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October 3 - October 24, 2018

City of Portland Office of Management & Finance (OMF) 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?

    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

    Randy Yoshimura's avatar
    Randy Yoshimura 10/24/2018 11:05 PM
    I try to unplug appliances that are used infrequently to avoid any standby power draw.  Also, if I'm out of town, I'll unplug TV's and computers.  I wish I could unplug my router as well, but then I wouldn't be able to check in on my cats through the Nest Cam :)
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reuseable one but it's just hard to make the switch. Think about what stands in your way of making this a habit. By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

    Randy Yoshimura's avatar
    Randy Yoshimura 10/24/2018 10:59 PM
    It feels great to know that every day, I'm keeping a disposable cup out of the landfill by using my reusable cup for my daily coffee.

    BTW... Contigo cups rule!
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex agrarian transition to modern food systems?

    Melissa Walton Hendricks's avatar
    Melissa Walton Hendricks 10/24/2018 11:44 AM
    Food sovereignty addresses this complex transition by allowing communities to define and produce their own food systems. If a modification to a traditional food source is needed, the community can choose (and produce) a culturally appropriate food themselves.

    When these decisions are dictated to a people the dictated item may be unacceptable for a variety of reasons (not a culturally sound practice, not something they can produce for themselves in their climate, etc.). Giving the power back to indigenous communities allows them to make these highly personal and important decisions for themselves.
    Water Fix Leaky Faucets
    Fixing leaky faucets is one of the tasks that we can easily put off until later. Good job on completing this action! How will you use the momentum from completing this action to increase your water efficiency?

    Heather Hafer's avatar
    Heather Hafer 10/24/2018 11:42 AM
    All the faucets in my new house have been inspected, and the one leak that was discovered is being repaired today. Woot! I can't wait to start collecting rain water to water outdoor plants and use my new water efficient dishwasher. I love water. 
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

    Heather Hafer's avatar
    Heather Hafer 10/24/2018 11:39 AM
    So, someone knocked on my door last week. I assumed it was a solicitation call...and in some ways it was, but in a good way. It was a Portland Clean Air volunteer, and being new to the area, I loved learning more about their organization. They showed me a map of my neighborhood and pointed out the contributors to pollution, and what's being done about it. We must have talked for 20 minutes, but the next day I went online and learned even more:
    Waste Choose Two-Sided Printing
    Choosing two-sided printing can be an easy adjustment on your computer settings. How can you help others make this same switch? Can it be encouraged company wide?

    Heather Hafer's avatar
    Heather Hafer 10/24/2018 11:34 AM
    Two-sided printing is great for most everything, but there are certain City Council related items that are required to be single-sided. And to take it a step further, I think sometimes we don't need to use paper at all. I'd love to see greater utilization of online resources whenever possible - and since most of our meeting rooms are equipped with A/V equipment, why not project agendas on the wall? Could we start this movement? I think we can...

  • Melissa Walton Hendricks's avatar
    Melissa Walton Hendricks 10/24/2018 11:31 AM
    In reflecting back on my challenges the easiest ended up being the termostat! Once I set it to the lower temperature I just left it there and quickly adapted (read: more blankets!).

    The hardest ended up being the 10 minutes of meditation. It was surprisingly hard to carve out 10 minutes of alone/ quiet time. I picked that one because I thought it would be easy to incorporate, but it required a lot more thoughtfulness than I anticipated.

  • Katy Schnoor's avatar
    Katy Schnoor 10/24/2018 9:26 AM
    It is over already???  I look forward to keeping these new habits going.

  • Robert  Larry's avatar
    Robert Larry 10/24/2018 9:11 AM
    I tried to pick challenges that I could easily incorporate into my life on a daily basis.  

  • Ethan Cirmo's avatar
    Ethan Cirmo 10/24/2018 8:55 AM
    Last day! I repeat, last day! Getchya points!