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April 1 - April 21, 2022
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Anna Kurth

Dickinson Green Devils 2022

"yay ecochallenge! trying to use this time to be a little more conscious of my daily actions!"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,039 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    3
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    179
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    2,470
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    175
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    53
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    760
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    420
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Anna's actions

Health

Joyful Movement

I will spend 20 minutes doing an activity where I'm both moving my body and enjoying myself.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

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. telepresence, vacation locally).

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

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

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 45 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Learn More about Food Apartheid

What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 60 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Nature

Explore My Area

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 45 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard or local community garden.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 18
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?


  • Anna Kurth's avatar
    Anna Kurth 4/21/2022 8:11 AM
    Woohoo!! Last day!! This challenge has been a super great experience for me. Unlike previous EcoChallenges, I really focused on being realistic about what actions were attainable for me, especially as a college student. The actions I chose for this year still challenged me to change my behaviors, but they were things that I knew I could actually achieve, even if that did require some work, so it's been really gratifying to be able to participate this year.

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    Anna Kurth 4/20/2022 9:16 AM
    As this challenge wraps up, I'm feeling really good about it. Many of these actions have already become more natural to me, such as shorter showers and being more conscious about my meat consumption. 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Nature Explore My Area
    How might spending more time outdoors enhance your brainpower?

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    Anna Kurth 4/20/2022 9:12 AM
    Spending more time outdoors allows you to clear your head and focus on what's really important. "Decluttering" your brain like this can increase your brainpower

    • Emily Pineo's avatar
      Emily Pineo 4/20/2022 9:24 AM
      or sometimes I just start thinking about all the bugs I can't see but I know are there
  • 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.

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    Anna Kurth 4/18/2022 2:15 PM
    What concerns me the most is how little some other people care about their actions impact the planet. While it's great that many people are dedicated to the cause of maintaining a healthy planet, there are so many others out there who choose not to look beyond themselves to see how their actions and choices may impact others.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

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    Anna Kurth 4/18/2022 2:14 PM
    It is important to take care of pollinators because they do so much to keep the ecosystem up and running. Without pollinators, so many other systems would see negative impacts because pollinators create the basis for so many things, including growing food and other plants.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Anna Kurth 4/18/2022 2:12 PM
    Water system health is impacted by the products humans use every day for cleaning like shampoos, cleaning products, detergents, and more. I can help improve the health of water systems by being mindful of the ingredients that are in my cleaning supplies
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Anna Kurth 4/18/2022 2:11 PM
    Creativity is a necessary ingredient because you have to be more inventive with how you purpose the things you already have so that they can perform the tasks you need them to without having to buy more things
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more unnecessary things in the future?

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    Anna Kurth 4/18/2022 2:10 PM
    I think this ties in nicely with one of my other challenges, adopt a needs vs wants mindset. Over the past couple weeks, I have become much better about asking myself if what I'm buying is actually something I need or if I just want it which helps me keep my spaces cleaner, saves me money, and reduces my carbon footprint
  • 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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    Anna Kurth 4/18/2022 2:08 PM
    I notice things more, especially different shops and restaurants that I might breeze right by in a car. Additionally, I'm more aware of the hold that cars have on most of our communities and just how much space they are given compared to pedestrians 

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  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

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    Anna Kurth 4/18/2022 2:06 PM
    I really enjoy going to the gym with my friends, even if we don't workout together doing the exact same thing, it's nice to have a familiar face there and some accountability in sticking with a routine

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