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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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sarah Bergquist

WSU Extension Sustainable Community Stewards and Waste Wise TRAINING GROUP- Island and Snohomish Counties

"My mission statement: To provide information and guidance to community members as they seek to develop a better understanding of the impacts of our consumption and waste, as well as push myself to live a more balanced and more environmentally supportive life. Waste Wise Mission: Our mission is to provide the community with the education and tools needed for informed actions to reduce the impact of solid waste problem in Island County. Vision: We envision an Island County where citizens take informed, thoughtful, day-to-day actions to minimize the production of solid waste and promote diversion through reusing, composting, and recycling."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 518 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    16
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    201
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    50
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    27
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    388
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    10
    trees
    planted

sarah's Actions

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn More about Food Apartheid

Do at Home

I will spend 5 minutes learning about food apartheid and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

Do at Home

I will spend 5 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

Do at Home

I will watch 1 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

Waste

Research Local Waste Sites

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

Do at Home

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

Do at Home

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Tour a Waste Management Facility

Do at Home

I will spend at least 45 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Family Game Hour

Do at Home

I will spend quality time with family and friends by playing low-tech game(s) and/or through the spirit of imagination.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Track My Purchases

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Core Values

Do at Home

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

Do at Home

I will replace 30 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

Do at Home

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 5 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

Do at Home

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Organize a Course

Do at Home

I will organize one of Ecochallenge.org's discussion courses, such as 'Reconnecting with Earth', with my family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

Do at Home

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 240 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Plant Trees

Do at Home

I will plant 5 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Sharing knowledge

Teach others about waste reduction through 8 sessions of learning and exchange of ideas.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Go Paperless

Do at Home

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 3.4lbs (1.5kg) a month or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Do at Home

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate. I will keep 1 container(s) out of the landfill each day.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

    sarah Bergquist's avatar
    sarah Bergquist 10/10/2021 9:55 AM
    Much of our fun, as children, was making whatever we had work.  Our creativity enabled us to create barbie clothes out of old socks, forts from ladders, clotheslines, and blankets, sleds from pieces of cardboard, and so on.  Simplicity requires you to make do with what you have and creativity and ingenuity give you the ability to do that.  You have to be able to look at things differently.  As an adult it provides with the skills to think outside of the box.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Less Screen Time
    What did you notice in implementing this challenge? Was it hard to choose other activities over screen time? How did you decide to spend your time?

    sarah Bergquist's avatar
    sarah Bergquist 10/08/2021 5:12 PM
    It is hard to choose other activities over screen time because it is simple to sit down at a screen and get absorbed by all you wish to learn.  The difficulty I have is that "researching important information" it feels justified.  How to cure potatoes (yes, I grew potatoes), an article of subsidies to the fuel industry, what form of vitamin D is best absorbed, what are the 100 best novels, how to help someone with dementia.  The problem is one can spend all day looking up important information and never get outside, never leave the computer. 

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    sarah Bergquist 10/06/2021 6:18 PM
    It is exciting to see so many people have already logged in here.  The enthusiasm and dedication of this group is inspiring!  I am honored to be a part of it.