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November 14 - November 18, 2022
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Rick Neal

CBS Spiders

"To leave the world a better place than I found it."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 451 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    50
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    4.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    30
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    270
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    270
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    190
    minutes
    spent learning

Rick's Actions

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.

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One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

LEARN ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN RICHMOND

I will spend 15 minutes learning about environmental justice issues in Richmond.

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One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

CARRY OUT ACTS OF KINDNESS

I will practice the Maori concept of tukua by volunteering or helping someone 3 time(s) this week.

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.

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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 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

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 5
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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Living With Less

SPIDER EXCHANGE

I will visit the on-campus "free store", known as Spider Exchange, to donate uneeded items or "shop" for free from 11:00am-6:00pm. Spider Exchange is located at 24D New Frat Row.

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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.

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One-Time Action

Day 5 - Living With Less

WASTE REDUCTION IN NEW ZEALAND

I will learn about waste reduction initiatives in New Zealand.

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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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 5 - Living With Less

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Living With Less

REUSABLE BOTTLES AND MUGS

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Community & Justice

LEARN ABOUT EQUITY & INCLUSION

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

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One-Time Action

Day 4 - Community & Justice

SOLAR TOUR

I will tour the campus solar array. The tour will meet at the solar array on the roof of the Weinstein Center for Recreation at noon.

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One-Time Action

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

THE TRUTH ABOUT EXPIRATION DATES

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Nourishment for All

EAT LOCAL

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

BIODIVERSITY THREATS IN NEW ZEALAND

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

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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.

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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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Day 2 - Protecting Our Planet

CHECK FOR WATER LEAKS

I will check for water leaks in my home.

Completed
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.

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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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

BETTER SLEEP

I will commit to getting 45 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 1 - Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

TAKE BODYPUMP CLASS

I will take an hour long BODYPUMP class on-campus at 8:00am, 12:00pm, or 4:15pm. Spots are limited, so registration is required.

Uncompleted
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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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

NEW ZEALAND'S WELLBEING BUDGET

I will learn about wellbeing initiatives in New Zealand.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY 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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Rick Neal 11/18/2022 12:25 PM
    We took 2nd place! Now let's hold on to it!

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    Rick Neal 11/18/2022 11:56 AM
    We are only 6 points from 2nd place!!! Great job everyone!

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    Rick Neal 11/18/2022 10:58 AM
    Only 40 more points to take 3rd place!!

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    Rick Neal 11/18/2022 10:06 AM
    You guys are doing GREAT!!! Let's win this now!!!

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    Rick Neal 11/18/2022 6:14 AM
    If you haven't read "How to celebrate Matariki at home' in the 'Decluttering' task you might be very surprised to find the focus is on you personally and emotionally. Stop carrying all that self doubt and regret around. Read the article and see how these folk handle that very thing.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2022/06/how-to-celebrate-matariki-at-home.html



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    Rick Neal 11/18/2022 6:07 AM
    I read the interesting waste reducing method they use in NZ and was very pleasantly surprised that they are still removing precious metals from old electronics. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yGPm1U7U6s They are literally turning trash into treasure!!!

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    Rick Neal 11/17/2022 5:37 AM
    Take a look at the link below to catch up on all the UR advancements in DEIB.  
    https://equity.richmond.edu/about/2021-22-UR-DEIB-Highlights.pdf


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    Rick Neal 11/17/2022 5:26 AM
    The 'Can We Eat Less Water' was an interesting read and so I went back to it.  It discusses irrigation and how"One big challenge to food system sustainability is to manage irrigation better to produce food in places where water is scarce.

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    Rick Neal 11/16/2022 10:26 AM
    I had no idea of the relationship between water consumption and cutting the amount of animal protein in our diets.

    "Cutting the amount of animal protein in our diets in half would decrease global water consumption by 6 percent (for rainwater), and 4 percent (for irrigation water)."

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    Rick Neal 11/15/2022 6:04 AM
    The video tour of the walk around was really good!