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April 1 - April 21, 2021
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Michelle Fellner

Spartans for Sustainability 2021

"My mission is to cultivate better habits to help decrease my carbon footprint. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 839 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,150
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    37
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    72
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    435
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    765
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    32
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    340
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Michelle's Actions

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 20 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Keep a Nature Journal

I will journal each day about my experiences in nature.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 3 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Practice Loving-Kindness Meditation

I will spend 15 minutes practicing Loving-Kindness Meditation to nurture love and compassion for myself and others.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Reduce refined sugar

I will keep track and reduce my consumption of refined sugars, including sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Know My health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

Both systemic and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those around the world who produce my food in order to make better choices when I shop.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

    Michelle Fellner's avatar
    Michelle Fellner 4/20/2021 5:12 PM
    It takes a huge area to cultivate meat. Area that could be used to grow more vegetables and create fields to feed bees and will create more opportunities for pollination. Also the amount of gas and waste that animals produce that are just butchered far outweighs any benefit of eating it. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy From a Farmers Market
    What is one food choice that you make, or could make, that would do more good and less harm?

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    Michelle Fellner 4/20/2021 5:09 PM
    The food choices I make are I don’t care if the produce looks perfect, then the farmer can sell their produce every if it doesn’t meet the typical grocery store standards. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Meet My Local Farmers
    When you know who produces your food, you are connecting personally to your complex regional food system. What are the advantages of knowing who produces your food and where it comes from? How can knowing their food producers enable someone to advocate for a better quality of life for those who produce their food, both near and far?

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    Michelle Fellner 4/20/2021 5:08 PM
    Knowing where my food comes from has the advantage of knowing the pesticides, if any, that they use and also what their mission statement is regarding sustainability. 
     Knowing our food producers will allow us to better support the smaller guys and help them increase their profits which in turn will help them pay for better ways to produce the food. 

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    Michelle Fellner 4/01/2021 2:25 AM
    Good morning everyone, I’m ready to rock this challenge!! I hope you have an amazing day !
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Michelle Fellner 4/01/2021 2:21 AM
    Keeping myself reminded to be grateful daily helps me focus on the day ahead and keep kindness in the forefront of my actions. I started a grateful jar and keep it on my kitchen table!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

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    Michelle Fellner 4/01/2021 2:19 AM
    I planted a windowsill herb garden until it warms up, then I will do tomatoes and peppers outside in containers. I don’t have a plot of land, but will in the future!