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Jason Russell

UU Church of Berkeley

"As a financial advisor I dedicate myself to working with my clients to achieve their financial goals through investments which are in alignment with their ethics. I work with my clients to build portfolios suitable to their financial goals through socially responsible investing principles. My mission is to awaken private and institutional investors to the possibilities of putting their money behind their principles without sacrificing financial returns."

Points Total

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  • 461 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    630
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    5
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    14
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables

Jason's Actions

Electricity

Reduce Use of Electricity

Hang-Dry rather than dryer

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Test Drive an Electric Bike

Electric Bicycles

I will test drive an electric bike at a local distributor to see if it makes sense to use one in place of my car, or to extend the area I can cover by bike.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 60 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 180 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Host a Seminar on ESG Investing

As a financial advisor with a practice focused on ESG investing, I am very keen to share my knowledge and resources with my UU congregation and broader community so that as individual investors they are better equipped to align their investments with causes most important to them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

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

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  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Connect With A Nonprofit
    What are the most pressing issues for women, girls, and trans/nonbinary people in your community?

    Jason Russell's avatar
    Jason Russell 7/30/2021 10:21 AM
    I am not sure, but I sometimes reflect on how one could overlook the pressing issues of an individual for focusing on the issues of whatever 'group' they belong to. I believe that society will not have fully evolved until we stop seeing, judging, addressing, and connecting to other human beings through the filter of association.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Test Drive an Electric Bike
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Private vehicles account for 60% of trips of a mile or less. Do you often drive short distances instead of biking or walking? If so, how might incorporating an electric bike into your lifestyle help you make more climate-friendly choices?

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    Jason Russell 7/30/2021 10:14 AM
    I have begun using my motorcycle for daily commutes and shorter trips that do not require going on the highway.
  • 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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    Jason Russell 7/30/2021 10:12 AM
    It is commercially driven in the USA, and also linked to our pioneer heritage.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Jason Russell 7/02/2021 9:24 AM
    Bought all my camping gear and had my first weekend in nature last week. I intend to take myself away at least 2x/month to unplug and reconnect to a higher purpose.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Jason Russell 7/02/2021 8:49 AM
    By understanding the difference between these dates we can realize far less waste by not throwing out perfectly good food.

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    Jason Russell 4/07/2021 6:01 PM
    I did a lot of research on electric motorcycles, but at the end I felt they were too unsafe for me. They are very powerful, accelerate at an enormous speed with considerable torque, and (worst of all) they are silent which is very hazardous for a motorcycle which has to share the road with inattentive drivers. However... I DID buy a Harley which gets 55 miles to the gallon so it is a good step towards reducing my carbon footprint. 

    • Sheila Tarbet's avatar
      Sheila Tarbet 4/08/2021 9:27 AM
      Interesting post, Jason. I know someone who has an electric bike, but I didn't even know electric motorcycles existed. Thanks for letting us all know about that. Congrats on your Harley!