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  • Samantha  Vite's avatar
    Samantha Vite 10/27/2020 9:46 PM
    My campus ecochallenge went very well, I accomplished my goals, and I plan to try and continue these challenges in my every day life as much as I possibly can!
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Limit Social Media
    Social media can keep us connected with loved ones, make us laugh, and help us to learn new things. It can also create echo chambers and take more time than we realize or intend to give. After completing this action for a few days, how do you feel? What do you notice?

    Sophia Swift's avatar
    Sophia Swift 10/27/2020 7:24 PM
    I was intending to use my phone for good today and study on it using quizlet, I ended up going to "just answer a snapchat" I ended up doing other things on my phone for probably an hour.  I had no clue how  much time had flown by while I was sucked into my social media vortex.  Needless to say less is more with social media and I am glad I set parental time limits on my apps otherwise I would spend way too much time on there. 

  • Nicholas Cerro's avatar
    Nicholas Cerro 10/27/2020 7:01 PM
    This challenge was truly eye opening on what we can achieve as a collective group when we choose to make a difference in the environment. 

  • Ashley Schmit's avatar
    Ashley Schmit 10/27/2020 2:45 PM
    I was able to go the entire challenge without using a plastic straw and plan to continue to avoid plastic straws.

  • Ashley Schmit's avatar
    Ashley Schmit 10/27/2020 2:45 PM
    I did a good job of only using the lights when needs and keeping appliances unplugged when they aren't being used.

  • Holly Wydeven's avatar
    Holly Wydeven 10/27/2020 1:18 PM
    With my lunch today from the cellar I did not take a straw with my meal. I just used one from my dorm. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

    Nicholas Cerro's avatar
    Nicholas Cerro 10/27/2020 11:33 AM
    When I eat food, whether it is breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a snack I see it as a moment to focus on myself and remove myself from the outside world. This time is for me, and whoever I am sharing the meal with to interact or just relax and not worry about society, social media, phones, etc. I have found this as a great way to also make sure your devices are sufficiently charged. This is not only a time for myself to recharge but my devices as well. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Nicholas Cerro's avatar
    Nicholas Cerro 10/27/2020 11:29 AM
    One can incorporate the other "R's" into their lifestyle easily. I do it by using natural light to illuminate and natural heating and cooling to heat my apartment. My father owns a lawn care company that I work for in the summer and when we get into the warmer parts of the summer that experiences less rain we cut lawns at a higher length to limit the browning of grass and reduce the amount of water needed on lawns. You can use reusable straws, cups, containers instead of disposable ones. Instead of replacing items, ask yourself could it be fixed instead. There is numerous ways to incorporate the other "R's" into their lifestyle.

  • Nicholas Cerro's avatar
    Nicholas Cerro 10/27/2020 11:24 AM
    I think when you look at the amount of actions you can do so simply, you can see the footprint you leave and how easily you can reduce it without thinking twice. Over this 23 day span I saved nearly 500 gallons of water, over 70 cups and straws, Saved 73 pounds of C02 and spent nearly 15 hours less in front of electronic screens. Additionally, this is the numbers for the things I chose as my actions, there is a very great chance I could qualify for more actions. Whether we have a larger impact than our peers or a lesser impact, there is ALWAYS something you can do to lower your impact in the environment. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

    Nicholas Cerro's avatar
    Nicholas Cerro 10/27/2020 11:15 AM
    Human activities impact our water systems in numerous ways. Those include, climate change, pollution, deforestation, urban expansion, etc. We see the improvement in many ways. One of the ones is seen in the city of our wastewater management facility. This facility cleans the water and impedes the polluted water from returning to the water systems. Other ways we can change this is reducing deforestation efforts, reduce pollution at all stages and increase funding for pollution relief efforts.