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Courtney Dobbins

Sustainability Action Spring 2018

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Challenges

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Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

COMPLETED 1 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

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Waste

Needs vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 4 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden or window pot in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
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Water

Ditch Microbeads

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

Completed
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Food

Zero-Waste Meals

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero waste each day.

COMPLETED 9 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Nature

Get Involved In Local/Campus Conservation

I will get involved in a local or campus conservation project, volunteering my time or researching local conservation issues.

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Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 20 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Transportation

Advocate for Bicycles

I will work with my school to make my campus more bike friendly.

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Food

Animal Free Diet

I will enjoy 3 vegan meals each day, eliminating all animal products such as meat, eggs, and dairy.

COMPLETED 20 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Water

Watch A Water Documentary

I will watch a documentary about water and the environment.

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Water

Wash Only Full Loads of Laundry

I will conserve water by only doing full loads of laundry.

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Simplicity

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 21 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my dorm room or home and identify my next steps for saving energy.

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Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 24 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Health

Audit Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

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Community

Register to Vote

I will register to vote with my state or local election office.

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Waste

Reduce Food Packaging

I will only purchase bulk food items and avoid all single-package items.

COMPLETED 28 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Waste

Reduce Unwanted Mail

I will reduce the amount of unwanted mail I receive (catalogs, phone books, etc.).

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Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products

I will research toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

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Health

Cut Out Harmful Self-Care Products

I will check labels on my shampoo, lotions and/or beauty products. I'll replace products that use known carcinogens such as formaldehyde, cocamide diethanolamine, DMDM hydantoin or benzene.

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Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

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

COMPLETED 47 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Waste

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers for my lunches at work or school.

COMPLETED 47 OF 113
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Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 47 OF 113
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Nature

Take Nature Photos

I will take photos to capture my experiences with the natural world.

COMPLETED 54 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Nature

Study Outside

I will replace 40 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 54 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Community

Volunteer in my Community/on Campus

I will volunteer 2 hour(s) in my community or on campus.

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Health

DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning

I will make my own cleaning products using non-toxic ingredients - improving air quality at home or school and also protecting human and environmental health.

Completed
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Water

If It's Yellow Let It Mellow

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 60 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 62 OF 113
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Food

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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  • Courtney Dobbins 4/24/2018 5:58 PM
    I was able to work with a friend who is a graphic designer to create informative posters that talk about the harmful effects of using single use plastic straws! These are going to be posted around my campus. One example of the posters will be attached to this post.
  • Courtney Dobbins 4/10/2018 8:02 AM
    This week I have been trying to do a better job of recycling items in our household. With seven girls in one home, we accumulate a lot of waste, so I want to make sure that recyclable items are being placed in the right bin.
  • Courtney Dobbins 4/04/2018 2:29 PM
    This week I focused on being less on my phone and more productive in creating and being outdoors. I have taken multiple walks and have been sewing and painting a lot more!
  • Courtney Dobbins 3/28/2018 9:27 PM
    I am currently trying to get plastic straws banned at PLNU and have been working with the director of Sustainability to do that.
  • Courtney Dobbins 3/19/2018 10:55 AM
    I have some friends birthdays coming up and instead of going and buying something from a store I am going to sew something instead. I am planning on using old fabric and recycle it into something new like a bag or something and give it to them as a gift.

    • Katie Hibbard 3/21/2018 9:16 AM
      Awesome Court! They're going to LOVE the things that you craft!
  • Courtney Dobbins 3/14/2018 10:58 AM
    For spring break, myself and a couple friends went on a road trip to Oregon. We were able to just take one car for the trip. We tried our best to reuse water bottles and other containers. We enjoyed a week of being outdoors through snowshoeing, skiing, and hiking to water falls!
  • Courtney Dobbins 2/27/2018 10:05 AM
    I have been a vegetarian for 4 years now, but I have been being more conscious of my dairy intake because I am aware of the environmental impact that dairy farms have on this planet.

    • Katie Hibbard 2/27/2018 11:32 AM
      Congratulations Court! This s awesome!
  • Courtney Dobbins 2/20/2018 11:11 AM
    I recently also purchased reusable wooden utensils to use when there is a plastic utensil option at a restaurant. I think this small step will help in using less plastic in my day to day life.
  • Courtney Dobbins 2/14/2018 1:35 PM
    I just bought reusable straws and reusable produce bags. I am trying to eliminate more of my plastic waste. I love plastic straws with my beverages, but I know how harmful those can be to marine life.
  • Courtney Dobbins 2/13/2018 11:19 AM
    I was able to get out and enjoy God's Creation by going to Joshua Tree this past weekend and stayed in a yurt. The group I went with also was able to all carpool in one car!