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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Camille Williams

PCC SOC 228 Intro to Environmental Sociology

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 651 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    91
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    630
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,740
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    990
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen

Camille's Actions

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

Do at Home

I will replace 60 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

Do at Home

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

Do at Home

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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

Do at Home

I will spend 60 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

Do at Home

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with durable non-plastic options.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Do Nature Activities

Do at Home

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 60 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

Do at Home

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

Do at Home

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Camille Williams 10/27/2021 9:34 AM
    Overall, I learned quite a bit from this challenge. Some of the actions that I took were a bit more of a challenge then I thought they would be compared to others. There were times I found to be a challenge to complete my daily actions, such as spending a longer period of time outside or reducing screen time. Sometimes it was hard to avoid the screen if I needed to do schoolwork. There were also times it was hard to spend a longer period of time outside doing nature based activities because of the weather. But I was happy that I was at least able to complete these actions multiple times a week versus not doing them at all. I was also very happy to involve my daughter with this challenge as well. She has a better understanding that we need to help take care of our planet by saving energy with things like turning off the lights when not in use and adjusting the thermostat so it isn't being used as much. She also preferred taking more time out in nature versus sitting in front of a screen. She is becoming the one to remind me to turn off a light when I leave a room and to go outside for a walk. Because of this challenge I was able to learn more of what I could do to be more sustainable. I plan on continuing this journey and even expanding on it. 

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    Camille Williams 10/21/2021 8:54 AM
    So far I am having a great experience. I am noticing I am able to catch on fairly quick with making changes to certain habits. I have had great experience adjusting my thermostat and have noticed I can make adjustments elsewhere if needed versus raising or lowering my heat/AC. If I am hot, I try to do something else to cool down, such as turn on a fan or open a window. If I am too cold, I put on a sweater or some socks. Though it has proven to be a bit more difficult to find ways to keep cool versus finding ways to warm up. 
  • 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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    Camille Williams 10/21/2021 8:49 AM
    I have been keeping an eye on my energy bills to see what difference this is making, I am expecting it to bring my average usage down. The money that I am saving from making the switch to cold water to wash my clothes and adjusting my thermostat, I plan on keeping within my living expense budget. If there is any left over from that, I put in my savings account. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy From a Farmers Market
    What is one food choice that you make, or could make, that would do more good and less harm?

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    Camille Williams 10/21/2021 8:46 AM
    I am trying to keep to more plant-based meals or at least meatless meals. Shopping at the farmer's market, the produce I buy is a bit more pricey then what I paid for before, but examining the "true cost" of the produce I was getting before made it far more expensive in the end with the harm it does to get to me.