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Rolando Bonilla

Low Energy Enthusiasts

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    40
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    being mindful

Rolando's Actions

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Rooftop Solar Consultation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Calculate the carbon footprint of my household

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

I will spend at least 120 minutes researching other Drawdown Transportation Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Transportation

Learn about Carbon Offsets

I will visit Tradewater’s website to learn more about carbon offsets, and why they are a necessary solution in combating a climate crisis.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 180 minute(s) researching how people can build with carbon-storing materials - including agricultural byproducts - and discuss it with my peers or post to social media.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 120 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Rolando Bonilla 6/03/2021 7:54 AM
    My choice to walk more has influenced the way that my roommates and friends think about using their cars for transportation because of the climate change aspect that I've informed them about.  Not only has reducing the monies my car and help me physically but it’s also a helped with me to interact with my friends a lot more as I’m able to see them throughout Westwood. Does not become a more of a routine to just walk to grocery stores and target from time to time in order to get small things because it is a waste of gas to use my car for a short trip. 

    In some instance, there are some differences between driving and walking and using public transportation because I’ve grown up enjoying and loving to drive since it’s been such a stress reliever for me for years now but as our climate change issue has grown worst, sacrifices like driving less needs to be made. Although I enjoy driving with friends walking or taking public transportation with friends of attorney brothers also fulfils that void because I left him a social enter interact with as many people as I can. Going forward, I  plan only to use my car when I need long travel distances or go back home as it will take hours if I take public transportation, and as a college student, I do not have that luxury during the school year. How do I do you make an effort from time to time to be able to do this it’s tough sometimes to keep a consistent, but I’m always looking for ways to improve upon us
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Rooftop Solar Consultation
    Identify some ways in which modern human societies have become unsustainable. What kind of roles do individuals have in creating and changing practices in society?

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    Rolando Bonilla 6/03/2021 7:29 AM
    Installing solar panels onto my parents' house has always been my goal since we first bought the house. I think the use of new-able energy is essential to achieve a better financially stable life, but, most importantly, crucial to reducing our carbon footprint. Now I know that my individual choice will not cause an immediate impact on our climate issue. Still, I am aiming to influence my neighbours and neighbourhood in investing in renewable energy.
     
    I believe convincing my neighbours is the best options because not only will more people begin to save money in the long run, but they will also be helping the environment. Considering this, there have been many ways our society has become unsustainable, and electricity is one of the ways. As a city we waste a ton of electricity, and that it not okay because of the waste products that come along with them. Power plants create a lot of electricity, but it comes with a price. You see, to make electric power plants burn coal, and as a result, carbon dioxide is produced. This is a huge issue because many Americans tend to leave lights on or waste electricity somehow. Eliminating the use of coal is vital but cannot accomplish if we do not take the time to create a change. That is why I believe investing in solar energy is vital to creating a solution..
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate the carbon footprint of my household
    After you determined your carbon footprint, did you see what different choices you can make in order to reduce it?

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    Rolando Bonilla 6/03/2021 5:57 AM
    After calculating my roommates' total carbon footprint and what I produced, I was amazed to find out much carbon dioxide we produce monthly. These statistics have made me consider more lifestyle changes and convince my roommates to make different choices.

    For starters, using our cars a lot more will help combat the carbon dioxide we produce monthly. Doing task all in one run will help us save gas and reduce the amount of CO2 produced and only consider using a car when we go grocery shopping for large quantities of food. This leads me to my next choice is consuming let meet throughout the meat. I eat a lot of meat throughout the week and usually, it's at almost every meal that I prepare because of how heavily centered meat is in the Latinx culture. But that will not stop me from making diet changes, like switching to vegan options. Unfortunately, I can't switch to a pescatarian diet for a while because of my food allergy, but there are always alternatives for that problem.

    Fortunately for my roommates and I, we never fly, but I included one flight because one of my roommates did fly this last month and I wanted to determine our CO2 emission for last month. Not using planes to travel is a lifestyle choice that I will continue to do because of the vast environmental impacts flying on an airplane has on the Earth.

    I am glad I got to determine actual quantitative data on the CO2 production in the apartment, and I will continue trying to cut down my production and those of my roommates.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Rolando Bonilla 5/25/2021 8:43 AM
    Eating without any electronics or distractions felt good, in my opinion, since it allowed me to connect with myself on a mental level. By that, I mean that I took the chance to reflect on the choice I have made this quarter and the goals I want to set for myself in the upcoming week. These goals will mostly be about environment-friendly ways to reduce my carbon footprint and implement some of those goals with my family in South Central LA. I have noticed that my family at home tends to throw away food scraps that can be used as compost, so I hope to convince my parents into making a compost area in our garden to help recycle the material that would go to waste if we threw it away. Also, try to plan my day if I eat mindfully in the morning during my breakfast.

    Compared to eating a meal with a distraction or electronic, I usually tend not to focus on anything other than trying to find a video that can entertain me while eating. Having a change in my routine served me well because I got to gain a better perspective while practicing mindfulness during my meals. Although I have only recorded doing this action once, I have tried it multiple times this quarter. I highly recommend trying this task, even though it sounds weird at first. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Rolando Bonilla 5/25/2021 7:46 AM
    On my daily walks, I usually tend to notice how many cars are parked and used in the Westwood area, leading me to wonder about how much pollution is produced just within this area of Los Angeles. I also tend to notice the Bird scooters in the Westwood area. I sometimes wonder why are we not using electric scooters more and why are we not pushing harder to promote the scooters because they provided transportation while also cutting down on our carbon footprint. These thoughts that occur during my walk are what I enjoy, but I also find it beneficial because it allows me to relieve stress and clear my mind. I have always enjoyed being an active person, so being able to go for a walk while also reducing my carbon footprint has become a daily routine for me.

    Some infrastructure changes that I could make to enjoy my walks are making more frequent stops to the UCLA botanical garden, setting a daily distance goal, and walking with my friends more. Suppose I can implement these aspects into my routine. In that case, walking will become a lot better because of the many upsides present, like walking with friends, going to a stress-relieving place, challenging myself to reach a certain distance. Creating new challenges for myself is one of the many ways I stay motivated to pursue change in my life and make a difference.