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Sophie Cash

NW Natural - HQ

"Passionately working towards educating myself and those around me about how environmental issues are inextricably linked with all other social challenges! And hoping to put that old and new knowledge into action."

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Participant Impact

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    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2
    donations
    made
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    65
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    15
    locally sourced meals
    consumed

Sophie's Actions

Health and Education

Fund Family Planning

Health and Education

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Upgrade My Windows

Insulation

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Watch & Learn: Environmental and Social Justice

Climate change and other systems such as racism, sexism, colonialism, ableism, and our political and economic structures in our world are intimately connected. I will watch at least 2 of the videos/podcast episodes to learn about environmental/climate justice.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

VOTE

I voted!

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Lights Out/ Turn it Off

Reduce energy use by doing simple actions such as turning the lights off when you are the last to leave a room, using smart power strips, and turning off small appliances around your desk when not in use. At Home or a NW Natural Location we encourage you to: -Turn the lights off when you leave a room. Don't forget those little desk lamps! -Turn off TVs when no one is watching -Close bay doors if the heat or A/C is on -Alert SEEC and or facilities if you are notice light sensors not working properly

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Solutions

I will research and tell 1 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 1 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Communicate With My Elected Officials

Onshore Wind Turbines, Offshore Wind Turbines

I will write or call 2 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will donate to Native American Rights Fund, which protects tribal natural resources and environmental rights and promotes Native American Human Rights.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by participating in a training, workshop, or presentation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Restoration: Invasive pull

At No Ivy Day on Oct 24, I will help restore a local park by pulling invasive English ivy!

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Choose Better Wood Products

Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 40 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Lights Out/ Turn it Off
    Is this a new habit for you? Have you noticed anything around NWN that we could improve on for energy savings?

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    Sophie Cash 11/16/2020 8:19 AM
    I notice that I leave my computer plugged in all night, and then keep it plugged in most of the day. That probably wastes a lot of energy - I am trying to unplug the charger during the night and only have it plugged in when I actually need it charging. Can there be something similar at NWN with electronics?

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    Sophie Cash 11/13/2020 2:45 PM
    Today I was able to visit the farm I worked on for 4 months and eat a completely locally sourced meal: homemade kimchi grilled cheese on sourdough they baked fresh! I even got to say hi to cows whose milk made the cheese!
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Fund Family Planning
    When family planning focuses on healthcare provision and meeting the expressed needs of women, it results in empowerment, equality, and well-being, and the benefits to the planet are side effects. Why is family planning an important civil rights consideration?

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    Sophie Cash 11/12/2020 1:17 PM
    I donated to Planned Parenthood as part of the NWN Giving Campaign! I love Planned Parenthood and believe in their work to provide people with empowering reproductive and educational care are intimately tied to addressing the climate crisis! Not only are women and girls more likely to be more severely affected by food insecurity, air and water pollution, and natural disasters, but also tons of studies have shown that women in positions of power and leadership lead to more inclusive and decisive climate action!
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Upgrade My Windows
    How does improving your home's (or office's) energy efficiency help you better live out your values?

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    Sophie Cash 11/12/2020 12:58 PM
    Pickin' up my free weatherization kit from Community Energy Project this week!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Watch & Learn: Environmental and Social Justice
    In what way do the various systems you observe in your community and the world interact – what did you learn about how some systems of oppression and disadvantage connect with other socio-environmental systems? How can addressing one or more of these issues impact the ones they’re connected with?

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    Sophie Cash 11/12/2020 10:37 AM
    I was particualrly struck by the strength and passion of the two young activists, Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru and Tokata Iron Eyes. As a young person myself, I aspire to follow and fight for my passion as a climate justice activist.
    I'm always overwhelmed but also excited by the interconnection among literally every social issue that anyone in my life and the world cares about. From public health to racism to food security, to national security and refugees, to disability and women's rights, to criminal justice to colonialism, all of it intersects with environmental degradation and climate change.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

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    Sophie Cash 11/12/2020 10:22 AM
    I just attended the free DIY Home Weatherization workshop from Community Energy Project and now have the tools to seal my windows and doors, insulate my water heater pipes, and make sure my furnace is running efficiently! Would definitely recommend.

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      Leah Black 11/12/2020 11:31 AM
      Thank you so much for sharing this resource! I was interested in attending but didn't want to attend a workshop in person. Then I found out you participate through Zoom! I really hope to attend

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    Sophie Cash 11/11/2020 7:44 AM
    My grandparents' house can't have solar panels because of structural issues, so I told them all about community solar and recommended they look into it for their electricity source! Massachusetts has much better community solar opportunities than Oregon, but I signed up to receive updates from the Community Energy Project about community solar for my home in Portland too!
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks 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?

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    Sophie Cash 11/11/2020 7:40 AM
    I've been a vegetarian/pescatarian for about 6 years, but this year I decided to stop eating fish and other seafood as well. I do miss sushi, but otherwise I know it's the right choice for me to positively impact our marine ecosystems, as well as the fishers and indigenous communities that rely on them. And occasionally I take a peek at Monterey Aquarium's seafood watch and other sources and indulge in low-impact bivalves like mussels or clams.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

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    Sophie Cash 10/30/2020 12:22 PM
    This was actually perfect timing with an old lightbulb burning out! Want to investigate the other lightbulbs in the house and apply for an Energy Trust free home Energy Efficiency Kit!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives
    What inspiration and wisdom can you gather from your family, faith, or community traditions that would help you in both communicating about and addressing our most pressing energy issues?

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    Sophie Cash 10/29/2020 1:18 PM
    I'm super obsessed with community solar, and just recommended it to my friend back in Boston whose electricity bill is really high!