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April 3 - April 21, 2023
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Connor Hall

Herd Strong!

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 214 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1.0
    locally sourced meal
    consumed
  • UP TO
    15
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    132
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1.0
    pound of paper
    has been saved
  • UP TO
    1.0
    waste audit
    conducted

Connor's actions

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) each day from local producers.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 2 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

Food

Advocate for More Food Options

I will advocate for local and/or organic food options at work or on campus.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided when I have to print documents.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 45 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Nature

Keep a Nature Journal

I will journal each day about my experiences in nature.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community while observing best practices in my region for not spreading COVID-19.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Talk To My Friends and Classmates

I will decide which social or environmental issue in my community is most important to me and tell 2 friends and/or classmates each day about the issue.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support Ecochallenge.org or another nonprofit.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Host A Watch Party

I will host a watch party to screen a documentary about an issue that matters to me.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

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    Connor Hall 4/04/2023 6:11 AM
    I think that I will continue to save that money, using half of it for necessities, like food, and the other half will go into my college fund.

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    Connor Hall 4/04/2023 6:07 AM
    I think honestly I'm already doing pretty good. It's also making me feel much better to participate.

    • Audrey Wronski's avatar
      Audrey Wronski 4/04/2023 8:21 AM
      Taking action is a really good way to feel better about any situation!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

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    Connor Hall 4/04/2023 6:06 AM
    It's difficult because today's society is more focused towards the spending of money and new things instead of the waste that buying these things implies. I think that when I experienced opening up the trash bag and really looking at all the things I have that I throw away or don't use, it really changed my perspective, and I'm becoming more conscious with if i really need something or if I'm just buying it to buy something.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste Choose Two-Sided Printing
    Choosing two-sided printing can be an easy adjustment on your computer settings. How can you help others make this same switch? Can it be encouraged company wide?

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    Connor Hall 4/04/2023 6:03 AM
    I think that just telling people that its more efficient for people to not struggle with staples is a good way, and its why I use two-sided printing.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Nature Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset
    Father Thomas Berry says, "... our primary purpose is celebration. Celebration of the dawn and the sunset and the different seasons of the year is a religious ritual, a way in which humans can establish their integral relationship with the universe, with the planet Earth." What is your response to Berry's assertion?

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    Connor Hall 4/04/2023 6:01 AM
    I think that I can agree, people now don't really go out and see nature the way that they should, which is really disappointing. We all were created by nature, so we should respect it and spend time with it.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

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    Connor Hall 4/04/2023 5:58 AM
    Another easy thing, which is something I personally do, is use a power strip, which actually helps a lot with saving power. Mine has 2 sections, which diverts power to what is necessary, and you can turn off power to things you aren't using to stop using power to something that isnt plugged in, for example a charger that isn't charging anything.