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October 11 - October 25, 2017
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Sue Barns

Los Alamos EcoChallengers!

"To engage all of Los Alamos County (NM) in the EcoChallenge!"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 692 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    20
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • UP TO
    794
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    6
    letters or emails
    sent to public officials or leaders
  • UP TO
    210
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    300
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen

Sue's actions

Nature

Tend a Garden

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Disconnect from Email

I will disconnect from my email when not working or studying.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

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

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

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

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 5 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 2.33 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 4
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

Transportation

Choose a Carbon Offset

If buying a plane ticket, I will also buy a carbon offset.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for planet-friendly policies or something else I believe in.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Create Your Own Action

Actually meditate every day! For Real.

Goal= meditate at least 20 mins/day. The value of meditation in achieving a focused, non-reactive state of mental clarity, from which good actions arise naturally, is indisputable. I have already experienced the benefits of sporadic meditation; time to level up and see if I can establish a daily practice!

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

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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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    Sue Barns 10/25/2017 9:55 AM
    Last day!  Time to do my one-time challenge of buying carbon offsets for our upcoming plane flight. While I'm at it, I think I'll find our our carbon footprint for the year (lifestyle + travel), and buy offsets for the whole enchilada. Time to count our mileage, kWh, therms of natural gas, etc. and offset what we couldn't reduce :-)  Easy to do here:  https://carbonfund.org/ 

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    Sue Barns 10/23/2017 7:56 AM
    Last few days of the EcoChallenge! I have to go shopping today, and hope I can keep to my list and only buy things I need. Wish me luck!

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    Sue Barns 10/20/2017 7:10 AM
    Today will be a good day to get a little gardening done! The gophers have pushed up some dirt in the front yard, which can get moved to the future Kale Kingdom, and I will order some seeds!  Hope everyone's challenges are still going well.

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    Sue Barns 10/19/2017 12:04 PM
    Shopped at the Farmer's Market and only bought what I needed (food). I will really miss the market when it shuts down for the season! So much good food from local growers, it spoils us...

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    Sue Barns 10/18/2017 7:08 AM
    I had the perfect opportunity to achieve my challenge of "only buy items necessary for health and safety", but then blew it by buying a package of chocolates when shopping at the Co+op! I was hungry, and acted out of mindless habit :-(   Some of these challenges seem so easy, but can be so difficult if conditions aren't perfect.    However, I see from our team points total that many of you are having success, so rock on!

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    Sue Barns 10/17/2017 2:29 PM
    Looks like I won't be able to plant my kale seeds for a few weeks, due to travel plans. But they will get planted! (after I order them... )

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    Sue Barns 10/16/2017 12:57 PM
    More "quality time in nature (instead of screen time)", this morning up by the Ski Lodge helping with PEEC's Nature Play group. The aspens are still soooo beautiful up there, so get on up to see them if you haven't yet (and even if you have :-) Go Team!

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    Sue Barns 10/15/2017 2:29 PM
    During my "30 mins of quality time outside" I saw the most colorful oak leaves ! The afternoon light really made the yellows, oranges and reds pop. I may have to get out tomorrow for some photography, before the leaves fall.

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    Sue Barns 10/14/2017 8:31 AM
    Off for a big hike today, which should help me nail my "replace 30 mins of screen time with quality time outside" challenge! Hope everyone else has a lovely, and successful, Saturday!

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    Sue Barns 10/13/2017 2:01 PM
    So far my favorite challenge, and the hardest one to carry through, has been to limit social media to once per day. I knew I was somewhat addicted to checking FB, but, wow, taking that option off the table has really opened up some time!  And, I feel MUCH less distracted and scattered, much easier to focus and get things done. Yay!