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Holly Irion

Let's Do This

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 891 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    20
    square feet
    community beautification
  • UP TO
    3
    documentaries
    watched
  • UP TO
    1
    donation
    made
  • UP TO
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    1
    item
    repaired
  • UP TO
    270
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    8
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • UP TO
    64
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    590
    minutes
    being mindful
  • UP TO
    1,575
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    1,575
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • UP TO
    600
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1
    water footprint
    calculated

Holly's actions

Climate & Ecosystems

Ecological & Xeriscape Gardening

SDG 14, 15

Studies show a grass lawn is water intensive and on average it require about 30 percent of a household’s water consumption. I will do one or more of the following actions in my yard or community to conserve water and improve habitat: plant indigenous plants, landscape with water-efficient plants, add mulching, replace a lawn, and/or use eco-friendly fertilizers.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Basic Needs & Security

Know Your Produce

SDG 2

I will become a savvy produce shopper when buying organic and non-organic items.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Basic Needs & Security

Calculate Your Water Footprint

SDG 6

I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Education & Livelihood

Work-Life Balance

SDG 8

During the workday, I will schedule time for daily breaks during work days to practice work-life balance.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Basic Needs & Security

Take 5-Minute Or Less Showers

SDG 6

I will save up to 6 gallons (23 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers. Tip: Use a timer to practice or count to 60 a few times.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Basic Needs & Security

Reduce Animal Product Consumption

SDG 2

One kilogram of beef and cheese emits 71kg and 24kg of greenhouse gasses, while 1kg of rice, grains, and legumes emits between 2-4kg. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts emit less than 1kg per 1kg. I will reduce my climate impact by enjoying 1 meatless meals and/or 1 vegan meals each day this week.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Basic Needs & Security

Try a New Vegan or Vegetarian Recipe

I will try a new vegan or vegetarian recipe and share how it turns out on the Ecochallenge feed, or with family and friends.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health & Equity

Spend Time Outside

SDG 3

I will replace 30 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside exercising, enjoying the sunrise/sunset, gardening, journaling, or practicing gratitude for nature.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Practice Mindfulness

SDG 3

I will spend 15 minutes each day practicing mindfulness.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Donate Food

SDG 3, 10

I will find out what food programs are in my area and donate food and/or other items that they request.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Economy & Communities

Chat With A Nonprofit

SDG 12

I will have a conversation with one or more nonprofit organizations I want to be involved with.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Economy & Communities

Mend Clothing

SDG 9

I will mend clothing for myself, family or friends.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Economy & Communities

Choose LED Bulbs

SDG 7

I will replace 5 incandescent light bulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Economy & Communities

Watch a Documentary About Economy, Energy, or Industry

SDG 7, 9, 12

I will watch 1 documentaries about economy, energy, or industry.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate & Ecosystems

Watch a Documentary About Climate Change or Nature

SDG 13, 14, 15

I will watch 2 documentaries about climate change.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant 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?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Education & Livelihood Work-Life Balance
    How does practicing a work-life balance create a more sustainable life for you? How might it contribute to sustainability more broadly?

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    Holly Irion 4/30/2023 6:48 AM
    I find that when I have a poor work/life balance I tend to consume more (buying unnecessary things, eating poorly, eating out more, etc), just as a way to reward/treat myself. I am much more balanced overall when I am mindful of how my time and mental energy are being spent.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Basic Needs & Security Reduce Animal Product Consumption
    What was the tastiest meatless or vegan meal you ever had or had recently? Did you make it? Can you share a recipe?

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    Holly Irion 4/30/2023 6:47 AM
    I find the tastiest meatless options are the options I already was eating (typically breakfast foods), like oatmeal, yogurt, etc. I find that I don't usually use meat substitutes b/c my family doesn't like them, so I just cook things they do like (beans, etc).
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health & Equity Spend Time Outside
    What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time inside and on screens?

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    Holly Irion 4/17/2023 9:18 AM
    I think one of the biggest implications is a lack of connection to nature, which would make it easier for us to make decisions that would negatively impact our climate/planet/etc. I think a strong connection to nature holds us more accountable.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Economy & Communities Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

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    Holly Irion 4/11/2023 7:25 AM
    We are going to be switching out our old hot water heater to a heat pump hot water heater.

    • Deborah McGloine's avatar
      Deborah McGloine 4/16/2023 9:26 AM
      Hello Holly - my husband did a great deal of research when we replaced our hot water heater - let me know if you would like information on what he installed!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Basic Needs & Security Take 5-Minute Or Less Showers
    With 5-minute or less showers reducing your water footprint, what do you plan to add next to your water conservation habits?

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    Holly Irion 4/07/2023 5:18 AM
    I think my family and I could start turning the water off when we're brushing our teeth. Also, we typically have to leave a slow drip in our upstairs bathroom sink for a lot of the winter b/c the pipes aren't insulated properly in the wall. We plan on fixing that this summer.

    • Deborah McGloine's avatar
      Deborah McGloine 4/08/2023 1:23 PM
      Hello Holly - These are great ways to save on water - I am looking into a rain barrel to water my plants this summer.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health & Equity Practice Mindfulness
    What was it like to practice mindfulness? If this is a practice for you already, what was something new you understood in practicing during Earth Month?

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    Holly Irion 4/05/2023 4:58 AM
    I'm finding that my mindfulness practice feels more impactful in the morning when I first wake up. I try not to reach for my phone immediately each morning.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Economy & Communities Chat With A Nonprofit
    What was one nonprofit organization that was exciting to learn about?

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    Holly Irion 4/03/2023 10:34 AM
    In planning our mental health fair I have been reaching out to several nonprofit organizations. I am always excited to hear about the work of PeopleInc's Rose House, including their respite stay and warm line.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Economy & Communities Mend Clothing
    What was it like to mend your clothing? If you are skilled at mending, what tips do you have for others?

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    Holly Irion 4/03/2023 5:08 AM
    I spent some time with my daughter teaching her how to sew. She's been really interested in it recently, so this was the perfect opportunity.

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    Holly Irion 3/30/2023 10:15 AM
    Looking forward to the challenge this year!