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Carrie Zirbes

St. Catherine University - Kollaborative Katies

"“Being environmentally, physically, emotionally, and societally safe and conscious.”"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 980 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    53
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    4.0
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1.0
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    5.0
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    35
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    34
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    1.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    30
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1.0
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    105
    minutes
    spent learning

Carrie's Actions

Community

Engage In Active Listening

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 5 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace, dorm, or elsewhere on campus.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Core Values

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Collect excess water

Collect excess water to keep for watering house plants.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

LEARN ABOUT TRANS, FEMME, AND NONBINARY EXPERIENCES

I will spend 5 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 45 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

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 5 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 5 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Joyful Movement

I will spend 10 minutes doing an activity where I'm both moving my body and enjoying myself.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products

I will spend 10 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Know My health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 20 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 2 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 Action

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

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

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

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    Carrie Zirbes 11/06/2022 6:04 PM
    I will refuse, when possible, the convenience plastics such as coffee lids, produce bags, stir sticks and shopping bags. I like to shop my own closet to find new trends in my closet. (trends are cyclical) When I need to buy clothing items for myself or children I will always check the thrift stores first. I love a shared economy of goods. I usually will check in with friends and family when appropriate before buying somethings such as rugs, curtains, decor.  I take great pleasure in giving things second life!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Carrie Zirbes 11/05/2022 8:28 PM
    I have bags stuffed in the car and hanging on the door handle leaving my house. If I am without a bag, I will request paper and if I must, I will use plastic. I do everything I can to avoid it though. Having a reusable bag handy and in a convenient place helps me to use them frequently.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

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    Carrie Zirbes 11/01/2022 6:20 PM
    Meat is costly to process. It requires precious resources like food, water, farmland, time, and worker wages while producing toxic methane through animal waste.  Red meat consumption can cause heart disease and other health issues. Making a small change like practicing Meatless Mondays is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and practice sustainability.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Express My Support
    What sustainability issues are most pressing or prominent on your campus? In your hometown? Where you live currently?

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    Carrie Zirbes 10/28/2022 7:47 PM
     https://climatevotemn.org/ is a website that goes through the candidates on the ballot and their plans for the climate movement. 
    I would love to share this information with any undecided voters.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors, including market demand for recyclables. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Carrie Zirbes 10/28/2022 7:30 PM
    I could not find anywhere to recycle textiles in Minnesota. Ridwell is a new company that offers to pick up hard to recycle items such as batteries, plastic bags, and textiles. The company has started picking up recyclables in Minneapolis just this year. It is $12-$16 a month for the service.

    • Anupama Pasricha's avatar
      Anupama Pasricha 10/29/2022 6:50 AM
      I found this company and I have asked a few questions via email:
      https://fordays.com/pages/take-back-bag
      I emailed: tbb@fordays.com
       Hello,
      Looks like the company is doing amazing work. Congratulations.
      I have a couple of questions: 
      1. Do you take textiles and fabric waste too? like pre-consumer from our design lab?
      2. Who are the recycling partners that you work with? More details and transparency, better it would help us decide to partner with the TBB program.
      3. How do you mitigate the shipping  carbon footprint ? 

      I hope they respond!