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April 1 - April 21, 2022
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Amber Weischedel

GREENVILLE

"Embrace the Environment"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 712 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    95
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    990
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    1,500
    minutes
    being mindful
  • UP TO
    1,295
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    86
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1,295
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • UP TO
    588
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Amber's actions

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

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 30 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 5 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Go For A Daily Walk Outside

I will take a walk outside for 30 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products

I will spend 30 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home or dorm room.

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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 5 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 21
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?


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    Amber Weischedel 4/21/2022 6:17 AM
    I have enjoyed this challenge!
  • 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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    Amber Weischedel 4/20/2022 1:30 PM
    Runoff to water sources is the main source of pollution in my area.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Water Brush My Teeth Without Running Water
    What is the main water source in your region? If you don't know, how could you find out?

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    Amber Weischedel 4/20/2022 1:29 PM
    The Kaskaskia River is the main source of water for my region.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Amber Weischedel 4/20/2022 1:22 PM
    I have experienced this often and my go to is carrying everything in my arms.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reusable one, but it's just hard to make the switch. What stands in your way of making this a habit? By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

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    Amber Weischedel 4/19/2022 1:47 PM
    Understanding that making a simple switch like this can make world of a difference.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Simplicity Go For A Daily Walk Outside
    Fresh air and movement are good for our entire being and can help us think more clearly and creatively. How does taking a walk each day affect yourself and/or your work?

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    Amber Weischedel 4/19/2022 1:38 PM
    I notice a difference when I take a walk, my head is a lot clearer.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Amber Weischedel 4/19/2022 1:37 PM
    Showing personal creativity only brings out the good in someone.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Amber Weischedel 4/19/2022 1:36 PM
    Eating without an electric device is more relaxing.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health Audit Toxic Cleaning Products
    To what extent do environmental factors contribute to your own health or issues with health?

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    Amber Weischedel 4/19/2022 1:31 PM
    The more time I spend outside my mental health only gets better.
  • 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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    Amber Weischedel 4/19/2022 12:39 PM
    You have to do energy to receive energy....being outside only makes it better!