Laura Gover

Eastern Kentucky University

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 415 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    300
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    0
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    7
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    9,964
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    14
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    390
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    224
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    80
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 30 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 30 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Visit A Local Farm

I will visit a nearby farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Nature

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 5 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Visit a Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 60 minutes visiting a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Laura Gover 10/21/2019 7:09 AM
    I found this challenge to be more difficult than I expected. Many times, servers at restaurants will give you straws before you can even notice, then they will end up in the trash even if you don't use them. Sometimes they will even put them in the drink for you. It definitely made me more mindful of useless waste.

  • Laura Gover 10/17/2019 9:20 AM
    I have been walking home from class/work a couple days each week. This has accomplished several of the challenges because I am reducing the carbon footprint of vehicles, while also spending time outside and getting exercise. I've really enjoyed getting an extra mile or so of walking in. It makes me feel much more calm when I get home after having some time to de-stress from my day while walking. Though I often don't have the motivation to spend time meditating or disconnecting from social media, walking forces me to spend some alone time away from a screen.
  • 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?

    Laura Gover 9/23/2019 12:03 PM
    In my outdoor adventure programs class last Fall, I was able to complete the two day Leave No Trace trainer field course. This was a great experience and even though I already had a respect for the outdoors, I was able to understand more fully why we should leave no trace and the best practices to do so. Sometimes we don't realize the impact we are leaving on the environment, such as littering a banana peel in a park. Though it may be biodegradable, it does not belong in that environment and could have adverse effects.  Being a LNT trainer makes me eligible to give workshops about the Leave No Trace principles to the general public. I have not used this yet but I hope to refresh my knowledge and plan a workshop to educate others about Leave No Trace in the future.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

    Laura Gover 9/23/2019 10:50 AM
    I already have a basil plant in my home that has been doing well for a couple months. When the ecochallenge begins, I plan to get cilantro, rosemary, and parsley plants to create a small windowsill herb garden. I enjoy cooking and it is especially rewarding to pick herbs or vegetables straight from the plant to add to my food, as it is fresher and I don't have to purchase dried herbs. I am excited to try this new activity I never thought I could do in an apartment.