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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Lisa Ann Combattente

Hauppauge Eco Team

"Keep moving. Stay positive. Do your best!"


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    meatless or vegan meals

Lisa Ann's actions


Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.



Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.



Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.



Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.



Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.


Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.



Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.


Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

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    Lisa Ann Combattente 4/24/2019 3:05 PM
    i really enjoyed participating in this challenge. I learned a great deal by reading environmental articles. I have become more conscious of my actions and learned how to incorporate more environmentally friendly actions with my lifestyle.
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Lisa Ann Combattente 4/23/2019 4:47 PM
    Implementing these "Rs" should be a way of life for all. I have carefully given a lot of thought on  how I can implement all of the "Rs" to help the environment. I have already reused cloth bags, reduced the amount of electricity by turning lights off, conserving water by turning it off while brushing my teeth, and I no longer by plastic water bottles.
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come out of eating smaller portions?

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    Lisa Ann Combattente 4/23/2019 4:07 PM
    I have noticed many health benefits since  using smaller plates. Smaller plates help to control portion size, so I am consuming less foods, therefore, I am reducing the amount of calories, carbs, sugar, and salt in take. After eating, I feel  more energetic because I am not over stuffed. Using smaller plates is also making me more conscious of what types of foods I am eating. Since it is a smaller plate and doesn't hold a lot,  I have been filling it with more plant-based foods, so I am actually eating healthier and not 

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    Lisa Ann Combattente 4/19/2019 10:39 AM
    This challenge is really making me aware of food portions. 

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    Lisa Ann Combattente 4/19/2019 10:37 AM
    Today, I carpooled with a friend to attend an event. This made the ride much more enjoyable and helps the environment, too.
    Transport Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Lisa Ann Combattente 4/18/2019 5:26 PM
    I am very lucky to have neighbors that share the same interests as I do. We often carpool to our library to participate in the amazing programs that are offered. We also walk around our community, including walking to 7-11 or to the grocery store. Carpooling or walking with friends provides a more social and stress free experience. You really get to know each other!
    Land Use Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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    Lisa Ann Combattente 4/17/2019 3:36 PM
    Planting trees is exceptionally good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Besides providing us with oxygen to breath in healthy air, planting trees is physical exercise and helps to beautify your home or community, as well as helps to relieve stress because you focus  on creating a better space for all humans and animals to benefit.

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    Lisa Ann Combattente 4/16/2019 3:14 PM
    I'm so glad that I did this. Going "paperless" has reduced clutter and stress!
    Materials Go Paperless
    What do you want to prioritize over material 'stuff' in your own life?

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    Lisa Ann Combattente 4/16/2019 3:13 PM
    I want to prioritize my health over material "stuff" in my life. With a busy lifestyle, it is hard to  take the time for myself to reflect, meditate, eat healthy, and exercise. I will try harder to take more time to do these things.
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

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    Lisa Ann Combattente 4/16/2019 3:06 PM
    In my opinion, I believe it is the busy North American lifestyle that contributes to people eating more meat than any other country. Many people are working long hours to keep up with rising costs. It's just more convenient and cost effective to have meat instead of a plant-based dish. 

    It is also the way my generation grew up eating meat dishes for dinner. Then, there was not much research on a plant-based diet. So now that there is more information about the health benefits of a plant based diet, people are more knowledgeable  and hopefully the new generation will make healthier choices.