April 4 - April 25, 2018

Shawna Cain

Presidio Graduate School

"My mission is to engage and catalyze our community to create collective impact."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 612 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    meatless or vegan meals
  • up to
    spent learning
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Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

One-Time Challenge


Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 3 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.



Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.



Improve a Bus Stop

#37 Mass 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 some other small improvement.

One-Time Challenge


  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than other countries, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

    Shawna Cain 4/07/2018 12:47 PM
    I think Americans eat more meat than any other country because of the cultural mindset that a meal requires meat. The old food pyramid engrained this into us at a young age, and so it's easy to feel like we're missing out if we opt for plant based alternatives. However, nowadays there are so many amazing food products and plant based culinary delights that often the plant based option is more appealing to me than the meat products. I've been exploring this world lately, and am constantly surprised the new selection of delicious options. What's your favorite plant based meat alternative?
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Improve a Bus Stop
    How can you advocate for transportation systems which minimize environmental impact while also meeting human needs?

    Shawna Cain 4/05/2018 8:22 PM
    I just contacted Tri-Met, Portland's public transportation system to request improvement at my nearest bus station. I was surprised to find it was so accessible - seems they wanted to hear from me! 

    The improvement I called about is a bus stop temporarily relocated in front of a neighbors house because of construction (another residential house turned condo/apartments). In the meantime, my neighbor is getting lots of trash thrown in her flower beds and yard from riders because there is no trash can. I requested a trash can be added, and asked for other beautification tips. 

    What would you like to see at a bus stop? I am thinking a poem or art work will be a nice surprise. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food 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?

    Shawna Cain 3/20/2018 6:27 PM
    Wow, really? Imagine all fresh produce I could buy with that!