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Courtney Sellig

ENST 246: Fall 2020

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 837 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    735
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    65
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    178
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    6
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    33
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    120
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Courtney's Actions

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 2 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 15-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 9
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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 45 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Courtney Sellig's avatar
    Courtney Sellig 9/21/2020 10:57 AM
    As we are approaching the final weeks of the campus Eco-Challenge, I have really started to think back on the first few weeks and how far I have come since then. In the beginning of the challenge, I couldn’t even remember to go onto the Eco-Challenge website to mark down that I completed my daily actions. Now, it is one of the first things I do in the morning. In the beginning, I was following a vegetarian diet, but it was definitely a challenge for me. Now, I have been a vegetarian for an entire month, I only use a reusable water bottle, I exercise daily, am cautious about electricity and water usage, and I try to use organic ingredients whenever possible. These all feel very normal to be and not strenuous at all. Each of these are very simple tasks, but over a long period of time they can make a big difference. In class, we discussed if the Eco-Challenge felt like a hassle at all, but I don’t feel that way at all. I feel as if I am making a difference just as one person, so our whole class participating in the challenge is having an even larger influence on the environment. 
    I have found that out of all of my challenges, being a vegetarian, using a reusable water bottle, and exercising daily are the easiest and most natural tasks to me. Last week, I realized that an area where I struggle is using plastic bags at the grocery store. I go to the grocery store once or twice a week, and I always use plastic bags. Changing to reusable bags could really cut down on my plastic usage. Since this is a challenge for me, I have considered trying to start small by using reusable bags when I am at home with my mom. She has a ton of reusable bags, but I know she isn’t great at using them either. If we have each other to motivate ourselves to remember to use them, I think it would be a great start. In addition to using reusable bags, the other task I struggle with is meditation. I have discussed this in my other journals as well, but for some reason I can’t make myself meditate. I have come to the conclusion that my method of “living a simple life” comes from running. According to the How  to Make Exercise a Daily Habit, consistent actions make them more likely to be a habit. I have always been a runner, so it has turned into a habit for me and it is just a part of my day now. 
    Moving forward, I would like to take on even more challenges. I have been trying to be cautious of my water usage, but I have not set an actual goal, so I don’t know how much I have actually cut back on consumption. I looked through the challenges, and noticed the 5 minute showers challenge. I was shocked how that could save up to 20 gallons of water! I think just working on this challenge, in addition to using reusable bags, would make me extremely proud of the work I have done for this Eco-Challenge.



    • Carrie Loomis's avatar
      Carrie Loomis 10/05/2020 4:02 PM
      Hey Courtney!
      Your progress throughout the eco challenge is really inspiring! It can be crazy hard to remember to log on and check in every day, so it is especially impressive that you have adjusted so well to this. It was really relatable to read what you wrote about how tasks that were hard in the beginning feel simple and effortless now. You should be totally proud of yourself! Its also really cool to consider what you said about the class working together to take action. 
      Your work on changing to reusable bags instead of plastic ones is so important. Its such a good motivator to bring someone else into the equation (like your mom!) to keep yourself accountable. My friends and I have been doing this recently and it helps a lot when you are trying to make changes that stick. I think that there is so much value to what you have to say about your trouble implementing meditation into your schedule. Some challenges can be much more difficult than others, and you have done a great job of finding a way to make this challenge work for you and your life. This is an experience that, I think, everyone can find meaning in.
      It is so cool that you are still looking for ways to continue your eco challenge and move forward in an environmentally friendly way. Your dedication shows through the way that you write about the eco challenge. I hope that you are able to keep working towards your goals 

    • Andrew Stuhl's avatar
      Andrew Stuhl 9/21/2020 12:26 PM
      this is awesome Courtney!! I love how honest you are with yourself re: meditating! It is not about changing yourself to be a meditator / Yogi but finding that center of gravity and mental calm -- which it sounds like you know very well from being a runner, that is your meditation for sure!! I'm also glad you connected with your Mom as an accountability buddy! Keep going! I can see this challenge is helping you see that your individual choices and commitments can make a big impact. That is a lesson we will take even further in the next unit


  • Courtney Sellig's avatar
    Courtney Sellig 9/14/2020 5:40 PM
    When we first started the Campus Eco-Challenge, I added about daily challenges, but only focused on eating less meat, and trying to meditate. I have been very successful at being a vegetarian, but meditating was very challenging for me. I find that when I’m not studying, I like to spend time with my friends or watch tv, and I am rarely just by myself. I don’t think this an excuse to not meditate because I could take the time every morning or every night before bed. Although this is more of a personal goal, I still think it is important to attempt to stick to it. Last week I wrote about trying to work on other challenges, not ones that I necessarily chose for the eco challenge. Some of these include turning off the lights and choosing to walk over drive more often. I have kept up with trying to continue with these this week as well.

