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Victoria Chahrour

VANIER Sustainability-in-Action

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 687 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    660
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    55
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    5
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    31
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    810
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Victoria '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.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

Public Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

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

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Fix Leaky Faucets

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

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

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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Victoria  Chahrour's avatar
    Victoria Chahrour 11/23/2020 6:02 PM
    I completely forgot about doing this, I think its hard to keep on track when making a difference requires going out to make a difference. I know that my carbon foot print is reduced by a lot and so is my family's because we have the luxury to stay home. We have been wasting less food, and we have been paying attention to what we put into our bodies and into the atmosphere. We spend lots of time outside, bringing the dog for a walk or just playing with our dog and other dogs at the park. It has been harder on my journey to transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle. Ive been way too busy to feel inspired, we're also eating what we have in the freezers from what we stocked up on at the beginning of the pandemic (which consists of red meats and chicken) and we don't want to let it go to waste. I've been learning about sustainable living through social medias such as TikTok. I want to try finishing all of my beauty related/ lifestyle products in order to start fresh and investing in a sustainable lifestyle. For example, using a menstrual cup or disc instead of sanitary pads and tampons, or buying things in bulk and using my own reusable glass containers (like mason jars). Or investing in a 0 plastic razor (I think they're made of stainless steel or another hard material I don't really remember). Or getting a package of detergent pods that are reusable, recyclable and compostable the company is called Dropps. There are so many ways to live sustainably that we don't even know yet!

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    Victoria Chahrour 11/01/2020 4:36 PM
    I went to the nearest bus stop which is around a 15 min walk to see if there was anything i can do to clean it up. there wasn't that much trash on the floor but i did my best to clean what I could while being safe. There weren't any trash cans near so I had to walk to the next stop which is another 10 minute walk to throw it out. i made sure i kept the recycling and cans so that i could dispose them in my recycling bin and dispose the cans at a non-profit organization called Au Jardin de la Famille in Fabreville where they collect the cans and any donations goes to funding their centre where "AJFF is an organization offering literacy and socio-professional integration services to a vulnerable clientele, mainly people living with intellectual, physical and / or psychological limitations". I really recommend checking them out and supporting them! all of my donations (clothes, shoes, household items, and so much more) goes to their organization 
    here is the link to read more: https://www.jardindelafamille.org/

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    Victoria Chahrour 11/01/2020 4:29 PM
    As it gets colder and , the harder it is to take the time to go out for daily walks so honestly I've been taking fewer walks. the objective is to try my best and thats what I've been doing. I'm not perfect and where I live plays an important role on my lifestyle. Just to get some milk or anything from the grocery store is at least a 5 min drive. So walking may not be the best option for my neighbourhood. The majority of the time that i spend outside is so that my dog can play with other dogs( socially distanced from the owners of course).  Eating less meat has also been a bit more difficult because i don't really feel like cooking for myself sometimes (that's my only issue), but i try to at least have 1-2 a day that are vegetarian. Or i try to encourage my mom (who does all of the cooking) to make meals that are vegetarian. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

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    Victoria Chahrour 10/14/2020 6:49 PM
    There are some bamboo alternatives available however i've only purchased a bamboo utensils which i've used a few times when needed but i just use the silverware in my kitchen to avoid using unnecessary plastic when i have washable silverware at home. just use regular silverware! if you don't have any, they have some in thrift stores!
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? How do the needs of different people in different places compare to each other?

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    Victoria Chahrour 10/14/2020 6:43 PM
    I learned that in order to change to live in a better environment we must learn about the different ways of living better: eating better, getting around in a better way, a teaching how to be better. We need to learn that eating better and reducing waste can contribute to better soil to grow more things. The empowering women and girls can help stop global warming Ted talk i watched, showed how people that live in different places also live sustainably, in china for example, people use bikes to get around. In other countries they use public transport. Women are the primary farmers of the world, they produce 60-80 % of food in lower income countries. Family planning is important because women mainly run a family, education plays an important role for women and girls, it provides financial stability, better health and greater agency. family planning is important because when a woman has an education, they choose to marry later which mens having fewer children. having access to better health care is important and so is the choice to have children. Listening to women's needs, addressing them and their well being is a must 

