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Shayna Thostenson

University of St. Thomas Graduate & Professional Students

"I hope to encourage and inspire those around me to live a more sustainable lifestyle."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 727 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    13
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    85
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    27
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    4
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    524
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    88
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Shayna's Actions

Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 60 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

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

COMPLETED 11
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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 15 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 15 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 1 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 5 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Shayna Thostenson 4/20/2021 7:44 AM
    Hi all! Keep up the great work! Today's category is nature, pledge to spend some time outside today. I'm going to watch some softball outside tonight. :)

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    Shayna Thostenson 4/19/2021 8:56 AM
    Happy Monday, everyone! Keep up the good work. Today's category is simplicity: pledge to reduce your screen time and be more mindful today. 
  • 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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    Shayna Thostenson 4/19/2021 8:55 AM
    I would love to get 8 hours of consistent sleep each night. I find that giving myself adequate time to unwind before bed helps me get to sleep on time.

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    Shayna Thostenson 4/13/2021 6:34 AM
    Ready for day 2! Let's do this!

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    Shayna Thostenson 5/04/2020 2:26 PM
    Great job, guys! Thank you SO MUCH for your participation. Here’s the final score for UST!

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    Shayna Thostenson 5/02/2020 8:40 AM
    Hi all! Today we are going to focus on renewable energy! Pledge to spend some time learning about renewable energy in your region today!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Support Native Communities
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

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    Shayna Thostenson 5/01/2020 11:25 AM
    Balance is important to sustainability because sustainability requires balance. Sustainability isn't about saying "you can't do this, you must do that", it's about fulfilling needs and not taking more or exploiting our resources. If we are to live sustainably, we must live a life with balance. 

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    Shayna Thostenson 5/01/2020 11:05 AM
    Good afternoon, team! Today's daily action falls under the "community" category. We challenge you to support native communities by learning about the native populations that lived in your area before colonization, and what you can do to support those that still are present! https://www.whose.land/en/ This is one great resource.

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    Shayna Thostenson 4/30/2020 2:07 PM
    There’s still time to catch up to the other teams, Class of 2020!

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    Shayna Thostenson 4/30/2020 9:36 AM
    Good morning! Today's action of the day is to research food deserts. I challenge you to look into food deserts in your area as well as how you can advocate for fresh and healthy food!