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October 5 - October 26, 2022
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Tara Richard

NW Natural

"My mission is to reduce my footprint and help education myself on ways to be a better person. "

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,046 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1
    advocacy action
    completed
  • UP TO
    243
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    28
    donations
    made
  • UP TO
    86
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    53
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    130
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • UP TO
    1
    pound
    waste avoided
  • UP TO
    1
    water footprint
    calculated

Tara's actions

Balancing Consumption

Less Screen Time

I will replace 20 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Cultivating Communities

Stay on the Ground

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. digital/virtual attendance, vacation without air travel).

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Enacting Equity

Share the Work of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, & Disabled Educators and Activists

Each day, I will spend 20 minutes finding and then sharing the work of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, & disabled educators or activists who inspire me.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Cultivating Communities

Practice a Sharing Economy

Each day, I will engage in a sharing economy among my family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Nourishing Food

What is My Food Supply Chain?

I will spend 20 minutes learning about my food supply chains, and complete a food waste audit.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Enacting Equity

Learn About Accessible & Equitable Voter Registration

I will spend 30 minutes learning about voter access and equity. And if applicable, I will register to vote, ask someone I trust to help me register, or help others register.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Regenerating Nature

Calculate My Water Footprint

I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Enacting Equity

Shop at BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Disabled, & Women-Led Businesses!

I will shop at a small business owned or staffed by underrepresented members of my community.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Cultivating Communities

Pull Together Items to Donate

Each day, I will find one or more items I can donate to a local thrift or resale shop.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Nourishing Food

Eat Plant-Based Meals

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Balancing Consumption

Repair a Broken Item

I will repair at least one item that is broken, but is repairable. This might be items like garden tools, sewing machine, small appliances, electronics, clothing, and more.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Balancing Consumption

NW Natural Energy Team and Strategic Energy Management

Did you know that NW Natural has our own Energy Team? Check out the Strategic Energy Management (SEM) page on the Hub and provide one energy saving suggestion in the reflection question section of this action. (Note: The SEM information is on a tab on the SEEC page. )

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Enacting Equity

NW Natural's Be the Change Challenge

Check out the Be The Change Challenge in Virgin Pulse and share one thing you learned in the reflection question section of this action.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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?


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    Tara Richard 10/31/2023 8:04 AM
    I am proud of my teammates for all the great work they did during this great ecochallenge.

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    Tara Richard 10/26/2022 3:56 PM
    Congrats everyone who participated. Hope you all learned as much or more than me. These ecochallenges are a wonderful way to get involved and remind us that small steps can lead to big changes!

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    Tara Richard 10/26/2022 3:48 PM
    During this ecochallenge, I have learned so many great ways to change my personal habits to make a positive impact on the community and the earth. 

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    Tara Richard 10/24/2022 10:50 AM
    Happy Monday everyone! Even though the challenge is almost at an end, there is no need to stop doing good things for the environment and community! Keep up the good work!

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    Tara Richard 10/20/2022 8:48 AM
    Happy Friday Eve everyone!!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Balancing Consumption Less Screen Time
    What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time inside and on screens?

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    Tara Richard 10/20/2022 8:46 AM
    Too much screen time can have a dramatic affect on young children. Lack of fresh air, physical exercise, and human contact also negatively impacts everyone. 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Cultivating Communities Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Tara Richard 10/19/2022 7:48 AM
    Switching from air travel to ground travel, such as by train, can have an impact on where you can go. It was easy to make the switch to train for the trip that we had planned. Instead of paying for a hotel, we booked a sleeper car on the train. It was a win-win.

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      Anan Srivilai 10/21/2022 7:47 AM
      To reduce more air travel, I have to plan for a longer trip to places due to longer travel time on the ground when driving, taking the train, etc...It does get a lot more cheaper when traveling this way for some places but it's also made me realize that when traveling by car, we have a great road trip when you have multiple people involved!

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    Tara Richard 10/18/2022 10:42 AM
    Keep up the great work everyone! 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Cultivating Communities Practice a Sharing Economy
    What benefits does the sharing economy offer to you and others? If you are a little shy to try, what could be a first step for you?

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    Tara Richard 10/18/2022 10:34 AM
    Sharing economy offers a reduction in spending and waste. One person's trash, is another person's treasure. 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Regenerating Nature Calculate My Water Footprint
    What is one way you will reduce your water use? What is a practice you already have that helps you reduce your water use?

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    Tara Richard 10/17/2022 9:32 AM
    One way I will reduce my water use is to make sure that I take shorter showers. Only having the water run to wet my toothbrush instead of having it run the whole time while brushing my teeth is a great way to reduce water use.