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Miranda Muniz

SAGE EcoLogicals

"My mission for this challenge is to identify and improve the areas in my life where I can reduce my environmental impact."

POINTS TOTAL

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participant impact

  • UP TO
    32
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    1
    lightbulb
    replaced
  • UP TO
    697
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    72
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • UP TO
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    1
    story
    shared
  • UP TO
    30
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    257
    minutes
    spent learning

Miranda's actions

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 1 incandescent lightbulbs with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Share Your Story

Find out what’s happening in your neighborhood

While global and national actions get a lot of attention, it’s often at the local community level where individuals can have the greatest input and where change is most tangible. But every community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. I will spend 20 minutes finding out how my neighborhood, town or city is helping the environment and building local resilience.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn About Cattle Farming

Improved Cattle Feed; Improved Manure Management

I will spend 10 minutes researching cattle feed and manure management, or visiting a dairy farm to learn about their farming practices.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

Bioplastics; Recycled Plastics

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 5 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 10 minutes learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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

Buildings

Explore Other Buildings Solutions

All Buildings Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings Solutions.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 15 minutes learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meals each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 30 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

More Fruits And Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 1 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 30
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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling; Recycled Metals; Recycled Plastics

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, including electronics and metals.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Learn about Carbon Offsets

I will spend 15 minutes learning about carbon offsets, and why they are a necessary solution in combating a climate crisis.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity

Learn More about Micro Wind

Micro Wind Turbines

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of micro wind.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

Ocean Power

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Buildings

Research Retrofitting Incentives

Building Retrofitting

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out if my city, region, state, or country offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how people can build with carbon-storing materials - including agricultural byproducts - and discuss it with my peers or post to social media.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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
    Electricity Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

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    Miranda Muniz 6/29/2024 3:22 PM
    I don’t like to replace things that do not need replacing so as each existing light bulb in my apartment goes out (assuming they aren’t LEDs) I will replace with LED lightbulbs. I have also signed up for community solar so hopefully this month I’ll be seeing how they has changed my energy usage!

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    Miranda Muniz 6/28/2024 5:56 AM
    I just started reading Braiding Sweetgrass for book club and i wanted to share a quote from the second chapter that I have really been loving. If you haven't heard of this book I would definitely recommend it even though I'm only 50 pages in. It's written so beautifully! Okay here's the quote: "If all the world is a commodity, how poor we grow. When all the world is a gift in motion, how wealthy we become." I love this quote so much because the chapter talks a lot about how true gifts are an ongoing connection and conversation between two entities. If we thought more of the "commodity's" we obtain from the earth as kind gifts instead, we would take care of the planet in return to show our gratitude.

    • Louisa Lubiak's avatar
      Louisa Lubiak 6/28/2024 5:19 PM
      Years ago, I read "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn. The story follows a conversation between the teacher, a highly intelligent gorilla that communicates through telepathy, and his human student. The novel examines the hidden cultural biases driving modern civilization and explores themes of ethics, sustainability, and global catastrophe.

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      Tonia Wu 6/28/2024 12:30 PM
      That is a beautiful quote - I think a lot about how culture and language shape how we relate to the world. I sometimes cringe a little at the deadening language of "ecosystem services" and how everything becomes a resource... When you see something (or someone) as a just a resource to extract, you have a very different relationship with them, compared to seeing them as a complex living entity with intrinsic value.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Industry Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

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    Miranda Muniz 6/28/2024 5:50 AM
    I listen to a podcase called Holding the Fire where indigenous guests come on the show and give their opinions on climate change and how people can reconnect with the earth and grow a different relationship with the world than we have now. It has been the most comforting piece of media I have consumed regarding climate change because it's such a different perspective. Similarly, I just started reading Braiding Sweetgrass and its been making me feel the same way.

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    Miranda Muniz 6/25/2024 10:54 AM
    I wanted to share what I learned about how to get rid of bio-based plastic. A lot of it can be recycled normally along with your other plastics. Bio-based plastics like BioPE, BioPET are the same chemically as PE and PET and can be recycled together. Other bio-based plastic can be composted, but not normally in your own backyard. These plastics need to be brought to an industrial composting plant or the local biowaste collection. There are certain labels placed on these products that indicate how they need to be disposed of.

