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April 1 - April 30, 2024
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Laurita Long

Greater San Diego

POINTS TOTAL

  • 65 TODAY
  • 155 THIS WEEK
  • 565 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    21
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    300
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    9.0
    individuals
    recognized for sustainability
  • UP TO
    10
    local or diverse businesses
    supported
  • UP TO
    144
    pieces of paper
    avoided
  • UP TO
    42
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1.0
    water leak
    reported

Laurita's actions

At Work

Report a Leak

I will prevent water from being wasted by reporting one or more leaky faucets, toilets, or other water leaks to my organization's facilities team for repair.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Support Diverse and Locally-Owned Businesses

I will promote equity and support my community by purchasing items at 10 diverse- and/or locally-owned businesses.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Use A Reusable Mug/Bottle

I will keep 10 disposable cup(s) and/or bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle, cup, or mug.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

At Work

Work From Home

I will work from home 4 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Work

Turn It Off

I will turn my computer monitor(s) off at my work station when not in use to save energy (I will follow my organization's IT instructions for keeping on, turning off, or restarting computers).

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

At Work

Go Paperless

I will avoid printing 10 pieces of paper by "going digital" and printing double-sided whenever possible.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

One Healthcare

Green Gratitude

I will recognize 10 colleague(s) for their sustainability efforts by thanking them on our team feed, in-person, by email, and/or through my organization's recognition platforms.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Shorter Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    One Healthcare Use A Reusable Mug/Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Laurita Long 4/18/2024 2:28 PM
    One of my main challenges to making a permanent move away from single-use plastics is non-water drinks, like electrolyte water, tea, soda, etc. I am working to make a transition to powder electrolytes to use in my reuseable bottle and am trying to make a change with tea too. Soda will likely continue to me a challenge, I have not found the soda stream to be a preferred option for me personally.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    At Work Go Paperless
    Have you considered doing a review of your work practices to see if there are opportunities to go digital with a process that has historically been paper-based at your organization?

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    Laurita Long 4/18/2024 2:18 PM
    Yes - especially with remote work - building accessible/shareable documents (via Teams) is a key factor in reduction of paper waste.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    In Our Communities Support Diverse and Locally-Owned Businesses
    What did you enjoy most about shopping at a diverse and/or locally-owned business? What are some of your favorite diverse and/or locally-owned businesses to shop at in your area?

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    Laurita Long 4/10/2024 10:01 AM
    I enjoy shopping at local markets for handmade and unique items (many upcycled items). I love the stories and seeing people light up when I appreciate their skill/art. I bought a beautiful ear cuff directly from an artist this weekend and already intend to work with her on a custom piece.

    • Julianne Luong's avatar
      Julianne Luong 4/11/2024 10:23 AM
      This sounds so cool :) I just recently visited Seahive and the collection of small-business vendors was so impressive.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    At Home Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity a necessary ingredient for practicing simplicity?

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    Laurita Long 4/04/2024 11:00 AM
    Creativity is essential to find resourceful alternatives to single-use items or giving new life to items that would otherwise be discarded.

    Making homemade cleaning or beauty products (apple cider vinegar has so many uses!), crafting reusable cloth bags from clothes/sheets/towels that may otherwise end up in a landfill, or repurposing containers for storage (my talenti ice cream container has many re-uses - particularly for making overnight oats).

    • Julianne Luong's avatar
      Julianne Luong 4/09/2024 11:29 PM
      Bonus: When you eat your overnight oats from a Talenti container, you can trick yourself into thinking you're eating ice cream :D

    • Barbara Hamilton's avatar
      Barbara Hamilton 4/04/2024 1:39 PM
      Laurita, great ideas for alternatives to single-use items!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    At Work Turn It Off
    Was this action easy to add to your daily routine? Why or why not?

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    Laurita Long 4/02/2024 5:00 PM
    Turning off the monitors was easy, remembering to turn them back on in the morning is not as easy yet.

    • Barbara Hamilton's avatar
      Barbara Hamilton 4/04/2024 5:22 AM
      Keep with it, Lauita. Thanks for participating and helping us to save energy and reduce greenhouse gases!