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Jessica Kime

ENV group 2

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 522 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    625
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    15
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

Jessica's Actions

Electricity

Encourage my company and/or organization to measure and manage their carbon footprint

Organizations have a responsibility to make sustainable business decisions. To understand how to improve sustainable practices, it’s important to start with understanding the current impact. I will share the Tradewater Business Carbon Calculator with my organization.

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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Listen to the Planet Money Podcast – “Sell Me Your Climate Bombs”

Planet Money recently interviewed the co-founders of Tradewater to learn about the dangerous impact that old refrigerants have on our environment. I will listen to the podcast to learn more about this necessary solution in fighting a climate crisis.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • 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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    Jessica Kime 3/18/2021 7:13 AM
    Looking past the environmental benefits, you are likely to eat less food when using smaller plates or bowls which means you are consuming fewer calories than when eating the same foods but on larger plates and will in turn lose weight. You also won't waste as much food that was not eaten because there would be less on your plate from the start, so less risk of throwing away unused uneaten food which would save you money. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Jessica Kime 3/18/2021 6:31 AM
    I waited to post this at the end of the challenge since my walks take place in various areas. I completed some of my walks at Brockport Campus while between lectures, and there were ample sidewalks available to me, some walks were completed around my neighborhood and again, living in a small town (Hilton) there were ample sidewalks until you go outside of the village. Then some of my walks I completed at my place of work (in Greece NY) and while there was sidewalks, they were much more dilapidated and I had to be mindful to watch where I was walking so that I would not stub my toe and trip. I enjoyed walking around campus and around the village of Hilton, I felt safe and enjoyed people watching. While walking around the neighborhood my job is in was a nice change of pace and allowed me to clear my head when I was stressed about work things there was far less “nice” eye-pleasing stuff to view and I had to be more mindful of where I walked because of broken sidewalks or overgrown sidewalks. I think if all sidewalks were set up like the campus or village then I would have enjoyed walking near my work more. 
  • 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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    Jessica Kime 3/18/2021 6:22 AM
    Meat is more expensive to produce so it costs more, because of this, other countries don’t have the luxury of eating a meat-rich diet, They need to get most of their food products from local sources that are cheaper to produce. For meat, you need the land to grow the animal’s food, harvest it and prepare it for them, and then the land and enclosures for the animals to live, the ability and equipment to slaughter and process them. Overall it is far more expensive to prepare and supply meat, that cost trickles down to the consumer, and less rich countries don’t have the capacity to perform meat production. Meat production contributes to global warming because of the methane gases released when cattle burp, the land usage that results in clearing forests for single crop growths eliminating plant diversity and ecosystems for animals to live in, and the land space for the animals which results in eliminating ecosystem space for native animals. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Encourage my company and/or organization to measure and manage their carbon footprint
    What else can you do to hold your organization accountable to implement sustainable practices?

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    Jessica Kime 3/18/2021 6:10 AM
    Other things that I could do to hold them accountable would be to eliminate single-use products like plastic silverware and move towards metal which would cut down on plastics, encourage that future vehicles we purchase for our fleet are hybrid or electric instead of traditional gas, push for purchasing eco-friendly products that were created from recycled items – like the paper we use in the printers, and adopting as many paper-free practices as possible. We can also conduct meetings on-site when everyone is there instead of creating offsite meetings or having people come into the office just for a meeting or switching to zoom meetings exclusively. 

  • Reflection Question
    Industry Listen to the Planet Money Podcast – “Sell Me Your Climate Bombs”
    What was the most surprising thing you learned from this podcast?

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    Jessica Kime 3/11/2021 8:54 AM
    That the refrigerant that is bought by Tim and Gabe is incinerated and they don’t actually tell people that they are purchasing the refrigerant from that they are incinerating it because many people they interact with and purchase from are not believers of climate change and won’t sell to them. They went as far as to have a separate DBA name for when they purchase the refrigerant so that the sellers do not know of their true intentions. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Invite a friend to calculate the carbon footprint of their household
    What kinds of discussions did you have, or are you hoping to have with friends about climate change?

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    Jessica Kime 3/11/2021 8:49 AM
    We discussed things like food choices, as she eats a lot more plants and very few meats; and we discussed shopping second-hand for items as opposed to buying new, and recycling what we have or donating what we have to be sold in reshops.  A lot of what she already does is environmentally friendly – but the commute to and from work is the largest impact – much like my own footprint. We discussed the possibility of carpooling on days our work schedules align to cut down on our carbon emissions.