October 11 - October 25, 2017

Laura Jane Schaefer

OHSU West Campus

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 418 Total



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.

One-Time Challenge


Organize a Course

I will organize one of NWEI's discussion courses, such as 'Powering a Bright Future', with family, friends, or classmates.

One-Time Challenge


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.



  • Laura Jane Schaefer 10/23/2017 11:08 AM
    Every year I forget to "check - in" over the weekends, and every year I promise myself I'll be better at it the next.  But we did make progress! At home we installed door sweeps to finish off weatherizing our entrances. I noticed a different almost immediately!  We also caulked and got new latches for the door to the (newly insulated) crawl space. We still needed to use the heat, but the drafts were much improved! 

  • Laura Jane Schaefer 10/17/2017 8:09 AM
    Yesterday I got updated pricing information for municipal composting for our campus! I reviewed my barriers document and was pleasantly surprised to see we've been able to eliminate a few of them over the years. There are still some hurdles - including cost - but with the right support and community enthusiasm, I think our campus could absorb those.

    I also put together anticipated costs/savings for some operational shifts and brainstormed creative ways to handle our unique waste stream. I've spent a lot of energy (heh) the past few years working on drastically reducing our electricity costs, but it's clear water is going to be my next hurdle. It's hard not to focus on missed opportunities, but operations & maintenance never cease so there's always a next time. It feels appropriate that I'll work on pivoting my area of expertise to be more aquatic just in time for the rain :D

  • Laura Jane Schaefer 10/16/2017 8:27 AM
    It was a challenge seeing how warm we could keep the house this weekend without the heat - we were lucky there was plenty of sun. It was also a great excuse to dig out our slippers; our floors get cold! I can't imagine how much cooler the house would have been had we not just gotten two cozy new layers of insulation. 

  • Laura Jane Schaefer 10/12/2017 1:52 PM
    I got caught up in an unusually hectic work week and totally forgot to check in yesterday! Welcome to the EcoChallenge, 2017 :D   

  • Laura Jane Schaefer 10/06/2017 3:52 PM
    Still thinking up ideas for resources I'd like to share with my team; was thinking of soliciting feedback from them too. What kinds of sustainability initiatives would they like to see on campus? Big or small. I'm going to start putting together long-term plans and want to know what their vision of a sustainable West Campus is!

    • Nancy Haigwood 10/15/2017 6:40 PM
      As you know, Laura, I really want to see us compost our food waste--THIS YEAR if we can.  We have so much, between our various types of primates.  

    • Holly Denman 10/06/2017 5:10 PM
      I just learned that we can't recycle clam shell containers in our county anymore because they were being sold to China and China has stopped buying because "they were too contaminated" .  I am stopping all purchases using these containers and it is harder than I thought!  Maybe there is an idea in there somewhere! 

  • Laura Jane Schaefer 9/25/2017 11:34 AM
    Since the weather's been colder, I'm working with our Facilities team to make sure we're doing our best to keep everyone comfortable and our systems are still running efficiently during the transition from cooling to heating.

  • Laura Jane Schaefer 9/22/2017 12:21 PM
    Today I have drafted a list of resources specific to our campus and scientific research to share with my team during EcoChallenge!

  • Laura Jane Schaefer 9/21/2017 8:44 AM
    Did you know: If you earn 200 pts you get a free 90-day subscription to the Chinook Boo App? What a fun surprise! 

    Today's task: See if I can get Kyndra on our team :D 

  • Laura Jane Schaefer 9/20/2017 8:09 AM
    Finalized the invitation email with Michelle. Still need to confirm if our team requires a password? Otherwise, back on track to start this! 

  • Laura Jane Schaefer 9/18/2017 9:00 AM
    I am behind schedule. Lost a week in the office due to a medical emergency. Back today to draft our campus introduction and announcement!