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April 1 - April 30, 2024
Valerie Noack's avatar

Valerie Noack

Research College of Nursing

POINTS TOTAL

  • 30 TODAY
  • 100 THIS WEEK
  • 436 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    8.0
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    44
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    4.0
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    8.0
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    131
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved

Valerie's actions

Health & Well-being

Gratitude

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for every day.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Repair an Item

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

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.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Work

Last to Leave? Lights Out, Please!

Lighting makes up approximately 10% of hospitals' energy use on average. I will save energy by turning off unnecessary lights when not in use and when I am the last one to leave a space.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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 1
DAILY ACTION

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 11
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

At Work

Use Reusables at Work

I will keep 1 forks, spoons, and/or knives from entering the landfill by using reusable utensils when eating at work.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

One Healthcare

Use A Reusable Mug/Bottle

I will keep 1 disposable cup(s) and/or bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle, cup, or mug.

COMPLETED 8
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?


  • Valerie Noack's avatar
    Valerie Noack 4/04/2024 12:45 PM
    I am trying the daily challenge of turning off all the lights when I leave -- man oh man! I didn't realize how many lights I was leaving on in the basement here at work each day! I always turn my office light off when I leave but I never did any of the other lights -- I went around and turned them all off before I left yesterday and there were a lot! So much energy (and money) spent. I am definitely going to try to keep this one up in the future.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    At Home Switch to Cold Water
    How else can you reduce the environmental footprint of clothing and textiles?

    Valerie Noack's avatar
    Valerie Noack 4/02/2024 7:13 PM
    It's a goal of mine this year to buy fewer "fast fashion" items I know will wear out quickly and instead to try to buy garments I know will last longer -- and to thrift more pieces!