May 6 - May 19, 2019

Mary Peterson

CUUFers

"I will challenge myself to increased awareness and understanding of my role in conserving resources while enjoying a balanced life!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,130 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    840
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    28
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    27
    whole food meals
    consumed

Challenges

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once per day.

COMPLETED 14 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

Sustainable Community

Attend May Green Drinks

I will attend May's "Green Drinks" event on Thursday, May 16th (featuring Link Transit).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Sustainable Community

ESTABLISH EMERGENCY KIT

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Sustainable Community

Host A House Party

I will host a house party to watch a movie or have a meaningful discussion on an environmental issue.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Sustainable Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support Sustainable Wenatchee or another nonprofit.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Nature

LEARN ABOUT NATIVE BEES

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 8 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying and using toxic plastics.

COMPLETED 14 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

DONATE UNNEEDED ITEMS

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Tend a Garden

I will tend to a garden each day, or work on starting one.

COMPLETED 14 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero waste each day.

COMPLETED 14 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 14 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 3 meal(s) per day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 9 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Plant a Herb Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 60 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 14 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Mary Peterson 5/23/2019 8:14 AM
    This is my third year of doing the challenge.   I learn lots each time and enjoy the two weeks very much.   I have many more  hallenges I would like to do in future years.   I also am glad to know how many environmentally supportive groups we have in o ur communities.  I look forward to participating more in some of them.  Thanks to Sustainable Wenatchee for supporting and organizing this Challenge!   Thanks to the organizers and to my teammates!

  • Mary Peterson 5/19/2019 6:20 AM
    I have learned lots this Challenge!   I pushed myself into some healthier habits.   I want to keep doing this Challenge in future years as I have lots more to learn and experience.   I found actions that helped my body, mind, and soul.   I hope to maintain the healthiest actions as habits into the future.   Now, on to my second day of watercolor class!

  • Mary Peterson 5/18/2019 5:25 AM
    Watercolor class all day today and Sunday in Chelan!   I hope to learn lots!

  • Mary Peterson 5/17/2019 7:19 AM
    I met some new people at the Green Drinks event in Leavenworth yesterday afternoon.   Then I went to my last Landscape Design class.  I finished my landscape drawing but have not finalized my planting list yet.  Today, I am emptying my walk-in closet so it can be painted.  This comes at a good time, as my last one time challenge is to donate unwanted items.   I will use today and the weekend to go through clothes, shoes, purses, bedding, etc. and make piles for YWCA donation and the CUUF yard sale and complete a big action item!

  • Mary Peterson 5/16/2019 6:09 AM
    I ordered mesh produce bags and collapsible silicone food containers from Amazon Smile with a donation to CUUF. They arrived yesterday.    I will start using them immediately, for produce shopping and taking leftovers home from area restaurants. Part of my fight to eliminate single use plastics.  I will also attend the green drinks session in Leavenworth this afternoon.

  • Mary Peterson 5/15/2019 6:39 AM
    Yard work for six hours yesterday.  It was nice it was cooler and overcast.  My niece and I got a lot done.   More to do today.   

  • Mary Peterson 5/14/2019 6:14 AM
    Yesterday I put together my emergency kit (briefcase, checklist, overnight bag, etc.).   I know where everything is so I can “grab and go” if I need to evacuate for any reason.   I know my alternative evacuation routes out of my neighborhood.   Getting my updated information in my briefcase was a good exercise.  I needed to do that anyway.

  • Mary Peterson 5/13/2019 4:55 AM
    I hosted a gathering of friends yesterday afternoon to watch a documentary called “Why Buying Plastic-free Groceries Is So Hard”.   Afterwards we discussed plastics—which ones were toxic, which ones were not recyclable, and how to reduce single use plastics in our lives.   It seems daunting, but we can each do our parts.  Talking with stores and restaurants about our desires to be plastic free is important.  We must speak up!

  • Mary Peterson 5/12/2019 5:38 AM
    Standing my cut herbs in water on my kitchen counter makes them last longer.  They also give me some splashes of green in the kitchen and entice me to use them in my cooking.   Yesterday morning I made a pot of Italian vegetable beef soup, adding fresh chopped basil from my bouquet.   I find that soup is a great way to zero waste food by using the last of the old veggies, leftovers, and the tops of celery bunches.  Homemade soup is also a great way to get a Whole Foods meal in minutes throughout the week!

  • Mary Peterson 5/11/2019 7:20 AM
    This morning I have been reading about the Nature Conservancy’s preserves in Washington, and focusing in on the Moses Coulee.   I have been a member of TNC for years and support the great work they do in conserving important landscapes across the world!   I learned more about the species they work to protect in the Moses Coulee and in Washington.   I will continue to support their conservation mission!