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To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • Lynette Philips's avatar
    Lynette Philips 5/01/2023 3:25 PM
    I learned a lot about the environment and wish I had done more challenges

  • Tanya G's avatar
    Tanya G 4/30/2023 9:57 AM
    Well Team Welly, I managed to do exactly ZERO of my one-time challenges. I killed it at saving water, and I was somewhat mindful. I took a bunch of photos. And I did go for many walks.

  • Tanya G's avatar
    Tanya G 4/28/2023 11:48 AM
    I've been KILLING the 5 minute showers, man!
    Climate & Ecosystems Ecological & Xeriscape Gardening
    What ecological or xeriscape landscaping practices do you have? How has your landscape changed from these practices?

    Susan Healey's avatar
    Susan Healey 4/28/2023 6:02 AM
    2 rain barrels for watering garden; added more drought tolerant plants; heavy use of mulch. Gardens are looking great :)

  • Allison Mitchell's avatar
    Allison Mitchell 4/25/2023 8:03 AM
    I researched about making natural floor polish/cleaner and found this link from Murphy's Oil Soap:

    I've steeped my tea, I just need to try it out. Will post after using it...

    • Allison Mitchell's avatar
      Allison Mitchell 4/29/2023 3:50 AM
      I used Orange Pekoe (Red Rose), (probably about 2 bags/litre of water), brought it to a boil, then turned the heat off and left it for a few hours. Then I took the teabags out and left the tea until I was ready to use it. (I made it ahead of my planned mopping day.) It works! :) I was very pleasantly surprised at the nice, clean sheen it put on my (engineered) wood floors. Will definitely be using this from now on...
    Economy & Communities Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

    Karen Chisholme's avatar
    Karen Chisholme 4/25/2023 6:07 AM
    I took an inventory of our light bulbs on the weekend. I still had a few CFLs and a couple of pot light halogens that we needed to convert to LED. My next step is to measure the lighting in each of our rooms and determine if additional lighting is needed. The County's Home Energy Tool Kits, available through the libraries, has a lux meter and guidance on the appropriate amount of light for the type of task.

    This is Welly. You will be seeing a lot of Welly as the County rolls out energy conservation programs. Welly was designed by Melissa Coburn.

  • Susan Healey's avatar
    Susan Healey 4/24/2023 6:14 AM
    Someone posted a note about possible seed-sharing, which I can't seem to find now. It is a great idea - I've done veggie seeds/seedlings on a small scale in the past, but didn't have the time this year. My daughter did more than she needs and will give me some - I'll think about saving seeds for next year. On this topic, Vandana Shiva, based in India, has been talking about and doing seed-saving/seed sharing for many years, largely in response to the corporate takeover of this essential livelihood strategy. See The Seeds of Vandana Shiva - A documentary film ( She is amazing and a true inspiration :)

  • Susan Healey's avatar
    Susan Healey 4/24/2023 5:53 AM
    Really interesting interview with a German forestry expert (Peter Wohlleben) who has written a lot about the importance of forests/trees. He became known for the book The Hidden LIfe of Trees which I have yet to read bit it's on my list.

  • Susan Healey's avatar
    Susan Healey 4/24/2023 5:48 AM
    Took a 45 minute walk in a different neighbourhood close to mine - really enjoyed looking at the gardens that are coming out of the winter doldrums. Being a long time gardener myself, I've noticed that more and more people are taking an interest.
    Basic Needs & Security Make Zero-Waste Meals
    How did you incorporate using an entire vegetable (skins, peels, tops, and stalks) during one of your meal preps? What's something new you're going to try that is a zero-waste meal practice?

    Seantel-Rose  Hill's avatar
    Seantel-Rose Hill 4/23/2023 1:52 PM
    When I’m cooking, I keep a freezer bag full of vegetable scraps. I freeze them and then when I want to make a soup I boil them down for a while to make a vegetable stock!
    So much tastier because you can choose what goes into it