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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Brad Simmons

Waterleaf Architecture


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participant impact

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    meatless or vegan meals
  • UP TO
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    traveled by bus
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    traveled by foot
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    spent exercising
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    pounds of CO2
    have been saved

Brad's actions


Walk Instead

I will walk 4 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 4.82 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.



Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.



Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 4 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 2.26 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.



Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.


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To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than in other places, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

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    Brad Simmons 10/24/2018 7:20 PM
    Americans eat more meat than anywhere else. This is partly because we can afford it, and when people become richer, their diet becomes full of meat. We have also become more efficient at raising meat, so it has become cheaper. Those are factoids I got off the web.  But I can't help feel it also has to do with our pioneering spirit - conquer the natives, clear the land, build the buildings, kill the animals. We are a rough and tumble bunch and we need that protein to accomplish our conquests. Probably time to be more thoughtful and aware of what we are doing to ourselves and the world. Can we change? Hmm . . .  
    Full disclosure - I am guilty, but I'm getting better with the help of a good cook who makes fantastic food without meat.
    Transportation Use Public Transit
    The US spends roughly 20% of its federal budget on defense. In contrast, 2% goes to education, 20% goes to social security and 3% goes to transportation infrastructure. Do these numbers surprise you at all? Why or why not?

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    Brad Simmons 10/24/2018 6:43 PM
    US budget: 20% defense, 2% education, 20% social security, 3% transportation. Am I surprised at these numbers? Not surprised about the big outlay for defense or social security, I am surprised about the measly amount for education and transportation. Too many private cars in the US for the general population to consistently back transportation infrastructure.  When we often have 2 or 3 cars per family, it is not surprising that mass transit is not a priority. Why take the bus when I've got two perfectly good cars sitting in the driveway? Portland has taken positive steps to change this - more light rail, no required parking for new housing developments, incentives for building near mass transit. Education at 2% - that's surprising and a real shame. 
    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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    Brad Simmons 10/24/2018 6:22 PM
    Too many trips in the car - I am guilty (but not too guilty). I chose where I live because I love the neighborhood and because the services and entertainment I use most often are within walking distance. I can often leave the car in my drive consistently on weekdays. Admittedly, after a long walk home from work I will sometimes drive to the store - I'm tired . . . can't I please drive? Yes, I could stop doing that.   
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

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    Brad Simmons 10/24/2018 6:11 PM
    My main exercise routine is a brisk walk home from work. That often gives me a bit of an endorphin high, but I have to turn on the afterburners to get it. I also hike in nature quite often. The combination of a good workout and being in the woods nearly always gets me high. Angel's Rest is my favorite - quick drive from Portland, a big push up the hill (I can never do a "leisurely" walk) get to the top, relax and enjoy the fantastic view, back down and home. Does it for me every time. Too bad it's been closed for over a year.

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    Brad Simmons 10/23/2018 6:23 PM
    Seems humor could certainly be one of the EcoChallenge categories.  I can’t help feel humor contributes significantly to mental health (it does mine).  That reminds me, did you hear the one about the raccoon, badger and stalk of broccoli that walk into a bar?  Hmmm . . . I better stop there, things don’t work out so well for the broccoli.

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      Ana Mikolavich 10/24/2018 10:48 AM
      I elect you to spearhead the new comedy genre called 'eco-humor,' but I warn that you may not see the dividends in your lifetime! 

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    Brad Simmons 10/23/2018 6:19 PM
    We once did laundry only after our clothes got dirty.  We now do laundry after our clothes touch our skin.  Lots of wasted water, detergent and electricity.  To help curb such waste, I now wear the same shirt every day for 3½ weeks.  I think it’s helping.

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    Brad Simmons 10/20/2018 4:44 PM
    Today I ran up Tabor Hill and felt like a giant among men.  Not sure why I would feel that way since all I did was go for a run, and since I am a mere 5’-9” tall.  I think I just like saying “a giant among men”.

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    Brad Simmons 10/20/2018 4:34 PM
    Today I had poached eggs on toast.  Though the eggs are not meat, they had the potential to become meat.  So, not only did I not eat meat, I prevented a life from being sacrificed for Buffalo wings.