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Olivia Ferris

ENV - Group 11

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 381 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    15
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    17
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2
    donations
    made
  • up to
    255
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    115
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    9
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    5
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    138
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    115
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    0
    people
    helped
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    0
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    0
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    10
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Olivia's Actions

Health and Education

Host a Film Screening

Health and Education

I will host a virtual film screening and discussion about women's and gender equality issues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Connect With A Nonprofit

Health and Education

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on issues affecting women, girls, and/or trans/nonbinary people in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 39 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Help Students Overcome Health Barriers

Health and Education

I will donate 2 Femme Kit(s) to help people who menstruate overcome health and sanitation barriers to being able to attend school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Make School More Affordable

Health and Education

I will raise funds to help make school affordable for girls around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Fund Family Planning

Health and Education

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 3 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Tour a Green Roof

Green and Cool Roofs

I will set up a visit or a virtual tour of a green roof in my city, and ask about the codes and process for installing a green roof.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Calculate the carbon footprint of my household

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 45 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

Go by Bike

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 5 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 90 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Advocate for Wetland Protection

Coastal Wetland Protection

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or representative to advocate for policies that protect wetlands.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Restore Wetlands

Coastal Wetland Restoration

I will volunteer 3 hours with a wetland restoration project in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 45 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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 120 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

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.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • 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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    Olivia Ferris 3/08/2021 11:15 AM
    Dependable fresh food inspires me the most. Knowing the food I am buying is fresh, raw and recently picked, makes me feel secure in my spending and the food I put into my body. In addition to this, I feel much better knowing I am not spending as much money as I would at my local grocery store.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Go by Bike
    How does using human-powered transportation make you feel compared to using other methods of transportation?

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    Olivia Ferris 3/08/2021 11:12 AM
    I feel open to any type of idea that can benefit our environment. Although, I do not completely understand what human powered transportation is, or what it would look like, I would be open to the idea of it. Although I like trying out new ideas, at the end of the day I love using my car. The carbon emissions from cars can be very detrimental to our environment but, hopefully one day all cars will be converted to electric cars! That way people like myself who enjoy driving their cars, can also feel good knowing they contributed to helping our environment.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Keep Track of Wasted Food
    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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    Olivia Ferris 3/08/2021 7:26 AM
    I would rather use this money going towards something valuable that can’t be wasted such as car insurance payment, rent, household necessities, and put whatever I can into my savings account.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

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    Olivia Ferris 3/08/2021 7:23 AM
    A few other benefits that can come from serving smaller portioned plates is that we can have portion control within our diet, and have control over our weight management and overall health! In addition to this, we offer a chance for leftovers to be saved. If someone piles their plate with too much food, and they don’t finish all of their food, they’re more likely to just throw the rest away. If a person is given smaller plates, the less food they can put on their plate at once, the more time they have to let the other food settle and determine if they are finished, and the more likely the extra food will be stored away for extras the next few days!
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Olivia Ferris 3/08/2021 7:17 AM
    Knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empowers me to make better decisions by determining whether or not I will be able to finish the food by a certain time. Typically if people do not finish products that expire quickly, like milk, they will discard the remaining product. Although the food is no longer consumable, it still is wasteful, and not using our environmental products effectively. By noting product dates, we can make the most of the product(s), and time accordingly to how much we know we can on average consume.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Olivia Ferris 3/08/2021 7:10 AM
    I can incorporate using every part of a vegetable including skins, tops, and stalking into my next meal prep in several ways. To begin with, I can use the skins by keeping them on my foods as a different type of texture. An example of this would be potatoes. Luckily I love skins on my potatoes! I can keep the skin on my French fries, and baked potatoes, and still find environmental use out of the whole starch/ vegetable. Although this next idea is not directly correlated  to  the next meal prep, in a way it does! I would incorporate the use of tops and stalks of vegetables in a compost pile for gardening, and growing fresh fruits and vegetables. Once the food has grown, that food can be transfer over to my meal preparation.