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February 15 - February 19, 2021
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Melanie Armstrong

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Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 426 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    205
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    8
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    225
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    1
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    8
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    32
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Melanie's Actions

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

I will avoid using items with single-use packaging when possible.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Powering the Future

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 2 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Water is Life

CHECK FOR WATER LEAKS

I will check for water leaks in my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Water is Life

RUN ONLY FULL DISHWASHER LOADS

I will conserve water by only running the dishwasher if it is full.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Water is Life

WATER CRISIS IN INDIA

I will learn about the water supply in India by reading at least one article.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Water is Life

LEARN ABOUT SEA LEVEL RISE IN INDIA

I will learn about sea level rise in India by reading an article or watching a video.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Water is Life

TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER WATER QUIZ

I will test my knowledge of water by taking the Be A Green Spider Water Quiz on the Office for Sustainability's website.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Water is Life

SMART LAUNDRY

I will conserve water and energy by only doing full loads of laundry in cold water.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Water is Life

BRUSH MY TEETH WITHOUT RUNNING WATER

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Feeding Us & the Future

TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER FOOD QUIZ

I will test my knowledge of food at UR with the Be A Green Spider Food Quiz.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Feeding Us & the Future

LEARN ABOUT SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN INDIA

I will learn about how farmers in India are adopting sustainable practices in food production.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Feeding Us & the Future

Smart Seafood

I will make responsible and sustainable seafood choices.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Feeding Us & the Future

Meal Planning

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Feeding Us & the Future

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

OPT-IN TO REUSABLE NAPKINS & UTENSILS

I will use reusable napkins instead of single-use disposable napkins. I will opt-out of using single-use utensils by bringing my reusable set to an on-campus dining location or take-out restaurant.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

LEARN ABOUT THE RECYCLING INDUSTRY IN AMERICA

I will learn about recent changes to the recycling industry in America and their connections to Asia.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

LEARN ABOUT WASTE REDUCTION EFFORTS IN INDIA

I will learn about waste reduction efforts in India.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

TAKE THE BE A GREEN SPIDER RECYCLING QUIZ

I will learn about how to reduce waste by taking the Office for Sustainability's Be A Green Spider Recycling Quiz.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

CHANGE DEFAULT PRINTING SETTING TO DOUBLE SIDED

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Closing the Loop

USE REUSABLE BEVERAGE CONTAINERS

I will avoid sending 2 disposable beverage containers to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or water bottle.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT SOLAR ENERGY IN INDIA

I will learn about renewable energy in India.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Powering the Future

WATCH VIDEO ON PROJECT DRAWDOWN

I will watch a video on Project Drawdown.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF FOSSIL FUELS

I will watch a documentary about climate change to learn about the effects that fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions have on our planet.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Powering the Future

LEARN ABOUT ENERGY IN VIRGINIA

I will learn about renewable energy in Virginia.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Powering the Future

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, appliances, and power strips turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Powering the Future

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

PRACTICE GRATITUDE

I will write down three things that I am grateful for OR reach out to thank someone who's doing something positive for our world's health and well-being.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

BUY NOTHING

I will buy nothing (meal plans excluded) the whole day today.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

HAPPINESS PROJECT IN INDIA

I will learn about the Happiness Project in India.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Mindfulness & Harmony

De-Clutter

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Melanie Armstrong 2/15/2021 7:30 AM
    Glad to be a part of this challenge.    I am finding that I really enjoy all the articles and resources available on the  Happiness Project website (https://happyproject.in/).  I suspect I will be spending more time there than just today!