    In addition to continuing what I was already doing, I have started to work on some of the other  challenges that I initially added on my Eco-Challenge dashboard. I have started to try to eat more organic ingredients and eat mindfully. I would hope that in addition to the other challenges I have started, that these two would also try to minimize food waste. Using organic ingredients is healthier for the body and the environment. If everyone started to eat organically, there would be less need for the ingredients that are covered in pesticides and preservatives. In addition, I have noticed that by eating mindfully I definitely am full sooner than normal. Normally, I would eat while doing work or in between classes. When doing this I eat very quickly and don’t think about when I am actually full, and probably could have made a meal into two.

    The Eco-Challenge has been a great way for me to actually analyze my actions and how harmful they may actually be to the environment. I admit to not always thinking about some things such as using less water, driving less, turning off the lights, and being efficient with the air conditioning and heat. Since the Challenge, I have noticed that sometimes I still catch myself being wasteful, but I have started to improve my actions in these areas. 

    Moving forward, I have looked into some of the new challenges that I could be interested in working towards. I have a reusable water bottle, but I sometimes still find myself using plastic water bottles. I am looking to try to only use my reusable water bottle from now on. In addition, I think I could use more reusable bags. I go to the grocery store pretty often, and always use the plastic bags. Now thinking about it, using plastic bags is definitely so bad for the environment, and I could really make a difference by converting to reusable, recycled bags. Overall, I have really enjoyed making small changes so far, but I still know that I have a long way to go to actually make an impact on our environment. 



  • Courtney Sellig's avatar
    Courtney Sellig 9/06/2020 10:26 AM
    My  journey through the campus Eco-Challenge has been going really well so far! I have been on eating less meat, meditating, and trying to cook with more organic ingredients. I feel that I have kept up with all of these tasks extremely well. I have been following a vegetarian diet for 18  days at this point, and when I think about how much meat I ate before, I realize how everything adds up, and one person can make a small difference. Working on these tasks have also made me consider other environmental friendly habits I can engage in. I have already noticed I have been more cautious about turning off the lights, recycling, and using less water. I have always cared about these actions, but now that I am actively tracking that I complete my daily-tasks, considering how my actions affect the environment has been much easier. I have really  enjoyed having something to work towards besides focusing on my school work. I feel as if I am making a difference by competing in this challenge! 

    Although this has been an exciting process, I definitely have faced some challenges. I didn't mark a ton of daily challenges at first, but I still have been considering others. One place where I noticed that I struggle is walking. I do enjoy walking, but I find myself driving places where I could easily walk more than I would like to admit to. I also struggle with using organic ingredients. Sometimes I only have a short amount of time, so I end up grabbing something to eat quickly. I would say that having the time to ensure that I am following the daily tasks is my biggest issue. I try to be efficient and save myself as much time as possible to fit everything I want to do into a day, which sometimes takes away from the environmental benefits of choosing an alternative. Even though this is one of my  challenges with the overall Eco-Challenge, I believe that I  am finding more success from this than failure on this journey!

    • Lizzy Rojas's avatar
      Lizzy Rojas 9/14/2020 11:14 AM
      I’m so glad your first week went well! We chose different daily and one-time challenges so it’s really interesting to hear your experience with these. I chose to cook with organic ingredients for at least one meal a day for this third week of the eco-challenge. 

      I definitely agree with you in that the eco-challenge has made you consider other environmentally friendly habits. I’ve caught myself doing that as well and being more intentional with my day and daily actions. I, like you, have also been more cautious about turning off the lights and recycling. You realize how every little thing you do can either hurt or help the environment, even on a smaller scale. 

      As with the challenges you've faced, I also can feel you on that. Not completing a challenge is more convenient and easier to do, maybe less time consuming as well than being eco-friendly. For the organic ingredients, I’m also afraid I’ll run into that problem this week. However, I think I’m going to meal prep in the beginning or at least have gone grocery shopping before the week and have some sort of idea of one of the organic meals I’m going to make. I’m glad you have found this challenge to be exciting and that you’re improving your daily habits as well!


    • Andrew Stuhl's avatar
      Andrew Stuhl 9/07/2020 7:34 AM
      Awesome Courtney! Appreciate your honesty and commitment, and it is great to hear you reflect on how this Challenge has helped you be more aware of daily actions. I feel the same. Be sure in your next journals in Unit 2 to reference the "resources" you read for the challenges you did -- you'll find these on your dashboard linked to your specific daily challenges!