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November 14 - November 18, 2022
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Kevin Creamer

Information Services

"Have fun. Beat Team REGISTRAR. What else is there?"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 150 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2.0
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    7.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6.0
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    25
    minutes
    spent learning

Kevin's Actions

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

GATHER WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY

I will improve my social wellbeing by spending ___ minutes with other people a social setting.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Living With Less

FOLLOW CORE VALUES

I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 5 - Living With Less

MAORI & ZERO WASTE

I will spend 15 minutes learning about zero waste practices and principles in Maori cultures.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Living With Less

DECLUTTER MY HOME OR DORM

I will declutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Living With Less

DISCONNECT FROM EMAIL

I will disconnect from my email when not at school or work.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 5 - Living With Less

PICK UP LITTER

I will pick up litter on-campus or in Richmond for ___ minutes.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Living With Less

WASTE REDUCTION IN NEW ZEALAND

I will learn about waste reduction initiatives in New Zealand.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Living With Less

REUSABLE BOTTLES AND MUGS

I will avoid sending 6 disposable beverage containers to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or water bottle.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 5 - Living With Less

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 5 - Living With Less

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

CONNECT WITH A NONPROFIT

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on issues affecting women and trans/nonbinary people in Virginia, communities in poverty, or environmental justice, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

SUPPORT NATIVE COMMUNITIES

I will use the resource links and spend 30 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

LEARN ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN RICHMOND

I will spend 30 minutes learning about environmental justice issues in Richmond.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

LEARN ABOUT EQUITY & INCLUSION

I will learn about equity and inclusion resources on campus and in Richmond.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

ADOPT SUSTAINABLE LIVING HABITS ON CAMPUS

I will examine my living habits while on campus, and make an effort to be more sustainable in my day-to-day living habits. All are invited to complete the checklist, however students will receive certification for their dorm room or apartment.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

THE TRUTH ABOUT EXPIRATION DATES

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

LEARN ABOUT MAORI FOOD SYSTEMS

I will read an article on Maori leading sustainable food systems in Aotearoa.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

LOWER YOUR WATER "FOODPRINT"

I will learn about water use in food production and eat less water intensive foods.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

BE A GREEN SPIDER FOOD QUIZ

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

COMPOST FOOD SCRAPS

I will participate in the composting program on campus or compost my food scraps at home.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

EAT LOCAL

I will buy local produce and meats when shopping for groceries.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

REDUCE SEAFOOD INTAKE AND EAT SMART SEAFOOD

I will make responsible and sustainable seafood choices.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

PLAN YOUR MEALS

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

GO MEATLESS

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

LOCAL INDIGENOUS PRACTICES

I will take 30 minutes to learn how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

VIRTUAL WALK WITH KAKAPO CONSERVATIONISTS

I will take a virtual walk with conservationists to learn about a critically endangered native bird species, the kākāpō.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

BIODIVERSITY THREATS IN NEW ZEALAND

I will read an article about threats to New Zealand's biodiversity.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

INDIGENOUS INFLUENCES ON SCIENCE RESEARCH

I will read an article about the influence of Maori knowledge on science research in New Zealand.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

CHECK FOR WATER LEAKS

I will check for water leaks in my home.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

SMART LAUNDRY

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

SHORT SHOWER CHALLENGE

I will save up to 6 gallons (23 L) of water each day by keeping my showers under 5 minutes.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

SPREAD HAPPINESS

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

BETTER SLEEP

I will commit to getting 75 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

NEW ZEALAND'S WELLBEING BUDGET

I will learn about wellbeing initiatives in New Zealand.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

TAKE A VIRTUAL WALK IN NEW ZEALAND

I will take a "virtual walk" along New Zealand's Kepler Track.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

PRACTICE MINDFUL BREATHING

I will calm my body and mind by doing ten minutes of Maori breathing exercises each day.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

SPEND TIME IN NATURE

I will celebrate the Maori concept of whenua by spending 60 minutes outside to reduce stress, boost my mood, and to enjoy nature.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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  • Kevin Creamer's avatar
    Kevin Creamer 11/17/2022 5:10 AM
    Crazy week - I apologize to everyone on the team. Hoping to catch up on some missed opportunities this afternoon. I hope everyone is having a good time and that you are learning lots of good stuff!

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    Kevin Creamer 11/14/2022 5:38 PM
    Such a crazy day I had to wait until I was done with work for the day before i could dive in. But some fascinating information. I've captured a lot of information from the two values articles and I plan on going back to study that some more.

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    Kevin Creamer 11/14/2022 5:13 PM
    What a great tour! Fun to explore.

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    Kevin Creamer 11/13/2022 8:06 AM
    Okay. I've selected just about every action I think I can do this week. We need more participants on the team, though. Please consider reaching out to anyone in IS (or even not in IS) who you think would enjoy participating aggressively.

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    Kevin Creamer 11/12/2022 10:39 AM
    It's Saturday, and all seems quiet. Looking forward to Monday when the Challenge is officially under way!

    • Martha Merritt's avatar
      Martha Merritt 11/14/2022 5:20 AM
      Team International Education welcomes Team IS back to the Ecochallenge!!!

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    Kevin Creamer 11/11/2022 1:16 PM
    Some great challenges this year. Looking forward to learning a lot, as we always do. Have to say I'm disappointed that there are so many on-campus events that are not being streamed. I am working from home until the Jepson renovation is complete next June, and getting to campus is not easy or sustainable.

    • Martha Merritt's avatar
      Martha Merritt 11/14/2022 5:23 AM
      Sorry about this, friends. We note your input - hybrid is hard and we will assess how best to facilitate access for all; since UR is (in general) fully back in person we followed suit. Hope the talk by Professor Ruru on Thursday afternoon works for you.

    • Susan Galvin's avatar
      Susan Galvin 11/11/2022 1:28 PM
      Yeah, I was disappointed to see this too.  

  • Kevin Creamer's avatar
    Kevin Creamer 11/11/2022 12:55 PM
    Okay! I just sent out this week's CIO Digest and invited EVERYONE in Information Services to join the team.

    BUT! If you know someone who is not in Information Services, but they don't have a team to be on, and especially if they like to compete aggressively, invite them to join us!

    It's time for me to start going through each day's opportunities next week. Everybody remember to check in every day between now and next Friday. If you can check in Saturday and Sunday, we get points for that!

    Last year International Education really challenged us. Who knows what other teams might be going for #1? My wife Jean is the captain of Team REGISTRAR, so we absolutely have to crush them. Nothing personal.

    Go Spiders!