up a garden in the backyard with the seeds I want is a big step. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Online Energy Audit
    What most interested or surprised you about your own energy footprint? What changes did you make or will you make?

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    Aileen Modesto 10/06/2022 10:46 AM
    I found this very difficult because working from home is my life with money. However, I thought of having a bunch of plants to be here. Setting up a garden in the backyard with the seeds I want is a big step. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

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    Aileen Modesto 10/06/2022 10:44 AM
    Yes, I encouraged my mother to buy a solar panel to be on the top of a house in another country due to the highest heat, where we can store a lot of clean energy. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Limit Social Media
    Social media can keep us connected with loved ones, make us laugh, and help us to learn new things. It can also create echo chambers and take more time than we realize or intend to give. After completing this action for a few days, how do you feel? What do you notice?

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    Aileen Modesto 10/05/2022 12:34 PM
    It helped me to decrease my anxiety and increase my self-esteem. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Track my Purchases
    What have you noticed about your purchases? Where are you inclined to make shifts, if any?

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    Aileen Modesto 10/05/2022 12:34 PM
    It helped me to decrease my anxiety and increase my self-esteem. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

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    Aileen Modesto 10/05/2022 12:33 PM
    It helps and gives me a sense of calm, place, and balance that benefit my emotional well-being and overall health. 
  • 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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    Aileen Modesto 10/05/2022 12:31 PM
    It helped me use all my physical and emotional senses to experience and enjoy the food.