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Kate Ostaffe

University of St. Thomas - Class of 2023

"Child of God, loved beyond measure, sent to serve the world."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 486 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    11
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen

Kate's Actions

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 5 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 20-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Happiness 2

I will write cards to people that I am thankful for to let them know that I appreciate them and miss them.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 0
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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 20 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Energy Learn About Renewable Energy
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

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    Kate Ostaffe 5/03/2020 6:13 PM
    I want to take care of the planet, because I want to make sure that I can have a future and future generations can too. I am also religious and believe that God calls us to be stewards of the Earth.

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    Kate Ostaffe 5/02/2020 10:30 PM
    Last day of the challenge! This has been a great experience and I'm so glad I participated! I am hoping that I will continue to be more mindful of my everyday habits after this challenge ends.

    • Ariana Porcello's avatar
      Ariana Porcello 5/03/2020 8:48 AM
      I am so glad you joined too!  And I am so happy you feel like you were able to take something away from this!  Awesome job Kate!!
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

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    Kate Ostaffe 5/02/2020 10:25 AM
    It's nice to actually see and talk to all of my neighbors when I'm walking! I also can enjoy the fresh air, which I can't really do when I am driving.

    • Katie McGinnis's avatar
      Katie McGinnis 5/02/2020 7:09 PM
      I agree that I have had a lot more interactions with my neighbors, Kate! It seems funny how long it has been since I've had a good conversation with some of them. 

    • Ariana Porcello's avatar
      Ariana Porcello 5/02/2020 6:12 PM
      So true!!  Nature is definitely helping us connect with one another and our Earth especially during this time!!

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    Kate Ostaffe 4/30/2020 10:37 AM
    Kind of forgot about this challenge for the past couple days, but I'm going to try to get back to it! Hopefully I can take a walk and get outside later today. Hope everyone is doing well and has a great day!

    • Ariana Porcello's avatar
      Ariana Porcello 4/30/2020 6:50 PM
      No worries!!  You still have a few days and the weather is going to be perfect for some walks this weekend!!  Keep up the great work!:)

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    Kate Ostaffe 4/26/2020 11:17 AM
    Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all have a relaxing day. We are officially beating the Staff and Faculty team! Woo hoo!
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

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    Kate Ostaffe 4/25/2020 11:05 AM
    I don't think that it is necessarily true, but being outdoors can improve your mood. It also is truly special to look out and see everything that God has created. I feel like we are all usually too busy to spend time outdoors, although right now that has changed because we are all in quarantine. Hopefully after this is all over, people still realize that going outside is still beneficial. I definitely don't exercise and go outdoors as much as I should.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset
    Father Thomas Berry says, "... our primary purpose is celebration. Celebration of the dawn and the sunset and the different seasons of the year is a religious ritual, a way in which humans can establish their integral relationship with the universe, with the planet Earth." What is your response to Berry's assertion?

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    Kate Ostaffe 4/25/2020 11:03 AM
    I don't think that our primary purpose is celebration, but it definitely is a huge part of our daily lives. We are also called to take care of the Earth.

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    Kate Ostaffe 4/24/2020 2:38 PM
    I went on a walk today! I am so out of shape so I'm kind of dead, but it was nice to get the exercise and enjoy this beautiful day! Can't wait for the day where we can all go outside together again and walk around campus.

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    Kate Ostaffe 4/24/2020 10:18 AM
    We are catching up to the staff and faculty! Let's go class of 2023! 

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    Kate Ostaffe 4/23/2020 10:30 AM
    Completed a challenge today, and am planning on going for a walk later today! Hope you are all having a good week, and happy belated Earth Day!

    • Ariana Porcello's avatar
      Ariana Porcello 4/23/2020 12:54 PM
      Way to go Kate!!  I'm glad to hear you got to spend some time outside in nature in this beautiful weather!!