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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Holly Windom

Comerica Bank

"Just to do better. Be more aware of how I effect the world. Continue living healthy and keeping my surrounding clean."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 375 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    8.0
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    11
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning

Holly's Actions

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

I will spend 60 minutes each day researching women-owned businesses I can support when shopping.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

#63 Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Use

Choose Better Wood Products

#38 Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Host a Film Screening

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

I will host a film screening and discussion about women's and gender equality issues.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Holly Windom 4/22/2019 9:21 AM
    Here in Michigan climate change can be with in one hour each day. Yes we use to have 4 seasons a year but not much any more in my humble view. Just in the last 7 days it snowed, rain, it was cloudy and sunny in the same day and the temperature was 33 degrees and today is almost 70 degrees. I will still take Michigan weather over other states due to we live thru the storm conditions. I'm praying that the laws will be carefully put in place so my 2 year old grand son will be able to enjoy the Michigan weather as I have done for 58 years. I'm concerned due to in Alaska the ice mountains are melting and where is that water going to go? Will Michigan lakes and River ever rise? Will my grandson have clean water to drink, bath and play in? Who knows but I'm hopefully for the best for his generation.

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    Holly Windom 4/17/2019 7:15 AM
    Well my lent fast is over. I learned so much about how my body burns food fuel. My skin looks hydrated, I lost about 15 pounds eating no meat, dairy, or sugar (except fruit). Now to continue making smart choices that I do not have to. Continue watching my paper waste, Continue shopping at women's business. Yes, and it is all a pleasure to be aware of my actions. Each new day I get another chance to do better. Don't give up on yourself. I really care how this life turns out in my last 22,630 days. If Moses in the bible did 120 years so can I.

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    Holly Windom 4/12/2019 10:07 AM
    I believe this is my second or third challenge. Surprising to me it is getting easier to be aware of my interest and choices of eating. This is a great way to focus on your views and make new habits to increase your healthy lifestyle. I'm proud of my Company for allowing us to join and make a different in our own lives and the changes we are making toward the future environment. 
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Support Women-Owned Businesses
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. How can you better support communities by supporting women? Can you share any past experiences that may help others take action?

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    Holly Windom 4/12/2019 10:03 AM
    For me It is easy to support Women Business. Due to I go to lots of Craft shows and festivals. Most of the vendors at these things are women. Now how do we move them into the main stream of business? Support diversity, invite them to the large business conference, introduce them to other business owners in their industry that are on the business level. Educate them with how to complete a business plan. Locally we have contest to help support your visions with large funds to open your business. Do your reach! help is out there but you must look into it. 
  • 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?

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    Holly Windom 4/12/2019 9:55 AM
    In schools for the next generation to be more concerned about the food supply. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Zero-waste Cooking
    How are environmental issues like black carbon and other emissions from cooking fires or rudimentary cookstoves also human health and social justice issues? Why do these issues matter to you?

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    Holly Windom 4/12/2019 9:52 AM
    I have very bad sinus issues. Air Quality is very important to me. So do my part by having a raw veggie day. I eat nothing that has to be cooked. Fruit and peanut butter in the morning, salad for lunch and a trio of veggies for dinner. I'm sure I could do more but I am starting here. 

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    Holly Windom 4/12/2019 9:46 AM
    Why I join this due to I am about the join the 60 and over crowd. So this has made me view the rest of my life compared to the life I have already lived. I've been bless that I'm not a smoker and only drink wine occasionally. I have always maintain a fair level body weight and general health. Now that I will be the old lady at the store soon I want to be the one who is pushing he own basket and driving her self where she needs to go. Sadly that does not happen by accident. At my church we have 2 - 100 year old people, 7 - 90 years old (2 who still drive), 10 - 80 years olds. Not all of them are in great healthy but the ones who are took the time to Sleep/Rest, have a balance diet, and take a daily walk. (Or maybe it is something in the water at my church (that is my joke with them.) All I know is at this point in my life I need to do better. I value the 97 year old who still walks with a walker/cane but comes to church weekly to praise the Lord for her good health. 
  • Reflection Question
    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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    Holly Windom 4/11/2019 1:14 PM
    Smaller people! Eating can be very emotional. Healthy people, less illness, maybe even happy people. Also some people over feed their pets. Food is for fuel not for comfort I had to learn that learn too. 
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Host a Film Screening
    What is the next step beyond raising awareness of women's and gender equality issues?

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    Holly Windom 4/11/2019 1:09 PM
    This is an issues we will sadly have with us for a long time. Old habits die hard. We only have hope for the children making a different as they grow. This is what I was taught as a child. That certain jobs are for men. That only a women and a man did marry. That you can not select your gender only identify with the one you were born with it. That your husband is the bread winner.   That no single women would  run a company. That household chores outside are for boys and inside are for girls.(Yes, I forgive my parents they did the best they knew how.) 
  • Reflection Question
    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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    Holly Windom 4/11/2019 1:00 PM
    Cold weather bring a need for comfort. T-bone steaks, lamb chops, ribeye, porterhouse are all meat meals that bring a hungry person comfort. At one time the north was all wilderness. The ground was frozen 8 months of the year but animals were plenty. No a good excuse but very likely. Even though for Lent I'm a vegan. Meat just taste good. Most of us are just enjoying the comfort a comforting meal.