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MEGAN YU

Sustainable Bruins

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  • 131 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    being mindful

MEGAN's Actions

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Eat Mindfully

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

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Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

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Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

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Transportation

Use Public Transit

Public Transit

I will use public transit 1 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

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One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

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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.

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 10 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.

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Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

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

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One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 10 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal 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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    MEGAN YU 1/23/2022 11:29 PM
    Last Friday, my dad, mom, and I walked to a Vietnamese restaurant called Banh Mi Che Cali to order takeout for lunch. It was nice to be able to get some fresh air and Vitamin D after being in the house all morning. This is actually the first time that I was able to walk with my parents to get takeout. Usually, my dad would just drive to the restaurant by himself, pick up the food, and bring it back for all of us to eat. However, this time, I was able to convince my parents to take a break from work and walk over to the restaurant. It takes a couple minutes by car to get to the restaurant, but it took slightly longer to walk. On our way, we talked about the nice 70-degree weather in the winter season, money, and graduate school. 
     
    We ordered 3 different items, which cost about $16 to feed a family of four. (I highly recommend this place for cost-effective meals.) However, one thing I noticed was their use of the plastic bag and saran wrap to wrap the food items. We didn’t bring a reusable bag and could’ve probably said that we didn’t need a bag, but next time, I will remember to do that. We did save on the carbon emissions by walking to the restaurant, but the plastic bag could’ve been skipped. 
     
    I have noticed that there are many cars that pass by since the path we take to the restaurant is on a major road. However, our neighborhood is dominated by Chinese people, and there are a lot of people who walk or bike to get to where they need. To make the walk more enjoyable, the sidewalks need to be fixed because the tiles are often crooked or cracked which makes it difficult to walk without having to look down at the floor all the time. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    MEGAN YU 1/20/2022 9:27 AM
    Today, I ate my breakfast mindfully without any distractions. (Before I ate, I did take a picture for proof, but then I set my phone aside.) While I was eating, I could hear the crunch of the Honey Nut Cheerios with each chew, I could feel the cold milk running down my esophagus and into my stomach, and I could hear the birds chirping outside. I could feel my shivers since I just woke up from my warm bed and ate cold cereal immediately after getting up. I was tempted to reach for my phone only once, but before I could touch my phone, I remembered that I was supposed to eat without distractions. 
     
    Eating mindfully isn’t that hard for me. During dinnertime, my family of 4 all sits around a circular table without our phones. We just enjoy each other’s company and talk about anything ranging from how our day went to what we should do over the weekend to pure silence and just enjoying our food. I grew up not having my phone near me at all at the dining table, so I am usually not tempted to get off my seat and go on it in the middle of a meal unless it is something urgent like a phone call. However, when I eat breakfast in the morning, I usually eat alone, so I scroll through social media and check my emails while I’m at it. I hope to implement these changes during my breakfast meal and just enjoy the food in front of me while listening to the sounds coming outside my window.
     
    In fact, I took PSCYTRY 175 over the summer of 2020, so I am already familiar with how mindfulness and meditation work. I do think that it has a lot of benefits, but many times, I feel too busy with my present life that I don’t get a chance to meditate. I guess my New Year’s resolution for this 2022 should be to practice mindfulness more :) 

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    MEGAN YU 1/12/2022 10:07 PM
    Today, I finished eating some seaweed in a plastic container. I couldn’t find a single recycle symbol on it, and I didn’t want to throw it away and have it become landfill. What better thing to do than to reuse it as a container to carry some small items! In fact, that’s exactly what I did. 
     
    Since my apartment’s laundry machines are coin-operated, I have been saving up quarters, so I can use the washer and dryer every week or so. Instead of having the quarters bulk up my wallet, I decided to use that seaweed container as a “piggy bank” for my coins. By the look of it, it seems pretty cheesy for a piggy bank to be a seaweed container, but having it be thrown out as waste and contributing to carbon emissions is even worse. I mean, the container itself is lightweight but sturdy enough to handle the coins as they pile up. 
     
    In the future, I will try to find seaweed that is not packaged in plastic containers like this one to reduce my waste output. I will also keep this in mind for other goods that I buy, even if it means staying longer in grocery stores to examine their packaging. Eventually, when I don’t need to keep stocking up on coins, I will put other small items in the seaweed container since the container itself cannot be recyclable. Some items I am potentially thinking of are pens and pencils, playing cards, or small gadgets. 
     
    The seaweed container is here to stay and be of great use.

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      ALEXANDER CHEN 1/16/2022 4:57 PM
      Hi Megan! I also tried to start a mini piggy bank, but with a plastic container that I kept from ordering take out one day. I chose this smaller one, which I keep on my desk so it doesn't take up much room, but it also serves as a reminder for me to use it as much as I can. So far, I've found it very useful as I also use quarters for laundry, and don't have to fish them out of my cramped wallet.

      I also could not find a recycle symbol on mine and did not want to have it end up as landfill. I think this is something that could be more clearly labelled in the future, since disposables and waste are often improperly assorted. Even recycling plastics, though is great, has some considerations as well. Apparently, recycling methods have the potential to release organic compounds and fumes which can be harmful to the environment. Additionally, there's the consideration of down-cycling, which is when the plastic is broken down and turned into a less useful product than it originally was. This is not to discourage recycling though. Reading up on these considerations online definitely made me more conscious about the plastics and recyclables I have around my place and if I can find any practical use for them.

      I also had a habit of buying plastic bags/containers with my groceries and food. Thus, in the future, I plan to limit my purchase of plastic when possible and use reusable bags when grocery shopping.