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Bonnie Drennen

PSU Capstone

"I do as best I am able and encourage others to do as they are able with kindness and respect for your journey."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 85 TODAY
  • 85 THIS WEEK
  • 765 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    38
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    32
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    161
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • UP TO
    161
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    36
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    270
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    3.0
    donations
    made
  • UP TO
    0.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    2.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    270
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    227
    minutes
    spent learning

Bonnie's actions

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

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

Land Sinks

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

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 30 minutes learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

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

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

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Family Planning and Education

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health and Education

Support Businesses Owned by Women, POC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 20 minutes researching and shopping from 3 businesses owned by women, people of color, or immigrants.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Plastics Audit

Reduced Plastics

I will complete a plastics audit to see where plastics show up in my life and determine how I can reduce the use of single-use plastics.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Green My Job

Industry

Using Drawdown's Job Function Action Guide, I will learn about climate actions I can take at work.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Visit the Coast

Macroalgae Protection and Restoration

I will visit a coastal or ocean site to experience the ecosystem and look for the presence of macroalgae/seaweed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Cook With Seaweed

Seaweed Farming

I will use seaweed in a new recipe.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meals each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will spend 45 minutes finding out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Use Public Transit

Public Transit

I will use public transit 12 miles per day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Food Waste

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Drawdown Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation, and commit to reducing my food waste throughout the challenge.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 50 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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transportation Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Bonnie Drennen 2/26/2024 8:48 AM
    To keep this message brief, as I am a busy bee this morning, I have been following electric and hybrid vehicles for ages. Growing up restoring vintage cars for graffiti weekend sales was a hobby I shared with my dad so it is safe to say I am a fan of vehicles and how they operate. I was in a Kaiser parking garage in Oakland, California waiting for my spouse to grab medication when I saw the Hyundai IONIQ, the 5 I believe, and I loved it instantly. I am not a huge fan of Tesla, for numerous reasons, though I do appreciate the vehicle for what it is and the people who are looking for affordable electric options. There are many reasons to switch, not just the emissions of the severe decrease in oil availability. Cost, comfort, and care are big ones. It is difficult to afford to gas up comparably to charge up and it is easier to fix up a newer standard vehicle instead of searching scrap yards because an odd part of you Jeep broke off.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transportation Improve a Bus Stop
    How can you advocate for transportation systems which minimize environmental impact while also meeting human needs?

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    Bonnie Drennen 2/26/2024 8:42 AM
    As TriMet gears up to change the current bus routes in my area once again I decided to walk to a few local stops and see them at their current disrepair. I gathered trash with a grabber tool I borrowed from work and attempted to visualize ways I could better the space. A man was sleeping under the bench and there was cracked glass in the side that allowed soft dribbles of water to pass through. I realized that I could not do as much as I hoped. Adding art would need approval, planting enriching greenery would require availability to grass or planter boxes which would be littered quickly, and one of them would soon be left abandoned once things shifted (from my understanding of the TriMet website anyhow). It was a sort of depressing experience honestly, but I am happy I did. To feel sorrow means I can still feel and to feel at all allows for a plethora of possible responses I could have in the future to change things for the better. For now, I am a student, employee, wife, and child of someone who is tired but will try to do what they can, where they can, until they have the resources and skills to do something about it. A little pink trash bag crammed with cans and wrappers was the reward today.
  • 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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    Bonnie Drennen 2/08/2024 8:35 AM
    My spouse and I both have sensory issues that may prevent us from brushing our teeth, something that obviously has had a major impact on dental health and I have been working up the courage to go to a dentist for uh, maybe ten or twelve years? Aside from the traveling to school dental crews I would go once every couple years and leave before even sitting in the chair, my poor father man. So, when my spouse and I started dating and we bought an extra tooth brush to stay at their unit they told me I should try a bamboo brush as the bristles are super soft and they are meant to be composted after awhile so there is no fear of mold or germ accumulation. We also use bamboo utensils when cooking and use bamboo as a better wood material in our gecko and arachnid enclosures. Overall, we are looking out for bamboo, specifically products claiming to be compostable as to better our impact.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Cook With Seaweed
    What recipe did you make and how did it turn out? Will you cook with seaweed again?

