April 3 - April 24, 2019

Elizabeth Dunham

SEEDS

"To learn how to push myself beyond the "easy" and convenient environmental actions I can take"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 861 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    21
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    480
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    155
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Action Track: Social Justice

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

I will spend 5 minutes each day researching women-owned businesses I can support when shopping.

COMPLETED 18 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 40 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 12 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and subscriptions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Choose LED Bulbs

#33 LED Lighting (Household)

I will replace 2 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Express My Support

#54 Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Learn about Local Indigenous Practices
    What did you learn about indigenous peoples' land management that you can apply in your own life?

    Elizabeth Dunham 4/24/2019 3:09 PM
    Appreciation for all life, not just humans. Rivers are part of life

  • Elizabeth Dunham 4/24/2019 7:19 AM
    This is it! This is the last day!
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Support Women-Owned Businesses
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. How can you better support communities by supporting women? Can you share any past experiences that may help others take action?

    Elizabeth Dunham 4/23/2019 10:57 AM
    By participating in this challenge every day, I've realized two things. One, you have to be intentional about identifying and supporting women businesses. Two, once you start, it's easier to keep going! I also ordered cupcakes from a middle schooler who has baking aspirations, so support young girls too!
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

    Elizabeth Dunham 4/20/2019 8:41 AM
    It's spring time here in Northern Michigan, so birch trees stand out to me. I like having trees in town. I notice when the snow melts the sidewalks are a mess from a winter of road pollution getting stuck on them, it's like a way to really see the impact of constant vehicle traffic. I think more sidewalks would be beneficial. There are many in my city, which I enjoy, but there are still lots of roads that would be more accessible to foot traffic with sidewalks.

  • Elizabeth Dunham 4/19/2019 12:24 PM
    Recycling recycling recycling

  • Elizabeth Dunham 4/18/2019 4:40 AM
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

    Elizabeth Dunham 4/17/2019 1:11 PM
    While I have cut down on meat, I still eat a lot of eggs and dairy instead of looking into alternatives. I also eat too much processed food, so really need to cut down on that and watch out for that dirty, deforesting palm oil!

  • Elizabeth Dunham 4/17/2019 3:45 AM
    Only one week left to go! 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

    Elizabeth Dunham 4/15/2019 1:58 PM
    So after getting two new LED light bulbs, I found out that the two in my lamps actually already are LED! Energy win! What's next? Turning off lights, and the TV and my laptop when I'm not using them!

  • Elizabeth Dunham 4/14/2019 8:38 AM
    I am getting more in the habit of washing out recyclable food containers and recycling them instead of putting them in the trash. I can tell our recycling gets much more full much quicker now!