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October 14 - October 28, 2016
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Gordon Young

Beneficial State

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 841 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    5.5
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    16
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    30
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    12
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    6
    outdoor meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    135
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    32
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    90
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • UP TO
    210
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • UP TO
    488
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Gordon's actions

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 ACTION

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Use an Energy Meter

I will use an energy meter to monitor my energy use and identify opportunities to save power.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Avoid Disposables

I will not use any disposable plates, cups, or cutlery.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Just Drive Less

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 8
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 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Eat Meals Outside

I will eat 1 meal(s) outside each day.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Have a Garage Sale

I will have a group garage sale with friends, family, and/or neighbors.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 10-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter my Home

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk each day.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Healthy Sleep

I will commit to getting 15 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Advocate for more Food Options

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

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Avoid Refined Sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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 ACTION

Waste

Needs vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Containers

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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 ACTION

Food

Buy from a Farmers Market

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 30 minute(s) of screen time per day with other activities.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

I will exercise daily for 10 minute(s) per day for two weeks.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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 ACTION

Nature

Spend Time Outside

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Visit a Local Farm

I will visit a nearby farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Energy

Consider Switching to an Electric Vehicle

Research or test drive an electric car or bike.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Nature

Tend a Garden

I will tend to a garden each day, or work on starting one.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

I will not travel for meetings and will instead conduct them virtually.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Seafood

I will not eat seafood.

COMPLETED 3
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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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 ACTION

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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Recycle all Recyclable Materials

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

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    Gordon Young 10/28/2016 8:50 PM


    End of the line for ecochallenge for 2016, but not for the great habits I've started!  I will continue to enjoy more sunrises and sunsets, get a little more sleep each day, and spend more time exercising outdoors.  It's been a wonderful two week adventure!

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    Gordon Young 10/27/2016 8:58 PM
    Started a Winter garden, and fertilized my citrus trees this evening before the rain started.  Looking forward to some healthy home grown vegetables and fruit this Winter!

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    Gordon Young 10/25/2016 9:04 PM
    Eating my breakfast outdoors each morning and watching the sunrise has been a fabulous way to start the day.  Everything seems so much more peaceful (except for the hummingbirds that fight at the feeder).  I may just make this a regular habit!

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    Gordon Young 10/24/2016 9:59 PM

    I made an appointment with a landscaper to remove a coastal redwood tree next to my house prior to the start of ecochallenge.  I was worried that the tree could blow over in a high wind and crunch either my neighbor's house or mine.  When the tree trimmer arrived to cut the tree down this week he called me at work and said it was one of the most beautiful coastal redwoods he had seen, and wanted to confirm that I really wanted it cut down.  He suggested that I "lace" it by removing some of the branches to give the tree a more open look that would allow more air and sunlight to penetrate.  He said it was the healthiest thing I could do for the tree, and it would look more like a Christmas tree.  Ecochallenge has taught me that I need to have a greater respect for nature, so I said don't cut it down, just go ahead and "lace" it.  I'm glad I did because the tree is absolutely beautiful, and it's still around to help rid the air of carbon dioxide.  Thanks ecochallenge for helping me get my head and priorities straight!

    • Jorge Mendoza's avatar
      Jorge Mendoza 10/25/2016 3:24 PM
      That's awesome!! A beautiful tree is priceless!! You did the right thing Gordon!!

    • Mariana Chinellato's avatar
      Mariana Chinellato 10/25/2016 1:48 PM
      That's so great Gordon! Would love to see a picture of that beautiful tree! I went on a hike this past weekend and we were surrounded by redwoods most of the trail and all of a sudden I felt the need to hug one and I did!! haha. silly, I know, but nature is just so amazing :)

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    Gordon Young 10/20/2016 7:48 AM
    Took the Nature challenge of watching the sunrise this morning.  As it rose over the nearby hills this morning at 7:30am, I even heard a rooster crow!  One of the many benefits of living in a rural area!

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    Gordon Young 10/16/2016 9:20 PM
    Enjoyed fresh vegetable spring rolls from a local Thai food restaurant today for lunch.  Healthy and delicious!

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    Gordon Young 10/15/2016 9:19 PM
    Went to a relative's farm today and picked and enjoyed some fresh, juicy freestone peaches.  Fabulous!

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    Gordon Young 10/13/2016 9:18 PM
    What am I doing this weekend???  I'll be stopping by all of the local farmers' markets to find some fabulous, locally farmed vegetables and fruits to enjoy and get even healthier!  Bon Appetit!