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Lisa Casto

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Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,664 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    172
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    58
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    62
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    227
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

Lisa's Actions

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

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

Buildings

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Write Here! Write Now! Just Transition to Climate Friendly Agriculture

Using the Write Here! Write Now! tool, send a letter to your senators in support of The Justice for Black Farmers Act (JBFA) (S. 300) and The Climate Stewardship Act (CSA) (S. 2452) https://uusj.salsalabs.org/whwnclimatefriendlyagriculture/index.html

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Express My Support For Equitable Biking Infrastructure

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact bike routes and express my support for better biking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Express My Support For Walkable Cities

Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars, Efficient Trucks

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 47
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

UU UNO Spring Conference - All In for Climate Justice

The theme for the 2021 Virtual Intergenerational Seminar is All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability. This dynamic event will take place all online Friday, April 9, 2021 - Sunday, April 11, 2021. Programs will ground, connect, and equip participants to take action toward achieving climate justice through more equitable and sustainable food systems.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Invite a friend to calculate the carbon footprint of their household

Individual actions are important, but people and organizations working together can make a real impact. I will share a carbon calculator with a friend and invite them to calculate the carbon footprint of their household.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

More Fruits And Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 1 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 47
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

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 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Research Barriers to Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women's equal participation and/or representation in your community?

    Lisa Casto's avatar
    Lisa Casto 6/30/2021 12:28 PM
    Lack of representation in management and government. Also since I live in Texas, the party in power is putting much effort into reducing reproductive options as well as failing to provide healthcare and childcare both of which impact women inequitably.
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

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    Lisa Casto 5/11/2021 12:01 PM
    Yes, it makes the soil more fertile, helps it hold on to helpful microorganisms and creates clean energy.

    • Melinda Enochs-Baucom's avatar
      Melinda Enochs-Baucom 5/14/2021 6:25 PM
      I've read about the creation and use of biochar, and I'm thinking about using one of my raised beds as the "pit" for the burning. I have read that it's not good to just harvest wood for it. Large dead branches are picked up in our town and chipped and the mulch is free to residents. However, the small stuff is supposed to go in the trash! I'm saving twigs and small branches to make biochar instead of sending it to the landfill.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    Lisa Casto 4/30/2021 7:40 AM
    I passed up ordering my fave Scottish oat crackers because I couldn't find a brand that didn't have some kind of palm oil.  That stuff is everywhere!! I can make my own so I guess that is what I will have to do. 

    • Melinda Enochs-Baucom's avatar
      Melinda Enochs-Baucom 4/30/2021 3:58 PM
      Changing food habits can be so hard, can't it? When I read the list of things that had palm oil, I was shocked. I am going to have to change my brand of dog food!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Express My Support For Equitable Biking Infrastructure
    What do you like most about biking in your city? What would you like to improve?

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    Lisa Casto 4/27/2021 1:49 PM
    I like biking in the parks and on trails. I don't feel very safe on the roads so I'd like to see more dedicated bike paths that connect up with places people need to go.  We can ride our bikes to the grocery store and restaurants.  I just signed a petition from People for Bikes that asks the Federal Highway Administration to make roads safer for bikes and pedestrians.

    • Melinda Enochs-Baucom's avatar
      Melinda Enochs-Baucom 4/28/2021 8:28 AM
      I will look up that organization. My town is not very bike-friendly, although there is a long term plan through the parks department to connect the town via hike and bike trails. 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about the Legacy of Redlining
    How does city planning and design relate to equity and climate change?

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    Lisa Casto 4/26/2021 11:47 AM
    The discussion of redlining relates how actions in the past continue to be the cause of inequity and negative impacts on these communities. Unfortunately, these practices continue today. In my own suburban community there is a campaign to prevent the building of apartments or any kind of denser or more affordable housing. Their arguments are the negative impacts on traffic and schools.  The end result of preventing affordable housing is bad for all of us. Young people will move away because they can't afford to live here.  We will be homogenous. Young families won't be able to move here. Jobs will be hard to fill. Traffic will increase because workers won't be able to live in my town. That causes pollution and forces people to spend more on transportation.  
  • 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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    Lisa Casto 4/22/2021 1:54 PM
    I knew a lot about the seafood industry from working with the culinary students at my college. I read more in-depth about tuna, salmon and crawfish. I was already avoiding crawfish from outside the US. I sure miss the days when my uncles would share the fish they caught from lakes and ponds in Oklahoma.

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    Lisa Casto 4/20/2021 6:14 PM
    I promoted our Drawdown team on our church social media this week! And I made a poster about it for our Earth Day event on Saturday.  Excited about sharing this fun and informative way to make a difference!!
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    Lisa Casto 4/19/2021 6:26 PM
    I started moving hygiene products to recyclable or reusable containers such as deodorant replacement in a glass jar and bar shampoo and conditioner.

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    Lisa Casto 4/13/2021 8:02 PM
    I added some new actions today that are recommended by our UU friends.  See if you can get more points!
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Go Paperless
    What do you want to prioritize over material 'stuff' in your own life?

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    Lisa Casto 4/06/2021 12:41 PM
    Experiences and people and the other animals that live in my house.