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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Ellen Krusi

Waterleaf Architecture

"My mission is to use my talents to improve the local and global communities I live in by designing a better built environment."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,101 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1.0
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    32
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    85
    minutes
    spent learning

Ellen's Actions

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 10 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

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

Health

Know My health

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

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

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

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace or school. If a recycling program exists, I will advocate for ways to improve and expand it.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Work-Life Balance

I will not work more than 8 hour days each day to practice work-life balance.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 60 minutes researching environmental justice concerns in my region, their causes, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Create Your Own Action

Sustainable Architecture

I will spend one hour learning about sustainable strategies in architectural design.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Ellen Krusi's avatar
    Ellen Krusi 10/24/2018 6:36 PM
    Almost to the finish line, and the competition is fierce!
  • 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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    Ellen Krusi 10/24/2018 3:56 PM
    I found that I can take holiday string lights to be recycled at several locations in Portland, including the Metro Transfer Station. As I've replaced my string lights with LED versions, I'm happy to find a way to dispose of the old strings in a responsible way.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Go get a check up
    How do you practice self care?

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    Ellen Krusi 10/24/2018 3:53 PM
    To practice self care, I try to let myself have extra sleep whenever my body tells me it needs it. I also try to make sure I am eating nutrient-rich foods when I'm stressed out, to give my immune system the boost it needs.

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    Ellen Krusi 10/24/2018 1:15 PM
    Last day! Its been a great Ecochallenge, can't wait to see the final tally of our collective impact!
  • 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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    Ellen Krusi 10/24/2018 1:12 PM
    Most affected by environmental degradation are native populations and marginalized groups. Their food and water sources are contaminated, they are more impacted by drought, wildfires, and energy issues.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Launch a Recycling Program
    How might thinking creatively help us address big systems problems differently?

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    Ellen Krusi 10/23/2018 5:47 PM
    By breaking out of the old patterns that got us into the problems in the first place.

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    Ellen Krusi 10/23/2018 5:46 PM
    Only one more day to earn points, let's sprint to the finish line Team Waterleaf!

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    Ellen Krusi 10/22/2018 12:16 PM
    Only 3 days left, can we beat DOWA-IBI? Go team Waterleaf!
  • 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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    Ellen Krusi 10/19/2018 1:21 PM
    It makes me feel disappointed that the majority of mail I receive is unsolicited advertising junk, it is extremely rare that I receive a handwritten letter or useful piece of mail. My next step to reduce my waste is to take advantage of more digital options rather than printing for items such as event tickets.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Work-Life Balance
    Is practicing work-life balance difficult to do? How does it feel when you first begin? How does this feel for you after 21 days?

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    Ellen Krusi 10/18/2018 4:38 PM
    Working no more than 8 hours a day is hard, especially when I fill my lunch break with meetings. What feels more achievable is to work more hours when I need to, but balance that with working less hours when my workload is light.