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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Denise Cooper

Daimler-DTNA Portland

"Keep the Word Livable!"

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Denise's Actions

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Know My health

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

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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

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

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One-Time Action

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 60 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Denise Cooper 10/24/2018 8:58 AM
    For some items it is easy to find alternative recycling methods and/or ways to re-use; for other items not so.  I will limit these items whenever/however possible.  For the others it means collecting - until it warrants a special trip to the alternative sites.  In general, the more we can recycle curbside the better -- as some people will not take the extra steps, and the material will be disposed of in sub-optimal ways.
  • 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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    Denise Cooper 10/18/2018 3:22 PM
    Waiting for my actions to 'kick-in' with reduced junk/unwanted mail at home...

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      Denise Cooper 10/18/2018 4:49 PM
      Soooooooooooooo looking forward to this!

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      Olga Aulet-Leon 10/18/2018 3:36 PM
      I did this last year and am still SO happy about it! I hate getting junk mail, both for the environment and for the personal nuisance. So happy to see others take on this action and improve their lives and reduce waste!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Go get a check up
    How do you practice self care?

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    Denise Cooper 10/18/2018 3:19 PM
    Self-care...not always easy to do when one puts family and work needs ahead of one's own needs...but have realized that I need to take care of myself before I can take care of others (like the airline safety training says...!)  I take the stairs whenever I can, park farther away when I do my errands to ensure I get more steps in, try and eat healthy (have gotten pretty good at avoiding the sweet treats co-workers bring in!), run on the weekends, and try to stay in contact with friends as busy schedules allow...have also been practicing mindfulness...this was jump-started by the Search Inside Yourself class offered at DTNA.
  • 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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    Denise Cooper 10/12/2018 9:52 AM
    I keep re-useable bags in the office, in my home and in my car so that I am prepared.  I also will carry items by hand rather than use a new plastic bag, or transfer via shopping cart to my car.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

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    Denise Cooper 10/08/2018 6:49 PM
    In my area, electricity is generated from hydroelectric generators...a great benefit of living in the Pacific NW.  Fish Ladders are in place for the Salmon to return to spawning grounds.  Generally speaking, I would say Hydroelectric generation is one of the least-impactful ways to generate electricity as it is not dependent on fossil fuels and (as long as climate change is not too drastic) comes from a renewable source.