Andrea Porter

UU/SP Bee-lieving the Science

"Bee-ing forward learning and acting on reducing "our" carbon footprint. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 935 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    350
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    170
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    15
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    39
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Andrea's Actions

Materials

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Connect With A Nonprofit

Health and Education

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on issues affecting women, girls, and/or trans/nonbinary people in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Research Businesses Owned by Women, POC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 45 minutes each day researching businesses owned by women, people of color, or immigrants that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 25 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 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 35 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

I will avoid buying and using 3 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

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

Electricity Generation

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed


  • Andrea Porter 5/28/2020 2:42 PM
    I've never had so much time to garden. It definitely has given me opportunities to followthrough on previous ideas and try out new ones. I used burlap bags and planted potatoes and peanuts in them. I'm thinking this will work out. I've read about a variety of flowers to use in your salads, cooking, green products, and so I've planted some with the intent of us trying them out. I moved an unhappy baby cherry tree, fingers crossed. In its place we erected a few very tall obelisks to grow scarlet pole beans. Fun. My flower gardens are looking better, too! All of this outdoor time is helping my mental health:-)
    Last night I attended a Dining for Women meeting. We had a speaker from Educate the Children Program in Nepal, our May charity to support. The grant is for two years to provide training and resources to women in this agri community to increase food security, raise family incomes and improve their health. It was also shared that a charity from years back in Senegal will continue to be supported for several more years. It is a community where huge strides were made in halting genital mutation by educating grandmothers. There are two other areas of support--educating girls and support in food stability.



  • Reflection Question
    Materials Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

    Andrea Porter 5/28/2020 2:20 PM
    I enjoy being creative with my sewing and quilting and dying of fabric. Long ago, many of my clothes were hand made. Right now I'm looking at current clothing/accessories and thinking of ways to alter them when they need repairs or updates. Now with more time, I may just start experimenting. I've been purchasing less clothing and many of the pieces I do purchase are fair trade, so I really must like them. 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

    Andrea Porter 5/24/2020 7:52 PM
    Human activities impacting the health of our water systems include agriculture (heavy use of fertilizers and removal of manure), oil production including fracking (using large quantities of water and hazardous waste as an outcome), increased population density and climate change.

    What I myself can do to improve the health of our local water systems includes avoiding fertilizers, planting native plants to prevent erosion, keep the storm drain at the end of our driveway clean/clear, collect water in rain barrels and have a rain garden. We do all of these except the rain garden. I'm interested in developing one, but really don't have the right spot to do it.

  • Andrea Porter 5/24/2020 1:32 AM
    We walked the neighborhood, Seneca Park, including checking out the trees in bloom and a Pileated Woodpecker at work. I drafted notes of appreciation to our town board members for their COVID actions in the community and for climate green actions mentioned at a recent Zoom meeting. We also sent an email to Adam Bello.... A beautiful day to garden and be outdoors!

  • Andrea Porter 5/22/2020 11:04 PM
    Today I continued to work in my gardens, both veggie and flower. I can see how leaving some reseeding plants (honesty plant, a few last year kale plants) in the gardens early in the season has helped to increase my pollinators. I'm hoping between this and my new mason bee apt my early fruits (honey berry and kiwis) will be better pollinated this year. Today was the planting of onions, potatoes and peanuts, along with mailing seeds to a friend and giving some to my daughter. My daughter called to let me know hers were planted:-)                                                          I also began delving into girls' and women's needs and groups.Lots of local opportunities out there to look at in the future. For now, I learned more about Dining for Women and my hope is to help develop a local action for my group along with the monthly international grants they provide.

  • Andrea Porter 5/21/2020 9:05 PM
    Today we took a very early walk through the lilacs and azaleas at Highland Park. How wonderful to have access without the craziness of the festival season. We shopped for the week, looking at the labels of a few unknown items to make certain there was no palm oil and also avoided items in plastics. I continued to plant and maintain my vegetable gardens. It is so exciting to watch rows of green poke their tips up out of the soil. My dwarf pomegranate plant arrived and I repotted it to a larger container. It is looking healthy (with flowers). I organically fertilized some of my fruit bushes and then mulched them to keep them moister. My evening included a conversation with a friend in Rochester Mothers Out Front talking about their electric bus efforts and a zoom book discussion about Naomi Klein's book. A busy day!
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Research Businesses Owned by Women, POC, or Immigrants
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. What have you done in the past to support women-owned businesses? How can you better support communities by supporting women?

    Andrea Porter 5/21/2020 8:56 PM
    I try to find ways to support a variety of women-owned businesses, both locally and internationally. I often try to purchase gifts and clothing that are created by women (Hungerford, Etsy...) and from fair trade women's companies. I belong to Dining for Women which has monthly dinner meetings to bond groups of women throughout the world in supporting a well researched international group of women and a related activity of their lives such as better farming methods for the area, education, women's rights to support their families.... Dining for Women continues to monitor the groups and continues to support them as needed if they are making progress. I must more consistently attend the monthly meetings and make my donations to this very worthy group. I am also active in my town's local Mothers Out Front team working at improving the world environmentally for our children and generations to come. We've been active in supporting Community Choice Aggregation, increased recycling and composting in our town and more. We are looking at beginning a town group comparable to Brighton's Color Brighton Green....

  • Andrea Porter 5/18/2020 7:20 AM
    Grateful for yesterday's weather. We had an early morning drop-off near Highland, so we walked around Warner Castle and that neighborhood. Giant old trees with stories to tell. Then the focus was on gardening. I know it's late, but finished cutting the tops off of our apple trees for more sun shine in the garden. I've arranged the plantings to strictly focus on companion plants together. Also, I just read to line plants up north south to cut back on sun shadows, so the last beds are like that. We'll see if those help. More veggies in the ground, potato bags ready for their "seeds," moved all my blueberries together for a healthier acidic area, put together two giant obelisks for garden appeal and to grow 10' scarlet pole snap beans. Spent time working on my composting.... By only shopping once a week or less, I've really been cutting back on wastes and forcing myself to be more creative with vegan cooking. Made a good bean, orzo, spinach soup. (Night before made barbecued tofu + over rice).

  • Andrea Porter 5/16/2020 2:54 AM
    Beautiful day (yesterday) and I believe today should be great, too. I prepared the remainder of my raised veggie beds and finished cutting back the tree fence around them all. Trying to figure out what creature is getting in the fenced area and "playing" on top of my seeded beds.  Excited to be picking up veggie plants curbside today. 

  • Andrea Porter 5/14/2020 7:47 PM
    Today I participated in a Zoom meeting of my Irondequoit Mothers Out Front group, a town council member and a guest to speak about forming a group within our town focused on building a "Color Our Community Green" group. The goal would be quite focused on connections to support us being a Climate Smart Community. We discussed next steps from here.