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Shayna Thostenson

University of St. Thomas - Class of 2020

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

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 610 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    45
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    85
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    45
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • 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
    480
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    9
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    180
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Shayna's 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

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 15-minute walk outside each day.

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

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 0
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

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 0
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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Shayna Thostenson's avatar
    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!

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    Shayna Thostenson 4/29/2020 9:13 AM
    Good morning Class of 2020!
    Today, we have an action of the day: we challenge you to do a personal waste audit-that is, collect all unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise awareness of how much you send to the landfill in a day!

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    Shayna Thostenson 4/28/2020 8:12 AM
    Today we are focusing on waste! Pledge to use a reusable mug and/or water bottle today!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Prevent Recycling Contamination
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Shayna Thostenson 4/27/2020 3:25 PM
    I have learned that there are many barriers to recycling. For example, black plastics are the same color as the belt that moves the recycled goods to be sorted. As a result, black plastics are not picked up by the sorter and are often thrown away. The most difficult part for me is determining whether or not something is actually recyclable and ensuring it is clean. It's a lot of work to clean the peanut butter jars!

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    Shayna Thostenson 4/27/2020 10:30 AM
    Happy Monday! Week two, here we go! Today we are focusing on simplicity! Pledge to eat a meal without the distraction of your phone or tv. Additionally, I’m attaching the leaderboard with the points from Friday. Keep up the good work.