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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Erin Mitchell

Waterleaf Architecture

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 545 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    270
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    11
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    200
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    5.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    200
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Erin's Actions

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

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Volunteer in my Community

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 6
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 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 20-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • 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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    Erin Mitchell 10/24/2018 8:15 PM
    Reducing my paper mail also makes me feel more secure about my identity protection - identity theft is huge right now and seemingly harder to avoid.  Less items with my name and address on it is great for the environment and myself!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Erin Mitchell 10/24/2018 8:13 PM
    I already try to limit single-use items but am curious about trying fabric napkins over paper napkins - something we already do at Waterleaf in the women's restroom and paper hand towels.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Erin Mitchell 10/24/2018 8:11 PM
    I've taken a moment to relax and really focus on what I am eating - rather than rushing through my meal and onto the next task.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Adjust the Thermostat
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your zipcode, and in your state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

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    Erin Mitchell 10/24/2018 8:10 PM
    Wear extra layers, make sure to adjust thermostat for hours not home, when cold get moving for a few moments to warm up- maybe between commercials while watching tv, etc.  In the summer use fans rather than AC, open up the windows during evenings and cooler mornings.

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    Erin Mitchell 10/24/2018 2:20 PM
    Nice work team Waterleaf!  I was with you in spirit :)
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

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    Erin Mitchell 10/08/2018 4:59 PM
    When walking the dog in our neighborhood, we always see something new that we don't notice when just driving by - a new fence project by a neighbor, seasonal landscaping changes, a new house for sale, etc.  We also often get the chance to meet new neighbors, which is always fun too.

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    Erin Mitchell 10/04/2018 10:55 AM
    Good luck this year Waterleaf team!