April 1 - April 30, 2019

Susie Coffman

Christ Church Episcopal Parish

"To create awareness of the ways I neglect to use resources responsibly and take actions to rectify that. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 361 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    waste composted
  • up to
    gallons of water
    have been saved



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.



Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.



Heat and Cool Naturally

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.



Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.



Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.



5-Minute Showers

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



Plant an Herb Garden

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

One-Time Challenge


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.



  • Susie Coffman 4/24/2019 12:39 PM
    Our recycling box has been way more full than our trash!!!  Woo Hoo!!!!!!

  • Susie Coffman 4/19/2019 10:33 AM
    I've been keeping my challenge going but having had knee surgery, I've not been signing in - Back to it  now!!!

  • Susie Coffman 4/03/2019 11:49 AM
    I've just started a little compost project which is really timely...for the first time since I was a kid, I'm doing a garden!  

  • Susie Coffman 4/01/2019 6:03 PM
    I have been a “convenience recycler”.  When it’s easy I’ve done it.  My goal is to inconvenience myself thru this challenge so I can make a greater impact on my planet :)

  • Susie Coffman 4/01/2019 6:00 PM
    I turned on my fireplace today without thinking about it.  It’s a luxury for me because I love to check email on my day off while sitting in front of the gas fireplace.  
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

    Susie Coffman 3/28/2019 2:53 PM
    Setting a timer or making it fun and using a song to listen to that is a 5 minute melody ....when the timer goes off or the song is over, time to get out!
  • 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?

    Susie Coffman 3/28/2019 2:52 PM
    Straws - Purchasing the metal ones that can be washed.  
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Susie Coffman 3/28/2019 2:51 PM
    remember (make these new steps in awareness part of the muscle memory so it becomes a habit)

    remind (leave reminders in key areas of home and work so the habits stay strong)
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? Do you know how your compost will be used and the benefits it has on the environment?

    Susie Coffman 3/28/2019 2:49 PM
    This is brand new to me!  I'm looking forward to learning how valuable this is.  A friend recently told me they have so little actual garbage left over, they eliminated the garbage can at their house.  Am wondering if a few neighbors could go in together and have one garbage can together, share the cost and commit to better recycling and composting habits.

    • Keoki Kakigi 3/28/2019 11:20 PM
      Thank you for this reflection! That is so cool. Please let us know if you end up all sharing one garbage :)
  • 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 reuseable one with you? 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 establish this a successful habit?

    Susie Coffman 3/28/2019 2:47 PM
    Perhaps I can keep boxes in my trunk so on those occasions I forget my reusable bags, I can take things from the cart and put them in my trunk box.  I can carry items inside to put away and return the boxes to my trunk.