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Gillian Turner

American College of Healthcare Sciences

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    4.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    13
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6.0
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    170
    minutes
    spent learning

Gillian's Actions

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic reduction-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Attended a Webinar

Learn tips for staying plastic-free by attending an ACHS webinar.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 1 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Family Swap the Snacks
    How does swapping out prepackaged snacks for fresh fruit or veggies benefit your family?

    Gillian Turner's avatar
    Gillian Turner 7/30/2021 8:27 AM
    Fruit & vegetables are not only healthier, they can also be cheaper! It's very affordable to get them at the farmer's market and they come with no plastic packaging.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Sign a Petition
    What is a plastic-related issue in your state/province?

    Gillian Turner's avatar
    Gillian Turner 7/28/2021 9:26 AM
    Right now, an issue in Portland is plastic litter from unhoused camps. During the pandemic, for safety reasons, the city did much less to clean up trash and so it has become a larger issue than previously.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

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    Gillian Turner 7/28/2021 9:25 AM
    I have noticed that many restaurants in my community offer paper straws at this point, but I don't often see people bringing reusable straws with them. I have also seen places that no longer offer straws at all. For example, Burgerville has paper straws and Barista coffee just gives out their drinks with no lid/straw at all unless you ask for one. 

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    Gillian Turner 7/27/2021 10:55 AM
    Today I want to share a pic of the first lemon cucumber grown in our balcony garden! We live on the 4th floor so we don't have much room to plant but we are growing lemon cucumbers, catnip, chili peppers, basil, kale and strawberries.

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      Jacqui McGrath 7/28/2021 3:47 AM
      Congrats, what a beauty :) Your balcony garden sounds like it's rocking! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make My Own
    How do you feel about being more involved in the food preparation process? Joyful, overwhelmed, engaged, empowered? What are the benefits of choosing to process or produce your own food instead of buying it pre-processed?

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    Gillian Turner 7/26/2021 11:16 AM
    We tried out making fermented honey garlic: https://www.growforagecookferment.com/fermented-honey-garlic/
    It was exciting to prep and unlike many pre-processed foods it has a benefit to the immune system. We used honey that we bought in a glass jar and garlic with no packaging, and the final product is also stored in glass so we didn't create any extra plastic waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Gillian Turner 7/23/2021 10:47 AM
    I watched Kiss the Ground as part of our ACHS watch party and loved learning more about regenerative farming! 

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    Gillian Turner 7/20/2021 12:48 PM
    If you can, check out our free webinar today @2PM PT! Learn about the intersection of wellness & sustainability in a discussion with Professor Lisa Warman and guest speaker Annemarie Sampson from Mission Driven Wellness. Register here: https://achs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NvXGcanZQ4yz1uG2Pwsv2g   Note: If you register, we will send you the recording after so please sign up even if you can't attend live :)

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    Gillian Turner 7/13/2021 10:00 AM
    ACHS is proud to once again rank in the Top 100 Green Workplaces in Oregon! We couldn’t have accomplished this without our exceptional staff and faculty and their dedication to ACHS’s sustainable beliefs, mission and practices. Check out the press release here: https://achs.edu/news/achs-ranked-8-in-oregon-100-best-green-workplaces-2021/

  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

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    Gillian Turner 7/06/2021 8:36 AM
    I wasn't too surprised that one of my highest categories was groceries. Although I bring my own bags, I have still been buying products that are wrapped in plastic. I plan to work on being more mindful about which products I choose to buy.

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    Gillian Turner 7/02/2021 11:57 AM
    Today I'm listening to a 15-minute podcast about how Oregon can responsibly manage recycling and what needs to change. Very informative! https://www.opb.org/article/2021/06/03/how-can-oregon-responsibly-manage-recycling/