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April 3 - April 24, 2019



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?

  • Taylor Parsons's avatar
    Taylor Parsons 4/24/2019 6:13 PM
    I also realized we can't add actions all the way back to the beginning of the challenge anymore! I biked or walked to the ferry every day, so there are some lost points there :) Good work to all who actively posted and logged their actions!

  • Taylor Parsons's avatar
    Taylor Parsons 4/24/2019 6:12 PM
    I committed myself to eating vegetarian this month, motivated by the challenge. Between a trip to TX and the occasional lack of restraint, I didn't (or in TX, pretty much couldn't at a couple restaurants!) meet my goal every day. Still, I plan on carrying this forward and eating less meat or going pescatarian for a while!
    Land Use Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

    Taylor Parsons's avatar
    Taylor Parsons 4/24/2019 6:08 PM
    There are some alternatives available in my community, though likely not enough. I recently added bamboo fencing to my yard instead of wood, as I originally intended. What other bamboo alternatives can we think of?
    Buildings and Cities Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

    Jennifer States's avatar
    Jennifer States 4/24/2019 5:52 PM
    Walked from the office to the Seattle Ferry Terminal. Amazing to observe the progress on tearing down the Viaduct. What an amazing transformation our waterfront is going through right now. 

  • Marina Martin-Tretton's avatar
    Marina Martin-Tretton 4/24/2019 4:09 PM
    I have learned a lot of new strategies and tools to have a more positive impact on the environment. Love it!

  • Bill Berger's avatar
    Bill Berger 4/24/2019 3:28 PM
    To all the CYAGHG members who took the time to participate - thank you! It was helpful to have a few people to connect with on the actions. I hope you learned a few things, shared it with others, and maybe adjusted some behaviors of your own.

    For me, the knowledge gained in this challenge has definitely been put to use. From learning how to properly dispose of bio-plastics to receiving the 'nudges' to make a couple life changes 1) no more beef and 2) getting an electric car. The latter is certainly more enjoyable but I'll adapt to the former. It hit me the other day that I can no longer get my wreck sammy from Potbelly. Oh well. The sacrifice is well worth it in my mind. 
    Electricity Generation Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your zipcode, and in your state. What steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

    Jennifer States's avatar
    Jennifer States 4/23/2019 7:09 PM
    Our PUD just opened up applications for community solar shares. But to sign up, you have to go into the office and sign a long term contract. Do you think their handling of solar projects will change (potential for rate based cost recovery) now that WA State just passed a 100% Clean Electricity Legislation? 

    • Anita Roberts's avatar
      Anita Roberts 4/24/2019 7:32 AM
      Interesting. I was thinking our community solar process seemed antiquated because they planned to email the contracts, but having to physically visit the office seems silly in these modern times. I would expect that as these programs gain more momentum their processes will become more streamlined and efficient. It's odd that a utility that offers online bill pay couldn't just put in a "pay now" link with online acceptance of the terms and conditions. I mean they posted the contract in their FAQ so there was plenty of time to review it. Also, yay for WA for passing that legislation!

  • Jennifer States's avatar
    Jennifer States 4/22/2019 2:15 PM
    Happy Earth Day! We are planning an Earth Day Proclamation tonight at my City Council meeting, as well as a joint meeting with the County to discuss our climate change resiliency and adaptation plans. This includes a site vist to the off-channel reservoir we are working together to build to address low-snow pack years and allow for salmon passage and irrigation needs. I plan to suggest the City and County compete in the EcoChallenge next year to increse our local actions and positive impacts on addressing climate change. What are your Earth Day plans?

    • Bill Berger's avatar
      Bill Berger 4/22/2019 5:40 PM
      I’d like to know more Jennifer - and how we can start assessing climate resiliency and adaptation plans in our communities / cities / county’s. Would like to think there’s a unified approach or blue print to these things - but I’m not optimistic that’s the way it works. 

      For Earth Day - I organized an underwater cleanup of the Magnuson Park boar launch over the weekend (we hauled out 115 lbs of trash) and Jennie and I plan cleaning up a trashy patch of grass in our neighborhood.

    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

    Anita Roberts's avatar
    Anita Roberts 4/22/2019 10:00 AM
    Having eaten a mostly vegan diet for the last three weeks, and finding it easier than I expected, my plan is to continue eating a mostly plant-based diet long term. I'll choose locally and organically produced foods when possible to minimize the impacts of my diet on the ecosystem and hopefully see some personal health benefits, too. I'm curious to see where this takes me a year or five years from now.

  • Anita Roberts's avatar
    Anita Roberts 4/22/2019 9:29 AM
    Happy Earth Day, friends! I want to thank Bill for encouraging us to join this challenge. I've learned some new things and have enjoyed eating mostly plant-based this month. It's been fun to try new recipes and overall I feel pretty good. I've even shed a few pounds. While I'm not quite ready to say I'll never eat meat again, I can easily see myself eating primarily plant-based moving forward. There is so much variety in the plant world that it doesn't get boring. At this point, I plan to continue eating mostly plant-based for at least the next year and see what impact that has on my overall health, weight, etc.