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October 14 - October 28, 2016
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Kim Smith

PCC SOC 228 Environmental Sociology

"I live and work by the motto: Educate, Empower, Engage. NWEI and the EcoChallenge have really helped me put my beliefs into practice. This year, I am glad to have the impetus to declutter my home. It really needs it!"


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Kim's actions


Go Paperless

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



Use Reusable Containers

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



De-Clutter my Home

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


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    Kim Smith 10/28/2016 1:33 AM
    Sadly, I struggled to consume any meals without packaging the last two days.  Traveling makes it hard. Plus, well.... there is a lot of packaging in Japan.  As committed as they are to sustainability (I was pleased with their metal silverware on the plane - in coach!), there really were too many aspects of the meals since I have been here to fairly claim any small efforts I made.

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    Kim Smith 10/26/2016 11:51 AM
    I felt like I had achieved the goal of using a reusable container - the flight attendant let me use my mug for the drink cart!  :)  Plus, ordered a focaccia, without any packaging.  It just arrived on a plastic plate though...  :( So, do I get half credit or should I undo the action?

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    Kim Smith 10/25/2016 2:06 PM
    I have so many paper files.  I hear that it is OK to get rid of tax documents after 7 years, but it still feels difficult to me.  Plenty of old documents heading off to the shredder today though.

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    Kim Smith 10/24/2016 1:07 PM
    PCC has awesome sustainability water bottles with the motto: "We're all in this together."  They also have provided a neat all-in-one utensil, with a knife, spoon, and fork.  I will add a picture.  If students want any of these, you might be able to get them through the sustainability office.

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    Kim Smith 10/23/2016 6:49 PM
    Moving furniture around is making a big difference in shifting space.

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    Kim Smith 10/22/2016 1:33 PM
    OK, the car is packed.  Donations and recycling to begin!

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    Kim Smith 10/21/2016 5:52 PM
    Choosing to declutter my home includes reducing the clutter that comes in.  Just converted another bill into paperless and have organized my tupperware options.  Next up, per a great conversation with colleagues: create a sustainability box for my car, including a set of leftover containers.  Sadly, this was inspired by many leftovers after a sustainability meeting.  Oh, the irony.

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    Kim Smith 10/21/2016 2:11 AM
    Sometimes it feels frustrating, like I am just shuffling boxes between rooms, but I have to really clear out a room and then decide how to create a functional design which best meets the needs and allows energy to flow, rather than get stuck.  Then, I can only bring items back in that I really need.  The rest has to go.

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    Kim Smith 10/20/2016 4:09 PM
    I focused on the outside today and sorted a bunch of plastic pots from gardening.  PCC Rock Creek has a big landscaping program and plant sale.  Rather than recycling the pots, I think I will see if they would like to reuse them.

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    Kim Smith 10/19/2016 2:04 PM
    Suddenly feeling fatigued by all of the stacks, but the EcoChallenge is at least providing the impetus to muscle through the inertia.