April 1 - April 30, 2019

Haley Demmin

Hyster-Yale Group Portland

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 834 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    24
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    16
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    12
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    5
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    26
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    enery audits
    conducted
  • up to
    15
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    240
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Challenges

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) each day from local producers.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale, or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

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 12
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 13
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper each day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Energy

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.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 23
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

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.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 22
DAILY CHALLENGES

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.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Water Collect Rain Water
    Trace the water that flows down the drain from your house to the largest body of water nearby. What is the route it takes?

    Haley Demmin 4/30/2019 3:26 PM
    Our water goes straight into the creek at the end of our yard. That creek ultimately flows into the Clackamas river.
  • 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?

    Haley Demmin 4/30/2019 3:25 PM
    We regularly use those plastic bags for bulk items at Winco. Maybe there is some light weight bag that we could use that wouldn't add too much weight to the scale.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Eco-friendly Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

    Haley Demmin 4/30/2019 3:23 PM
    I think in the Valley, it's flooding in the winter/spring, and drought/fire in the summer.
  • 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?

    Haley Demmin 4/30/2019 3:22 PM
    Last year we installed a sprinkler system in our vegetable garden and flower beds and set it to only water at night so the water doesn't evaporate before it can sink into the soil. Currently, if it rains we have to remember to shut it off for those days. This year we are considering upgrading and getting a sensor for it that will tell if it is raining and automatically shut off the sprinkler program for that day.
  • 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?

    Haley Demmin 4/30/2019 3:20 PM
    If I don't have too many items, I will just put as many things as I can in my purse and carry the rest. Otherwise I will opt for a paper bag rather than plastic, because we actually use and re-use paper bags in the house for various things. Recently I have really been trying to keep a reusable bag in my truck at all times so I have a backup if I forget.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    Bringing your own bags and containers to the grocery store, and even to restaurants for leftovers, are a couple of ways to reduce your waste. What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Haley Demmin 4/30/2019 3:18 PM
    I find myself regularly using a lot of paper towels and such. I think I am going to start bringing a hand towel to work to dry at least my lunch dish after I wash it, and maybe my hands too after using the restroom.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Haley Demmin 4/30/2019 3:16 PM
    I've been thinking a lot on 'repair' recently. Nowadays it is so easy to just buy a new thing when your current thing breaks. Lots of times those breaks can easily be fixed. Next time I consider replacing something, I want to really think about if I can just fix what broke first.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles serve an important role in places for health and safety, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. Can you identify the barriers in making this a new habit? How can you set yourself up for success in making this a permanent change?

    Haley Demmin 4/30/2019 3:12 PM
    Something that I've found the biggest obstacle is when I need something to drink quickly but don't want to carry a water bottle around with me (so it would be easier to toss the container). But maybe getting a small water bottle that fits inside my purse rather than my usual 32 oz bottle would help in those situations. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Locally-Sourced Meals
    If you were to only eat what is in season locally, what would be the hardest for you to give up?

    Haley Demmin 4/30/2019 3:10 PM
    The hardest would be fresh salad. Most other things can actually be preserved right at home. But salad doesn't do too hot canning or freezing.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Foods Diet
    Michael Pollan states that "it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor." What are your thoughts on this?

    Haley Demmin 4/30/2019 3:08 PM
    If medicine goes in your mouth to make you better, then it would make sense that food is also medicine. A surprising amount of problems can be either fixed or at least lessened by food rather than drugs.