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October 3 - October 24, 2018

The Tech Museum - Exhibits 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?

    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Scott Hamman's avatar
    Scott Hamman 10/29/2018 11:41 AM
    Easiest thing to do at fast food restaurants, theaters, etc. (Eating fast food has other health and environmental effects as well, but that's for another challenge and/or post.) Just drink from the cup - you can also forego the plastic lid. Now, if only you could bring your own cup.
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

    Scott Hamman's avatar
    Scott Hamman 10/24/2018 1:59 PM
    Screen time ends at ±10 p.m. No news, no internet after that time. Shifted my news gathering to a.m. Allows for more reading, a calming activity for me, in the evening. I've found that even if I'm up until 1 a.m. I feel much more rested in the morning.

    • Marianne Greco's avatar
      Marianne Greco 10/24/2018 2:06 PM
      Scott, that is a good plan. I am going to make that same change. Screens off at 10 pm. Quiet reading, calming activities followed by meditation. Then lights out by 11:30 pm.
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

    Katherine Ozawa's avatar
    Katherine Ozawa 10/24/2018 9:51 AM
    I currently grow plants in Mason jars, but have dreams of windowsill gardens. Inside, I feel I have to enclose them more because of the bugs that are found in my older apartment.

  • Michelle Maranowski's avatar
    Michelle Maranowski 10/23/2018 11:01 PM
    Thank you NWEI for a wonderful EcoChallenge experience!
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

    Katherine Ozawa's avatar
    Katherine Ozawa 10/23/2018 9:57 AM
    I prefer to run with other people (to distract me from the running part) and catch up en route. Hiking is my activity of choice on my weekends, because I miss access to trees and fresh air during the week.
    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?

    Katherine Ozawa's avatar
    Katherine Ozawa 10/23/2018 9:56 AM
    Riding transit gives me an opportunity to people watch, and is more convenient for certain errands. Walking/running/biking really increases your awareness of the city and its infrastructure, while also providing more moments of unexpected joy. I didn't realize how much public art we had!
    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?

    Katherine Ozawa's avatar
    Katherine Ozawa 10/23/2018 9:53 AM
    In some ways, burgers and fries have become an integral part of the American identity and experience. We are also always on the go, making fast food really appealing. We can begin shifting this meat-focused food culture by increasing access to fresh produce in food deserts, providing more vegetarian options at restaurants, and reminding people that food should be nourishing and enjoyable, not just eaten out of convenience.

  • Michelle Maranowski's avatar
    Michelle Maranowski 10/22/2018 2:53 PM
    I stepped away from checking in regularly, but I'm now back on track.
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

    Katherine Ozawa's avatar
    Katherine Ozawa 10/21/2018 12:31 PM
    It surprises me that this figure is so low. I know that I am still figuring out how much to purchase week-to-week and am guilty of throwing away food. I would rather use the money to create a small garden for my patio.
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity?

    Lisa Incatasciato's avatar
    Lisa Incatasciato 10/16/2018 10:34 AM
    You have to think about what you can creatively repurpose, reuse, repair or even think about if you need it at all.