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Join us for a sustainable living challenge for the month of September, 2018. There are three choices for the challenge. 1) Be vegetarian, so you’d give up meat and fish for the entire month. 2) Be a green ambassador meaning you post one sustainability-related post on your own social media every day for the entire month of September 3) Go plastic-free. This really boils down do giving up “single-use” plastics like grocery bags, plastic cups, stirrers, and utensils, as well as white neoprene to-go food containers for the month. Please join us and comment below about your progress!!


Tre Sanders says:

I know I'm a bit late with my choice of challenge but I chose to go plastic free since the beginning of the month. It's been a challenge so far but its challenge I'm up for. It's something different.

Alaa Alsarheed says:

Hello, I am taking a geography class and for our assignment I choose to go plastic free for september!:))

kirabinta says:

Hi Everyone, I am going plastic free this month. So far the toughest part is doing grocery shopping and buying produce. It all comes wrapped in throw away plastic. I'm bringing reusable bags and compostable bags and buying bulk instead of the prepackaged items.

Terri Taplin says:

Hello, I have been doing really with the non-use of single plastic. I become more mindful in this area due to the renewal of information on how harmful it is to our environment. I trying to spread the Good News!! Not using single use plastic helps the effects of Global warming, which leads into another conversation 🙂

lazar nikolic says:

I work at a grocery store, so I have to throw out tons of plastic that the produce gets shipped in. Tons of discarded but unused plastic bags I have to throw out too. I hate it. But as for personal use of single use plastic, it's been pretty easy. Going vegetarian is easy for me as well. Haven't even considered eating meat again!

DaMadQueen says:

Greetings. I'm Jasmine. I have took the "Go Vegan" challenge. It's Day 9 and I'm okay with it. I've went vegan before after my surgery last year, so I have a little experience. The first week wws a bit of a challenge because my hunger was crying out for meat and I had to refrain from eating it. Luckily, my boyfriend keeps reminding me when I automatically grabbed or order something. I subconsciously just grabbed things like chicken and fish, and he takes it out of my hand and tells me nicely to remember. So after the first week, I'm more conditioned to what I buy and eat. Having some healthy snacks like nuts and dried fruit help a lot with cravings. I also try to stay busy. My digestion is a lot better as well. I am combining it with regular exercise at my gym. I have a bit of sleep apnea so I hope I lose a bit of weight. I steer clear of commercial restaurants and visit 4 or 5 star places that specialize in vegan dishes. Sweetfingers is an amazing Jamaican restaurant recommended by my dance crew. The Curry Tofu was wonderful! There are other great things to eat with meat.

Geremy Lowe says:

Good Afternoon. This is Geremy Lowe from your Geography 1 Online course. I've chosen to be a Green Ambassador. After watching the videos and doing the readings for this week, it intrigued me. It is important to share our knowledge with the world, locally and globally, and how we all play a part in making sure our planet stays intact for the rest of our lives, and the generations to come.

Tamara Richlin says:

Hello, I am in the online Geography 2 class and I have been going single use plastic free and I also gave up chicken (the only meat I ate). So far I noticed that I had to ask for no top when I got my coffee and had to ask what kind of to go container they had before ordering.

Elisa Ding says:

Hi Everyone,

Our Professor, Dr. Schwartz, confirmed that my understanding was correct. SUPER COOL!!! 🙂 Thus, go ahead to use the things you used many times like computer, tooth paste, cell phone, glasses….

Alyssa Bland says:

Hello everyone, the challenge I started with was the plastic-free challenge and id have to say starting off is pretty difficult. I work at Jamba juice so we use plastic cups and straws to no end. I also work at chipotle where plastic forks and spoons can only be used when we're on break bc of course the metal silverware is for cooking. The first day was the most challenging because I was at work and so everything revolves around plastic cups, straws and so on. It's been the 8th day so far and im beginng to stop more frequently bc it catches my attention. I never realized how much plastic dictates our lives sometimes because it's literally everywhere.

