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April 1 - April 21, 2022
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Andrew Razanauskas

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"If not us, who? If not now, when?"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 646 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    5
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    12
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • UP TO
    12
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    7.2
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    3
    donations
    made
  • UP TO
    1
    locally sourced meal
    consumed
  • UP TO
    60
    minutes
    being mindful
  • UP TO
    40
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • UP TO
    160
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • UP TO
    4
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    5
    pounds
    waste composted

Andrew's actions

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 6 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 5 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will travel by bike 2 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 15 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 15 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 15 minute(s)

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

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

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Advocate for More Food Options

I will advocate for local and/or organic food options at work or on campus.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support businesses owned by people of color in my community whenever I shop.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support Ecochallenge.org or another nonprofit.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

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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    Andrew Razanauskas 4/22/2022 4:54 AM
    The EcoChallenge really expanded my view of what it means to be sustainable.  There were several topics I encountered in this initiative that I hadn't connected to the overall environmental/social/governance mission. But even a simple nature walk, spending more time in the environment, better connected me to my surroundings.
    I am also reminded how great the Carlisle team is!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

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    Andrew Razanauskas 4/18/2022 1:50 PM
    I've recently begun separating compost material, and it's made me more deliberate about my purchasing and eating habits. I used to throw food out regularly and without care. In addition to composting for my friend's garden, I am trying to be mindful of persistent, global food insecurity, and not buying what I won't eat or can't compost. While individual efforts may seem trivial, my hope is this challenge ignites awareness and action among others!

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    Andrew Razanauskas 4/14/2022 6:54 AM
    There's a nature trail I've run on regularly for probably six years now. The EcoChallenge prompted me to stop and immerse myself, utilizing my senses, instead of rushing to my next function. It's amazing how, for all the hours spent on that trail, I'd never truly experienced it until now. 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transportation Go by Bike
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience differ while walking, riding transit, biking, or driving?

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    Andrew Razanauskas 4/13/2022 5:02 AM
    Riding my bike might actually adversely affect my engagements in the community. When I'm driving I'm subject to fewer car horns and obscenities.
    Perhaps this is an indicator that I, too, need to work on safety and etiquette.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Nature Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

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    Andrew Razanauskas 4/08/2022 11:03 AM
    It does. For me, it helps illustrate the cause I care about. It's easier to empathize with individuals or groups when we more intimately know them. Similarly, I'm finding that when I'm spending more time in genuine reflection in my environment, I'm that much more inclined to fight for its preservation. So, in my view, herein lies your cultural implication. More people in touch with nature will likely mean more advocates! 
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Express My Support
    What sustainability issues are most pressing or prominent on your campus? In your hometown? Where you live currently?

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    Andrew Razanauskas 4/06/2022 4:57 AM
    Because I work closely with our local food bank, I'm inclined to say food insecurity is a top concern. The Borough of Carlisle has poverty levels above state and nationwide averages. Knowing this, there are invariably other problems resulting from these disparities, which I ought to better understand so I can help educate others and advocate causes.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Simplicity Limit Social Media
    Social media can keep us connected with loved ones, make us laugh, and help us to learn new things. It can also create echo chambers and take more time than we realize or intend to give. After completing this action for a few days, how do you feel? What do you notice?

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    Andrew Razanauskas 4/05/2022 8:43 AM
    I've given up Facebook for lent, as I've done in the past, and I realize how heavily I use it and how much energy it requires. I've replaced some time with news and other forms of media, but have significantly reduced my average screen time, creating time for healthier activities. I've felt less need for validation, and my reduced doomscrolling elevates my mood and outlook. Perhaps staying off after lent ends isn't such a bad idea?

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    Andrew Razanauskas 4/01/2022 8:55 AM
    Elated to see the progress and discussion already.  It's going to be a great month!