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April 1 - April 21, 2022
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Juli Bounds

Dickinson Green Devils 2022

"The Eco-Challenge is a good time to recommit to sustainable practices. This year I am focusing on some of the food and simplicity goals. "

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 879 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    17
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    21
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    380
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    1.2
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • UP TO
    140
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    31
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    380
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    3
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    17
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • UP TO
    60
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Juli's actions

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will spend 10 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 60 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Happiness

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

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

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

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

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 1 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, neighbors or classmates.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Juli Bounds 4/20/2022 9:23 AM
    Just saw this! Shopping second hand make you more stylish.

     https://theconversation.com/do-you-shop-for-second-hand-clothes-youre-likely-to-be-more-stylish-180028

    There are definitely more ways to express yourself if you don't buy your cloths from the same fast fashion brands as everyone else. I love thinking about outfits I have that no one else in the world have because they are made up of unique pieces I have made or thrifted. 
  • 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?

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    Juli Bounds 4/19/2022 9:13 AM
    There are lots of stores that will take all kinds of things back I just discovered that Lowes has a drop off for plastic bags, batteries, flower pots and lightbulbs. Another thing I have been doing regularly is taking egg cartons back to the vendors at the farmers market to be reused. It takes a little more creativity and time but its worth it to keep things out of the landfill. 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

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    Juli Bounds 4/19/2022 8:36 AM
    Hopefully I don't waist that much food and money a year but I'm sure I waist some. One thing I have been thinking about is getting more quality, local, and organic products and just getting less so there is less waist and more money being spent to support local farmers so wins all around! 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Juli Bounds 4/15/2022 7:39 AM
    I have been working on mending, repairing, and upcycling more to create things that I will use and won't have to purchase. There are lots of simple things you can do to make the things you already have work better and longer for you. 

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      Juli Bounds 4/19/2022 8:32 AM
      Yes we love using up fabric scraps in the costume shop! 

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      Emily Pineo 4/19/2022 8:01 AM
      like letting your favorite inexperienced stage tech students use all the fabric scraps to make tote bags? <3 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

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    Juli Bounds 4/14/2022 7:54 AM
    I have really been enjoying seeing all of the blooming trees, daffodils and tulips this week. Thing that would be hard to take in from the car. 

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      Michael Hughey 4/14/2022 1:33 PM
      I agree that walking around Carlisle with all the flowers and plants blooming has been so beneficial both for mindfulness and as incentive for spending time in nature. 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA or another trusted source. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

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    Juli Bounds 4/14/2022 7:47 AM
    I have started making my own Kombucha and I can't wait for this summer when there will be more fresh fruits that I can flavor it with. 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

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    Juli Bounds 4/12/2022 8:59 AM
    One main thing I haven't been able to substitute yet is restaurant take out containers. Has anyone experimented with taking their own Tupperware to restaurants and having them fill it for you with your order? 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Juli Bounds 4/11/2022 9:19 AM
    Realizing that the things I am grateful for are small things that I can easily do to take care of myself which allows me to be happy and healthy and have the energy to commit to more causes I am passionate about. 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Simplicity Support a Sharing Economy
    What are some of the barriers to sharing economies? What is your plan for supporting or creating one in your community?

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    Juli Bounds 4/10/2022 8:07 AM
    I have been using the Buy nothing Facebook group to share things from my home but I don't think Dickinson Students are very engaged with it. Perhaps there is a way to set a buy nothing specifically for people living on campus? Maybe related to the free exchange? 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Energy Adjust the Thermostat
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

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    Juli Bounds 4/07/2022 1:14 PM
    I am really hoping the weather will cooperate and I can turn of the heating system completely and just open widows for temperature control.  I also have been thinking about installing a clothes line to reduce my dryer usage.