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October 3 - October 24, 2018

City of Portland - Water Bureau 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?

  • Patrick Easley's avatar
    Patrick Easley 10/24/2018 5:11 PM
    The Ecochallenge was a great way to reconnect and re-emphasize the things I do to reduce my carbon footprint and to live in a more sustainable manner.

  • Mac Gifford's avatar
    Mac Gifford 10/24/2018 3:28 PM
    Enjoyed this year's Ecochallenge! Think my favorite was exploring a new nature area. Recommend Maple Trail in Forest Park for some great fall color.
    Water Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Where are your nearest natural bodies of water? How might they be affected by runoff?

    Holly Walla's avatar
    Holly Walla 10/24/2018 9:29 AM
    Free compost from PBOT.  Done!
    Health Go get a check up
    How do you practice self care?

    Holly Walla's avatar
    Holly Walla 10/24/2018 9:28 AM
    Been meaning to do this for a year!  Done!

  • Holly Walla's avatar
    Holly Walla 10/24/2018 9:27 AM
    With the Eco Challange coming to an end I noticed one of my One-Time Challenges had not been done, so I completed immediately.  I would never of done that otherwise.  It has been a fun few weeks.
    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?

    Danita  Henry's avatar
    Danita Henry 10/24/2018 9:01 AM
    I turn the thermostat down at night before bed, turn it up before my family gets up, and turn it back down when I leave for work. We also use lower watt and high energy efficient bulbs for lighting or during the fall/winter, I also like to add candles around the house for lighting/coziness.
    Transportation Go by Bike
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

    Ron Drath's avatar
    Ron Drath 10/24/2018 8:57 AM
    Riding my bike to work starts my day off on a positive vibe. Riding home helps me release any stress from the work day challenges. One less car on the road! Better for me and better for all!

  • Sadie Silkie's avatar
    Sadie Silkie 10/24/2018 8:20 AM
    I just want to remind all my fellow Water Bureau teammates that you can earn 15 points for each reflection question answered. And you can do that today even if you're just checking in for the first time ;-)
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

    Sadie Silkie's avatar
    Sadie Silkie 10/24/2018 8:19 AM
    Walking through an area quite literally makes me feel more connected to that area - not in an abstract way, but in a "I have a reality experience to put with the line on the map" kind of way. I get a better sense of how the different streets and the land and paths in between them connect to each other.
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Sadie Silkie's avatar
    Sadie Silkie 10/24/2018 8:17 AM
    I have been impressed by how much this simple practice of spending just a few minutes each day thinking about what I am genuinely grateful for/appreciate of has extended into other parts of my day and lifted my spirits. Even when I'm tired and feeling down, there are still things that I can think of that I appreciate. I've started extending this to my family by having each person say one thing that they're thankful for during dinner (when we all sit down together, which isn't every day).