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Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • Rebekah Helzel's avatar
    Rebekah Helzel 4/26/2018 3:16 PM
    I learned that I have so much more to learn and do.   But I also learned from the collective experience that indeed we can and will make the change that’s needed.   

  • Amy Villanueva's avatar
    Amy Villanueva 4/24/2018 11:36 AM
    Once again - appreciate the format and accessibility of these eco-challenges!  I've learned, I've adopted new habits and I've been talking a lot about it with my friends and family.
    Buildings and Cities Online Energy Audit
    What are your next steps for saving energy?

    Sabrina W's avatar
    Sabrina W 4/24/2018 6:06 AM
    It was interesting to do the energy audit, but our newly built home was designed to be extremely energy efficient, so I didn’t learn anything particularly new. I was disappointed that ithe audit didn’t include renewable energy for heating and cooling - we have been amazed at how well the geothermal unit works. I guess the audit is designed to help people who can do retrofits to improve energy efficiency rather than also gather insights in percentage, etc of people using more advanced solutions. 

  • Susan Wright's avatar
    Susan Wright 4/23/2018 9:30 PM
    During this challenge I have been tracking the food our family wastes. I have always felt bad about it, but writing it down each day has been eye opening.  Now I need to figure out how to organize our refrigerator and shopping and eating patterns better so we don't forget things in the back shelves that become science experiments! 
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than other countries, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

    Rebekah Helzel's avatar
    Rebekah Helzel 4/22/2018 9:25 AM
    Cultural characteristics, such as a belief in unlimited land, resources and individualism stands in the way of making choices which benefit the whole over what is at this minute most convenient and easiest for ones self.
    Transport Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transporation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

    Monica Pandele's avatar
    Monica Pandele 4/20/2018 11:19 AM
    I think taking public transport has so many wins, beyond the environmental benefit. For me is a sort of reality check, see how other people around me are behaving, what they are discussing, makes me cherish diversity of the place I live in.

  • Amy Villanueva's avatar
    Amy Villanueva 4/19/2018 5:26 PM
    I have told many friends, family about my "2 meals a day" commitment.  I am realizing that it's memorable and compelling for a number of reasons: planet impact, animal treatment, personal cost savings and health reasons!  Win win win win.  There's something in there for everyone.
    Transport Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

    Lex Agapinan's avatar
    Lex Agapinan 4/18/2018 10:07 AM
    Switching to an electric or hybrid also increases your resilience. If one were to combine with a home rooftop solar system, the only costs would be tires and batteries
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

    Rebekah Helzel's avatar
    Rebekah Helzel 4/18/2018 8:29 AM
    I would rather use the money to feed the homeless an start creating a solution
    that is long term and sustainable for those living without support on the street
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

    Lex Agapinan's avatar
    Lex Agapinan 4/16/2018 3:27 PM
    I hadn't heard of Silvopasture before, but it seems like it has some of the same advantages as other integrated agricultural practices. Living things tend to thrive when they exist within systems rather than as separate from nature.