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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Caroline Hess

EMME

"Reducing waste through sustainable living ♻️"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,657 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    32
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    380
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    3
    donations
    made
  • up to
    235
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    4
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    285
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    65
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    5
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    32
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    72
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Caroline's Actions

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Install Alternative Energy

Do at Home

I will install an alternative energy system, such as solar electric systems or solar water heaters.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Install Greywater Catchment

Do at Home

I will install a greywater catchment system in my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Go for a Daily Walk Outside

Do at Home

I will take a walk outside for 15 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Ditch the Lawn

Do at Home

I will replace my lawn with a drought-tolerant landscape and save the water, money, and time I used to spend cutting the grass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

Do at Home

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

Do at Home

I will spend at least 30 minutes assessing the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace or school. If a recycling program exists, I will advocate for ways to improve and expand it.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Do at Home

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

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

Community

Host a Watch Party

Do at Home

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Forage for My Food

Do at Home

I will use the resources below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Do at Home

I will save up to 8 gallons (32 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow shower-head.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Research My Investment Portfolio

Do at Home

I will find out what stocks and bonds are in my investment account portfolio to determine if they align with my values (e.g. environmental, social responsibility, community).

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Research Impact Investing

Do at Home

Using the links provided below, I will research impact investing and determine if it is right for me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

Do at Home

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus to reduce pollution in the environment and in local communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

Do at Home

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Volunteer in My Community

Do at Home

I will volunteer 3 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Forgiveness

Do at Home

I will begin, or continue, on the journey of forgiving myself and/or other(s). I may do this through journaling, meditation, prayer, and/or talking with a licensed healthcare professional.

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.

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

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Do at Home

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn It Off

Do at Home

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Water Install Greywater Catchment
    What are some of the needs that water meets or benefits that water provides for you?

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    Caroline Hess 10/27/2021 9:05 PM
    It’s necessary for all life — hydration, hygiene, cooking, planting produce. We wouldn’t be able to survive without it
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it often difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places?

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    Caroline Hess 10/27/2021 9:04 PM
    Because of the culture of consumerism we live in, we can order anything with the tap of a button. We don’t have to spend anytime researching what we’re buying, so we often overlook the impact the items we purchase have
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Improve a Bus Stop
    How can you advocate for transportation systems which minimize environmental impact while also meeting human needs?

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    Caroline Hess 10/27/2021 9:03 PM
    I think it’s important that we continuously update our public transportation systems — by introducing more sustainable systems, you’d actually be increasing your ability to meet more peoples needs. Electric public transport would reduce costs and therefor decrease fares. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Install Alternative Energy
    How is your region being affected by climate change? How will it be affected in the future?

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    Caroline Hess 10/27/2021 9:01 PM
    Again, I did this challenge with my property in Vegas. Droughts have always been common there, but especially these past couple years. Leading to low levels in the water sources. If it continues, it will be nearly impossible to supply Nevada and surrounding states with water 

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    Caroline Hess 10/27/2021 3:11 PM
    Can’t believe it’s the last day! Looking forward to continuing to make more sustainable choices 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Launch a Recycling Program
    How might thinking creatively help us address big systems problems differently?

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    Caroline Hess 10/26/2021 8:16 PM
    My business's team is completely remote, so at first I didn't think it would be possible to implement a recycling program for my business. This could be a problem a lot of companies are facing (especially post-covid). I decided to instead offer my team reimbursements for them to go out and purchase a recycling bin for their house and sent them resources to find more details on their local recycling programs. If businesses looked for more creative solutions, I think we could see a huge impact nationwide.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Advocate for Greener Vehicles
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Caroline Hess 10/26/2021 8:13 PM
    There's also the cost efficiency factor of not having to pay for gas. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Raise Money For a Nonprofit
    How do/can Ecochallenge.org programs help you develop a stronger sense of community?

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    Caroline Hess 10/26/2021 8:10 PM
    This challenge encouraged me to learn a lot about different issues facing our country, especially in the Chicago area. I just moved to Chicago in July, so it was really great to learn about the local resources available. 

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    Caroline Hess 10/26/2021 8:08 PM
    Can't believe the challenge is almost over! Learned a lot throughout the past couple weeks. It's great to look back and see all of the little changes we've made in the household that will have a bigger impact longterm

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    Caroline Hess 10/25/2021 3:41 PM
    Used the buildings cleaner refill system for the first time today! Love that not only does it reduce waste but also makes it convenient to use non-toxic cleaners