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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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James Lian

EcoƧhallange

"Keeping it Cool."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,415 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    7
    donations
    made
  • up to
    89
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    540
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    49
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    154
    gallons of water
    have been saved

James's Actions

Energy

Upgrade Heating & Cooling Units

I will replace inefficient heating and cooling units.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support Northwest Earth Institute or another local nonprofit.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Simplicity

Buy Used Clothes

I will spend 60 minutes learning about the perils of fast fashion and will buy my clothes at second-hand stores when I shop.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Learn More and Talk to My Friends

Access to public transportation is a social justice issue! I will learn about the need for public transportation in my community and tell 7 friends each day about the issue.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Support Resilient Powergrids

A community can be brought to its knees without dependable power, often affecting the most vulnerable. I will write 3 letter(s) or email(s) each day to a public official or company to advocate for a more resilient power grid (e.g. microgrids, solar+storage)

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Avoid refined sugar

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Organize a Course

I will organize one of NWEI's discussion courses on food sustainability, 'Menu for the Future' or 'Hungry for Change', with my family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

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

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

Transportation

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

I will spend at least 60 minutes assessing the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Energy Upgrade Heating & Cooling Units
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

    James Lian's avatar
    James Lian 10/23/2018 12:46 PM
    I guess social action. It's fun doing things with your friends.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

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    James Lian 10/23/2018 12:43 PM
    Save it for one things go bad.

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    James Lian 10/23/2018 12:41 PM
    Almost the last day! It's good.

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    James Lian 10/21/2018 6:50 PM
    How's it going guys! 3 days left.

  • Reflection Question
    Community Raise Money For a Nonprofit
    How do/can NWEI programs help you develop a stronger sense of community?

    James Lian's avatar
    James Lian 10/19/2018 6:39 PM
    They provide us with a central bonding that helps us stick together.

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    James Lian 10/18/2018 6:06 PM
    We're close to organizing a discussion course! I'm excited.

  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity?

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    James Lian 10/17/2018 6:25 PM
    Simplicity can't always be obtained through the most direct methods.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Upgrade My Windows
    How does improving your home's energy efficiency help you better live out your values?

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    James Lian 10/17/2018 6:25 PM
    It helps me feel better about what I'm doing and how I'm living.

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    James Lian 10/17/2018 6:19 PM
    Day 15! We're around 2/3 of the way through, but it's looking great!
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Buy Used Clothes
    Do people with economic privilege have a responsibility to consume and own less? How can the concept of "reduce" be presented to those who may be struggling to have enough food, clothes, shelter?

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    James Lian 10/17/2018 6:12 PM
    Often those who are struggling are already reducing. There's very little need to tell someone who's on basics to "cut back." It simply dosen't help.