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Sarah Brown

Whatcom Conservation District

"I strive to foster an environmentally-conscious and stewardship-focused community that supports the protection and restoration of our shared lands and waterways. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 446 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    13
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    0.0
    bags of litter
    collected
  • up to
    240
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    2.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    540
    minutes
    spent learning

Sarah's Actions

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean since the Puget Sound is connected to all!

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 120 minutes researching environmental justice concerns that effect people and the connection to downstream fish and wildlife, their causes, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education

How does my local government support Orcas?

I will spend 120 learning about how my government is supporting watershed and orca health and encourage them to do more.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education

Educate my family or friends

Spend 30 minutes educating my family/friends about Southern Resident Orca Whales and their endangered food supply.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 2 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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases further reducing plastics that may enter Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to landfills by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Education

Share my connection with Orcas through art

I will make a piece of art that connects my life to the life of Orcas and Salmon, and share it on social media.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers to minimize my water footprint, as in many watersheds, a drop for me is one less for salmon, which then warms streams or impairs salmon streamflows.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends to minimize my downstream impact in my watershed.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Learn about boat noise impacts

I will spend 60 minutes learning about how boat noice impacts Orcas and then I will change my boating habits to reduce my impact.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Pick up Trash

I will pick up and properly dispose of litter on a daily walk through my neighborhood, since stormwater will otherwise carry it to the Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Sarah Brown 9/25/2020 10:25 AM
    I am often the person leaving the store carefully balancing too many items in my arms so that I don't have to take a reusable bag. I plan to get one of those foldable keychain bags to help with spontaneous trips to the store. Otherwise, there's always a stack of reusable bags by the door for those planned, larger shopping trips.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reusable one, but it's just hard to make the switch. What stands in your way of making this a habit? By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

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    Sarah Brown 9/25/2020 10:19 AM
    Right now, the hardest challenge is local businesses not being able to fill my reusable cup due to the pandemic. I've switched to making my own coffee at home more often as the environmentally responsible thing to do, but I do miss my local coffee shops.

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      Ryan O'Connor 10/29/2020 9:47 AM
      I am guilty of the pleasure of drive thru coffee. I do try to bring my tumbler, but COVID-19 has made that a challenge. I will say that it takes a lot of water and chemicals to make one non-recyclable coffee cup. One thing I constantly reject is the double cup maneuver, sleeves, and the useless bag that comes on my already wrapped sandwich. They kind of look at me like an eco-mentalist when I ask them to leave the bag or take their second cup back, but if I am going to purchase a cup, the least I can do is trim down the waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

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    Sarah Brown 9/25/2020 9:11 AM
    My next step is to challenge my friends and family to also save water by taking five minute showers.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Leave No Trace
    Educator Stephanie Kaza advises her students to focus on what they care about most when addressing the enormity of ecological problems. Is there a specific area you feel particularly called to work on?

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    Sarah Brown 9/24/2020 12:58 PM
    Community is a key factor to successfully facing ecological problems, and inspiring community action starts with individuals. As the Stewardship Program Coordinator for the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, I strive to provide our members of our community with opportunities to learn about and be a part of the restoration and protection of our shared lands and waterways.