May 6 - May 19, 2019

Tess James Neshem

Eco-Energizers

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 299 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    8
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    5
    outdoor meals
    consumed
  • up to
    120
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Tess's Actions

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying and using toxic plastics.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

HEAT AND COOL NATURALLY

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Recycle Materials

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Avoid Disposables

I will not use any disposable plates, cups, or cutlery.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Eat Meals Outside

I will eat 1 meal(s) outside each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

LEARN ABOUT NATIVE BEES

I will read about native bees and take an action to help them.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

START COMPOSTING

I will start a compost collection at work or school.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Water in early mornings to conserve water

I will water my lawn in the early morning hours to reduce water waste during the heat of the day.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Ditch the Lawn

I will replace my lawn with a drought-tolerant landscape and save the water, money, and time I used to spend cutting the grass.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Sustainable Community

ESTABLISH EMERGENCY KIT

I will establish an emergency kit and escape route in case of natural disaster like wild fire.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Protect and enhance stream or river bank vegetation near rivers and streams

I will contact a local organization to volunteer to plant native vegetation near rivers and streams to provide habitat shade for fish which provides cooler water temperatures in streams for fish to live and grow in.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Eco-friendly Landscaping

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers and pesticides.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Sustainable Community

LEARN ABOUT FIRE BUFFERS

I will read about fire wise recommendations and implement one strategy

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Tess James Neshem 5/20/2019 8:58 AM
    Shoot, I thought I could login today and add my challenges complete from this weekend... my 4-month-old made it a little hard to remember to login while getting stuff done! Sorry team :/ But I don't think it quite would have gotten us to 6th place anyway, and it's still a win to say that I'm going to spend this summer making my (wild, deep-up-a-canyon, super-dry) backyard a firewise haven for native bees and birds, feel assured having my emergency pack/route ready, and enjoy making compost and reducing waste. I didn't quite get to setting up for volunteering but that's still going to be on my list. Thanks for doing this once again, Sustainable Wenatchee! 

  • Tess James Neshem 5/17/2019 4:13 PM
    This weekend I plan to do a bunch of the one-time activities I have been meaning to do. Have been pretty darn occupied between work, baby, and helping my folks with some family stuff.

    But I can't wait to set up my bokashi compost; make my herb garden; gather together my emergency kit; find a local native plant organization for volunteering; and bolster my knowledge of xeriscaping (PS, if you don't know about it, Derby Canyon Natives is amazing) for both fire preparedness and local bees!

    Happy Friday :)

    • Jeanne Poirier 5/17/2019 8:02 PM
      Ted Alway is amazing and I think the world of him and his work at Derby Canyon Natives.  Good luck on the challenges - unless you are one of the CUFFER's who is whooping our butts!  :)

  • Tess James Neshem 5/17/2019 4:05 PM
    I just realized that I've actually been eating about 2 meatless meals (and all meatless snacks) each day. Go me! Ethically, because I'm a huge animal nerd, I'd love to be a vegetarian, but I really love meat, so I at least try to eat sustainably/humanely raised meat (and local if possible). But this is a good reminder that I can still make an ecological and ethical impact by eating vegetarian most of the time, while not having to go whole hog (pun intended) and never eating meat again! I'm also going to try to start fishing this summer, to catch some of my own protein. That might be a challenge with a wiggly 4-month-old baby, though...

    • Jeanne Poirier 5/17/2019 8:05 PM
      #3 in Drawdown is to NOT WASTE FOOD - and it's why I didn't pick more vegetarian meals.  I'mwith you Tess and realize I am and probably will be even more vegetarian.  Gleaning, catching, harvesting your own food is awesome and a great skill to share with your very little one!!

  • Tess James Neshem 5/07/2019 1:32 PM
    I am trying out bokashi composting - it's interesting because it is supposed to be great for indoors/contained spaces (good for winter), not smell, and be able to compost stuff like meat and dairy! Instead of needing air and mixing, it needs an anaerobic environment and with each compostable addition to be "fed" bokashi bran, developed in Japan in the 1980s and containing a specific set of microbes that, when used properly, will produce a usable product in 10 days. It needs to be drained of liquid every few days or week to keep it smelling good, but the liquid can be used as compost tea for houseplants, and the leftover fermented compost can be buried in a garden as a slow-release fertilizer. I ordered some bokashi bran off Amazon for $12. Excited to see how it goes!