October 11 - October 25, 2017

Emily Vislocky

KINK FM

"Find composting solutions and spread the word!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 523 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    9
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    0
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved

Challenges

Food

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Join a Local CSA

I will sign up for a local CSA (Consumer-supported Agriculture).

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Create Your Own

Encourage Neighbors to Limit Junk Mail

My building has a shared recycling bin beneath our mailboxes, and I always see Red Plum fliers in it. I just found the website where you can opt out of those mailers, and I've entered my information. But I was thinking, since it's so easy, why not share the website URL with my neighbors too? If we all opted out, we'd save so much paper. I plan to post a sign at our mailboxes with this information.

Uncompleted
Create Your Own Challenge

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 1
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace or school. If a recycling program exists, I will advocate for ways to improve and expand it.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 1 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Reduce Unwanted Mail

I will reduce the amount of unwanted mail I receive (catalogs, phone books, etc.).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill per day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY CHALLENGES

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  • Emily Vislocky 10/25/2017 1:19 PM
    This eco challenge has been so fun and eye-opening. Thanks Peggy for organizing!

  • Emily Vislocky 10/19/2017 8:10 PM
    I found a potential lead for a place to bring my composting, but I still want to do more research. This is a reminder to myself to make some calls tomorrow!

  • Emily Vislocky 10/18/2017 5:22 PM
    I want to try baking bread for my next food challenge... anyone have a nice simple recipe to share? :)

  • Emily Vislocky 10/16/2017 10:01 PM
    Starting watching Food Inc. today as a new food challenge. I think it'll inspire me to take on more food challenges, like eating local and vegetarian!

  • Emily Vislocky 10/15/2017 1:22 PM
    I've saved food scraps for composting almost every day of the challenge so far, and my collection is getting big! Yet I'm still struggling to find a place to give the scraps... my apartment building doesn't have a bin, and after emailing several people from local environmental organizations, as well as employees of the city of Portland, I'm still not finding any good solutions. I'm learning that composting is not as easy as it seems! I'm reaching out now to some community gardens to see if they'll take my compostable waste. Once I find out a good solution, I will spread the word.

    • Emily Vislocky 10/16/2017 1:36 PM
      Hi Peggy, thanks for commenting. I actually don't know anyone who lives in a house in my neighborhood but yes this is another suggestion I've received. Initially I did think I'd like to advocate for a composting program in my building. But I've been looking into the effort and expense involved in setting up a composting program for an apartment building, and my findings are not promising. My building management is super unresponsive about day to day workings of my apartment, it would take a miracle for them to start a composting program. Aside from that, most of the organizations I've contacted actually do not encourage composting at apartment buildings unless the residents are super on board and committed. It's more complex than recycling, and a batch of compost can easily be ruined by one person who does not follow the rules. So you really need to educate each resident, and if there's a high turnover rate in the apartments, this can be a challenge.

      Anyway, I guess nobody ever said composting would be easy, but I'm still trying! :)

    • Peggy La Point 10/15/2017 4:58 PM
      You've covered a number of bases that I would've suggested. Hopefully a community garden will be the solution. Do you have and know any neighbors who are in single family homes? You could always ask them. It's frustrating that there aren't options for apartment dwellers. One more idea....ask your apt manager to consider setting up a compost bin.

  • Emily Vislocky 10/14/2017 11:38 PM
    Hiked Mt St Helens today, and made sure to leave no trace! I patrolled our group and made sure we didn't leave anything behind accidentally.

  • Emily Vislocky 10/12/2017 10:41 AM
    I'm having trouble finding a place in my neighborhood to bring my compost, as my building does not have a compost bin. Any suggestions? I live in the Slabtown area of NW Portland.

  • Emily Vislocky 10/11/2017 4:17 PM
    I went to this site to opt out of Red Plum mailers: https://www.redplum.com/tools/direct-mail-preferences
    I also contacted Comcast and CenturyLink to tell them to stop sending mailers to my address.