October 11 - October 25, 2017

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  • Roxana Walls 11/15/2017 1:24 PM
    It really helped with becoming more self aware of your choices, not just your individual challenge. As well has having some self care practices become priority.
  • Nina Allen 11/14/2017 3:16 PM

    So far I am maintaining my new less-screen-time habit and making low/no waste meals from scratch at home. 
  • Alexandra Eldridge 11/13/2017 12:28 PM
    I learned how simple & easy it was to make a few changes that ultimately could add up to so much more.  The reduction of screen time (and disconnecting from email when outside of work) not only helped my eyes I'm sure, but I noticed that my stress level seemed lower & I was able to actually spend some of that time reading (a real book, not an e-book!) and just being present.  
  • Lise Glancy 11/11/2017 9:56 PM
    It does not take much to make a difference.  Change takes baby steps.
  • Nina Allen 11/10/2017 2:37 PM




    Joining the Challenge added incentive to do the things I have am trying to do on a daily basis.  Getting credit for it makes it easier to remember and encouraged me to turn off the screen and go for a walk!
  • Aline Lommen 11/10/2017 2:00 PM

    Final thoughts.  The challenge was worthwhile to get me thinking about reducing waste, and supporting local farms and suppliers.   I had gotten a little lazy on composting over the past year so we are back to nailing that process down.  I also really appreciated support and ideas from Co-workers
  • Paola Villegas 11/02/2017 12:01 PM
    Every time I reached for my phone in search of screen time, I opted to go for a walk instead!  This helped me to keep moving!   
  • Melanie Mesaros 11/01/2017 4:10 PM
    I look forward to this challenge each year and appreciate seeing how my actions can truly have an impact. This year, I carved out time for some decluttering around the house and feel so much lighter after that activity. For some reason, planning ahead to bring my reusable cup consistently was more challenging this time but it's something  I can continue to focus on now that the challenge is over. 
    Finally, this challenge always gives me a reason to change up my exercise routine and add in more outdoor activity (even if it's just 15 minutes). 
  • Christine White 10/31/2017 2:38 PM
    The challenge was instructive and inspiring to me.  I learned it is not that hard to eat meatless meals, and I realized how many lights I leave on every day.  I love being part of a CSA, and will continue to participate.  And I should get out and do more nature hikes, as it is a great stress reliever.   The big take away for me is mindfulness; its important to think about how you want to be a good environmental steward, even in the small things you do every day.
  • Lise Harwin 10/30/2017 11:11 AM
    As you know from my first post, this year I was traveling for much of the EcoChallenge, which led me to some very deliberate choices – take a walk outside (for at least 60 minutes) and try to disconnect from technology, specifically email, when not working.

    The first part was pretty easy. Part of the beauty of traveling in a new place is getting out and exploring. While in New Orleans, I admired the architecture in the Garden District, shopped along Magazine Street, popped into cafes in the French Quarter and wandered both the botanical garden and the sculpture garden in City Park. In all, I averaged about 15,000 steps a day and, given a heat index of around 96 (!) with stifling humidity, this seems like quite an accomplishment.

    Upon return to Portland, I continued my walking…though this has already been a long-standing habit. On weekends, I take a 60+ minute walk to the coffee shop for a latte and to the store for groceries. And, with the beautiful weather we’ve had recently, getting outside is no chore.

    The email thing, on the other hand…well, it was an experience.

    As I said originally, I like technology and I like being connected. You might even say that I’m addicted to knowing what’s happening at all times and being quick to respond to emails, even on nights and weekends. It’s part of my media relations DNA.

    But I really did flip the green switch on the email settings on my iPhone and turned off email for my entire trip. The only communication I had with work was one text message to my boss from the airport and one text from a colleague alerting me to Bill Wyatt’s new job. It was nice being disconnected, enjoying my vacation and not worrying about work for a change.

    Here’s the thing, though. The pro of checking your email on vacation is that you can get rid of the clutter and come back to a somewhat managed inbox. Upon my return to work, I opened my inbox to see the Outlook notification steadily grow. 100 emails…200…300…finally stopping at 441 emails. Ugh.

    Hot tip for anyone who attempts this? Sort your emails by sender and just flat out delete anything that’s a subscription, spam or regular update. This cut things by about half immediately. Then, sort by subject, which makes it easy to spot chains and leave only the latest email in the trail. Knowing this, I’m more open to going work email-free the next time I travel.

    For what it’s worth, I did leave the switch flipped through the end of the EcoChallenge, which did help me not check during off hours. Now that the challenge is done, I’ll probably switch my settings from Push to Fetch, so that I can at least check when I want to do so vs. when my phone alerts me to do so.

    All in all, it was a good EcoChallenge and I’m pleased that I managed to participate even while out of the office. I’m looking forward to turning off my email again for another quick vacation in November!