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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Lucas Raab

Interface Engineering Inc.

"This is a statement of my mission, to one day create a mission statement."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 856 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    26
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    39
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    215
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    5
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    26
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    0
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    4
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Lucas's Actions

Water

Ditch the Lawn

I will replace my lawn with a drought-tolerant landscape and save the water, money, and time I used to spend cutting the grass.

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

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will spend 20 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

Both system and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

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

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 15 minutes researching and recycling all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

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 7
DAILY 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 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 3.01 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Lucas Raab's avatar
    Lucas Raab 10/24/2018 3:43 PM
    Go Interface! Way to get them points!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Ditch the Lawn
    What is the main water source in your region?

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    Lucas Raab 10/24/2018 3:13 PM
    This challenge stemmed mostly from laziness and not wanting to water/cut grass.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy From a Farmers Market
    What is one food choice that you make, or could make, that would do more good and less harm?

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    Lucas Raab 10/24/2018 3:10 PM
    Farmer markets are great, this was an easy challenge that I choose to complete most Saturdays. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Forage for My Food
    Amongst the motivations for foraging are: a source of food; means of income; connecting with nature; cultural tradition; or transmitting "local ecological knowledge, and a means for stewarding local and native plant populations" (McLain et al. 2012, 13). Which of these would be your chief motivation and why?

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    Lucas Raab 10/24/2018 3:07 PM
    This was a pretty interesting challenge. It involved me going out to Mt Hood national forest for a weekend with some friends. Mostly berries and fish were foraged for dinner that night.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Walk Instead
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Do you feel that this fact applies to you? If so, how might you incorporate more muscle-powered transportation in your daily life?

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    Lucas Raab 10/02/2018 5:45 PM
    The biggest hurtle to walking in my life is the time it takes to get there. Allowing myself more time will allow me to walk more often and further. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Eliminate Toxic Plastics
    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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    Lucas Raab 10/02/2018 5:42 PM
    Straws are the most common single use plastics that I use day to day. Luckily it is becoming increasingly easy to find paper straws, or avoid them all together. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

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    Lucas Raab 10/02/2018 5:41 PM
    PGE offers a great clean energy program that has only a small affect on my utility bill. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Avoid refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

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    Lucas Raab 10/02/2018 5:38 PM
    It becomes increasingly hard to avoid refined sugars, I find it in almost every food I eat. shockingly many types of fruit have also been selectively bred to increase the sweetness, usually resulting in higher amounts of sugar per fruit. This will be a difficult one.