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Rosa Rodriguez

CSUSM Cougars

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 857 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    72
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    22
    food items
    properly stored
  • up to
    3
    pounds
    food waste recorded
  • up to
    30
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1,712
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    52
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    53
    zero waste recipes
    cooked

Rosa's Actions

Community

Compost

I will compost my food scraps.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Community

Dumpster Diving Discovery

Watch this video and get a glimpse of what is actually getting thrown away in our trash cans and dumpsters.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Let's Get Social

I will share a Save The Food social media post.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Train Like a Chef

I will watch 1 online classes on "Creating a Full Use Kitchen" through the James Beard Foundation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Half-Portions

I will ask for half-portions options at 1 restaurants and cafes to minimize food waste.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food Systems

Stay Connected

Sign up for the San Diego Food System Alliance Newsletter to stay up to date on what's happening in the region

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Cooking

Repurpose Leftovers

Give leftovers a new life! For example, use leftover rice to make fried rice. I will try a recipe that repurposes leftovers 1 times.

Completed
One-Time Action

Storage

Potatoes

Store potatoes with an apple to avoid early sprouting. Keep them away from onions and in a cool, dark place. I will properly store 8 potatoes.

Completed
One-Time Action

Cooking

Save the Peels

When life gives you lemons (or any other citrus peels), use the rinds to make a nontoxic cleaner.

Completed
One-Time Action

Cooking

Fruit Smoothies

Freeze fruits nearing their end and use in smoothies. You can even try freezing avocados (see Resource)!

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Storage

Bananas

To keep bananas from browning quickly, break up the bunch and separate. Don’t store bananas with apples, which speed up ripening. If the stems came covered in plastic wrap, do not remove the plastic until ready to eat as this will slow the release of ethylene gas. I will properly store 4 bananas.

Completed
One-Time Action

Storage

Avocados

Allow green, unripe avocados to ripen on the counter, then transfer to the refrigerator. Once cut, keep the pit in and rub with lemon or oil to reduce browning. I will properly store 3 avocados.

Completed
One-Time Action

Shopping

Support Imperfection

20 billion pounds of fruits and veggies go to waste on farms every year, often because they don't live up to the cosmetic standards of grocery stores. Buy ugly produce at the grocery store, farmers market, or sign up for an ugly produce CSA box.

Completed
One-Time Action

Shopping

Eat Before Shopping

Those who grocery shop on an empty stomach spend 64% more than not-hungry shoppers. Resist impulse buys by shopping with a full stomach. Eat a snack or a meal before going grocery shopping.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Shopping

Shop with Recipes In Mind

Create a shopping list with specific recipes and meals in mind. Purchase only what's on the list when you do groceries.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Shopping

Scrutinize Deals

Five bananas for $1 is a good deal only if you eat all five. Many stores offer the sale price even if you buy less than the stated quantity.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Shopping

Keep it Local

Purchase local, seasonal produce, which will likely stay fresh longer as it was picked more recently than supermarket produce.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food Waste Tracking

Food Waste Tracking

Ready. Set. Record!

For each day during the food waste tracking week, record your food waste. This action accepts one entry per day, so be sure to enter one total for food waste across all of your meals, or weigh all of your food waste once at the end of each day. Please use ounces for unit of measurement.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Eat Me First

I will create an "Eat Me First" area in my fridge to prioritize food that needs to be used right away.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Date Labels Demystified

I will not toss food once it is past the best buy date. "Expiration" dates misleadingly refer to quality, not safety. Use your senses and best judgement.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Planning

Portion Planning

Use a portion size guide to ensure appropriate portions when cooking. I will cook 5 portion-appropriate meals.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Fridge Inventory

I will keep a fridge inventory to stay up to date with what I have in my fridge before I go grocery shopping.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Eat the Leftovers

I will plan an Eat the Leftovers night by creating a tasty “smorgasbord" or using a recipe that repurposes leftovers. I will eat 7 meals using leftovers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Planning

Befriend the Freezer

The freezer is your friend! Store any leftover food in the freezer for a quick weekday meal or freeze fruits that are getting ripe to use for a delicious smoothie later. I will freeze 2 food item(s).

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Rosa Rodriguez's avatar
    Rosa Rodriguez 11/12/2020 8:56 AM
    Our household has been actively trying to reduce waste by purchasing only what we plan to eat that week. We have cut down on the amount of produce so that it is fresh and we use all of it before it gets too ripe. I also have started to recycle my coffee grounds and egg shells to use in my garden. 

    • Sarah Feteih's avatar
      Sarah Feteih 11/16/2020 10:35 AM
      So many great strategies here, Rosa! I love how you're starting with prioritizing reducing food waste at the source, and also incorporating recycling strategies like composting.