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    Victoria Chahrour 10/14/2020 6:12 PM
    The most difficult challenge i've had to do was eat cleaner(and be vegetarian) as i don't do the cooking in my house hold. i tried logging everything I eat in a week and keeping at least 3 days where i would eat 100% vegetarian. I understand that dairy and fish are a big issue with climate change, however i used what i had

    Monday(oct 5th):
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    avocado toast with balsamic and everything but the bagel seasoning, and tea with oat milk
    - broccoli pasta( fresh garlic and broccoli sautéed in olive oil with romano cheese)
    Mujaddara( which are cooked lentils with sautéed onions)
    Wednesday(oct 7th):
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    Bagel with cream cheese, tea with oat milk 
    - salad with tomato, cucumber, bell peppers and red onion with balsamic dressing 
    - left over mujaddara
    Friday(oct 9th):
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    avocado toast with balsamic and everything but the bagel seasoning, and tea with oat milk
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    salad with tomato, cucumber, bell peppers and red onion with balsamic dressing
    vegetarian sushi 

    Update: 
    honestly, eating vegetarian isn't hard at all, it coming up with ideas on what to make. We like to eat meat in my family but i just don't know what to make which could be vegetarian and sometimes its just easier to eat chicken just because its on hand. it also harder to plan meals but itll get easier with time 
  • 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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    Victoria Chahrour 10/14/2020 5:35 PM
    i forced my dad to change the light bulbs to LED to save energy and lucky enough the majority of them were already LED! i think i'd like to change the shower head to a low flow one just to avoid the over consumption of water!

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    Victoria Chahrour 9/27/2020 1:18 PM
    I've been trying to eat more "vegetarian" meals and honestly it's been harder, but it's getting easier day by day. It's hard to find recipes that are actually good and easy to make. Since I am not the one that does the cooking in my household it's been harder to eat less meat during supper time. So I try my best to eat "vegetarian" breakfasts and lunches. I prefer eating "vegetarian" over being vegan just because I like diary products. If i were to ever decide to make the full lifestyle choice of being "vegetarian", I think that I would still eat chicken and fish and just cut out red meats completely(its still hard since red meat is so easily accessible and easy to whip up). I just bought some Beyond Meat burgers and I'm excited to try them!! 

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      Victoria Chahrour 10/03/2020 9:19 PM
      Update: Beyond Meat is amazing and its an amazing alternative.It has also become easier to eat more vegetarian foods. I didn't realize how i was already eating at least 2 full vegetarian meals and snacks in a day 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Victoria Chahrour 9/19/2020 9:37 AM
    I think that it could be a cultural/ societal thing, that eating more meat shows wealth. Eating meat can have a negative effect on our bodies and on the planet. For our bodies it can lead to heart disease, stroke or diabetes. The land used for raising the animals is water and soil lost and untreated animal waste can lead to polluted rivers and streams. I really do try to cut down on eating meat( I won't lie, I like eating meat) but there are so many substitutions and other things to eat that I haven't discovered yet. I just don't where to look when it comes to vegan/vegetarian recipes.And if anyone could suggest some recipes that would be amazing!! The meat I do eat is Halal. Meaning that "meat and poultry killed in accordance with Quranic guidelines derived from the teachings of the prophet Muhammad". So the meat I eat comes from a Halal butcher, and according to "Aeon", Halal meat is "the future of sustainable food". The article says that the path to clean eating might also be Halal. Eating meat, is still eating meat. I am Lebanese, and our diet consists of a lot of vegetarian options. Like lentils, beans, grains, and spices. So already, we eat very little meat. There's always room for improvement!  
  • 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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    Victoria Chahrour 9/19/2020 9:14 AM
    Improving my home's energy efficiency is important because I live on a park so my backyard is a huge open space. It gets really windy and super cold in the winter and changing/ improving the insulation in the windows helps reducing our electricity consumption.