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Joleen Ochs

One Passionate Operating Crew

"Let's do what we can to minimize our negative impact on the planet moving forward. The healthcare industry does an incredible amount of good, but has a tremendous amount of waste, and therefore a tremendous amount of opportunity to make a difference."

Points Total

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  • 1,106 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    15
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    21
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    56
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    420
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Joleen's Actions

Energy

UPGRADE MY WINDOWS

I will upgrade windows to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 4 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 3 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 4.31 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 30 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

COMPOST FOOD WASTE

I will set up a compost pile in my backyard where I can compost food scraps. I'll teach my family abou how to separate food scraps and place them in the compost pile.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Food Waste

I will reduce food waste by carefully filling my plate and only taking what I can eat.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

CONSERVATION LOCALLY

I will search the webpage of The Nature Conservancy for 10 species they help protect, 10 natural preserves in Washington they steward and consider one way I could participate in their work in the Moses Coulee Preserves. (Hunter Steward Program, pigmy rabbit habitat repair, trail maintenance, fence repair)

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Participate in a May bike event

I will participate in "Bike to Work Day", "Ride of Silence" or another group bike event.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

LEARN ABOUT NATIVE BEES

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Explore my Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

HIKE A LOCAL TRAIL

I will hike a local trail. (Consider joining one of Chelan Douglas Land Trust outings such as May 8 Sam Hill Walk for Families.)

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

DONATE UNNEEDED ITEMS

I will donate unneeded clothing, books, and household items rather than throwing them away.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Avoid Disposables

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

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Joleen Ochs 5/20/2019 8:10 AM
    This was fun. I enjoyed having a few things to think about throughout the day in order to make more conscious decisions about my impact. I feel like I try to find things to be thankful for daily, but I noticed that as I went to check it off and had to make a point of naming things, (or calling loved one) I was more mindful and it felt more impactful to myself than just going throughout the day with a grateful attitude. This is something that I really think everyone should attempt to practice.

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    Joleen Ochs 5/19/2019 11:25 AM
    hmm... I go outside for respite, runs, and even walks but "riding my bike 3 miles" has been my biggest daily challenge that I miss... interesting.

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    Joleen Ochs 5/19/2019 11:21 AM
    Avoiding disposables when you're out and about has been both challenging, as well as fun. Apparently I need to carry a "to go" container in my car at all times. lol. It's easy when you eat at home, but avoiding disposables at larger events that others are hosting has been interesting. I was at a dinner gathering and they served everything with disposables - It didn't feel right to ask to use their "real" plates and cutlery so i just reused my plate and grabbed a real fork. I wasn't able to claim my daily habit, but I still decreased my use. Its the small compromises that add up to success.

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    Joleen Ochs 5/17/2019 6:11 AM
    Thankful for covered porches that allow dinner outside in the rain! Lol

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    Joleen Ochs 5/17/2019 6:10 AM
    Thankful for covered porches that allow dinner outside in the rain! Lol

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    Joleen Ochs 5/14/2019 8:56 PM
    Composting... It's exciting and terrifying at the same time... how many rats am I going to get? Is this going to just stink? Will it turn out? They make it look so easy... could it really be that easy? I don't know what I'm doing... I don't really have to know do I? Don't I just ditch and spin? This is what has been going through my head since I started my compost bin!

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      Stefanie Neff 5/17/2019 8:38 PM
      Oh my gosh it's easier than you think! My biggest issue is my dogs getting into it! Lol

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      Jeanne Poirier 5/15/2019 6:51 PM
      Good adventure and hope it turns out really well!!

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    Joleen Ochs 5/14/2019 8:50 PM
    I talked my sister into trading in her plastic bottle obsession (hates the water in Yakima) for a PUR water facet! YAY That's over 1,000 plastic bottles/year!!!

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    Joleen Ochs 5/14/2019 8:46 PM
    I didn't get a chance to ride my bike to work today, so I walked to a volunteer appreciation dinner. Weather cleared just in time! The sun came out, and it was lovely.

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    Joleen Ochs 5/14/2019 8:45 PM
    I spent an hour making an informational flyer trying to encourage co-workers to ditch the plastic utensils for "real" cutlery, and I plan on doing the same thing for the styrofoam cups! One step at a time... Gotta find a way to make it fun and engaging in order to impact lasting change

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    Joleen Ochs 5/14/2019 8:41 PM
    We are in 10th place, and making an impact! YAY... don't forget to take a look at all of the great stuff we are accomplishing!