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Elizabeth Keller

NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

"To learn about Orca recovery and be mindful about impacts on the enviroment"

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  • 1,225 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    500
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    130
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    15
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    trees
    planted

Elizabeth's Actions

Food

Learn More about Food Deserts

I will spend 30 minutes learning about food deserts and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh Puget Sound food in my region.

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One-Time Action

Nature

Plant Trees

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard to combat climate change and reduce stormwater impacts to Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Apartment Composting

Research options on how to start composting while living in an apartment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a TED Talk about Food Sovereignty

Watch a TED Talk to educate about the concept of food sovereignty.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 10 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

Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 20 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

Waste

Watch documentary about plastics

I watched a documentary to learn more about the full life cycle of plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education

Learn about my watershed

I will spend 30 minutesIdentifying what sub-basin I live in and learning about my watershed's water quality, fish habitat problems, and options for volunteering.

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 since the Puget Sound is connected to all!

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate, so long term, it stays out of the Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by my local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 19
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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Elizabeth Keller 11/02/2020 5:12 PM
    Today I went on a lovely walk to drop off my ballot. Got to appreciate nature, enjoy nice weather, get a little exercise, and exercise my right to vote!
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Do Nature Activities
    What did you observe while spending time outside -- through sight, sound, smell and touch?

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    Elizabeth Keller 10/22/2020 4:16 PM
    It was a beautiful sunny day today! Nice and warm outside in the sun (bordering on hot) but  a perfect temperature in the shade. We noticed that they have been doing some maintenance and cutting back some of the vegetation along the river nearby and that a community close by is also planting a garden! It was great to get out, take a complete break from work and screens, and appreciate time outside and together. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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    Elizabeth Keller 10/20/2020 10:33 AM
    I recently planted an avocado tree and have another sprouting in my windowsill, which will be planted in not too long. I enjoy planting and then caring for plants (I am a very new balcony gardener!). It's great to successfully take care of something and see my plants surviving and flourishing. It also makes our space more green (both literally and figuratively).
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Recycle Everything I Can
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Elizabeth Keller 10/19/2020 10:23 AM
    I learned that they take plastic bags! I generally don't have many grocery bags since I use my reusable ones, but it  also includes produce , dry cleaning, and bread bags. That's a few more plastics I can add to recycling instead of trash! I also found there is a site (www.loosefillpackaging.com) to find locations to drop of packing peanuts for reuse (since those cannot be recycled). 

    The hardest part of recycling for me is making sure recyclables are all clean and dry, particularly containers that had food and are greasy.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    Bringing your own bags and containers to the grocery store, and even to restaurants for leftovers, are a couple of ways to reduce your waste. What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Elizabeth Keller 10/16/2020 5:47 PM
    I always use my reusable grocery bags! Although, COVID made that tough for a while... Now that we are allowed to bring reusable bags into grocery stores again, I am trying to get back into the habit of using reusable produce bags as well. It is also a process to remember to let restaurants know I don't need plastic utensils or straws. One of my toughest plastics to stop using is plastic used to store meat (store packaging and freezer bags), since I don't want to take risks with bacteria!

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    Elizabeth Keller 10/15/2020 9:32 AM
    Investigating the watershed I live in at https://water.usgs.gov/wsc/map_index.html and https://mywaterway.epa.gov/ !
  • 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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    Elizabeth Keller 10/15/2020 9:23 AM
    Some fish I have purchased is safe and sustainable, while others I do not know. It's important to find as much detail about specific fish as possible and try to make an informed choice. I have also noticed that many types of fish that go on sale are those that are not recommended choices based on the Seafood Watch app. It's important for me to take into account advisories and sustainability as well as price and other factors when making each purchasing choice.
  • 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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    Elizabeth Keller 10/14/2020 5:44 PM
    I think something as simple as this daily task to apply the "leave no trace" approach to enjoying nature is a great place to start. This is a very clear rule in places like national parks but is easy to apply to any setting. It's a great state of mind to appreciate nature and commit to not adding to issues (e.g., littering, etc.).