Skip to main content
April 3 - April 24, 2019
Elnora Hawley's avatar

Elnora Hawley

HR Climate Coolers

"Every little change helps; little changes add up to big changes."


  • 0 TODAY
  • 535 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    traveled by bus
  • UP TO
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    spent learning

Elnora's actions


Use Public Transit

#37 Mass Transit

I will use public transit 18 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 2.95 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.



Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.


Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.



Choose Recycled Paper

#70 Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.



Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.


Women and Girls

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

#6 Educating Girls, #7 Family Planning, #62 Women Smallholders

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.


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?

    Transport Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transporation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

    Elnora Hawley's avatar
    Elnora Hawley 4/24/2019 8:41 AM
    I have often thought about how grateful I am for VM's ORCA annual passport benefit; $50/year to ride unlimited transit to commute to work... if I drive to the Metro building, park for $28/day, that's about equal to 2 days of parking!! Not to mention costs of gas, car wear and tear, and frustration of driving in traffic.  Bussing is a no brainer for me.
    Women and Girls Research Barriers to Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women's equal participation and/or representation in your community?

    Elnora Hawley's avatar
    Elnora Hawley 4/22/2019 8:16 AM
    It should come as no surprise (sadly) that there are many barriers to women's equal participation/representation in practically all areas of life, around the globe.  Just googling this topic presents a wide array of articles about all of these different inequities.  The most compelling information I found was about the various groups that are being established globally to promote women's equal participation and representation in the political process, where women can have a strong influence.  This was a great starting point to learn more:
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons?

    Elnora Hawley's avatar
    Elnora Hawley 4/18/2019 2:46 PM
    I was surprised that I already knew a lot about the practices of regenerative agriculture, because I shop at my neighborhood farmer's market weekly and have relationships with a lot of the farm vendors.  They are always knowledgeable and willing to share information about their farming practices, and it feels great to know where your food is coming from as much as possible.  I did some research on this site and here was one of the best summary descriptions below:

    Regenerative Agriculture includes systems of farming that reverse the loss of biodiversity, enrich soils, store carbon, restore watershed health, and increase ecosystem services, while eliminating the release of toxins and pollutants. Regenerative Agriculture increases yield efficiency, resilience to climate fluctuation, and strengthens health and vitality of all the members of our communities, now and for generations to come. These systems draw from decades of scientific and applied research by many global communities, including those working on organic farming, agroecology, Holistic Management, ecological restoration, and agroforestry. –Paul Ceregrino
    Food Explore Other Food Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Elnora Hawley's avatar
    Elnora Hawley 4/11/2019 9:49 AM
    There are some great resources out there - which I read this morning while riding the bus to work!  One great article has a lot of links to other great resources on how food choices contribute to climate change, and alternative solutions to reduce the impact:

    There's a link to a Ted talk which is informative, a link to learn more about regenerative agriculture (the answer to modern day agriculture which produces greenhouse gasses) as well as ideas for dietary modifications that can all help this cause.
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

    Elnora Hawley's avatar
    Elnora Hawley 4/11/2019 9:43 AM
    During my weekly grocery shop, I pick up a bag of coffee beans to make my coffee for the week (I say NO to plastic K-cups and am sad that this is our only coffee option at VM HR).  I found this great brand - Ethical Bean - at PCC, and it is also available on Amazon Prime!  They are fair trade certified, have a lot of amazing sustainability programs that they do - including a bag return program:
    Check it out! 
    Materials Choose Recycled Paper
    Good job on choosing recycled paper! How can you take your action a step further?

    Elnora Hawley's avatar
    Elnora Hawley 4/11/2019 9:05 AM
    Even with the plastic bag ban in Seattle, many retailers still give you paper bags, some with a glossy coating and string handles that can't be recycled.  I have made it a point to carry around 1-2 foldable, reusable bags in my work bag in case I decide to do any shopping downtown on the way home.  I also keep reusable grocery bags and produce bags in my car for shopping trips.  Then, you don't even need to use paper at all.

  • Elnora Hawley's avatar
    Elnora Hawley 4/11/2019 8:47 AM
    It's pretty simple to read product labels.  I already have to read product ingredient labels for other ingredients that I'm not able to eat, so it doesn't take much more effort to see if something has palm oil in it.  It is devastating and inhumane what has to be done in order to harvest palm oil.  I'll spare you the details but please do your diligence and look it up, and avoid palm oil use.  Surprisingly (or not), many cosmetic/beauty products also contain this oil.