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    Bonnie Drennen 2/03/2024 9:47 AM
    About once a week I will make a large batch of miso soup to last a few days, usually around the weekend as it is a beneficial between meals item I enjoy, similar to a cup of tea or coffee. I also use seaweed that my mom bought for me when she was traveling near a sustainable seaweed farm. The seaweed is dried, expanding as the broth is absorbed. I prefer dried seaweed as it lessens the chance of waste but, I have also been making poke about once a week, meaning I buy fresh seaweed salad. Overall, I have always been a fan of seaweed but it also made me research and find several new recipes I really want to try! Exploring how different pacific island cultures embrace the ingredient. My friend Tasi is from American Samoa and she has told me about limu fuafua, sea grapes, and how she would harvest when the shores were not so packed with sediment as they are becoming.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

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    Bonnie Drennen 1/22/2024 9:18 AM
    Referring back to piping and the ice storm - I found out that the reason for the burst was that the previous owner of the complex did not add any insulation to the area surrounding the pipes. In fact, we found out the bathroom has nothing but drywall, which explains why it is always freezing and the second freezing temperature began a literal layer of ice formed in the tub making an at home ice rink for the cats to wobble and chase vibrant springs on. I did a lot of research primarily out of boredom. It is a curious endevour, seeing how and what one can do. Granted, if you have money. I do not. I do not own my home and nor do I have the money I would need to do more than just research. I hardly have the money to buy food or the MAX ticket I need to get to class.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

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    Bonnie Drennen 1/22/2024 9:14 AM
    Due to the ice I found myself without water this past week. Spending a good amount of time researching and communicating with my rental agency on my options and possible improvements to incorporate as they replace my previous piping and system. Though I am unable to do much as a renter I am fortunate to have great staff willing to listen and discuss options, even if not implemented at this time.

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    Bonnie Drennen 1/11/2024 10:18 AM
    I have decided as a way of keeping up with my current pledges, primarily surrounding agriculture and traveling, that I will start with a daily or next day plan. My spouse and I discussed what we wanted to do for meals today and made a list of what we need. I work at a year round farmers market that labels all local produce with a green sign, this time of year it is a tad difficult as my boss needs to source some items from out of the Oregon area. However, I am counting Oregon grown as locally sourced for this challenge as I know many of the farmers personally at this point. Tonight we are having steak fajitas, Homemade tortillas, spices from a local company, meat from an Oregon cattle farm, bell peppers from a farm out toward eastern Oregon, everything is local as far as it is advertised. My one fault is I love carbonated beverages, though I do return cans, it still seems burdensome. The main issue I have is the primary alternative is extremely loud when carbonizing a drink and it is too much for myself sensory wise. All in all, starting off with baby steps. There is no doubt that as a college age, low income, renting individual there are many areas I cannot prevent. Single use waste is inexpensive compared to sustainable, I am lucky to work where I do and have discounts for the items needed to be a better eco-advocate
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Food Waste
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

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    Bonnie Drennen 1/11/2024 10:09 AM
    Today I threw away used coffee grounds as I have yet to set up a porch compost system. I also threw out some bean sprouts that had gone bad in the back of the fridge. I also eat a ton of oranges and have found myself realizing I throw out a large amount of orange peels. I did some research and may freeze to candy at a later time or make and orange infused sugar with the zest.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

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    Bonnie Drennen 1/10/2024 4:36 PM
    I work at a local farmers market open year round, as a lovely cashier. One of the great aspects of my work is that they try to primarily source from local farms, using green signs to indicate any locally grown produce. I bought locally grown broccoli, green onion, and red bell peppers. I also made my own Pad Thai noodles with ingredients from a local spices store my work partners with. Overall, the only items I used that were not locally sourced were the tofu and an ingredient for the sauce.
  • 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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    Bonnie Drennen 1/10/2024 4:33 PM
    My goal is 2 meals per day but seeing as I was not expecting the challenge, I am starting with dinner! I will be focusing on meatless as opposed to vegan due to my dietary needs with medication and disability. Pad Thai made fresh is about the most delicious meal imaginable. Either that or I am just very hungry as I type this on the MAX home.