October 14 - October 28, 2016

Roger Frazier

BPA

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 590 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    12
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    50
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    88
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Challenges

Energy

Disable Screen Savers

I will disable screen savers and will put the computer to sleep instead, saving up to 28% % more energy.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 per day that I do this.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY CHALLENGES

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and/or unsubscribing from catalogs.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 2 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Needs vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Happiness

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 11
DAILY CHALLENGES

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of leave no trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Take Control

Develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers for my lunches at work or school.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY CHALLENGES

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once per day.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Just Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Go Get a Check Up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk each day.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY CHALLENGES

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Heat and Cool Naturally

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Know My Health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of C02 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Create Your Own Action

Avoid the Hook

I will not follow the news on TV, print or social media. Instead, I will research for myself, information to make decisions on voting, weather, or confirmation of recent events. I will avoid, as much as possible, any form of media led by advertising, as it takes up to an hour of my day to get "some" of the information, and the many commercials promote unnecessary spending, and environmental recklessness, ie, buy the disposable, and items with planned obsolescence. Kill your TV!

COMPLETED 11
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed


  • Roger Frazier 10/28/2016 9:33 AM
    Well, here we are at the end of the challenge. And while I am motivated to continue, I will miss using my Dashboard to remind me what I need to be doing and thinking about. And when will I get to do this again? Next year? That's too long. I would like to see this grow to where it is done quarterly, with many green industries offering prizes for participation and most improved scores. Overall, I have enjoyed this challenge. My awareness has greatly increased, with my desire to do it moving from, "how does this help me", to understanding how this helps the community. This is bigger than me. It's local effort with global results. Thank you for having the ECOCHALLENGE. And thank you to all of you that contributed, and hats off to all those who have committed to a new way of living. Yours in spirit, in nature and in love, Brother Rog.

  • Roger Frazier 10/27/2016 9:19 AM
    Had a great visit with my doctor. She is encouraged by my effort to complete my eco challenge. All of these efforts are having a huge positive impact on my perception of my daily life. The routine has purpose. The mundane is now interesting and something to share with others. I am really excited about continuing this challenge on a more permanent basis. I think being able to blog about it helps the most as it validates my experience and gives me a chance to look back at other posts and see how far I have come in taking a responsible and caring attitude toward my personal impact on our collective environment.

  • Roger Frazier 10/25/2016 4:19 PM
    Working on this project has brought an awareness of my actions and my impact on the world around me. I now see the direct positive effect my few actions have. I am excited to further commit to this way of living, where I can make positive contributions, lead by example, and help others to become aware of how they too can have a successful journey that has such wonderful benefits for our lives and the environment.

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  • Roger Frazier 10/24/2016 6:46 AM
    Sunday, a traditionally laid back day, was good. I made it through the weekend and did not watch any football on TV. I read books, did yard work, and spent time with the kids. I need more weekends like this!

  • Roger Frazier 10/24/2016 6:43 AM
    Mulch was easy and cheap. Looks great too! Relatively easy task if you have a pickup truck. Purchase the mulch, by the yard. Take it home and spread it out!

  • Roger Frazier 10/24/2016 6:40 AM
    Friday has me thinking more about the weekend than, the Eco challenge. So my task is to make them both as important and plan accordingly.

  • Roger Frazier 10/21/2016 4:28 PM
    Today was tough. Used store bought lunch, so I had lots of debris to throw away after lunch. On top of that, it wasn't the best nutritional choice I could have made. I did talk with my doctor today about goals and needs. So I am very happy about that. Now, can I get through the weekend and complete my goals?

  • Roger Frazier 10/20/2016 10:48 AM
    New goals are becoming habits! I am beginning to do the things I committed to more naturally, without the reminders I put in place for me. Still working on the Family. I am enjoying this, as previously, I really didn't see how my behavior impacted this world one way or the other.

  • Roger Frazier 10/19/2016 9:29 AM
    As I pay attention to whether the water is running or not while brushing my teeth, and 5 minutes showers, I have found extra minutes in my daily routine. Also, I am excited about the prospect of lower water bills. I am talking with my family about this so that they too can have the benefit of extra time and the inner knowledge that they did something good to help with our enormous environmental challenge that we face as the ruling species every day.