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John Giannaras

VANIER Sustainability-in-Action

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 411 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    62
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    182
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    105
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    12
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    5
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

John's Actions

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

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 45 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go by Bike

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 8 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 2
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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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 5
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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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    John Giannaras 12/02/2020 7:08 PM
    Final ecochallenge post

       I enjoyed the eco-challenge participation and found that it was a wonderful experience. I found that the eco-challenge participation was a good way of keeping track of progress for the final project and a good way for teachers to see how well students are progressing in terms of the final project and give them feedback. This activity allowed me to make note of any necessary information and what it was I was actually researching for the topic of my final project. It also allowed me to get a better understanding of my topic in further detail. It would probably be more difficult to come up with ideas and thoughts for the project without this activity. Furthermore, I felt that this was a useful tool for many students, including myself. It allowed us to make note of any important information that would be included in the term project. I think that this activity should be promoted for other classes including other universal complementary courses. I was proud of many actions I did for the eco-challenge participation. One of them was when I put the leftovers from a large meal away in order to preserve the food item and save it from expiring, like the one shown in the photo. Along the way, I experienced several challenges and obstacles that prevent my progress for my project. One example was when I had made a large meal and a portion of had to be thrown away simply because we forgot to preserve it. Although, this was disappointing, I kept trying my best to make sure tha most of what was leftover was properly stored and perished. I think that this activity was a fun experience and should be more included in other classes like this one and not only Vanier in general. I also think that this class would be have been a better experience if we were actually in class rather than virtually. I think that this class was meant to be in person and would been more fun had it been at the college. If COVID-19 never happened, then we would all be able to participate more sustainably and work together to become more sustainable as a group.


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    John Giannaras 12/02/2020 6:41 PM

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    John Giannaras 12/02/2020 6:40 PM
    Look at all this leftover food that would have been wasted if not preserved!!!

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    John Giannaras 12/02/2020 2:22 PM
    During the pandemic, I also going out to restaurants, bars, and other public places . I definitely did not want to risk my health for during a disatrous time. 

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    John Giannaras 12/02/2020 2:18 PM
    This pandemic was really a tough situation for all of us and we have struggled to overcome the situation for a long time. I also found this virus a depressing and sad time for everyone in the world. 

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    John Giannaras 12/02/2020 2:16 PM
    I should say that now that we have been using this online platform, we are used to what we normally use and we are completely transitioning from being around people to being socially and physically isoalted from others. 

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    John Giannaras 12/02/2020 2:13 PM
    Furthermore, college students did not receive adequate support in many of their classes because all the lectures were cancelled and it was more difficult to get teacher and peer tutoring through the online platform. This, in turn, meant that students had to learn more on their own rather than ask for help. 

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    John Giannaras 12/02/2020 2:10 PM
    I think that the education sector of the economy was also negatively impacted by COVID-19 in many ways. First of all, the government of Canada made education become a virtual learning experince, which created an entire shock of confusion and insecurity for many students, especially in colleges and universities. When the learning platforms were forced to shift from in person learning to virtual learning, most people struggled to adapt to the new way of learning and as a result many students struggled and received lower grades.