Skip to main content
April 3 - April 24, 2019
Shawna Troyer's avatar

Shawna Troyer

Engie Insight Spokane Office

"We exist to completely and interactively leverage existing innovative paradigms. (Thanks, Mission Statement Generator)"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 622 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    43
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    43
    miles
    traveled by carpool
  • up to
    40
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    65
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    10
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    trees
    planted

Shawna's Actions

Transport

Try Carpooling

#75 Ridesharing

I will commute by carpool 43 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 40.41 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed


  • Shawna Troyer's avatar
    Shawna Troyer 4/24/2019 2:53 PM
    Today's the last day! I wish I'd been more organized this time around, and kept up with tracking and posting. 
  • Reflection Question
    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?

    Shawna Troyer's avatar
    Shawna Troyer 4/17/2019 9:39 AM
    I really need to start using re-usable bags for shopping. The past year I've been telling cashiers to skip the bag and I'll carry things out if my shopping is enough to carry in two arms. I own re-usable bags, but always forget to bring them. Other than that: I love repurposing things. I'm turning old CD's into jewelry, dance belts, wind-chimes, etc.

  • Shawna Troyer's avatar
    Shawna Troyer 4/16/2019 10:36 AM
    Alternate commute options haven't been very successful for me so far (I've tried for years). What takes me 15 minutes driving takes 1 hour 15 minutes by bus, and my schedule is too early for the ride-share bus, and I tend to stay late fairly often and it's not fair to others. But I did talk a friend into carpooling to a class in Rosalia on Sunday. I likely won't be doing any more carpooling during the challenge, but one day is better than none.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Try Carpooling
    List some of the places you frequent often (work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

    Shawna Troyer's avatar
    Shawna Troyer 4/16/2019 10:31 AM
    The main grocery store I shop at is actually only a block away from home. I often stop on my way home, but should just start walking. Especially during the warmer months. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

    Shawna Troyer's avatar
    Shawna Troyer 4/10/2019 12:19 PM
    I've not researched this a lot, but I know there are bamboo flooring options available, and a week or two ago I bought a bamboo toothbrush at Huckleberry's inside Rosauer's in Spokane Valley. I've been reading about them, and looking online, but put off buying one. I was surprised to run into them locally while shopping for other products.

  • Shawna Troyer's avatar
    Shawna Troyer 4/08/2019 3:25 PM
    I wasted a lot of food on Saturday. Too tired, too busy, and didn't think when I ordered (ate out because I was running all day), and ordered food I didn't really want to eat, and wasn't hungry enough to finish. 

  • Shawna Troyer's avatar
    Shawna Troyer 4/08/2019 10:08 AM
    Today is the Grand Opening for a new Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant in Spokane, WA: RÜT Bar & Kitchen www.rutspokane.com - They are open from 11am to 11pm 4/8/19. I'll be going to show support, and get a meatless meal for dinner.

  • Shawna Troyer's avatar
    Shawna Troyer 4/05/2019 1:01 PM
    Breakfast and lunch were both meatless today. Coincidence, not planned this time. But every bit helps!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

    Shawna Troyer's avatar
    Shawna Troyer 4/03/2019 1:00 PM
    The responsible answer would be paying off debt, especially student loans. But if I were able to save this money - I'd use most of it for travel.

  • Shawna Troyer's avatar
    Shawna Troyer 4/03/2019 12:58 PM
    Day 1! Have fun, everyone!