October 11 - October 25, 2017

Michelle Krause

Marylhurst University

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 333 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    16
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    470
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    450
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Challenges

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 15-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 14
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 12
DAILY CHALLENGES

Nature

Tend a Garden

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

COMPLETED 11
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Exercise Daily

I will exercise daily for 20 minute(s) per day for two weeks.

COMPLETED 13
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 14
DAILY CHALLENGES

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my family, for 20 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 12
DAILY CHALLENGES

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed


  • Michelle Krause 10/25/2017 2:22 PM
    The world just keeps presenting my eyes with such beauty!  I am loving the scent, colors, and slight bite to the air that Fall brings.  I'm sad to see the challenge ending as it has been so wonderful to see and read about what others have been doing, exploring, and experiencing this year.

  • Michelle Krause 10/23/2017 11:48 AM
    Sure have had some pretty sunrises.  I love the way the world wakes up in the morning, birds begin singing, the sky begins to lighten, it's just beautiful!  I'm grateful to have discovered the nature options in the ecochallenge for this year, they have been a real pleasure to enact!

  • Michelle Krause 10/20/2017 3:27 PM
    Another perfect day to enjoy nature and being out in it.  My thermostat at home is set to 60 when home and 50 when gone, so definitely keeping the power usage down that way!  I'll miss reading everyone's posts and seeing photos of nature experiences when this challenge is over.  Very much enjoying the community aspect of this, just wonderful to see what everyone has chosen to engage in.  Thanks!

  • Michelle Krause 10/19/2017 4:50 PM
    It was so fun to go walking in the rain today after lunch!  The crows followed me around campus just waiting for a hazelnut to drop.  The geese were all lounging up at the top of campus, taking a much needed break in the Marylhurst wildlife habitat on their migration flight South for the Winter.  Everything smelled so clean and fresh!  Two of the trees looked like they were glowing with leaves all colored like flame.  A glorious day!

    • Carole Strawn, SNJM 10/19/2017 6:20 PM
      Sounds like you are feeling better. That is good! Glad you enjoyed this "typical" fall day in Western Oregon. Great place to be!

  • Michelle Krause 10/18/2017 11:32 AM
    I am so blessed to live this place where there is so much beauty in the natural world around us.  The changing leaves, the crispness in the air, the glorious contrast between the leaf colors and the blue-grey skies, and the wonder of green grasses flourishing after a long Summer drought all conspire to create a sense of wonder, awe, and gratitude within me.

  • Michelle Krause 10/16/2017 4:18 PM
    Severe migraine this morning limited the challenges I could complete so far.  It's possible that I'll get a few more in before the day comes to a close.  For now, I'm pretty satisfied with the indoor activities I was able to accomplish.  I'm still hoping for a walk in the woods and a few minutes of gazing at the sunset.  It's great to have the ecochallenge to remind me to do these things.  They are so important!

  • Michelle Krause 10/16/2017 4:15 PM
    Sunday I felt like I was freezing all day, even bundled up!  I kept the thermastat at 60 and pulled out the spot heater while typing up homework and studying.  Might be coming down with something.

  • Michelle Krause 10/16/2017 4:12 PM
    Couldn't get out walking and gardening as easily on Saturday.  On the up side, when I did go out walking, the new knee brace was just the ticket to walk farther and with less pain!  Hurray!

  • Michelle Krause 10/16/2017 4:09 PM
    Grateful to be able to walk, loosen up the body, and take in the scenery.  The body is not happy, so every opportunity to engage with nature and walk is a blessing to be treasured.

  • Michelle Krause 10/16/2017 4:06 PM
    Not only did I leave no trace, I cleaned up other people's trash.  I'm so grateful to my mom for teaching me to leave places better than I find them.