Elisa Ding says:

Hello everyone,

I will switch back to non-single use plastic since I forgot and ate a piece of pork last night. Before I ate that piece of pork, I was hungry all the time. For the classmates who chose the challenge without single-use plastic, let's discuss what one-single use plastics are. I think that single-use plastic simply means those plastic material we can't put into the recycle buckets outside, like the grocery plastic bags, fast food or "to go" food containers, snacks plastic bags, and coffee cups… I think we can continue to use all the plastic things in our lives like the below. These plastic things we can't avoid using them.
1) Computers/Cell phones/Pads. They have plastic parts but we need them for homework at least. For people who have a
job, they need it for work. cell phone charger also have plastic parts.
2) Toothbrush/tooth paste As far as I can think of, all the toothbrushes/tooth paste have plastic parts including
electronic one
3) Glasses I'm near-sighted, i noticed all my glasses have plastic legs.
It's hard not to brush the teeth for one month.. or don't do the homework for one month… If I don't wear my glasses, I can't go out at all… Anyway, I'm writing to professor about this, will keep you posted…. As we can tell our professor really loves our earth, I believe that the goal of this assignment is to educate students limit our daily activities to hurt our environment/or our earth , to train us to have GREEN awareness in our mind all the time but not to give us the big inconveniences. What do you think?

Emman Mohamed says:

Hello! It's day 7 of being a vegetarian. I expected this challenge to be a bit tough and I was right. On day one, I was very hungry, none of the vegetarian options felt satisfying to eat because my body was accustomed to eating meat. On day 3 though, the same meals that left me hungry on day one were keeping me satisfied. If I got hungry in between meals, I’d have some fruit and nuts as a snack. It’s amazing how quickly your body can adjust. Seven days later, I felt amazing. Not only did I have more energy but I also lost a few pounds. I'm excited to continue this challenge.

Jasmine Shahi says:

Hi all jasmine shahi geog 1 tuesdays class… i have decided to to the plastic free chanllenge . I used to use plastic a lot so i will see how i will do.

Anurag Joshi says:

Hi this is
Anurag Joshi from geog 1 Tuesday nights .. I have decided to do the no meat go vegetarian challenge .. decided on this probably because it would be the most challenging .. im a meat person so let's see how it goes


This is Yihui from Geography 1 Tuesday night class, I pick giving up meat for entire Setepmber as my green living challenge.

Anahi Martinez says:

After taking a look at the different options in this challenge, I chose to do the plastic-free one because it's upsetting to think there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish!! -Anahi Martinez Geog 1 online

zeyu wang says:

At the beginning of my plastic-free challenge, I found that I need to give up many things. For example, my glasses box, the pens, drinking bottle. I put them into a suitcase and found something which can instead of them in markets. I felt it is hard​ to do plastic-free in the beginning. Because doing plastic-free means, I need to start a new lifestyle. However, I am going to keep it and see how far I can go.

Dave Medeiros says:

Going plastic free for the month!

gabe bojescu says:

Hi all… Day 5 of being plastic free. This challenge is tougher then it seems just because so many things we consume are made of plastic. Labor Day holiday was tough, being out with family and everyone insists on using disposable cups. No worries, I had my hard plastic cup to reuse. I'll keep pressing on!

Mai Ly says:

#1. Today is the 4th day of the challenge & I think I’m doing okay so far. I’ve been feeling low on energy since cutting out meat but my body is slowly adjusting now.

Michelle May says:

Hello it's Michelle May from your online Geog. 1 course. I am posting to announce that I will take on the challenge to "BE A GREEN AMBASSADOR"


Hello Teacher, im in the 9:00 am class. I will go plastic free. Thanks!

Kimberly Ochoa says:

I am excited to take on the Vegetarian challenge for the month of September 😋

Joseph Santos says:

Hello! I am four days into the plastic free challenges! I am surprised on how much of my life involved plastic usage from coffee tops, straws, plastic bags, and take out foods. On labor day, I had to double take whether or not I was going to eat take-out at a local Chinese restaurant for dinner; I decided to sit down and enjoy my food and the atmosphere instead of just getting all my food plastic wrapped to-go. It can be jarring how much plastic we take for granted when just considering food.

Amabel91 says:

I've been doing well with the plastic free challenge! Two or three times I did use single use plastic. For example, at a coffee shop in Monterrey this past saturday, we wanted some coffee and I forgot, until I was pouring the sugar and milk! The other day I also used a plastic store bag, but I use them over and over again at home or on the go. I'm trying my best to be plastic free in general, not just for the class but for our planet! We'll see how it continues…(Stephanie @ Laney college taking geog 1 with Dr. Schwartz tu/th 10:3011:45am)

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