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October 3 - October 24, 2018

Daimler-DTNA Portland Feed


Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

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

    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

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    Robert Hardin 10/25/2018 12:21 PM
    My wife and I just took on making salsa and pickles this year!  My Aunt and Uncle have a farm in McMinnville so this was easy for us to accomplish!  We feel silly for not learing this sooner!

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    Dawnette Hale 10/24/2018 1:20 PM
    I have enjoyed the challenge; it has helped me become aware of amount of meat I consume.  It has also helped me see that I eat many locally sourced meals.  I have been baking my own bread and trying new recipes with spices and herbs.  My next personal goal is to eat no more than one meal a day with meat and then reduce the numbers of times I eat meat during a week.  I need to develop more recipes.  I am relying on things I know that are quick and easy and many contain meat.  I also need to work with the people in my household on meal coordination.  It would be better to agree on meatless days, rather than having very disappointed people.  Feeling inspired.
    Energy Replace Manual Thermostats
    How do you anticipate replacing your thermostats for programmable ones will positively impact your life?

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    Samantha Osborne 10/24/2018 11:07 AM
    It will maintain a basic temperature in our home make us comfortable and helping our furnace to not work so hard.

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    Nathan Widdicombe 10/24/2018 11:02 AM
    thanks to this challenge I was able to winterize my herb garden and cut down on a lot of waste!

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    Samantha Osborne 10/24/2018 10:58 AM
    Haven't been good about checking in, but have completed my challenges.
    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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    Denise Cooper 10/24/2018 8:58 AM
    For some items it is easy to find alternative recycling methods and/or ways to re-use; for other items not so.  I will limit these items whenever/however possible.  For the others it means collecting - until it warrants a special trip to the alternative sites.  In general, the more we can recycle curbside the better -- as some people will not take the extra steps, and the material will be disposed of in sub-optimal ways.

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    Jose Gomez 10/24/2018 8:52 AM
    The Cub Scout program is totally aligned with the Eco Challenge that made it easy for me
    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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    Robert Hardin 10/24/2018 7:34 AM
    I always hate how much waste junk paper mail we get.  I'm good about going paperless but I found two more companies that I do business with that allowed me to go paperless! 

    You can always write companies and ask if they have a paperless option and if they don't, ask if they will think about adding one
    Nature Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset
    Father Thomas Berry says, "...our primary purpose is celebration. Celebration of the dawn and the sunset and the different seasons of the year is a religious ritual, a way in which humans can establish their integral relationship with the universe, with the planet Earth." Respond to Berry's assertion.

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    Robert Hardin 10/24/2018 6:45 AM
    As photographers I feel a very deep connection to our planet, the universe and the fragility of life in general.  I feel a deeper understanding of life when I am outside, especially when experiencing a natural wonder.  I feel it is very important and that everyone can greatly benefit from it.  Take a break from your crazy "normal" life and watch a sunrise/sunset and just enjoy it!

    "You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn't waste either." - Galen Rowell
    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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    Jamie Mitchem 10/22/2018 10:34 AM
    There is a major disconnect between consumers and the sources of their food, especially in urban environments. When meat is readily available in pre packaged containers at the store, you don't take the time to think about where it came from. Meat consumption in America is easy and convenient. It's everywhere and you often have to go out of your way to make special requests for vegetarian options. Shifting this thinking is tough. Maybe we should start by opting in to meat filled options, instead of opting out?