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Sasha Ostrom

UUFR DD 2021 Ecochallenge Team

"Help my congregation in the EcoChallenge and help our planet by learning about and acting in ways that protect our environment."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 609 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    14
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    14
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Sasha's Actions

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn about the impact of old refrigerants

I will spend 60 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links provided

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching other Drawdown Transportation Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Learn about Carbon Offsets

I will visit Tradewater’s website to learn more about carbon offsets, and why they are a necessary solution in combating a climate crisis.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Explore Other Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

All Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching other Drawdown Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Research Businesses Owned by Women, POC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 60 minutes each day researching businesses owned by women, people of color, or immigrants that I can support when shopping.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics, Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in creating or purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

Uncompleted
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: Building Resilience

Support Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management

I will research and support local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling

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, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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 6
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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate the carbon footprint of my household
    After you determined your carbon footprint, did you see what different choices you can make in order to reduce it?

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    Sasha Ostrom 6/19/2021 9:05 AM
    The carbon footprint calculator I used was not very helpful with regards to helping me make different choices, as it only covered a very small handful of factors I'm already aware of. I was hoping it might be much more detailed. Still, as a tool for calculating carbon offsets it worked well enough.

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    Sasha Ostrom 6/17/2021 2:14 PM
    In the interest of trying to escape palm oil and its derivatives, I've been on a hunt for milk that doesn't include it. So far no luck, including with multiple brands of organic milk. So I've been looking into oat milk as an alternative for some things since I've enjoyed it off and on. I have it at home now to try and this should cut cow milk consumption in at least half, possibly more. I just wish the oat milk sold at stores near me had more protein.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Support Nutrient Management
    How does environmental quality influence your sense of community?

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    Sasha Ostrom 6/13/2021 8:39 PM
    Protecting the environment and improving environmental quality require many hands. Individual actions alone are not enough; it requires collaboration and cooperation among many people and a desire to act not merely out of self-interest but also for the wellbeing of others. In a world in which our planet is in peril, I assume that when you find a healthier environment you also find a community woven together by shared sustainable practices.
  • 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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    Sasha Ostrom 6/13/2021 7:41 PM
    My neighborhood is fairly walkable, though it could use a few more sidewalks (some of the sidewalks end at random places, shunting pedestrians from the sidewalk into the street or into a yard), bike lanes so bikers can safely ride in the street and not endanger pedestrians, more street lights so it is safe to walk without a flashlight at night without having to worry about uneven surfaces or other things one can trip over, and more even sidewalks so that they are more accessible to people with mobility issues.
  • 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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    Sasha Ostrom 6/12/2021 3:46 PM
    It is easy to think of food waste as not very expensive, since we so often throw out only a little at a time. But if the average U.S. citizen indeed throws out $1,500 worth of food waste a year, that is a lot of money. I could spend that on 150 sessions of ice skating or 60-160 books. And I'd much rather have those things than expired food or food scraps!

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    Sasha Ostrom 6/11/2021 8:24 PM
    Today's journey to avoid palm oil at the grocery store was, as I suspected it would be, difficult. My shopping cart was mostly filled with fresh fruits and veggies and some more Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee, but other things I regularly purchase that I had planned to buy not only contain palm oil, but the grocery store didn't offer similar products without palm oil or its derivatives. It is even in calcium supplements and organic milk! Next time I shop, I'll need to look up products in advance that don't have palm oil or its derivatives so I'm not standing there at the shelves scanning labels without success.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Sasha Ostrom 6/10/2021 8:25 PM
    This has been my approach for a while. In addition to feeling good about the impact it has on our planet, I also enjoy the challenge of finding ways to do this, especially when it comes to reducing, repairing and repurposing. Ask me sometime about Frankenlaptop and Frankencellphone...
  • 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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    Sasha Ostrom 6/10/2021 8:15 PM
    I often do this with the fruits and veggies that I eat, which tend to either be kinds that are typically eaten whole anyway or which look strange but taste fine when eaten whole (like carrots, potatoes and peppers). For things like onions, I may use a trick my father used when I was a child, which was to grill them with the skins on.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    Sasha Ostrom 6/10/2021 7:53 PM
    Today it was easy, as all I had to do to make a "change" was verify that the coffee I was brewing at home was indeed either shade-grown or Rainforest Alliance certified. If it had not been, I would have simply purchased a brand that is the next time I grocery shop. It may be harder in the future however if I discover that foods I regularly eat have palm oil in them. So far I haven't seen palm oil or its derivatives on the ingredients lists of anything I ate today, but today's diet was filled with more whole foods than it usually is.
  • 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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    Sasha Ostrom 6/10/2021 7:34 PM
    Animals raised for food are expensive. There are very costly systems in place in many rich countries to raise, butcher and distribute animals used for meat. It is easier for wealthy countries to afford such systems while at the same time exploiting the workers and land of less wealthy countries. Additionally, people in wealthier countries sometimes have access to lifestyles and subcultures that are inaccessible to poor folks, lifestyles and subcultures that promote eating meat. For example, at my gym when learning about strength training, I was told that eating meat is one of the most convenient ways to get enough protein to gain muscle. I had to do extra research to learn about other effective, if not as convenient, ways. Similarly, some subcultures in wealthier countries promote eating meat. For example, one of my friends identifies as a "foodie" and is part of communities with other "foodies" who make plans together frequently to cook together or go out to eat, and high-quality meats are emphasized. This lifestyle would be difficult to maintain with a lower income; in fact, when I had a lower income, for a time I was almost completely vegan because it was far easier for me to afford foods that weren't sourced from animals than ones that are.