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April 1 - April 21, 2021
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Kenneth Slaysman

Spartans for Sustainability 2021

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,164 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,065
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    270
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    63
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    170
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    960
    minutes
    of additional sleep

Kenneth's Actions

Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 30 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Tend a Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Joyful Movement

I will spend 45 minutes doing an activity where I'm both moving my body and enjoying myself.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 120 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Uncompleted
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

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 180 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

    Kenneth Slaysman's avatar
    Kenneth Slaysman 4/13/2021 10:52 AM
    The landfills are located in relatively rural areas. THese are sparsely populated but also tend to be lower income areas.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

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    Kenneth Slaysman 4/12/2021 3:29 PM
    The people most affected are those without voices in the process. The young, the marginalized, the elderly, those who have given up.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Joyful Movement
    What's your favorite activity(ies) in which you experience joy while being active and moving?

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    Kenneth Slaysman 4/12/2021 11:22 AM
    Hiking, bouncing on my grandchildren's trampoline and swimming are among my favorites.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors, including market demand for recyclables. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Kenneth Slaysman 4/11/2021 10:25 AM
    I found a place to recycle electronics, tires and used motor oil in my community. It is true that opportunities ebb and flow so the best solution is to reduce.
  • 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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    Kenneth Slaysman 4/10/2021 4:22 PM
    Knowing where my food comes from gives me a sense of confidence about the quality of my food and it makes me feel like I'm connected to the process of providing my food. Since it becomes personal I have more of a stake in advocating for my local farmers.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Tend a Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

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    Kenneth Slaysman 4/04/2021 1:56 PM
    Camping with my family when my children were young made a lasting impression on me.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more unnecessary things in the future?

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    Kenneth Slaysman 4/02/2021 7:41 AM
    By being mindful. By being patient in making purchase decisions - no snap judgements. No impulse buying!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

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    Kenneth Slaysman 4/01/2021 3:51 PM
    I typically get 8 hours of sleep a night but I would like them them to be more consistent. Like asleep by 10 and up at 6. In an academic setting my pattern tends to shift depending on whether we are on break on in session.

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    Kenneth Slaysman 4/01/2021 7:28 AM
    Had a plant based smoothie for breakfast. Delicious!!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

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    Kenneth Slaysman 3/30/2021 4:20 PM
    In Pennsylvania the Department of Environmental Protection issues fish advisories. In the most recent advisory we are warned not to eat fish from the Shenango River. I'm good on this guideline. To make sure I stay safe I should check the DEP advisories regularly.