Madelyn VanHerwynen

UWLBRAUN2020

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. -Robert Swan"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 100 This Week
  • 711 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    23
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    845
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    995
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    75
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    128
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Madelyn's Actions

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 15 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 16
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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Madelyn VanHerwynen 10/20/2020 7:45 AM
    I never really realized how much water is actually used when I brush my teeth. Now that I turn the water off, I feel better about not wasting as much water doing that twice or three times a day. 

  • Madelyn VanHerwynen 10/20/2020 7:43 AM
    I have refrained from going to a coffee shop for the purpose of reducing my use of single use cups and straws. I have been making coffee, tea, and smoothies at my house using my reusable straws and reusable cups. 
  • 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?

    Madelyn VanHerwynen 10/17/2020 11:30 AM
    I always use a reusable water bottle because I try to limit my single-use plastic as much as I can. I have multiple different reusable bottles to rotate through. When I am home, I also drink from the tap water with a reusable cup. 
  • 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?

    Madelyn VanHerwynen 10/17/2020 11:28 AM
    I think that Berry is very true. Many people do enjoy celebrating the sunrises and the sunsets, including myself. Seeing the change in the sky with all the beautiful colors is one of the best things to look at. I feel like this connects people with the Earth because they are taking the time to relax and enjoy the pure beauty. 

  • Madelyn VanHerwynen 10/14/2020 6:45 AM
    I am being more mindful on my usage of electricity, water, and waste. I try to not use single time use items to reduce my pollution. I have saved water and electricity. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Brush My Teeth Without Running Water
    What is the main water source in your region? If you don't know, how could you find out?

    Madelyn VanHerwynen 10/13/2020 8:27 AM
    I am not sure where our main water source comes from because I am not from this area but I assume we take some water from the Mississippi RIver and treat it. I also could find out by looking it up on the internet or contacting someone in the city who works with the water treatment. 
  • 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?

    Madelyn VanHerwynen 10/13/2020 8:24 AM
    Sometimes single use mugs are just more convenient if I am out running errands and decide I want a coffee or tea, it can be hard to avoid not using one. But I try to make coffee at home instead using a reusable mug or bringing a mug with me when I go places. It makes me feel good knowing that I am reducing my footprint and not contributing as much to pollution. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

    Madelyn VanHerwynen 10/13/2020 8:21 AM
    Energy around me is generated by powerplants in my surrounding area. It emits chemicals out into the atmosphere which are not great for our environment. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

    Madelyn VanHerwynen 10/13/2020 8:11 AM
    I get a different perspective. I feel like I am more a part of my city since I can see the textures on the trees and smell the grass and other plants around. I pay more attention to what I am seeing and passing rather than focusing on the road or the cars around me.