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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Linda Byington

ACHS Wellness Warriors

"I can love the environment and live my life better, today and always."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 901 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    6
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    20
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    7
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    4
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    76
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    25
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    340
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen

Linda's Actions

Community

Host a House Party

I will host a house party with 4 friends and/or colleagues to watch a movie or present a guest speaker on an environmental issue that matters to me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Join a Local CSA

I will sign up for a local CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture).

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

Both system and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 10 minutes researching environmental justice concerns in my region, their causes, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those who produce my food in other regions of the world to make better choices when I shop.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Practice Gratitude for Earth

I will spend 5 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 20 minute(s)

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 4 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Linda Byington 10/24/2018 8:53 PM
    Go Team ACHS Wellness Warriors! Job well done!!!

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    Linda Byington 10/24/2018 8:52 PM
    Thank you for doing this. I like to consider myself eco-conscious, but the extra reminders are always good.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Host a House Party
    How does environmental quality influence your sense of community?

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    Linda Byington 10/23/2018 7:06 PM
    My community members are involved with plants in some way, so a healthy environment is paramount to our work. Caring for the plants and the environment is what brings my community closer.

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    Linda Byington 10/23/2018 7:00 PM
    I've been enjoying this exercise, and awareness makes new habits. I hope to continue my actions when this is over.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Join a Local CSA
    Dependable fresh food, better prices (cutting out carbon-heavy supply chain and grocery stores), supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these benefits (or others not listed here) inspire you the most?

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    Linda Byington 10/22/2018 5:45 PM
    Supporting local farmers inspire me the most. I talked to one at the farmers' market and am on their list for the next CSA. I also look forward to eating and cooking with possibly unfamiliar ingredients.

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    Linda Byington 10/22/2018 12:39 PM
    I took a walk yesterday and reflected on the changes of color for fall. If that isn't meditative, I don't know what is ;-)
  • Reflection Question
    Health Take Control
    How do environmental health, community health, and your personal health intersect?

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    Linda Byington 10/21/2018 6:21 PM
    Most people cannot live in a bubble, unless they are a guru on a mountain ;-) If one lives in an unhealthy environment it will have a negative effect on the person's health.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

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    Linda Byington 10/19/2018 9:32 PM
    I live near a lake so environmental degradation affects my local community and the wildlife that lives in and around the lake. Negative changes affect the animals'  food and shelter. I was glad to learn that my city is replanting trees next month to help encourage and sustain the wildlife.

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    Linda Byington 10/19/2018 9:25 PM
    I learned that if you live in an area that is subject to drought then certain "green" activities aren't always the best. If it takes more water to clean something for recycling then it is better to trash it. It sounds strange until you take into account that some areas need water trucked in and that action has a negative impact on that environment.

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    Linda Byington 10/17/2018 6:08 PM
    I told a friend about this challenge. She thought it was a good idea to do it more than just 3 weeks a year. I'm going to try to extend my actions for as long as I can.