October 11 - October 25, 2017

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  • Nancy Haigwood 10/25/2017 1:11 PM
    Maybe it was just karma but I had been working with an eco friendly yard group already when this started, and I just got them to install a swale and native plants in my yard (and they fixed the fence and gate, wooden).  I am really excited to have this part of my yard fixed and it was one of the big objectives of this challenge, and very real to me.  Didn't do as well on the meatless meals, food for thought indeed. But lots of progress otherwise.  Fun overall.

  • Michelle Dawson 10/23/2017 11:28 AM
    One of the challenges I picked was to research my house hold cleaning products, and then dispose of the supper dangerous ones, and the excess ones. I have not done this yet, but I already have some for knowledge from a class I took on the chemistry of environmental toxins. And from that I have some general advice about cleaning products.

    If you are using a cleaning agent, don't have food out. For instance, if you are spraying Lysol on your kitchen counters, don't be drinking coffee unless it has a lid. This is because a portion of the chemical you are spraying into the air will end up in your coffee. Doing more research I hope to adopt some better practices with house hold chemicals, as well as a better understanding of safer but still effective cleaners.

    And one more thing to note, when getting rid of my excess cleaning supplies you DO NOT want to just poor them down the drain. This can be very hard on your pipes as well as the waste water treatment plant. The best way to get rid of them in your own trash is to pour them into clay based Kitty Litter, or another absorbent substance (also do this in a ventilated area, and your best option would be automotive or mechanic shop absorbent as this will not have additives for odor reduction). Or find a place near you that will accept house hold chemical waste.

  • 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

  • Chris Crawford 10/16/2017 3:31 PM
    Save electricity:  turn off the lights in the restroom when you leave  especially in the 'single use' ones.

  • 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. 

  • Nancy Haigwood 10/15/2017 6:42 PM
    Also, three days in a row of shorter showers; not too hard to do.  The decluttering is less fun but coming along...

  • Nancy Haigwood 10/15/2017 6:39 PM
    It was fun today to go out to lunch and to choose the Mushroom burger instead of meat! It was delicious (Bugattis Portobello)

  • Nancy Haigwood 10/12/2017 5:16 PM
    I am planning to work on saving water and using public transportation more.

  • Michelle Dawson 10/12/2017 3:19 PM
    I can't put all recyclables into my recycling bin, but thanks to this challenge I finally took the time to find a location near me that takes most recyclables. The closest one to me is owned and operated by Far West Recycling. Next step, start collecting things that I used to through away but can now recycle!