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Barbara Kropp

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

"Even the smallest change makes a difference!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,207 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5.3
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    31
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    11
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    615
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    264
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    615
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    635
    minutes
    spent learning

Barbara's Actions

Economy & Communities

Create A Readiness Plan

SDG #9 Industry & Infrastructure

I will develop a readiness plan for my household in the event of an emergency.

Completed
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Find out where your energy comes from

SDG #7 Energy

I will spend 15 minutes learning about where my energy comes from.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate & Ecosystems

Ecological & Xeriscape Gardening

SDG #14 & 15

I will do one or more of the following actions in my yard, or volunteer in my community: plant indigenous plants, landscape with water-efficient plants, add mulching, replace a lawn, and/or use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Calculate Your Water Footprint

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Get To Know Your Watershed

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will spend 30 minutes learning about my watershed and the particular water issues my region faces.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Make Zero-Waste Meals

SDG #2 Zero Hunger

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Spend Time Outside

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will replace 20 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside exercising, enjoying the sunrise/sunset, gardening, journaling, or practicing gratitude for nature.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate & Ecosystems

Reduce Single-Use Plastics

SDG #14 & 15

Throughout the day, I will note the single-use plastics I use and consider the reusable options available to me.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Economy & Communities

Online Energy Audit

SDG #7 Energy

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Practice Mindfulness

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will spend 15 minutes each day practicing mindfulness.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Support Indigenous & First Nations Communities

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

I will spend 20 learning about the past and present indigenous communities in my regions and what I can do to be supportive.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Learn About Equitable Food Access

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

I will spend 10 minutes learning about equitable food access and how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Work-Life Balance

SDG #8 Work & Economy

During the workday, I will schedule time for daily rest during work days to practice work-life balance.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Basic Needs & Security

Know Your Produce

SDG #2 Zero Hunger

I will visit ewg.org to learn about and use their Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen produce lists.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Barbara Kropp's avatar
    Barbara Kropp 4/30/2022 3:12 PM
    This has been such an uplifting experience.  I am so glad I participated and hope we do it again next year!  

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    Barbara Kropp 4/28/2022 10:38 AM
    It is hard to believe this challenge is coming to an end.  It has been so enlightening for me.  I hope everyone else has enjoyed also.  I have enjoyed learning from everyone.

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    Barbara Kropp 4/22/2022 11:56 AM
    What beautiful weather for Earth Day!  
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Get To Know Your Watershed
    What watershed do you live in presently? What is something interesting or unique about your watershed?

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    Barbara Kropp 4/18/2022 12:22 PM
    I live in Vancouver and was surprised by what I learned.  I am thankful for this nudge to read about my watershed and ways to protect it.  I would encourage others to read about their watershed.  It was very interesting.

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    Barbara Kropp 4/14/2022 8:23 AM
    I am excited to see our standing in total points for this world-wide challenge!  Just think of all we are learning and the impact we are making.
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Calculate Your Water Footprint
    What is one way you will reduce your water use? What is a practice you already have that helps you reduce your water use?

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    Barbara Kropp 4/11/2022 2:38 PM
    I will take shorter showers to reduce water usage.  I don't think I will get down to five minute showers, but I will be conscience of how long I am in the shower.  I purchased a super-high efficiency dishwasher to save water.  And it is super quiet.

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    Barbara Kropp 4/07/2022 11:23 AM
    I have to thank Brian again for introducing this challenge to PeaceHealth.  I have a new outlook on sustainability.  It's great to see the ways everyone is making a difference and learn so many things.  Such great ideas!  Thank you to Brian and thank you everyone for sharing your ideas!!
  • Reflection Question
    Economy & Communities Find out where your energy comes from
    Where does the energy in your region come from? Which energy is a renewable source?

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    Barbara Kropp 4/06/2022 2:30 PM
    I was inspired by Brian to check into where PUD energy comes from.  Very interesting!
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Reduce Single-Use Plastics
    What plastic or single-use items do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted?

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    Barbara Kropp 4/05/2022 9:54 AM
    I cut down on usage of plastic produce bags at the grocery store.  And I reuse the ones that I have gotten.

    • Sarah Aiello's avatar
      Sarah Aiello 4/05/2022 4:10 PM
      Good Idea, Barbara!  I will try this as well.


    • Brian Nelson's avatar
      Brian Nelson 4/05/2022 1:01 PM
      Keep in mind, Sally, that biodegradable is only the better choice (over reusable) if they are properly composted.  :)

    • Sally Wright's avatar
      Sally Wright 4/05/2022 12:52 PM
      I wish grocery stores would hurry up and get biodegradable produce bags. I have reusible/washable produce and bulk bags but if I run out, I definitely reuse the ones I end up having to use from the store. 
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Make Zero-Waste Meals
    How did you incorporate using an entire vegetable (skins, peels, tops, and stalks) during one of your meal preps? What's something new you're going to try that is a zero-waste meal practice?

    Barbara Kropp's avatar
    Barbara Kropp 4/04/2022 3:09 PM
    Preparing a zero-waste meal is more involved than I expected, but very it feels very good to make a difference.

    • Brian Nelson's avatar
      Brian Nelson 4/05/2022 8:33 AM
      I used to throw away the stalks of things like broccoli, but then realized that a quick peel of the hard outer skin leaves the tastiest part of the plant!  :)