Leah Young

Sustainable Sealion Superstars

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,541 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    42
    miles
    travelled by bike
  • up to
    4
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    106
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    42
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    27
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    260
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    39
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved

Challenges

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and ending unwanted subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 14 OF 86
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Support A Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, neighbors, or classmates.

COMPLETED 15 OF 86
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 27 OF 86
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 1 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 0.93 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 42 OF 86
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Visit a Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 60 minutes visiting a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

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 53 OF 86
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 38 OF 86
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will spend 5 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 32 OF 86
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

I will spend at least 10 minutes using the resources provided to learn about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

COMPLETED 9 OF 86
DAILY CHALLENGE

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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  • Leah Young 5/22/2019 3:08 PM
    I got paid today, and 25% of it went straight into savings so I won't be tempted to spend it on unnecessary things.  I also investigated the automatic withdrawals on my credit card, which I will be simplifying as well.

  • Leah Young 5/22/2019 2:49 PM
    Today I leaarned "High-efficiency clothes washers use 35 to 50 percent less water and 20 percent less energy than traditional top-loading washers" (BeWaterWise.com)

  • Leah Young 5/20/2019 5:16 PM
    In the last two weeks, I cut my spending by about 40%.  That includes automatic bill payments that came out of the bank.

  • Leah Young 5/20/2019 5:08 PM
    Today I found this website where you can learn about residential (and business, if you're interested) water usage rebates for Southern California and submit an application for said rebates: http://socalwatersmart.com/en/residential/#

  • Leah Young 5/16/2019 8:43 PM
    This is going to be harder than I thought - Starbucks is considered dining out according to my banking website.

  • Leah Young 5/16/2019 8:31 PM
    Today, I read 17 tips on how to conserve water in the kitchen, found on https://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/?view=list.  Many of them involve not running the kitchen sink water, and not letting the water we use go down the drain - it can be used in other ways after we're done with it!
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Track my Purchases
    What have you noticed about your purchases? Where are you inclined to make shifts, if any?

    Leah Young 5/15/2019 9:50 PM
    I've learned that over 20% of my spending goes toward gas for my car, which leads me to believe I spend way too much time driving.  I'd love to simplify my life by eliminating my time on the road.  I also spend 13% of my income on eating out at restaurants, while I spend only 8% on groceries for the house.  That's something I'm going to change immediately.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Connect with a Nonprofit
    What inspires you to act toward a more sustainable community?

    Leah Young 5/09/2019 8:23 PM
    All of the horrible things that result from our mere existence in the world, are what inpire me.  The problems are so massive and disheartening that I find I have to act or otherwise become overcome with depression and hopelessness.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place?

    Leah Young 5/09/2019 8:08 PM
    If I'm understanding the question correctly, spending time outdoors gives perspective.  That is, perspective on life, meaning of things, importance of priorities, and how countless and precious our blessings are.  It deepens feelings and broadens personal horizons by inspiring us to be better.  It helps us develop love and respect for living things, so that our place in the world can be positive rather than negative.  
  • Reflection Question
    Water 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?

    Leah Young 5/09/2019 7:59 PM
    Apparently, the whole city of Escondido is affected as long as they drink tap water from their sinks.  The Environmental Working Group published a drinking water quality report in 2015 that found 9 cancer-causing contaminants were above health guidelines, yet the EPA stated in their reports that the "tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards."