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October 7 - October 28, 2020
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Justin Lenahansen

TIG Environmental - Seattle

"Sustainable living yo!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 411 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    140
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    300
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Justin's Actions

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

Do at Home

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with durable non-plastic options.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

Do at Home

I will take a 20-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

Do at Home

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 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

Do at Home

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Healthy Sleep

Do at Home

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 60 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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?

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    Justin Lenahansen 10/27/2020 10:34 AM
    Reduce single use plastics. This issue sticks with me as single use plastics impact both local and global systems. As part of the eco challenge, I signed my household up for a program that collects plastics (films, bags, wrap), used clothing, light bulbs, and batteries and either recycles or sells those items back to manufacturers. As a result, we have reduced the amount of trash we create and we are reducing the size of our curbside trash bin. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

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    Justin Lenahansen 10/27/2020 10:31 AM
    Like a good night sleep, daily walks are not only giving me an appreciation for my community; they are impacting other "eco" areas as well. When I take daily walks, I have more energy to do things around the house (for example, wash dishes by hand) which saves water and energy. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

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    Justin Lenahansen 10/27/2020 10:30 AM
    Shifting my sleep patterns necessitates turning off electronics and getting in bed earlier (for me). I find that when I am well-rested, it impacts other "eco" areas as well (for example, I drink less coffee which means I am creating less waste and using less water). 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Adjust the Thermostat
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

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    Justin Lenahansen 10/27/2020 10:26 AM
    I can ask my utility company (in my case, Puget Sound Energy) to tell me about the average energy usage in Renton, WA. I can then compare that to my month-over-month usage. I also signed my household up for a program that invests monthly into clean energy programs.

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    Justin Lenahansen 10/26/2020 4:37 PM
    My people's ecochallenge is going well! Going through this process has helped me realize or remember all of the small actions that have some impact.

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    Justin Lenahansen 10/08/2020 2:12 PM
    My name is Justin and I like sustainability. Cheers!