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Marci Rau

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 648 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    265
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    265
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    203
    minutes
    spent learning

Marci's Actions

Climate & Ecosystems

Support Local Pollinators

SDG #15 Life On Land

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 pollinators and plant some in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate & Ecosystems

Create & Share A Love Letter, Poem, Song or Picture

SDG #13, 14 & 15

I will express my love and gratitude for our planet by writing a love letter, poem, song or taking a picture. I will share it with others on my social media channels, in person, or as an Earth Month Ecochallenge feed reflection.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Economy & Communities

Mend Clothing

SDG #9 Industry & Infrastructure

I will mend a piece of clothing for myself, family or friends.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Plan A Staycation in Your Community

SDG #11 Communities

For an upcoming vacation, I will plan a staycation 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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Track My Purchases

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

Throughout the day I will track my purchases and then research the companies making these goods.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Support Indigenous & First Nations Communities

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

I will spend 60 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

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 12
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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    Marci Rau 4/29/2022 2:27 PM
    I think that I have more learning to do and actually look forward to what kind of impact I and our team will continue to have throughout PeaceHealth.
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Support Indigenous & First Nations Communities
    Why is it important to honor native and indigenous peoples and cultures? What have you learned that is important to you? If you identify with or are a member of an indigenous group, how does your community practice sustainability?

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    Marci Rau 4/29/2022 2:01 PM
    I live on the land of the Multnomah, one of the Chinook tribes. I found out that those that survived illnesses of the 1830's have since been incorporated into the confederated tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Warm Springs.
    The history of trading among the native tribes, in a sense, carries on now with much trade passing through our area. 

    My plan is to read the book:  Becoming Rooted: One Hundred Days of Reconnection with the Sacred Earth by Randy Woodley, who is of the Keetoowah Band of the Cherokee. He lives and works outside of Portland, OR at Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth and Justice.  This book reminds us of our place on earth and actions to honor place.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators? Do you have a favorite pollinator?

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    Marci Rau 4/28/2022 6:36 PM
    Pollinators keep everything growing. 
     I must admit that I am partial to bees, but I also love bats and can sit an watch them for as long as they swoop and fly about.
    Our front garden is already "kind of wild", but I plan to plant more native plants in the back.  We don't mow that often, maybe once a week, or less.  In the backyard we have our veggies, so we welcome pollinators all seasons!
  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Plan A Staycation in Your Community
    What place in your region are you most excited to visit during your staycation?

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    Marci Rau 4/28/2022 6:28 PM
    I am excited to visit as many waterfalls as possible this summer!
  • Reflection Question
    Economy & Communities Mend Clothing
    What was it like to mend your clothing? If you are skilled at mending, what tips do you have for others?

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    Marci Rau 4/28/2022 9:59 AM
    I love the idea of "creating new clothes", by mending in a way that makes them a little different than they were at first.
    I also tend to put off mending, such as sewing buttons back on and mending a hem.  These are "tedious tasks", so I don't enjoy them.  I grew up mending clothes and wearing them until I couldn't, so this is nothing new, but a good reminder to "spruce up" my clothing, or pass it along sooner.

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    Marci Rau 4/08/2022 11:02 AM
    Work Life Balance
    I stopped to talk with a neighbor yesterday evening and we got to talking about the challenge of saying "No". He was raised to always be ready to do things for other people, as have I.  Our challenge has been to say, "No", when we don't have the time and then we end up overcommitted and stressed.  We are learning to either simply say, "No." or saying, "No, I can't do that at this time, I would have more time in three months, if that works for you."  For example.

    • Brian Nelson's avatar
      Brian Nelson 4/08/2022 11:47 AM
      Interesting! What a great connection point with a neighbor.  :)

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    Marci Rau 4/04/2022 9:40 AM
    My acrostic poem:

    Every life force is precious
    Archived extinct species remind us of current overwhelm
    Re-create every morning anew
    Think about it!
    Health urges us to be holistic, whole and embodied.

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      Brian Nelson 4/04/2022 9:59 AM
      I had to look up "acrostic" and then was even more impressed when I learned what it is.  Very cool!  :)
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Create & Share A Love Letter, Poem, Song or Picture
    Why is art an important way for you to express sustainability values?

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    Marci Rau 4/04/2022 9:00 AM
    Art reflects beauty, joy, love, as well as challenging topics like grief, decay, fear.  Art gives us insight into what is happening with ourselves and the world around us; inspiring more connection, which is essential in sustainability.
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Know Your Produce
    What surprised you about the two produce lists? How will you use these lists for your grocery shopping? Have you used these lists before?

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    Marci Rau 4/04/2022 8:41 AM
    I was surprised to see sweet corn on the "clean list". I have been surprised in the past that apples are on the "dirty list".  I will see if I can talk my husband into buying organic apples, since he eats an apple a day. I have glanced at the lists before and try to orient my shopping accordingly.  I have tended to buy organic ever since there has been this option.
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Spend Time Outside
    What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time inside and on screens?

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    Marci Rau 4/04/2022 8:26 AM
    So many implications! Lack of vitamin D, lack of exercise, lack of physical connection, eye problems and the rest of the body challenges, a disconnect from the real world/though I do enjoy interacting with people around the world on Zoom.