Ilana Zeitzer

Dickinson Green Devils

"I want to live more consciously so my life is a positive experience for me, the earth and those I meet!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 913 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    7
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    315
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    220
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    56
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    14
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    55
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    220
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    1
    enery audits
    conducted
  • up to
    3
    hours
    volunteered

Challenges

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 3 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 20 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 20 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 11 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 40 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard or local community garden.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Forage for My Food

I will use the resource below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Practice Gratitude for Earth

I will spend 5 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

COMPLETED 13 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Host a Viewing Party

I will host a viewing party with 05 friends and/or colleagues to watch a movie or present a guest speaker on an environmental issue that matters to me.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Community

Talk To My Friends and Classmates

I will decide which social or environmental issue in my community is most important to me and tell 5 friends and/or classmates each day about the issue.

COMPLETED 11 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided and spend 060 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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Community

Support A Sharing Economy

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

COMPLETED 13 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 7 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Learn More about Food Deserts

I will spend 60 minutes learning about food deserts and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 11 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 60 minutes researching environmental justice concerns in my region, their causes, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 11 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 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 Challenge

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 13 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 14 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Community Volunteer in my Community
    What is one thing you can do to help your community become more sustainable?

    Ilana Zeitzer 10/14/2018 7:19 PM
    I can help educate those around me. On Friday, I was able to volunteer with SEED. I taught second grade children about compost. I showed them what it looks life from the dining hall, we talked about the "FBI" of compost and how they break down. The kids actually learned quite a bit and were super excited to see worms!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

    Ilana Zeitzer 10/14/2018 7:12 PM
    Minority groups tend to be most effected, often having harsh chemicals or side effects center around their area. Not to mention the impact of decreased access to clean areas to play/explore and the increase in healthy food prices. Also, many of our native plants are having trouble as garden plants, invasives and unchecked herbivores wreck the balance that once existed.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Express My Support
    What sustainability issues are most pressing or prominent where you live?

    Ilana Zeitzer 10/14/2018 7:09 PM
    I think for all of us some of the most pressing are the impacts of climate change. This past week there was an article stating that we have 12 years to make a difference, its kinda scary. Also near me though, pipelines are a big issue especially the Keystone pipeline and fracking since I live in PA. Not to mention, the impact of deer on the local forests. But there are so many others that impact us daily which few people choose to talk about as sustainability such as fast fashion, LGBTQA+ acceptance, gender/race inequality, antisemetism, and so much more which feed into eachother.

  • Ilana Zeitzer 10/14/2018 7:06 PM
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    I have been spending a lot of time outside recently for my research. I am just so amazed by the diversity of fungi we have withing a half hour of campus. Its been a wet year and the fungi are showing off!
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  • Ilana Zeitzer 10/14/2018 7:04 PM

    Thought I would share some of the lovely foraged food I got to enjoy with the farm last weekend as part of the edible excursion! So good and the edible flowers make it so pretty. A ton of the plants we used just grow as weeds around the farm!

  • Reflection Question
    Nature Practice Gratitude for Earth
    Kathleen Dean Moore says that a sense of gratitude leads to a sense of moral obligation. Do you agree? How do we cultivate a sense of gratitude as individuals, and as a society?

    Ilana Zeitzer 10/14/2018 7:01 PM
    Gratitude is something we all have. We just need to take a moment to think about it. Often times we take it for granted assuming people know we care. When we share it though we give something special to others and thus they share it too. Not to mention when we have gratitude for something we want to protect it. We need to just spend some time to think about it.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Forage for My Food
    Amongst the motivations for foraging are: a source of food; means of income; connecting with nature; cultural tradition; or transmitting "local ecological knowledge, and a means for stewarding local and native plant populations" (McLain et al. 2012, 13). Which of these would be your chief motivation and why?

    Ilana Zeitzer 10/14/2018 7:00 PM
    I think I am interested in the local knowledge and gaining a more intimate knowledge of the native plants. There is so much to learn and such diversity around us that we tend to not recognize. Not to mention more food than we realize which could play important roles especially for low income families. Not to mention breaking this weird culture of finding thing growing not in agricultural fields not edible when they are.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place?

    Ilana Zeitzer 10/14/2018 6:56 PM
    When we experience something we really start to care about it. Walking around in a local forest I start to become familiar with the local trees, undergrowth, even fungi. It helps us understand where we are in the world and how special it is.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Ilana Zeitzer 10/14/2018 6:55 PM
    Practicing Gratitude helps you to think about the good that has happened each day, especially when you tend to focus on the bad interactions. It also is a way to focus on the positive impacts. Not to mention, when you tell your friends, family or mentors how much they mean to you, it can really help them too!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

    Ilana Zeitzer 10/14/2018 6:53 PM
    I really want to learn how to can foods (I do not like pickled foods). I love harvest having both a garden at home and working at the farm. I want to learn to make my own strawberry jam and maybe blueberry for my roommate. I would also love to make my own salsa with farm tomatoes!