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Anca Caragea

Greening of EU Cluj

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 1,261 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    24
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    54
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    30
    pounds
    waste composted
  • UP TO
    2
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    2,090
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    5
    trees
    planted
  • UP TO
    998
    minutes
    spent learning

Anca's actions

Land + Forests

Borrow Before I Buy

Why buy something I will only use once or a few times if someone nearby has it for me to borrow, and why not share something I have that someone may only need a few times a year? To reduce my consumption and waste, I will create or support the sharing economy with friends, family, colleagues or neighbors.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Choose Renewable Energy

Renewable energy options are becoming more widespread and accessible. Not only are they good for the planet, they can help save money as well. I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will contact them to advocate for this option in the future.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Stay on the Ground

Carbon emissions from air travel is harmful to planetary and human health. Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Grow Local

I will research and plant a garden filled with native fruits, vegetables, and flowers to nurture local wildlife and ecosystems. I will find nearby nurseries that offer plants native to my area.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Save the Bees

Bees are vital to ecosystems. To help save the bees, I will learn which local flowers provide nectar and plant them in my backyard or in a pot on my balcony.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 60 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood, office, or campus (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Compost Food Waste

Food in the landfill is one of the main sources of greenhouse gasses. I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill per day by composting my food.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

30 for 30 in Nature

Studies have shown that when we spend consistent time in nature, our health improves, our creativity increases, and our connection to the planet gets stronger. Each day of the Ecochallenge, I will spend 30 minutes outside (in a large or small patch of nature), then share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the feed.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Dishwasher Efficiency

Hand washing dishes can use more energy and hot water than a dishwasher. To save water, I will use a dishwasher and scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Itr's estimated over a billion water bottles are thrown away each year. Even if they were recycled, that still uses energy and resources from the earth. I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

JOIN OR CREATE A GREEN TEAM AT EMERSON

I will continue to contribute to Emerson's environmental sustainability goals beyond April by learning more about the Global Green Teams Network, joining a team near me, or maybe even creating a new team.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY AT EMERSON

I will sign up to the Sustainability Aficionados distribution list to receive global news on sustainability at Emerson, including world news and Greening OF, BY, and WITH news.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

TAKE PICTURES AND SHARE ON LINKEDIN

I will take at least one photograph that is connected with this year's theme of Nature Conservation & Biodiversity (for example an urban park, bee hives, birds and other animals...) and I will post it on LinkedIn with the hashtags #EarthMonthEcochallenge #EarthMonthAtEmerson.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

ATTEND THE ECOCHALLENGE CONSERVATION WEBINAR

On Wed 24th April, I will attend the Earth Month Ecochallenge Webinar on Conservation to learn about what individuals, companies and other organizations can do to promote biodiversity and nature protection.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Sustainability Lunch and Learn

Learning in a social setting can inspire connection and change. I will work with a friend or colleague to plan and host a lunch and learn at work, school, in my neighborhood or other location to learn more about an environmental topic important to me. After the lunch and learn, I will share more about it on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will organize or participate in a trash pickup at a local river, beach, or natural body of water.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Plant Trees

Trees capture carbon and produce oxygen that is essential to life on earth. I will support this important piece of nature by organizing or joining a community group to plant 5 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

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


  • Anca Caragea's avatar
    Anca Caragea 4/30/2024 12:45 AM
    I am very happy that I participated at this year challenge as well. I learned new things and I will continue to be more aware of the actions I take for the environment. See you next year team!!

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    Anca Caragea 4/29/2024 1:48 AM
    We have one more day from this challenge.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Explore My Area
    Where did you go for your walk or hike in nature? What were the benefits of doing so?

    Anca Caragea's avatar
    Anca Caragea 4/29/2024 1:44 AM
    There is a forest near the town we live and we took advantage of the good weather of this weekend to go for a hike for the first time in there. We enjoyed it very much and had a relaxing time.

    • balakrishnan C's avatar
      balakrishnan C 4/29/2024 1:46 AM
      1. Physical Health:
        • Exercise: Walking or hiking gets your body moving, strengthens muscles, and improves cardiovascular health. It’s a natural way to stay active without feeling like you’re “working out.”
        • Fresh Air: Breathing in fresh, oxygen-rich air is invigorating. It helps clear your lungs and boosts overall well-being.
      2. Mental Well-Being:
        • Stress Reduction: Nature has a calming effect on the mind. The sights, sounds, and smells of the outdoors can reduce stress hormones and promote relaxation.
        • Mindfulness: Being surrounded by nature encourages mindfulness. You become more present, focusing on the beauty around you rather than worries or distractions.
        • Boosted Mood: Sunlight triggers the release of serotonin (the “feel-good” hormone), lifting your spirits and combating feelings of sadness or anxiety.
      3. Connection with Nature:
        • Appreciation: Spending time outdoors fosters a deeper appreciation for the natural world. You notice the intricate details—the rustling leaves, the chirping birds, the scent of pine.
        • Reconnecting: In our digital age, nature provides an opportunity to disconnect from screens and reconnect with the Earth.
      4. Creativity and Inspiration:
        • Inspired Thinking: Nature stimulates creativity. Writers, artists, and thinkers have often found inspiration during walks or hikes.
        • Problem-Solving: Sometimes, the solution to a problem comes to you when you’re surrounded by trees or gazing at a mountain peak.
      5. Social Interaction:
        • Shared Experiences: Walking or hiking with friends or family creates shared memories. Conversations flow more naturally in the great outdoors.
        • Community: Parks, trails, and natural spaces bring people together. You might meet fellow hikers or dog walkers and share a smile or a friendly chat.


  • Anca Caragea's avatar
    Anca Caragea 4/28/2024 6:35 AM
    Happy Sunday! Enjoy this beautiful day!🤍
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Anca Caragea 4/26/2024 1:49 AM
    This year we plan to go and visit more places nearby Cluj, as there are many beautiful places and stunning lanscapes.

    • Laura Sumlea's avatar
      Laura Sumlea 4/26/2024 2:30 AM
      This is something I would like to do also so please share some impressions.

  • Anca Caragea's avatar
    Anca Caragea 4/26/2024 1:40 AM
    Happy Friday everyone! Four more days to go, we can do this!

  • Anca Caragea's avatar
    Anca Caragea 4/25/2024 11:54 AM
    It's almost Friday, let's hope for good weather this weekend.

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    Anca Caragea 4/24/2024 1:18 PM
    Today was a good day for gardening as it was a sunny day. Looking forward to warmer days.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Sustainability Lunch and Learn
    Who did you engage in your lunch and learn? What resources did you use? How did it go and what did you learn?

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    Anca Caragea 4/23/2024 7:39 AM
    It was interesting to find out some recipes to combat the food waste and many other tips and tricks.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

    Anca Caragea's avatar
    Anca Caragea 4/23/2024 7:33 AM
    Just knowing that trees are our natural allies in combating air pollution it makes me feel much better that I am doing a small step to help the planet.

    • Nicoleta Lupoaie's avatar
      Nicoleta Lupoaie 4/23/2024 11:39 PM
      Woods and trees can improve our health and wellbeing in many ways, including reducing stress, improving mood, and boosting the immune system.