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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?

    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

    Samantha LaRocca's avatar
    Samantha LaRocca 4/23/2020 7:25 AM
    Wait up to 2-3 days before purchasing an item I'm interested in. 
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

    Elizabeth  Hiser 's avatar
    Elizabeth Hiser 4/22/2020 6:08 AM
    We always pull the plug on our modem every night and unplug cords from the wall when a unit (iPad or phone) is not being charged.
    Also, my cell phone is mostly used as that, a phone when I am not at home.  At home, it is turned off so it does not need charging often.
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

    Jasmin Mendez's avatar
    Jasmin Mendez 4/20/2020 8:10 PM
    5 minute showers have actually not been that hard! They made me realize how much time I used to waste just standing there.
    Energy Replace Manual Thermostats
    How do you anticipate replacing your thermostats for programmable ones will positively impact your life?

    Elizabeth  Hiser 's avatar
    Elizabeth Hiser 4/20/2020 6:52 AM
    By setting a time for adjusting to changes in temperature outside, the house can maintain a comfortable feeling instead of playing catch-up to the change which seems to take longer.

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    Elizabeth Hiser 4/20/2020 6:47 AM
    My outdoor commitments have been difficult due to the change in weather and/or temperatures since I signed up.

  • Gerardina Martin's avatar
    Gerardina Martin 4/15/2020 8:19 PM
    Everything is going well.  I'm enjoying sharing the ideas I get with my family, and they like to see the points adding up.
    Water Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

    Gerardina Martin's avatar
    Gerardina Martin 4/15/2020 8:18 PM
    We can hold town meetings to talk about water conservation, as well as how to prevent pollution of waterways.  It seems to be doing really well, as streams are clear.  
    Water Eco-friendly Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

    Gerardina Martin's avatar
    Gerardina Martin 4/15/2020 8:16 PM
    I'm sure we have all of this in our area, but they come at unexpected times.  I'm lucky to live in a neighborhood where many folks collect their water to use on plants, and water conservation is discussed in town meetings.  
    Food Zero-Waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

    Gerardina Martin's avatar
    Gerardina Martin 4/15/2020 8:14 PM
    I generally pick vegetables, like cucumbers, for which I use every part.  For broccoli, I cut up the stalks, as well, and cook them into breakfast with eggs or into dinner with the stir-fry.  Stir-fry is a great way to use all the parts of the vegetable.
    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?

    Gerardina Martin's avatar
    Gerardina Martin 4/15/2020 8:12 PM
    This does not surprise me.  I am very frugal, so $1500 a year would go a long way for my family.  However, we typically plan our meals, and with five kids, there are never any leftovers.  Additionally, I use all food purchased, and we do not throw anything away.