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Eva VanAtta

The Geese

"I want to become more aware of the environmental consequences of my daily actions and be more mindful of where my money goes."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 520 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    6
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    2,890
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    8
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    285
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    20
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    4
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Eva's actions

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

ATTEND CLOSING KEYNOTE

I will attend the closing keynote lecture given by David Orr.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

LOWER YOUR WATER "FOODPRINT"

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

DISCONNECT FROM EMAIL

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

ATTEND PLENARY ADDRESS

I will attend the keynote address from Francisco Piyãko and Chief Walt "Red Hawk" Brown.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

SHOP WOMEN-OWNED

I will shop from women-owned businesses today.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

BUY FROM A FARMERS MARKET

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

LEARN ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN RICHMOND

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - 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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

TALK TO MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ABOUT ECOCHALLENGE

I will tell friends and/or colleagues about the Ecochallenge and share information about how to get involved.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 1 - Community & Justice

HELP OTHERS

I will offer to help person(s) who are in need each day.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

TURN IT OFF

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

SMART LAUNDRY

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

REGISTER FOR A ROUNDTABLE ON CLIMATE CHANGE & SUSTAINABILITY

I will attend a roundtable hosted by global experts and UR community members.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 2 - Climate Crisis

GO ON MINDFUL SELF-GUIDED TOUR

I will visit the Eco-Corridor for a self-guided tour between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to slow down, destress, and engage in mindfulness stations.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

THE TRUTH ABOUT EXPIRATION DATES

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

PLAN YOUR MEALS

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

REDUCE SEAFOOD INTAKE AND EAT SMART SEAFOOD

I will make responsible and sustainable seafood choices.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

EAT LOCAL

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

SMART LAUNDRY

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

TOUR THE ECO-CORRIDOR

I will attend a tour of the Eco-Corridor from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to learn about Abby's Garden and the restored stream bed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

GO MEATLESS

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 3 - Food & Water

REGISTER FOR A ROUNDTABLE ON CLIMATE CHANGE & SUSTAINABILITY

I will attend a roundtable hosted by global experts and UR community members.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

ATTEND INTERNATIONAL DINNER

I will attend the International Dinner at Heilman Dining Hall.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 3 - Food & Water

ATTEND THE LOCAL - GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY FAIR

I will attend the Local-Global Sustainability Fair at Tyler Haynes Commons.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

LOCAL INDIGENOUS PRACTICES

I will take 60 minutes to learn how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

ENJOY THE SUNRISE/SUNSET

I will enjoy the sunrise and sunset.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

GO FOR A DAILY WALK

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

PRACTICE GRATITUDE FOR EARTH

I will spend 30 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

EXPLORE MY AREA

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

SPEND TIME OUTSIDE

I will replace 60 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

SUPPORT LOCAL POLLINATORS

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 30 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 4 - Conservation & Biodiversity

TOUR THE ECO-CORRIDOR

I will attend a tour of the Eco-Corridor from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. to learn more about biodiversity and native species on our campus by utilizing the app iNaturalist.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

LEARN ABOUT & PRACTICE SUSTAINABLE FASHION

I will spend 30 minutes learning about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

PICK UP LITTER

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

GO PAPERLESS

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

VISIT REFILL STORE

I will visit a local refill store to fill up on bulk items and reduce purchasing of plastic.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

ZERO-WASTE COOKING

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

VISIT THE SPIDER EXCHANGE

I will visit the on-campus "free store", known as the Spider Exchange, to donate unneeded items or "shop" for free from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Spider Exchange is located at 24D New Frat Row.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

REDUCE SINGLE-USE DISPOSABLES

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate and divert waste from the landfill.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Day 5 - Rethink Waste

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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Eva VanAtta 11/17/2023 1:34 PM
    What an amazing week this has been! I cannot wait to carry these sustainable practices into my daily life after this.

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    Eva VanAtta 11/16/2023 2:30 PM
    David Orr's talk this morning was so inspiring, I am so lucky I got my book signed by him!

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    Eva VanAtta 11/16/2023 2:28 PM
    "It makes far better sense to reshape ourselves to fit a finite planet than to attempt to reshape the planet to fit our infinite wants" - David Orr. One of my favorite quotes from his book "Earth in Mind".

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    Eva VanAtta 11/16/2023 2:27 PM
    The International Fair yesterday was one of my favorite events of the week, I loved seeing people from all different parts of campus coming together for one common goal. Roll Spides! Sustainable living rocks!

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    Eva VanAtta 11/15/2023 7:55 AM
    Going to the Lakeside Farmer's Market this morning was such a fulfilling start to my day--can't wait to make soup tomorrow with the veggies I got!

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    Eva VanAtta 11/14/2023 1:30 PM
    The Eco-Corridor had such fun and mindful activities set up today, and I heard a rumor they are gonna be up all week! :D They also added some new hammocks by the creek so you can hear some peaceful water sounds as you relax.

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    Eva VanAtta 11/14/2023 1:28 PM
    Putting in more of an effort to help out my friends this week has been such a blast. Can't wait to carry on these good deeds outside of the Eco-Challenge!

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    Eva VanAtta 11/14/2023 7:49 AM
    The plenary address this morning was so inspiring. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from such wise and knowledgable people.

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    Eva VanAtta 11/14/2023 7:34 AM
    So happy I was able to encourage so many of my friends to join the Eco-Challenge! Talking about my passion for sustainability with people I care about has made my week :)

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    Eva VanAtta 11/13/2023 6:58 AM
    I just did a full load of laundry in cold water, such an easy change to be more environmentally friendly!