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April 1 - April 30, 2024
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sara mileni

St. Francis Regional Medical Center

"My mission is to teach and encourage people to be sustainable "

POINTS TOTAL

  • 50 TODAY
  • 210 THIS WEEK
  • 1,372 TOTAL

participant impact

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    1.0
    advocacy action
    completed
  • UP TO
    420
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    5.0
    greener purchases
    made
  • UP TO
    3.0
    healthcare connections
    made
  • UP TO
    5.0
    items
    donated
  • UP TO
    188
    items
    recycled
  • UP TO
    2.0
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • UP TO
    1.0
    locally sourced meal
    consumed
  • UP TO
    1.0
    local or diverse business
    supported
  • UP TO
    1,165
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    335
    minutes spent
    learning
  • UP TO
    2.8
    pounds
    waste composted
  • UP TO
    131
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
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    1.0
    public official or leader
    contacted
  • UP TO
    1.0
    water leak
    reported
  • UP TO
    1.0
    well-being appointment
    made

sara's actions

At Home

planting vegtables in garden

I will become more sustainable by planting & maintaining 5 different vegetables that my family can use for meals.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Work

Work From Home

I will work from home 1 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Advocate for Green Spaces

I will call or write 1 public officials to advocate for more green spaces around my town, particularly in neighborhoods that currently lack equitable access to green spaces.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Network for Change

I will make 2 new healthcare connections through direct outreach or by joining a green team or industry group to learn from my peers, share best practices, and see if there are opportunities for collaboration.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Home

perennial garden

I will learn about the pros of planting perennial gardens over annual gardens, then design and plant a perennial garden.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Donate Blood

I will donate blood in my community to make sure there are adequate supplies for routine medical services and emergencies.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Sustainable Healthcare

I will attend or watch a recording of a webinar 30 minutes long covering one or more healthcare sustainability issues.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Home

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Work

Greener Purchasing

I will select a greener option when purchasing supplies, such as products that have environmental certifications, less packaging, or other environmental attributes, or come from local vendors.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Medical Device Reprocessing

I will spend 60 minutes learning about the items my organization collects for medical device reprocessing and share this information with colleagues.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Volunteer in My Community

I will volunteer 1 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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

Plant Trees

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard. Check out resources for which tree species are best to plant in your area.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Donate Items

I will help others in need and prevent useful items from going to landfill by donating 5 items.

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 1 diverse- and/or locally-owned businesses.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Environmental Footprint of Healthcare

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the environmental footprint of the healthcare industry, how it impacts health, and ways I can help reduce it.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Climate Change Impacts on Health

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the ways climate change impacts health.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health & Well-being

Learn About Constructive Communication

I will spend 20 minute(s) learning about constructive communication.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health & Well-being

Go Get a Check Up

I will make 1 appointments to support my health and well-being (primary care provider, dental, vision, etc.)

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Home

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 4 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and/or meat from a local farmers market or food co-op to make 4 locally-sourced meals.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Work

Stay Connected

I will schedule coffee breaks, lunches, and/or check-in meetings with 2 coworkers to promote connectivity in my workplace.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Work

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes learning about which items are recyclable both at my workplace and at home since they may be different, and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Work

Recycling Champion

I will recycle 10 items at work and/or at home each day, making sure I review recycling program guidelines and only place accepted items that are clean, empty, and dry in the recycling bin.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Well-being

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 30 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Brush My Teeth Without Water Running

I will save up to 4 gallons (15 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending food waste to the landfill by composting my food scraps.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Home

Repair an Item

I will repair an item, such as clothing or an appliance, for myself, a friend, family member, or neighbor.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Home

Practice the 5 r's

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Learn the Truth about Expiration Dates

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Home

Shorter Showers

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

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

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?


