Melissa Beaver

Dickinson Green Devils 2020

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 678 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    17
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    146
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    360
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    660
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    361
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    16
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    128
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Melissa's Actions

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

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DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 10 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

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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 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

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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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends.

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Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

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

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Community

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support businesses owned by people of color in my community whenever I shop.

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Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 30 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

    Melissa Beaver 4/20/2020 5:54 PM
    I have learned that eating smaller wild caught fish, like skipjack tuna, is better for you. I buy wild caught fish and shell fish the majority of the time, with the exception of occasionally buying farmed salmon from Norway. I was dismayed to learn that mahi mahi is a moderate mercury-containing fish, as it's a family favorite.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Where are your nearest natural bodies of water? How might they be affected by runoff?

    Melissa Beaver 4/20/2020 5:49 PM
    We have a stream running through our backyard down a hill that could be negatively affected by salt and sand runoff during winters on the roads at the condos abutting our property near the stream. 
  • 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?

    Melissa Beaver 4/20/2020 5:40 PM
    The main water source in our area is several reservoirs. I am fortunate to have a deep well for my family's water source, which has been tested recently. When we have lost power for an extended period of time, we've used large buckets to collect water to flush our toilets. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex agrarian transition to modern food systems?

    Melissa Beaver 4/20/2020 5:36 PM
    People are taking charge and have great pride in growing and sharing their food with their families and communities. Citizens in America and abroad are raising awareness and taking control of their food sources and demanding to be heard and respected by corporate producers.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Melissa Beaver 4/20/2020 5:30 PM
    I used to buy water bottles at stores but now bring my own reusable water bottle if going to the store or out hiking. I ask for no straw when getting take out drinks.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

    Melissa Beaver 4/11/2020 6:57 PM
    I plan on saving money to build a better fence around our garden or put in permeable pavers under our deck.