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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Tricia Kennedy

Washington County

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 315 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    spent outdoors

Tricia's Actions


De-Clutter My Home

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.



Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.



Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.



Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

One-Time Action


Go Paperless

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

One-Time Action


Plant an Herb Garden

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

One-Time Action


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    Tricia Kennedy 10/30/2018 9:02 AM
    I love this challenge and would love to do it again throughout the year.

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    Tricia Kennedy 10/17/2018 11:12 AM
    Reflecting on the EcoChallenge so far: Some challenges are going better than others and I'm surprised by which ones have been easier. Enjoying the sunset has become a habit most days now. Driving less has had mixed results with unexpected things coming up, but just being conscious of it helps. I still have some one time challenges to do. And a great deal of de-cluttering.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

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    Tricia Kennedy 9/28/2018 3:29 PM
    By getting more organized and paring down, it will be easier to see what I have and avoid purchasing duplicates or items I don't need yet. Also, I can remind myself that I can almost always get (whatever item) at a later date and/or at another sale. I will probably be moving to another apartment in less than a year. Thinking about that will be another incentive not to buy anything that is not absolutely necessary.

    • I appreciate your considerations...especially reminding oneself that things will always be available down the road (future, another sales, etc.). Thanks!
  • 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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    Tricia Kennedy 9/25/2018 10:57 AM
    I constantly feel overwhelmed by paper at home, between bills and statements for me and school materials for my kids. It's so much, plus all of the online information and emails. Then after I spend all the time to sort and shred or recycle i feel badly that it's such a waste of paper. I am going to look at each piece of mail I receive and see if it is something I can stop receiving or at least receive by email.

    • Robin Straughan's avatar
      Robin Straughan 9/26/2018 8:17 AM
      Catalog Choice is another good option for reducing unwanted junk mail:

    • Jennifer Nelson's avatar
      Jennifer Nelson 9/25/2018 4:00 PM
      I recently followed the recommendations here in hopes of reducing junk mail:
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place?

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    Tricia Kennedy 9/25/2018 10:52 AM
    When I'm outdoors, especially in the woods or at the beach, I feel calm and connected to the earth. It makes me feel part of my environment.

    • Jennifer Nelson's avatar
      Jennifer Nelson 9/25/2018 4:01 PM
      I tend to observe my environment, natural or manmade, more closely at a walking pace than a driving pace. I see more beauty as well as become more aware of changes and needs.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Drive Less
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    Tricia Kennedy 9/12/2018 10:00 AM
    I didn't have access to public transportation until I was in college, aside from taking the school bus. Maybe since I was becoming independent then, I've also always felt like public transportation is a form of independence. It's not a perfect system, but it really helps people. I am really hoping that Trimet extends public bus lines to my son's new high school.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset
    Father Thomas Berry says, "...our primary purpose is celebration. Celebration of the dawn and the sunset and the different seasons of the year is a religious ritual, a way in which humans can establish their integral relationship with the universe, with the planet Earth." Respond to Berry's assertion.

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    Tricia Kennedy 9/12/2018 9:31 AM
    I'm not religious. But I do feel so calm and connected to life and to myself when I spend time outside, especially in the woods or at the beach.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

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    Tricia Kennedy 9/12/2018 9:26 AM
    I'm in an apartment. So a small windowsill "garden" would work best.