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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Julia Albano

Gerding Edlen

"Good planets are hard to find"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,457 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    285
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    44
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    340
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    285
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    20
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    42
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Julia's Actions

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Know My health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and ending unwanted subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Car Share

I will sign up for a car-sharing service, or organize car sharing with my neighbors, to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 15-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 20 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

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    Julia Albano 10/24/2018 7:35 PM
    I can talk to friends and neighbors about the process. I just signed up on PGE's website https://www.portlandgeneral.com/newsletters/customer-news/2018-09/2018-09-lets-shrink-oregons-carbon-footprint  
    SUPER easy to do!

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    Julia Albano 10/24/2018 1:37 PM
    Final day! Not only did I eat pretty healthy these past few weeks, but I became much more aware of how much waste I produce, how many straws I can turn down and how I need to keep up on my meditation!

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    Julia Albano 10/23/2018 5:58 PM
    Jenna and I spent 2 hours walking around Seattle today, definitely accomplished my 15 min minimum!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

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    Julia Albano 10/23/2018 5:56 PM
    Well thanks to Jenna I've been educated on all things canning and pickling! Our garden has an abundance of peppers so we pickled those and look forward to enjoying all year.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Express My Support
    What sustainability issues are most pressing or prominent where you live?

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    Julia Albano 10/22/2018 1:26 PM
    Portland Clean Energy Initiative is on the current ballot 

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    Julia Albano 10/21/2018 1:23 PM
    We brought food in Friday night, the packaging was almost all of our waste for the entire week. The audit really has me thinking about cooking from home more!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

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    Julia Albano 10/20/2018 11:46 AM
    I know I’m desensitized to the amount of waste I’m actually responsible for. Im collecting my trash through the weekend and am already surprised by how much there is. I already compost but food packaging really adds up.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Know My health
    How do you deal with the physical and emotional stress of the big problems we face? How can you help others cope?

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    Julia Albano 10/20/2018 11:20 AM
    Rediscovering meditation during this challenge has helped. Also I’m an animal lover so when the world gets overwhelming i spend some time with my dogs and it tends to put things into perspective. I have some goofy labs so it’s hard to not be happy around them!

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    Julia Albano 10/20/2018 11:18 AM
    My ND suggested a Boston Heart panel which gives even more info than just the 4 core metrics. Lots of info, super interesting but VERY expensive. Luckily it was covered by insurance.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Go get a check up
    How do you practice self care?

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    Julia Albano 10/20/2018 11:08 AM
    I try to have one weekend day with nothing planned. On weeks that i travel it’s so helpful to get extra sleep, relax and enjoy time with loved ones for that one day.