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

  • 1 Today
  • 6 This Week
  • 97 Total

Challenges

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

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

COMPLETED 0 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

Sustainable Community

Attend May Green Drinks

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

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Sustainable Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

Uncompleted
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)

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One-Time Challenge

Nature

LEARN ABOUT NATIVE BEES

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Health

Avoid refined sugar

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

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DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying and using toxic plastics.

COMPLETED 0 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

DONATE UNNEEDED ITEMS

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Tend a Garden

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

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DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

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

COMPLETED 0 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 0 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Whole Foods Diet

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

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DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Plant a Herb Garden

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

Uncompleted
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 0 OF 14
DAILY CHALLENGE

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  • Mary Peterson 4/23/2019 5:50 AM
    I enjoyed an hour long walk yesterday morning and several hours in my yard.  I marveled at the colorful yards I walked by, with more color yet to come.  I love that it is nice enough to eat my breakfast on the deck in the mornings while the birds are at the feeders.  Yesterday was Earth Day, but so is every day!

  • Mary Peterson 4/22/2019 5:57 AM
    I spent my early hours reading about safe seafood sources and reducing my unwanted paper solicitations and catalogs on line.   Hopefully, in a few months  I will see a reduction in the amount of paper waste from my mailbox that I sort over the recycling bin!

    • Mary Peterson 4/22/2019 12:15 PM
      Go to actions under Waste.  Under ”Go Paperless” hit “Learn More”.  In this article they give you some options to sign up for  no more card applications or insurance solicitations. I signed up for this. They also give you an option to sign up for no more unsolicited catalogs. I think this one cost two dollars to sign up for. I signed up for it. It does say that it May take 60 to 90 days to stop all of these unwanted paper things that show up in snail mail. If you do this, you can also say you did it and receive one point. I am using this time before the eco-challenge to go in and read more of these learn more things, and get the points for doing them, if I do them.

    • Joyce Stevens 4/22/2019 8:16 AM
      I have also been doing this, but many companies take several notifications to get them to stop sending the catalogs. 

  • Mary Peterson 4/21/2019 6:51 AM
    Oh, and happy Easter! It is going to be a beautiful day!

  • Mary Peterson 4/21/2019 6:50 AM
     I researched the seven types of plastic yesterday in preparation for the challenge. I made myself a summary that I can use during the challenge. Our world has become so reliant on plastic.   I will choose not to buy plastic containers if it all possible. I will also choose not to buy plastics that are not recyclable. I will try to buy refillable containers as much as possible.  I already buy refillable laundry detergent container. It is a highly concentrated non-fragrant detergent, and in my low water use washing machine, a gallon lasts me more than one year. I hope  Industry is trying to come up with a plastic that is  biodegradable, like plastic made from corn. 

  • Mary Peterson 4/20/2019 6:35 AM
    Yard work yesterday.   Outside from 8-5.  My body feels a bit stiff today, but my yard is looking pretty good.   Hope we get more sunshine this weekend.   

  • Mary Peterson 4/19/2019 5:11 AM
    Landscape design class again last night.  We visited three more yards and stayed late.  Did you see that fabulous moon last night?   Arborvitae hedges so overgrown and in need of replacement.  Great recommendations for colorful native trees and shrubs to replace them.   Giant spruce and Douglas firs planted too close to homes should be removed in firewising the landscapes.   It is going to be a huge expense to remove them.   Yikes!

    • Lori Nitchals 4/19/2019 7:47 AM
      Which trees and shrubs were recommended? I still have a privacy row of Moonglow Junipers and a huge cedar too close to the house that need to be taken down. Probably next year, as it with be very expensive. 

  • Mary Peterson 4/18/2019 12:17 PM
    I drove over Blewett Pass yesterday afternoon to go to Ellensburg.   I love to see the rushing water in the creeks in springtime and to see the soft new greens of the trees breaking bud.  I attended a Nick Zentner lecture on the Supervolcanoes of the Pacific Northwest.   It was excellent as are all his presentations and the “Nick on the Rocks” clips on PBS.  Check him out on You Tube!   I drove home this morning on the Old Vantage Highway To George and Quincy.  The hills, valleys, and meadows are vibrant green and wildflowers are appearing.   Following the basalt cliffs of the Columbia River, I drove home to see all the ornamental fruit trees blooming in East Wenatchee.  Spring!  Spring!  Spring!

  • Mary Peterson 4/17/2019 6:11 AM
    Landscape design site visits last night were excellent!   One woman wants to create a Japanese garden, so the discussion was very interesting!   At the other two houses, firewise  landscaping was discussed.  In the past people have planted conifers way to close to their houses!  Many alternatives using native trees and shrubs and xeriscape alternatives.   One homeowner had not come to grips with the need to remove conifers that were planted 3 feet from the house and were now taller than the roof line, and another homeowner was in Broadview when it burned and bought a different house and now wanted to remove all of the remaining conifers on her property.   Many cutbanks of juniper!  We haven’t even designed our yards yet, and we are already hoping we can see each other’s relandscaped yards when they are done!   Every homeowners objectives are so different and their challenges and issues so interesting.  I am so glad I signed up for the class.   

  • Mary Peterson 4/16/2019 7:21 AM
    My spring To Do list keeps getting longer!   More time in the yard and garage planned today.  Finding more things to contribute to a future CUUF yard sale!  I am looking forward to more site visits in my landscape design class tonite.    Life long learning!

  • Mary Peterson 4/15/2019 7:04 AM
    Another beautiful morning,   After my second cup of coffee, I will be ready to tackle my big “To Do” list for the week.   I will be spending more time outdoors, enjoying my yard and my environment.