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October 7 - October 28, 2020
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Pat Hofmeister

Saint Louis Zoo Volunteers

"My mission is to join with like-minded people to make this world a better place for my children and grandchildren."

Points Total

  • 40 Today
  • 160 This Week
  • 1,451 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    9
    donations
    made
  • up to
    842
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    272
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1,584
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    37
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    15
    hours
    volunteered

Pat 's Actions

Waste

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Do at Home

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Practice Gratitude for Earth

Do at Home

I will spend 60 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and my natural surroundings.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Go for a Daily Walk Outside

Do at Home

I will take a walk outside for 30 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Happiness

Do at Home

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Volunteer in My Community

Do at Home

I will volunteer 10 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

Do at Home

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

Do at Home

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use the sustainable palm oil app.

Download the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's sustainable palm oil shopping app.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy orangutan-friendly candy this Halloween

Orangutans and many other animals are in danger due to unsustainable palm oil plantations, which destroy their forest homes. Palm oil can be found in many products—even candy! We are dedicated to caring for animals, so we encourage you to consider purchasing candy that contains sustainable palm oil. For a list of suggestions, please visit: https://www.stlzoo.org/files/9815/6985/6138/STLZoo_Candy_Guide_for_Holloween.pdf

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

Do at Home

I will spend 90 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

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    Pat Hofmeister 10/22/2020 12:20 PM
    In response to Katie's question, I plan on continuing many of my challenges.  The one I am most committed to continuing is emailing someone every day to thank them or compliment them on something.  I have felt so great doing this because of the wonderful responses I've received.  

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    Pat Hofmeister 10/22/2020 11:18 AM
    What a beautiful day.  My husband Ron and I decided to go out to lunch to enjoy possibly our last nice day of fall.  Found a great outdoor patio with colorful trees.  We ate, talked and just enjoyed being outside.  My husband commented that if it weren't for his mask on the table, it would seem like any other nice day pre covid!

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    Pat Hofmeister 10/21/2020 11:49 AM
    Last Sunday was World Okapi Day.  Katie and Rachel's weekly newsletter of 10/13/2020 contained an amazing amount of information on the Okapi - why they are endangered, what our St. Louis Zoo is doing to help and what we can do. We can help protect their habitat.  Make sure that we, our families and friends recycle old cell phones.  Cell phones contain cobalt, which is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo and significantly impacts the Okapi's natural habitat.  Turn in old cell phones to a welcome desk at our zoo.

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    Pat Hofmeister 10/20/2020 8:53 AM
    Anyone else watching the progress of the new Giant Panda boy cub at our National Zoo?  Learning a lot about behaviors of mom Pandas.  Also, while China charges a little over a $1 million a year to "rent" a Giant Panda, some zoos have seen a 51% increase in attendance due to Pandas.  Only 4 zoos in the U.S. have Giant Pandas:  National Zoo, Atlanta Zoo, San Diego Zoo and Memphis Zoo.  All these zoos participate in the Giant Panda Species Survival Plan, overseen by the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Services.

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    Pat Hofmeister 10/19/2020 1:06 PM
    I'm really enjoying this challenge.  It has made me so much more aware of how my actions impact others.  I'm enjoying reading my teammates posts.  I used the palm oil app twice today.  So glad to see that we do buy products that contain sustainable palm oil!

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    Pat Hofmeister 10/18/2020 11:02 AM
    One of my challenges is to spend 60 minutes outside, meditating or praying, etc.  Today when I was out, I noticed my husband looking into our woods.  After a few minutes, he explained that when he was a kid and sitting at his kitchen table, he could see his elderly neighbor outside staring at his vegetable garden.  He didn't get it then, but he does now.  Just being outside on a beautiful fall day watching birds, squirrels and sometimes deer is very relaxing and moving.  Great opportunity for meditating on how wonderful our life has been (in spite of covid) and how blessed we are.

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      Jim Stroeher 10/18/2020 2:15 PM
      I recently joined some hiking groups because I thought hiking in a group would be more satisfying. I quickly found out how much I valued my time alone in nature. I'm still meeting up for a lot of group hikes but I make sure I get out multiple times a week by myself to truly appreciate what is around me.

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    Pat Hofmeister 10/17/2020 4:37 PM
    Pizza boxes are recyclable even with a little cheese and grease!  (source: American Forest &Paper Association)  See below for more information.

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      Katie Emerick 10/19/2020 6:44 AM
      Thanks for researching this, Pat! And good idea, Jim!

    • Jim Stroeher's avatar
      Jim Stroeher 10/18/2020 2:16 PM
      earthday365 rep had a great idea yesterday. If you are not sure if the lid is too greasy, tear it off and recycle the bottom or just cut out the problem area.

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    Pat Hofmeister 10/17/2020 7:36 AM
    The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released on July 13, 2020 that aims to clear up consumer confusion regarding the recyclability of pizza boxes.  The guidance resulted from a study conducted by WestRock - an AF&PA member company - that found the presence of grease and cheese at levels typically found on pizza boxes does not impact manufacturing in a negative way.
    "Corrugated pizza boxes are successfully recycled every day at paper mills throughout the country, yet consumers remain confused by mixed messages suggesting that some boxes should not be put in the recycle bin," said AF&PA recycling programs to President and CEO Heidi Brock.  "So, let's be clear: pizza boxes are recyclable.  Consumers should not be concerned about grease or cheese- simply remove any leftover pizza and place the box in the recycle bin.  We encourage communities to update their residential programs to explicitly accept pizza boxes that are free of food,"

    • Jim Stroeher's avatar
      Jim Stroeher 10/18/2020 2:20 PM
      A few weeks ago I was supposed to take a tour of the Republic recycling center. Unfortunately it switched to a virtual program and they used a video tour the director of the sight had done earlier this year. So much of the info he provided really contradicted what I have heard from so many others. I learned an amazing amount from that presentation.

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    Pat Hofmeister 10/16/2020 10:10 AM
    While watching the zoo's happy hour on Conservation in Madagascar, I came across this quote that really resonated with me.
    "In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught,"  (Baba Dioum)

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    Pat Hofmeister 10/15/2020 12:33 PM
    EPA released significant findings on the economic benefits of the recycling industry with an update to the national Recycling Economic Information (REI) Study in 2016.  This study analyzes the numbers of jobs, wages and tax revenues attributed to recycling.  The study for:
    757,000 jobs
    $36,6 billion in wages
    $6.7 billion in tax revenues.
    This equates to 1.57 jobs, $76,000 in wages and $14,101 in tax revenues for every 1,000 tons of materials recycled!!