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Professor Morrell

PLNU Sustainable Superstars Summer 2021

"Raising Awareness, Reducing our Carbon Footprint and Building in Sustainable Practices one EcoChallenge at a time. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 4,945 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    152
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    257
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1,920
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    215
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    950
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    1,495
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2,110
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    3,045
    minutes
    of additional sleep

Professor 's Actions

Transportation

Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 106
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 10 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 95
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 139
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 90
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 20 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 102
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Practice Gratitude for Earth

I will spend 15 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and my natural surroundings.

COMPLETED 99
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 30 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 101
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 1 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Go For A Daily Walk Outside

I will take a walk outside for 20 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 96
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.

COMPLETED 139
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Professor Morrell 6/19/2021 2:16 PM
    Congrats to our top 3 ecochallenge team members for the 1st round: Nicole A., Richard G. and Chris G.! Keep up the great work in living sustainably!

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    Professor Morrell 8/02/2020 8:50 PM
    Im up at Big Bear for the weekend and decided to try to fully walk during my stay.... I walked 5 miles to get pizza. I actually really enjoyed it, I just wish that I had time (and it was safe) to do this more often. Its a reminder of the pace we were made to live life. 

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    Professor Morrell 7/07/2020 12:16 PM
    After spending the weekend hiking, biking and kayaking in rural Mono County with no reception much of the time, I was reminded that time in nature can bring so much joy and peace and alignment and holds so many lessons for us yet we often dont take time to see or value how awesome it is. 

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    Professor Morrell 6/30/2020 11:40 PM
    Having my "farm starter kit" has been one of the most rewarding things Ive done for myself outside of my professional career. My animals bring me so much joy and remind me how simple life was meant to be and how complicated we make it. It makes it so much easier to unplug, get outside and enjoy being home. It really has made me look at other areas I can view through a more simple lenses as well...

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      Nazifa Sultani 1/26/2021 11:48 AM
      Agree, Life is so simple and joyful but we make it complicated for our-self. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Practice Gratitude for Earth
    Kathleen Dean Moore says that a sense of gratitude leads to a sense of moral obligation. Do you agree? How can we cultivate a sense of gratitude as individuals, and as a society?

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    Professor Morrell 5/13/2020 10:31 PM
    Ive been really mindful of living simply over the last year. I find that the more I am able to simplify, the more I am able to notice the beauty of things around me and be grateful to be able to take time out to enjoy them. 

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    Professor Morrell 3/24/2020 10:48 AM
    This quarantine has been great for allowing me to really lean in to my challenges. Getting in outside time has been part of helping me create balance in the midst of the schedule change. Im also enjoying not contributing to emissions by skipping my daily commute! Stay safe and healthy!

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    Professor Morrell 7/06/2019 9:11 AM
    I had no cell or wifi at the cabin I stayed in on vacation. After the momentary panic, I ended up feeling relieved. I was able to really take time to reflect and plan and enjoy the beauty of the area I was in. This helped me realize that constantly checking my phone was distracting me from many good things around me. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Go For A Daily Walk Outside
    Fresh air and movement are good for our entire being and can help us think more clearly and creatively. How does taking a walk each day affect yourself and/or your work?

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    Professor Morrell 5/31/2019 1:01 PM
    I have been fighting a cold and allergies and walk always helps rejuvenate me and propel me forward in the midst of it. I was even able to take others out and introduce them to the joy of hiking. One lady was still talking about it the next day... although 4 miles suddenly became 5 when she told the story :) 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Professor Morrell 5/26/2019 10:24 AM
    I have noticed how often bags are used where I can't even say no- ie - take out/delivery! I also need to do better to make sure I bring my reuseable bags INTO the store and ENOUGH of them. I have purchased silicone  ziploc bags to reduce my use of disposable bags at home. 

    • Janice  Watts's avatar
      Janice Watts 5/11/2020 4:21 PM
      Here lately they aren't letting us bring in our own bags, so I take my groceries to the car and bag them there instead. 

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    Professor Morrell 5/22/2019 1:36 PM
    Travelling has made me very aware of single use items and the massive amount of waste we have in packaging.