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Anupama Pasricha

St. Catherine University - Kollaborative Katies

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 522 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    79
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    45
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    1.0
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    80
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    300
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    9.0
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning

Anupama's Actions

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 30 minute(s)

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 10 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 5
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 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 45 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

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 20 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Anupama Pasricha 12/07/2022 8:29 AM
    Society has a culture of complexity and overuse. To practice simplicity, one has to creatively find ways and navigate the complexity.

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    Anupama Pasricha 11/19/2022 8:43 PM
  • 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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    Anupama Pasricha 11/18/2022 8:23 AM
    I chose to spend the exercise time in nature when weather permits. I hope to learn and have courage to walk outside in subzero temperatures in MN.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

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    Anupama Pasricha 11/05/2022 7:07 AM
      Today’s U.S. electricity system is a complex network of power plants, transmission and distribution wires, and end-users of electricity. Today, most Americans receive their electricity from centralized power plants that use a wide variety of energy resources to produce electricity, such as coal, natural gas, nuclear energy, or renewable resources such as water, wind, or solar energy. This complex system of generation, delivery, and end-users is often referred to as the electric power grid. 
    The electricity we enjoy in Minnesota travels on transmission wires that are linked with similar wires in 14 other states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. This regional "grid" is overseen by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), a nonprofit organization based in Indiana.

    MISO's primary role is to balance electricity supply and demand in the region. At MISO's operations center in Eagan, workers monitor real-time power flows on maps splashed across giant screens. 
     Env impacts: 
    • Emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants, especially when a fuel is burned.
    • Use of water resources to produce steam, provide cooling, and serve other functions.
    • Discharges of pollution into water bodies, including thermal pollution (water that is hotter than the original temperature of the water body).
    • Generation of solid waste, which may include hazardous waste.
    • Land use for fuel production, power generation, and transmission and distribution lines.
    • Effects on plants, animals, and ecosystems that result from the air, water, waste, and land impacts above.
     Some of these environmental effects can also potentially affect human health, particularly if they result in people being exposed to pollutants in air, water, or soil.
     You can reduce the environmental effects of your electricity use by buying green power and by becoming more energy-efficient.
    (Source: EPA and Star Tribune)
     



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    Anupama Pasricha 11/03/2022 3:23 PM
    I just completed my footprint calculation: 3.4 Earths. It is an improvement from the last time I calculated in February. 

  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Anupama Pasricha 11/03/2022 10:45 AM
    Practicing gratitude helps you look at the positives and motivates you to continue on the positive path.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

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    Anupama Pasricha 10/29/2022 6:33 AM
    Due to city constructions and road closure, I chose not to compost for a few days as it would have me take a longer route to get to the compost site. It became a barrier.