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Louise Smith

Alpha Phi Omega

"To help the Earth (Being a Global Citizen)"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 276 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    3
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    65
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    41
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    5
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    77
    minutes
    of additional sleep

Louise's Actions

Waste

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 90 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 30 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

I will spend at least 15 minutes using the resources provided to learn about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 90 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard or local community garden.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 2 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY 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

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

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 30 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

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

COMPLETED 2
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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reusable one, but it's just hard to make the switch. What stands in your way of making this a habit? By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

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    Louise Smith 3/17/2021 12:23 PM
    The biggest barrier for me is just timing. I tend to use single use cups when I get coffee, since I don't have supplies for making it in my room. I also tend to drink more tea than coffee. When I get coffee, I used to bring a reusable mug with me but with COVID, that is not a possibility right now. However, I can go to the store this weekend and get supplies.  
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Louise Smith 3/17/2021 12:20 PM
    Currently, the barriers are more along the lines of Covid Restrictions. Some water fountains on campus are not outfitted to refill water bottles and those are closed for use which can make it difficult. 

    I am working to make this a permanent habit and my only struggle will be not losing track of my bottle.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement
    Who is affected by polluted water or a lack of access to water in your region? How are they affected?

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    Louise Smith 3/17/2021 12:15 PM
    Since Kenosha's water comes from Lake Michigan and is not inherently polluted at the source, the risk comes more from personal plumbing and pipe issues. This affects the lower-income population more since they tend to live in buildings that have not been updated or cared for as much as higher-income housing.

    Corroded/corroding pipes can lead to copper and lead contamination, both of which can cause serious medical issues, and these levels are not measured on a personal level (unless the homeowner does so privately) so oftentimes people don't know they are consuming contaminated water.
    https://www.kenosha.org/images/water/currentCCR.pdf
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Louise Smith 3/17/2021 11:50 AM
    Practicing gratitude can help with focusing on the good in the world around me rather than worrying about the negatives.
  • 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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    Louise Smith 3/17/2021 11:47 AM
    Since the weather is getting nicer, I can invite other people to come on a walk with me either downtown or just around campus. I have also heard about some fun hiking trails in the area that I would like to try out.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

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    Louise Smith 3/17/2021 11:45 AM
    As someone who always wakes up at the same time no matter what, I am just making sure that I have done what I need to do and am cutting back on time aimlessly scrolling through tiktok and pinterest lol.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Adjust the Thermostat
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

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    Louise Smith 3/17/2021 11:44 AM
    While I am not sure of Carthage's energy usage overall, I can make sure that I am not using electricity unnecessarily by unplugging devices when they are not being used, keeping my blinds closed when the sun is not out, and layering clothes vs. turning up the heat. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

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    Louise Smith 3/17/2021 11:39 AM
    Making sure that appliances are off when I am not using them and turning off the lights in my room when I leave. 
  • 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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    Louise Smith 3/17/2021 11:38 AM
    When going around my dorm room, there are obviously changes that I cannot make or look into, such as insulation. However, I do make sure my Keurig is always off and that my chargers are unplugged if I am not using them. I also use the "curtain trick" where I keep my blinds open when it is sunny and close them if it is not in order to block heat loss (The oaks only have single pane windows). My roommate and I also found a severe draft from our door leading to the hallway and will be blocking it with a draft blocker.  
  • 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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    Louise Smith 3/17/2021 11:30 AM
    In Wisconsin (2019), 42% of electricity was produced via coal, 34% from natural gas, 18% nuclear power, and 8% came from renewable sources (hydroelectric, wind, biomass, solar, etc.).

    Wisconsin - State Energy Profile Overview - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)