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madelyn houde

Pierce Conservation District

"Let's continue to make changes that support our environment and community! "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 691 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3.0
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    40
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    40
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    62
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2.0
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    200
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    260
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    spent learning

madelyn's Actions

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) per day from local Puget Sound producers.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 10 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere AND avoid sending exhaust particles and tire pollution into stormwater that impacts Orca and salmon health.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Community

Remove invasive weeds

Recruit 2+ friends/family/neighbors and together remove invasive vegetation from our home/apartment building/neighborhood that is in a watershed upstream of downstream salmon and orcas.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 20 minute(s) each day to connect with the shared ecosystem in which I live and rely on. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY 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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Locally-Sourced Meals
    If you were to only eat what is in season locally, what would be the hardest food item for you to give up?

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    madelyn houde 10/23/2020 9:34 AM
    Bell peppers! I tend to use these every week.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go by Bike
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience differ while walking, riding transit, biking, or driving?

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    madelyn houde 10/20/2020 7:54 AM
    I have a better attitude when I bike to work (taking less than 5 minutes more of my time) than when I take my car to work and have to sit in traffic. Better for your body and better for the environment!
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Do Nature Activities
    What did you observe while spending time outside -- through sight, sound, smell and touch?

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    madelyn houde 10/16/2020 7:57 AM
    I live in a pretty suburban area... which is a little bit of a change coming from central Washington where nature ABOUNDS. But I did notice that the tree outside my apartment is a Big Leaf Maple Tree (also known as an Oregon Maple!) I also noticed a few mushrooms kicking it to the side of our apartment. I try to spend a few nights outside a week practicing some bike tricks, and now I will try to also notice what is going on in nature around me!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

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    madelyn houde 10/15/2020 7:55 AM
    I used to "Reduce" my waste by bringing in my own coffee mug for the coffee place to fill. Usually at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts they'll offer a discount if you do this.  I have been finding this difficult in the pandemic however (for good reason!). I can still refuse the straw, which I do, but I have been trying to make more coffee at home to reduce the amount of plastic or Styrofoam I am purchasing and then landfilling. I also have recently purchased an instapot, which is great because I can reduce the amount of cans I am purchasing! I now buy beans in bulk and make them at home! Similarly, one of my biggest waste items this past summer was canned seltzer water.  After finding a Soda Stream at a thrift store, my waste has been completely cut. Even though I recycled the cans, it is better to REDUCE first, and RECYCLE second.
  • 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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    madelyn houde 10/15/2020 7:51 AM
    I think a great way to avoid accepting plastic bags is to keep reusable ones in your car. That way, if you forget to carry it into the store, you can still wheel your cart to the car and transfer them at that point! Yesterday, at GoodWill (YAY thrifting instead of purchasing new!) I asked for no bag, and the cashier informed me that they actually stopped stocking plastic bags! I love when stores take it into their own hands to reduce waste.
  • 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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    madelyn houde 10/13/2020 4:22 PM
    I love the handout that is given on choosing better fish options.  In the PNW we are blessed to be close to many fisheries, some of which are more sustainable than others.  Although I am a strict vegetarian (no meat or fish), it is always good to know which options are better to partake in, should I be eating out with somebody who is interested! I am going to print out the handout, so that I can easily reference it.