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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Michael Cook

EcoINL

"Participate in the EcoChallenge to better myself, my community, and the planet."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,346 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    990
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    5
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    578
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Michael's Actions

Community

Join my Neighborhood Association

I will join my neighborhood association or another local group.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 5 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 30 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Upgrade My Windows

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Tend a Garden

I will tend to a garden each day, or work on starting one.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 45 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Michael Cook's avatar
    Michael Cook 10/24/2018 6:17 AM
    Last day. Noticed a lot of people crediting referrals with garbage names recently.  Seriously, look at the bottom of our team list.  It is quite ridiculous.

    • Veronika Vazhnik's avatar
      Veronika Vazhnik 10/24/2018 8:42 AM
      Wow! You are right - quite bizarre actually, I have not seen this before today. 

  • Michael Cook's avatar
    Michael Cook 10/23/2018 10:34 AM
    Don't forget to use a reusable water bottle.

  • Reflection Question
    Community Volunteer in my Community
    What is one thing you can do to help your community become more sustainable?

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    Michael Cook 10/23/2018 8:03 AM

    It starts with being more involved.  If you can make your voice be heard to advocate for sustainable options the idea will be planted and considered by those who had not thought of such options.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Join my Neighborhood Association
    How can your community support inclusive decision making?

    Michael Cook's avatar
    Michael Cook 10/23/2018 8:02 AM
    My community doesn't have a neighborhood association, however it is important to consider how your actions affect your neighbors.  Two days ago we met with neighbors about four feral cats on our property to make sure they weren't wandering over from neighbors before finding them homes or taking them to the shelter.

  • Michael Cook's avatar
    Michael Cook 10/23/2018 7:53 AM
    Second to last day.  Don't give up now!


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    Michael Cook 10/22/2018 12:26 PM
    I have completed all of the one time challenges. Some of them were difficult, but I was able to make an effort without spending money, which was great.  Saving money without spending any is the best.

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    Michael Cook 10/18/2018 10:38 AM
    Challenge is winding down. Only seven days left.  Work on those one time challenges and keep up the work with the daily challenges.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Fix Leaky Faucets
    Fixing leaky faucets is one of the tasks that we can easily put off until later. Good job on completing this action! How will you use the momentum from completing this action to increase your water efficiency?

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    Michael Cook 10/18/2018 10:37 AM
    Its easy to let things sit and drip.  Its important to make positive action for change.

  • Michael Cook's avatar
    Michael Cook 10/16/2018 7:39 AM
    Buying new home Thursday and have the ideas in place to improve energy and water efficiency already.  Low flow shower head and weatherproofing will be the first improvements I make.

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    Michael Cook 10/15/2018 2:04 PM
    I was thinking how there are only nine days left, but it shouldn't end here.  The saying goes that it only takes 15 days to create a habit, and hopefully some of are daily goals are turning into habits for us.  Get out there!