April 1 - April 30, 2019

Megan Sala

Daimler- Portland

"Live greener AND show my team support? Awesome! Go Blazers!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 815 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    29
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    18
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    70
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    116
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    16
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    20
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    29
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    580
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Challenges

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

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

COMPLETED 25
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transportation

Work from Home

I will work from home 2 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
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 18
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 29
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 16
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

Ditch the Lawn

I will replace my lawn with a drought-tolerant landscape and save the water, money, and time I used to spend cutting the grass.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and ending unwanted subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 29
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

Waste

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.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed


  • Megan Sala 4/30/2019 2:34 PM
    Great Challenge! Some were easy (already doing) but some I was more motivated to take extra steps to complete.  Go Blazers!! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy From a Farmers Market
    What is one food choice that you make, or could make, that would do more good and less harm?

    Megan Sala 4/23/2019 3:14 PM
    Planted my first garden at home this year!  Trying to use home grown veggies to cut down trips to the store, eat healthy (and it's obviously adorable!)
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Choose Two-Sided Printing
    Choosing two-sided printing can be an easy adjustment on your computer settings. How can you help others make this same switch? Can it be encouraged company wide?

    Megan Sala 4/18/2019 10:52 AM
    2 sided printing should be required as default.  But even more important, who prints things these days? :)  
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

    Megan Sala 4/18/2019 10:50 AM
    Talk about it!  At a friend dinner last week we discussed how easy it is to sign up for clean energy through your power company.  There was a lot of misconceptions about what this meant or how much it costs - by just chatting about it and explaining the simple steps, a few more friends signed up.  

    • Olga Aulet-Leon 4/23/2019 2:59 PM
      That is awesome Megan! You are right, it is easy to switch and the more of us that do the more powerful the impact! 
  • 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?

    Megan Sala 4/18/2019 10:48 AM
    To reduce water consumption, we frequently take small steps around the house: reusing towels, being smart about not continuously running water (like when brushing teeth or washing dishes, etc) and not watering the lawn, "smart" watering of our veggie garden at cooler times of day during the summer.  Small steps, but help our whole family think about the little things we do that add up!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

    Megan Sala 4/12/2019 8:53 AM
    Auto payment combined with paperless billing!  It helps reduce waste AND the stress of paying bills.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than in other places, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

    Megan Sala 4/12/2019 8:51 AM
    We have been taught from an early age that a real meal includes meat as the main dish.  Time to emphasize early that fruits and veggies are delicious, easy to make and great for your health.  I've been veggie for 20+years and still get teased by folks around me.  Time for self reflection!  :)
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

    Megan Sala 4/12/2019 8:44 AM
    Turn off monitor and desk lights too!  Also, installed a simple timer on the lighting at my home so that outside lights automatically turn off during daylight hours.  Easy to do and keeps the lights off when not needed.