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April 1 - April 21, 2021
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Jen Wadsworth

Carlisle HERD

"To eat healthy and be active! "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 706 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    32
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    205
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    2
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    175
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    630
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    1
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    38
    whole food meals
    consumed

Jen's Actions

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 15 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Disconnect from Email

I will disconnect from my email when not at work or school, using my personal time for endeavors that help me live out my values.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 30 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 60 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Jen Wadsworth 4/21/2021 4:37 PM
    Thank you to the CHS science department for rallying a team to participate in this challenge.  It's been fun!
    And, thank you to CHS Green Team for this week's theme days.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Eco-friendly Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

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    Jen Wadsworth 4/21/2021 4:30 PM
    Here's something happening locally in North Middleton Township:
    http://www.nmiddleton.com/MS4.htm
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Disconnect from Email
    Notice how much time you were spending checking email away from work and make note of that. Now that you have stepped away from it and have not been checking, what changes are you noticing in your thoughts, use of time, stress and energy levels?

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    Jen Wadsworth 4/21/2021 4:24 PM
    I feel more calm and focused on family this week as I've disconnected from checking school email in the evening. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

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    Jen Wadsworth 4/21/2021 4:21 PM
    I have a goal for starting a compost bin for fruit & veggies scraps.  I have not started yet, but as I've been eating more fruits & veggies (less processed food!) I am realizing how much scrap is tossed in the trash.  Once up and running, my plan is to use the compost with my herb and flower pots this summer.  
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Jen Wadsworth 4/21/2021 4:14 PM
    - I can skip the straw.
    - I skip the bag for veggies & fruit at the grocery store when only purchasing 1-2 of something.  Example: single pepper or bunch of bananas.  And when using a veggie bag, skip the twist tie. Instead, tie a knot in the bag.
    - I can swap sandwich bags for reusable containers when packing lunches or packing snack s for trips.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Do Nature Activities
    What did you observe while spending time outside -- through sight, sound, smell and/or touch?

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    Jen Wadsworth 4/21/2021 7:38 AM
    Could definitely smell that our local farmers are preparing their fields by fertilizing!  LOL!
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more unnecessary things in the future?

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    Jen Wadsworth 4/19/2021 11:23 AM
    I can buy only what I need.
    As we approach birthdays and holidays, I can suggest gift ideas to family so we aren't receiving unnecessary things.  

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      Matt Demko 4/20/2021 5:42 PM
      I did this for this past Christmas holiday.  I have everything I need but I did need something replaced.  So that is what I got. Plus some homemade desserts. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

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    Jen Wadsworth 4/19/2021 9:02 AM
    I feel more calm when I get "outside time" versus when I'm couped up in the house.  Spending too much time indoors can add to stress and anxiety issues.  We all need fresh air!
  • Reflection Question
    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 ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

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    Jen Wadsworth 4/19/2021 8:58 AM
    I can turn off lights when not in a room, and turn off electronics when not in use.  In our house, we have a bad habit of having the TV on in the background while doing other things.  I can turn the TV off and be present in what I'm doing.
  • Reflection Question
    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?

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    Jen Wadsworth 4/11/2021 7:59 AM
    I would like be consistent in my sleep patterns.  To achieve this goal, I can stick to a schedule. I can avoid procrastinating with schoolwork and chores, and tackle these things earlier in the day.