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October 6 - October 27, 2021

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  • Jon Peterson's avatar
    Jon Peterson 10/27/2021 4:00 PM
    I thought that I would end this Ecochallenge with a quote about the time well spent. "Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back."
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors, including market demand for recyclables. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

    Jon Peterson's avatar
    Jon Peterson 10/27/2021 3:52 PM
    I found that Clackamas County has a place in Oregon City where I can recycle motor oil, bulky waste (mattresses & appliances), envelopes lined with bubble wrap, 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Jon Peterson's avatar
    Jon Peterson 10/27/2021 3:47 PM
    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, aka Pacific Trash Vortex is something that is very disturbing to me.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater
    How do you think climate change will affect your region’s water supply? Think about the effects of weather, storms, salinity, and sea level rise, among other changes. How can you find out more about climate change’s impact to your region's water?

    Brenda Castaneda 's avatar
    Brenda Castaneda 10/27/2021 3:32 PM
    I understand that climate change can alter rainfall, influence crop yields, affect our health, and cause changes to forests, create insect outbreaks, and produce droughts to name a few of the adverse effects. So our weather extremes create dangerous situations.

  • Marti Mendenhall's avatar
    Marti Mendenhall 10/27/2021 3:08 PM
    WOW - One of my teammates is SMOKIN' HOT today!!!!! ON Fire!!! Way to go BRENDA!!!!

  • Marti Mendenhall's avatar
    Marti Mendenhall 10/27/2021 3:00 PM
    OMG! Only just a big left in this challenge! I'm really hoping our teammates step-it up. We ONLY have about a 3 point spread in between us and another group. Just a few more updates and we might have them! Muwaaahhhhh. For me, the competition has really pushed me to reach higher and do more, inlcuding homework at night and early morning hours. I'm gald for that!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Fix Leaky Faucets
    Fixing leaky faucets is one of the tasks that we can easily put off until later. Good job on completing this action! How will you use the momentum from completing this action to increase your water efficiency in other ways?

    Jon Peterson's avatar
    Jon Peterson 10/27/2021 2:49 PM
    If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down. Actually I have been doing a better job of turning the water off in between placing dishes on the drying rack and when shaving.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Choose a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2—per person. That’s a lot of carbon! What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

    Jon Peterson's avatar
    Jon Peterson 10/27/2021 2:27 PM
    I could skip vacation, but that is no fun. I cancelled a flight that I had last weekend and ended up driving instead. It made my stay at the destination much shorter, but the journey was good.

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    Karen Brooks 10/27/2021 2:22 PM
    Goodwill has challenged our coaching team and we never back down from a challenge. :)
  • Reflection Question
    Health Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home
    To what extent do environmental factors contribute to your own health or issues with health?

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    Jon Peterson 10/27/2021 2:10 PM
    Exposure to dangerous or foreign substances creates health vulnerabilities and air pollution effects on humans are a significant public health concern, not only because of their role in climate change, but also because exposure to air pollution can increase morbidity and mortality.