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Laura Anne Baird

CEO (Center for Employment Opportunities) Eco-Challenge

"Live your BEST Life because everyday is a great day to be alive "

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 992 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    35
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    131
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    311
    minutes
    being mindful
  • UP TO
    107
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    23
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    40
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    27
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    24
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1.0
    waste audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    75
    people
    helped
  • UP TO
    5.0
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    35
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    30
    minutes
    spent learning

Laura Anne's actions

Simplicity

Core Values

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus to reduce pollution in the environment and in local communities.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 20 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Research Restorative Justice

I will spend 60 minutes learning about restorative justice and conflict resolution opportunities in my own community or state.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

SIGN UP TO VOTE

I will make sure I’m registered to vote. While I’m at it, I’ll sign up to help others register too!

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Host A Watch Party

I will host a watch party to screen a documentary about an issue that matters to me.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 3 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those around the world who produce my food in order to make better choices when I shop.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Help Others

I will offer to help 1 person(s) who are in need each day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Engage In Active Listening

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 5 conversations.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 30 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Energy

Heat and Cool Naturally

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided when I have to print documents.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

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

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant 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?


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    Laura Anne Baird 3/29/2024 8:21 AM
    Happy Friday! What a great day to end a challenge!

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    Laura Anne Baird 3/28/2024 9:38 AM
    Thankful Thursday to be back in action!

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    Laura Anne Baird 3/20/2024 10:33 AM
    It's a great day for Wellness Wednesday & an ECO Challenge!

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    Laura Anne Baird 3/19/2024 4:00 PM
    Happy Triumphant Tuesday!

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    Laura Anne Baird 3/18/2024 2:58 PM


    Having gratitude for the simple things we take for granted, helps keep me centered and realize how blessed I am!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can reduce mental clutter as well as physical waste -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

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    Laura Anne Baird 3/18/2024 2:56 PM
    Having everything in my phone makes it a lot easier to track and manage my upcoming bills/finances. Also, saves space in my home for other things than paper mail!

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    Laura Anne Baird 3/18/2024 12:16 PM
    Happy Motivational Monday!

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    Laura Anne Baird 3/15/2024 11:30 AM
    It is Fri-Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Laura Anne Baird 3/13/2024 12:08 PM
    Happy Wellness Wednesday!

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    Laura Anne Baird 3/12/2024 12:05 PM
    Happy Triumphant Tuesday!