    • Lydia Roe's avatar
      Lydia Roe 6/25/2024 1:20 PM
      that's so cool! I had no idea that they were chemically the same, but that makes a lot of sense
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Industry Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Miranda Muniz 6/25/2024 10:50 AM
    The cultural ideology of individualism is part of what concerns me the most regarding the planet. This thought process leads to such large levels of consumerism and waste because everyone is thinking about their own needs and what is most convenient for them. Our country has such a low quality of life regarding work/life balance, low incomes, and high prices of living which just exasperates these issues because everyone is in survival mode and does not have the bandwidth to think outside themselves.

    • Lydia Roe's avatar
      Lydia Roe 6/25/2024 1:22 PM
      I agree with your assessment. We're moving too fast in trying to survive that we don't look around to find opportunities to thrive. I'm hoping that our culture(s) start trending more towards community and starts mirroring the interconnectedness of nature.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn About Cattle Farming
    What did you learn from visiting or researching a dairy farm?

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    Miranda Muniz 6/24/2024 8:36 AM
    I learned that by improving the quality of the feed we give to cows on cattle farms we can actually reduce the amount of methane they produce. This is such a good and easy change to make that I genuinely never thought of before so I was really interested in learning about it.

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    Miranda Muniz 6/22/2024 12:30 PM
    I’m trying to eat more fruit and both cherries and peaches are delicious right now!! Definitely recommend since cherries are so expensive when they’re not in season.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Electricity Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. In what ways (i.e. with money, time, advocacy) can you invest in geothermal energy?

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    Miranda Muniz 6/19/2024 5:30 AM
    If more people are able to install geothermal heat pumps in their house, the price will go down and make it more assessable to a bigger group of people. I did not know that the average person could access geothermal energy and many other people don't know that either. Spreading the knowledge of how much money and GHG could be save by using geothermal energy is probably the best way to get people to start using it. I also love the idea the Drawdown article discusses of using old gas and oil wells as geothermal plants as to avoid more drilling!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Industry Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but its carbon footprint may not be obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

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    Miranda Muniz 6/18/2024 10:54 AM
    Cement and asphalt are two everyday materials with a large carbon footprint. Most everyday materials such as furniture, clothes, electronics and more have large carbon footprints. I learned that making one cotton t-shirt is equal to 2,700 liters of water, which is enough for one person to drink for 900 days. Eventually everything will need to have a sustainable alternative. While that can be intimidating, its also exciting to see the innovation that comes from need. I am excited to see all the technological advancement we will see in our lifetimes!

    • Samantha Niven's avatar
      Samantha Niven 6/19/2024 5:07 AM
      Something you might also be interested in learning more about when it comes to alternative materials is actually a return to more natural methods (and of course the technology to make those options cheaper); I've started learning about hemp as an alternative to conventional fabric and plastic materials, and it makes me hopeful that there will be advancements that natural materials might become cheaper in the near future!

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    Miranda Muniz 6/18/2024 8:47 AM
    While making an effort to think more about the environment around me, I grow more frustrated with the lack of walkable communities. As someone who does not like city living, I wonder if I will ever have the option to live in a walkable neighborhood. While coastal towns come to mind for other walkable areas, they are quite expensive to live in and may end up underwater! While walkable communities are the goal, the first step will be reliable and efficient transportation. I mostly have lived in areas where there is no public transportation, however, even when it has been accessible, I have strayed away from it due to how unreliable and inconvenient it is. To take the train to work for example, I would have to drive 15 minutes away and take a train that would take 30 minutes to get to work. By just driving my car, it takes 24 minutes to get to work. This is pretty inconvenient and does not incentivize me to use public transportation for my commute.

    • Emily Simons's avatar
      Emily Simons 6/19/2024 2:29 PM
      i totally agree with the walkability issue! i got as close as i could to "city living" when i lived in upper darby with my ex, and i only made it 5 years. i'm near a very walkable town, but not IN the walkable town bc they have a no poultry ordinance. so i still have to drive into the town to walk around to the park and diner.