Skip to main content
October 7 - October 28, 2020
Michelle Thomas's avatar

Michelle Thomas

Palo Alto Environmentalists

"We need to be accountable for our actions and do a better job of saving our planet! We need to get this right!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 831 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    83
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    640
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    659
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    spent learning

Michelle's Actions

Nature

Practice Gratitude for Earth

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and my natural surroundings.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

Do at Home

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice

Do at Home

I will watch 2 documentary(ies) about systemic racism.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color

Do at Home

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support businesses owned by people of color in my community whenever I shop.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those around the world who produce my food in order to make better choices when I shop.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Do at Home

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Joyful Movement

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minutes doing an activity where I'm both moving my body and enjoying myself.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • Michelle Thomas's avatar
    Michelle Thomas 10/28/2020 7:08 AM
    Great Ecochallenge 2020! Nice Job Team!

  • Michelle Thomas's avatar
    Michelle Thomas 10/23/2020 7:28 AM
    On my walk this morning I was able to pick up 1 empty water bottle and put it in my recycle bin.

  • Michelle Thomas's avatar
    Michelle Thomas 10/14/2020 7:14 AM
    My journey on this years Eco Challenge is going great and I feel the changes over the past years make this work normal every day activities.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

    Michelle Thomas's avatar
    Michelle Thomas 10/12/2020 6:03 AM
    Talking about clean energy to friends, family and neighbors. By doing. This weekend we obtained quotes to install Solar Power to our house.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Meet My Local Farmers
    When you know who produces your food, you are connecting personally to your complex regional food system. What are the advantages of knowing who produces your food and where it comes from? How can knowing their food producers enable someone to advocate for a better quality of life for those who produce their food, both near and far?

    Michelle Thomas's avatar
    Michelle Thomas 10/12/2020 6:00 AM
    Over the weekend we were able to go to a local farmers market and meet many local farmers and found out how we can buy from them outside of the market. So excited!

  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice
    What did you learn about racial injustice in the documentary(ies) you watched? How does what you learned connect to your understanding of sustainability?

    Michelle Thomas's avatar
    Michelle Thomas 10/08/2020 7:16 AM
    Strong Island on Netflix is very moving, if you get a chance, check it out!
  • 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?

    Michelle Thomas's avatar
    Michelle Thomas 10/08/2020 7:12 AM
    I will keep my thermostat turned down to 62 overnight.

  • Michelle Thomas's avatar
    Michelle Thomas 10/07/2020 6:46 AM
    Excited to start the challenge, lets go!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Support Businesses Owned by People of Color
    A recent Keen Independent Research Foundation study found that Minority Businesses Enterprises (MBEs) are more likely to have difficulties in receiving loans or city contracts. In what ways can you work to address systemic racism like that demonstrated in this study?

    Michelle Thomas's avatar
    Michelle Thomas 10/04/2020 4:13 PM
    To continue to buy from minority businesses and ask my friends and family to do the same.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Joyful Movement
    What's your favorite activity(ies) in which you experience joy while being active and moving?

    Michelle Thomas's avatar
    Michelle Thomas 10/04/2020 4:12 PM
    Gardening! I love creating beautiful space with plants!