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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Nicole Campbell

Port of Portland

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,296 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    6.0
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    92
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    20
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    21
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    231
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    330
    minutes
    spent learning

Nicole's Actions

Nature

Forage for My Food

I will use the 'Learn More' resources below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

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

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

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of C02 over the course of the next year.

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

Waste

Visit a Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 120 minutes visiting a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will spend 60 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Toilet Tank Bank

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water each day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Visit a Waste Management Facility
    Field trip! What a fun way to learn about our impact and consumption! What facility did you visit? What did you learn? Did you take anyone with you?

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    Nicole Campbell 10/24/2018 6:42 AM
    Visiting the main recycling facility this year probably had the biggest impact on me of any part of this challenge. I definitely recommend that if you care about recycling you should seek out this opportunity to educate yourself on how that process takes place. It is well worth the trail. 

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    Nicole Campbell 10/19/2018 10:44 AM
    Don't forget that you get more points each day for posting to your feed and answering the reflection questions - we're just under the other teams we've been challenged by - so any extra steps you can take will add up quickly. The bottom line in any case is that you're really rocking this challenge! Well done.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reuseable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to establish this a successful habit?

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    Nicole Campbell 10/19/2018 10:35 AM
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reuseable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to establish this a successful habit?

    I have done that before and had a bag in my car trunk, so I carried things out in the cart and loaded the reusable bags when I got to my car. I always carry reusable bags in the car and store them there after each use - so that is my system!


  • Reflection Question
    Health Avoid refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

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    Nicole Campbell 10/18/2018 12:07 PM
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

    I knew that I craved sugar occasionally, but I wasn't aware that I had become a JUNKIE. Going off sugar was, without a doubt, the most difficult portion of this year's challenge and it has taken tremendous creativity and will-power.

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

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    Nicole Campbell 10/17/2018 2:38 PM
    I spent some concentrated time making sure that all my account statements come to me in email rather than paper copies. I scanned a BUNCH of important documents and filed digitally while sending the hard-copies to a secure shredder who is a confirmed recycler.

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    Nicole Campbell 10/15/2018 11:26 AM
    While this gorgeous sunshine continues hopefully those of you who picked nature challenge items will have a change to complete them under blue skies! I sought out a new nature trail in my area over the weekend. What did you do with the sunshine?

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    Nicole Campbell 10/14/2018 9:41 PM
    Got The Kid involved in a home audit of our cleaning products. A few too many Ds and Fs on the grading scale. So they can’t live here anymore. Committed to finding good bathroom and deep cleaning solutions without risking carcinogens and respiratory effects. For both us and our kitty. 

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    Nicole Campbell 10/13/2018 8:17 PM
    Chose to put all my loose, individual produce in a single plastic bag instead of using separate bags for each. When I get to the checkout I just take them all out and pile them for easy checkout. I wash it before I eat it anyway so skip the extra plastic.  
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Nicole Campbell 10/12/2018 11:57 AM
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    It helps provide a daily focus on the positive and offers an buoy in times of stress.

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    Nicole Campbell 10/11/2018 10:59 AM
    I visited the Recycling facility yesterday and found myself not only fascinated and impressed by all that they do - but it also made my distaste for "wishful recycling" even greater. EDUCATE yourselves on what is recyclable and what is not. And if you're not sure, don't burden the recyclers to throw it in the trash for you. This just raises the costs of recycling.