Catherine Dee

VANIER Sustainability-in-Action

""Ever small action makes a difference""

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 105 This Week
  • 279 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
  • up to
    spent exercising
  • up to
    spent learning
  • up to
    locally sourced meals

Catherine's Actions

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 20 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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.



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.



Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day or 450 gallons (1,680 L) a month by installing a low-flow showerhead.

One-Time Action


Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

One-Time Action


Practice the 5 R's


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



  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

    Catherine Dee 9/24/2020 9:58 AM
    Today I learned about Biochar which does provide additional benefits other than sequestering carbon: 
    • It can improve the quality of soil and make it more rich in nutrients and more fertile
    • By enriching the soils which in turn mitigates the climate change, reduces the need for chemical fertilisers which reduces greenhouse gas emissions
    • It produces clean and renewable energy during its production process which can be used as an alternative to burning fossil fuels
    • It reduces groundwater pollution
    • It contributes to food security by increasing crop yields and retaining water in areas that are more susceptible to drought

  • Catherine Dee 9/23/2020 7:21 AM
    This past week I've been trying to eat more locally sourced foods. My family and I have already been buying part of our groceries and produce through Lufa Farms which is a food basket delivery service that grows greens and produce on rooftops that also sells local products. However, for the rest of our groceries and some of our produce we used to go to the grocery store and mindlessly buy our food, but this week my family and I have been trying to be more conscious of the food we buy. We went to a market near our place to buy some produce and we were constantly looking at labels to see if the foods were local or not. 

    For my breakfasts I tried sticking to oatmeal and smoothie bowls using the fruits we bought at the market and oats that are made here in Quebec. For my lunches I ate a homemade potage for 3 days out of the week which I made using the squash and potatoes we bought through Lufa Farms. Some days were harder than others to eat locally since my family likes to either eat out or order food once in a while where it is difficult to know where this food comes from. 

  • Catherine Dee 9/15/2020 8:53 PM
    I just finished watching a video on methane digesters and I honestly never even knew this existed! I find this concept fascinating to heat up and turn organic matter and manure into energy. This also reduces the methane that these organisms produce when naturally decomposing. In conclusion, not only is this a source of renewable energy but it also reduces methane gas emissions which is great! 

  • Catherine Dee 9/15/2020 8:18 PM
    My Ecochallenge this week went well! We found an office chair on the side of the street that someone wanted to through away and we decided to take it in and noticed that the only thing that was damaged was the material of the back and arm rest. So we decided to make a sleeve to go over them from used pieces of clothing that we were going to give away! I also decided to start using old pieces of clothing to turn them into kitchen clothes! However, I found that the days where I couldn't meet my goals were when I went to someone else's house or when someone else came over, because it's harder to say no to certain things in those cases.