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    sara mileni 4/18/2024 9:27 AM
    well, I finally finished my home-made compost bin! I am very excited to show you all! the only things I bought was the latch, the hinge for the door and the wood! The screws are left over from projects and from my old door, the pipe I found in a garbage, the handle was from an old screen door, the "seal" around the door is left over parts from the new door, and the barrel I found on marketplace for free! This was so fun to make and to figure out how to make it out of reusable things instead of buying stuff!

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    sara mileni 4/16/2024 9:55 AM
    earth day is next week! who's planning to go on a walk and clean up their neighborhood? I remember back in school that was always a homework assignment for earth day!

    • Zoe Anastas (SWMC)'s avatar
      Zoe Anastas (SWMC) 4/16/2024 2:54 PM
      And we would also pick-up trash in our geographic area on Earth Day as well! Although, trash pick-up is good on any day! I try to pick-up trash on my dog walks. The other day I found a few alcohol containers on my walk and came home with them to place them in the recycle bin. My husband gave me a "side-eye" about the empty Fireball and Jim Beam bottles in my hands at 7:30 a.m. :-)
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    At Home Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    Was it easy or difficult to sign up for renewable energy in your area? Did you learn anything that surprised you while making this transition?

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    sara mileni 4/16/2024 9:47 AM
    It's difficult to sign up for most of the benefits available for my house. unfortunate because my house is from 1927, they want me to get an electrical inspection of my house than buy a new air conditioner, the other appliances in my house are gas. The only thing I am able to do is a smart thermostat, which I am going to try. I'm not too into having all the smart stuff. yes, it's nice to be able to control stuff from your phone but I feel the newer stuff has more malfunctions than a plain old turn dial thermostat. But it is 2024 and I guess it's time to adapt to the new.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    At Work Work From Home
    What have you found to be the biggest pros and cons of working from home?

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    sara mileni 4/15/2024 6:46 PM
    unfortunately, I am not able to work from home. but the pros would be saving on my carbon footprint as I work 40 minutes away, and a con would be that it is harder to communicate with colleagues and would not get the healthy interactions with people.

    • Kathryn Schroeder's avatar
      Kathryn Schroeder 4/16/2024 6:27 AM
      Saving time and fuel with no commute is definitely the biggest pro! Whenever we've moved, we always try to find an apartment that is as close to both of our work places as possible.

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    sara mileni 4/15/2024 6:27 PM
    Studies show that spending as little as 20 minutes a day outside helps to reduce stress! go outside and set up your lawn chairs, sit on your front stoop, or even go for a walk! enjoy every minute of it!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    In Our Communities Advocate for Green Spaces
    What services, benefits, or value does nature provide for you? Why is it important for people to have access to green space?

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    sara mileni 4/14/2024 6:47 AM
    Water, clean air and food. To improve our mental and physical health!

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    sara mileni 4/14/2024 6:42 AM
    Friday, I fixed my front yard we had construction last summer and took half my rock bed out and I didn't want to try and find rocks to match it and its way to expensive! So, I took the remainder of the rock out and filled in wholes in my driveway and make a perennial bed! I can't wait for the flowers to bloom! here is pictures of before construction and what it looks like now! I really like posting before, during and after photos of my projects to really show how much work is put into the stuff I do!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    One Healthcare Network for Change
    What are the benefits of connecting with new colleagues? How have you fostered meaningful connections with others?

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    sara mileni 4/13/2024 7:15 AM
    improves job satisfaction, engagement, collaboration. Actively listen to my colleagues and try to understand their perspectives and concerns.
  • 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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    sara mileni 4/12/2024 9:10 AM
    Shopping at local stores tends to mean excellent customer service and product knowledge because it's personal and often carry unique items from local artists and farmers. I love going to local antique stores in my town lots of old farming decor and some of the stuff is replicas of things that were actually in our town like old church's and farmhouses.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    One Healthcare Sustainable Healthcare
    Briefly describe the issue(s) you learned about. How did this information impact you?

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    sara mileni 4/12/2024 9:03 AM
    greenhouse gas emissions were a big one. It's just crazy to think as a hospital we are hurting the Environment while we are the place that save people.