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Maren Gimpel

Washington College Center for Environment & Society- Fall Flock Together Challenge!

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 386 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    335
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    48
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill

Maren's Actions

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with durable non-plastic options.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Reduce refined sugar

I will keep track and reduce my consumption of refined sugars, including sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will spend 5 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Maren Gimpel 9/29/2020 2:00 PM
    The only impediment in my life is laziness.

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    Maren Gimpel 9/21/2020 1:49 PM
    My campus ecochallenge is going great!

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    Maren Gimpel 9/17/2020 1:13 PM
    Slow to start on the ecochallenge this time around.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Leave No Trace
    Educator Stephanie Kaza advises her students to focus on what they care about most when addressing the enormity of ecological problems. Is there a specific area you feel particularly called to work on?

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    Maren Gimpel 9/17/2020 1:13 PM
    Educating the public about wildlife and ways they can help.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Reduce refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

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    Maren Gimpel 9/17/2020 1:12 PM
    I do not think I'm addicted to sugar, but I'm trying to cut back.

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      Alaina Perdon 9/17/2020 2:04 PM
      I don't think I have much of a sweet tooth, but I'm becoming more aware of the way refined sugar can sneakily appear in foods that aren't necessarily "sweets" and trying to avoid those. Store-bought breads are a frequent culprit of hidden sugar!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Eliminate Toxic Plastics
    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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    Maren Gimpel 9/17/2020 1:12 PM
    I use single use plastic when I buy bread.  I am trying to bake more bread.