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  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Work-Life Balance
    How does practicing a work-life balance create a more sustainable life for you? How might it contribute to sustainability more broadly?

    Komal Shah's avatar
    Komal Shah 4/29/2022 10:21 AM
    I need this balance to help nourish my body/mind with the rest and fuel it needs to ensure i'm not living in a fight/flight mode all the time as i was working all the time.  

  • Anjana Padmanabhan's avatar
    Anjana Padmanabhan 4/29/2022 6:45 AM
    When I started paying attention to how long my showers were and how much packaging my meals were using - it was eye opening for me so those were the two daily actions I really honed in on. Before I was always taking my own bags to the grocery store, but not being as judicious when it came to produce bags - but now I bring my own produce bags too. I really enjoyed this challenge and will be continuing to be mindful of my daily habits!
  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Volunteer In My Community
    What is one thing you can do to help your community become more sustainable?

    Lisa Zavetz's avatar
    Lisa Zavetz 4/25/2022 6:19 AM
    I volunteered at a local beach cleanup. We cleaned up trash that accumulated on the beach to make sure it wouldn't get into the ocean and would go to the proper cleanup channels. One thing you can do is pick up pieces of trash you see on the ground and throwing them away.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators? Do you have a favorite pollinator?

    Alpana Mittal's avatar
    Alpana Mittal 4/22/2022 6:49 AM
    After learning about pollinators during the Ecochallenge, I planted a small urban garden on my deck and made sure to get flowers that attract pollinators like butterflies and bees.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators? Do you have a favorite pollinator?

    Greg Myer's avatar
    Greg Myer 4/21/2022 9:37 AM
    health of entire plant ecosystem depends on pollinator health
  • 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?

    Lisa Zavetz's avatar
    Lisa Zavetz 4/20/2022 6:34 AM
    I have already reduced my water usage by not watering my parent's lawn or washing their cars. But taking long showers is the main source of my water usage each day. I can take shorter showers and be more mindful about my time.
  • 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?

    Lisa Zavetz's avatar
    Lisa Zavetz 4/20/2022 6:25 AM
    I am served by the Lower Rahway Watershed. Something interesting is that it covers a small portion of 3 counties in New Jersey and it was likely named after an Indigenous Lenape man.
  • 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?

    Lisa Zavetz's avatar
    Lisa Zavetz 4/20/2022 6:19 AM
    I realized that most of my single-use plastics come from packaging from online purchases and takeout food orders. When you ask for items (like salad dressing) on the side, it adds another piece of plastic to the meal. So instead, you can order it as is. I have been conscious about using reusable straws for a while, but it's important to keep them in your car or in a purse so you can always be prepared.
  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Volunteer to Tutor
    What do you enjoy about supporting others who are learning?

    Alpana Mittal's avatar
    Alpana Mittal 4/13/2022 11:17 AM
    As part of the Ecochallenge, I committed to volunteering in my local community. I volunteer every week with Everybody Wins DC -- a youth literacy nonprofit. I am a reading tutor for a second grade student, and it's amazing to watch her develop a love for reading and confidence in reading more challenging books! For Earth month, we'll be reading some books about the planet!
  • 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?

    Alpana Mittal's avatar
    Alpana Mittal 4/13/2022 11:15 AM
    I've curbed my use of plastic wrap by swapping it with beeswax wrap. I also bought a set of travel bamboo cutlery that I keep in my purse at all times so that I can avoid single-use plastic utensils when I'm out!