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April 3 - April 24, 2019

Walgreens Boots Alliance 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?

    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?

    Ray Cruz Arias's avatar
    Ray Cruz Arias 4/30/2019 8:26 AM
    My household has moved to a fixed utilization rates which texts us when we exceed our threshold. Awareness is key to disciplining and making  energy utilization consciousness as an importance. 

    Awareness and acceptance of our energy waste as a society will allow us then to identify actions to resolve some of these wasteful activities. 
    Electricity Generation Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives
    What inspiration and wisdom can you gather from your family, faith, or community traditions that would help you in both communicating about and addressing our most pressing energy issues?

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    Ray Cruz Arias 4/30/2019 8:23 AM
    As an engineer, energy conservation and energy initiatives are always a part of our team's discussions. We present our innovative solutions and potential solutions at facetime presentations during the WESN initiatives. 

    Such initiatives mention better lighting, HVAC efficiencies, and discuss future initiatives to reduce our carbon emissions. 
    Electricity Generation Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. In what ways (i.e. with money, time, advocacy) can you invest in geothermal energy?

    Ray Cruz Arias's avatar
    Ray Cruz Arias 4/30/2019 8:19 AM
    I have donated my time and some charitable donations towards the development of renewable geothermal energies, especially with regards to geothermal and tidal energy generation. 

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    Clarissa Day 4/26/2019 8:27 AM
    I rally enjoyed this challenge. I already have a lot of actions as part of my daily routine, such as eating a plant-based diet, composting food scraps, and eliminating single-use plastics. However, this challenge allowed me to stretch myself to include even more environmentally-friendly practices as part of my routine. I look forward to continuing to live my life in a way that has a smaller impact on the environment and educating those around me about how they can do the same.
    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?

    Tuhin Misri's avatar
    Tuhin Misri 4/25/2019 7:37 AM
    I plan on evaluating the current use of ALL objects in my lifestyle to gauge whether I can reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, re purpose, etc. Implementing the R's make me feel in touch with the urgent need to balance out consumption and giving back to the environment.
    Materials Install a Toilet Bank
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

    Teresa Wheway's avatar
    Teresa Wheway 4/25/2019 3:05 AM
    conserving water instead of using sprinklers I will hand water all my plants
    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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    Teresa Wheway 4/25/2019 2:58 AM
    I will lose some weight , feel better ! and not waste recources
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Teresa Wheway 4/25/2019 2:57 AM
    By keeping close watch on these dates in the work place we can donate food items before they have to be thrown out 

  • Tuhin Misri's avatar
    Tuhin Misri 4/24/2019 9:44 PM
    Glad to be part of the team hosting the sustainability extravaganza today at Walgreens corporate office, which included internal and external teams that focussed at environmental sustainability.

  • Daniel Yuhas's avatar
    Daniel Yuhas 4/24/2019 8:50 PM
    Having reflected on the "Forest-Friendly Foods 2" daily challenge, in which I "replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation," I thought of what might be an improvement to the challenge. I think that in future Eco-Challenges, there should be more of an emphasis placed on sustainability in this particular daily challenge. Maybe it could specifically state that you can eat food with palm oil that is RSPO (Roundtable On Sustainable Palm Oil) certified. As I learned from watching Years Of Living Dangerously, it's not the oil itself that's bad, it's how the oil is produced that can be bad. Even the St. Louis Zoo website has a page about palm oil and how the industry is affecting animals like the orangutan, and it says that "using certified sustainable palm oil is a more effective and responsible choice" than boycotting palm oil. Teaching people not only to look for palm oil in the ingredients lists on their food, but to look for that certification, it would raise awareness of sustainable palm oil, and using certified palm oil instead of boycotting all palm oil would reward companies who have made sure their palm oil is produced sustainably, and might entice more companies to get the certification. Then maybe our company's store brand products will get that certification too. HINT HINT