February 27 - March 20, 2019

Liane Amorino

Justi-Green

"I will care for my family, my community and the world by making choices and living my life to steward God's amazing gift -- our planet / our home."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 917 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    22
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    374
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    187
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Liane's Actions

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Reduce Unwanted Mail

I will reduce the amount of unwanted mail I receive (catalogs, phone books, etc.).

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant

I will use the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant finder to choose a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant when I dine out.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 15 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

Health

Sign Up for Air Quality Alerts

I will sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Install a Toilet Tank Bank

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Practice Gratitude for Earth

I will spend 2 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day for two weeks that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Needs vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Create Your Own Action

Install a Bird Feeder

Feeding birds allows us to enjoy nature daily and view the habits / beauty of our feathered friends.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • Liane Amorino 3/21/2019 4:06 AM
    I wanted to congratulate all of my teammates who made an effort to make even just one small change.  One small change X all of us = Amazing!

  • Liane Amorino 3/20/2019 2:00 PM
    There are 2 things that I have realized over the course of this challenge.  The first is that I absolutely love taking pictures of the outdoors!  I hadn't realized that until this challenge.  The other thing is that what is now called "green" and "environmentally friendly" was called "frugal" and "smart" in my house growing up.  We had well water that ran out daily in the summer, so we knew how to conserve.  We also didn't have a lot of money, so we didn't waste food, we grew / made a lot of our food, and we didn't spend money unnecessarily.  This whole thing has been a lot of fun, and I've learned so much!  :)

  • Liane Amorino 3/20/2019 4:22 AM
    Good morning, Pittsburgh!  The sunrise this morning was beautiful!

  • Liane Amorino 3/19/2019 9:43 AM
    I am loving my daily time outside, especially now that things are a bit warmer (sort of!) and sunnier (mostly).  It lifts my spirits, and I see all sorts of fun things, like my local squirrel, digging up a nut in our yard, testing it, and then reburying it.  The pics of her digging it up and tasting it came out fuzzy, but the pics of the nut being reburied are attached.

  • Liane Amorino 3/18/2019 5:56 AM
    This is the bread we made.  It is so good!  (The picture didn't attache to my last post.)
    P1110544.jpg 5.48 MB

  • Liane Amorino 3/18/2019 5:54 AM
    My husband and I made bread this past weekend.  It was a lot of fun, and the results were delicious.  We combined 2 recipes and made a half white / half whole wheat bread with milk + rosemary and olive oil.  Yum!

  • Liane Amorino 3/15/2019 11:42 AM
    While this does not tie directly into my food challenges, I thought it might help someone else to eat more veggies / fresher food.  Every night for dinner, I serve my family a large salad (usually with a balsamic vinaigrette made by my husband) and steamed veggies.  I know that they are getting what their bodies need, and my kids actually enjoy eating veggies.  It took awhile for my husband to come around.  He has complained for years that the salads are too big and that I was giving him "double" veggies with both salad and steamed -- and that he didn't have room for snacks / sweets after dinner  (That's the idea! LOL!), but he's come around. :)  I just keep lots of veggies cut up in the crisper for quick meal additions on the weekdays.

  • Liane Amorino 3/15/2019 5:01 AM
    There wasn't much of a sunrise this morning, but the fast moving clouds were still beautiful.
    P1110515.jpg 5.21 MB

  • Liane Amorino 3/15/2019 3:54 AM
    In writing down the 3 things daily for which I'm grateful, I have realized just how important family is, as well as how much nature impacts my life / happiness.  It's the little things, such as seeing my daughter being so loving to my son, who is on the autism spectrum, or seeing the birds / animals that wander through our yard.  In a lot of ways, happiness is connected to focusing on the little things that make you smile, instead of on the big things, like the horrible things that are happening in the world or the deadlines / concerns in your own life.  I'm not saying that you shouldn't make plans or think about how to solve problems, but that taking just a few minutes a day to think about what is right with your world can make all of the difference.

    • Deanna Myers 3/15/2019 11:22 AM
      I didn't pick this challenge, but I think I might start doing it anyway. It's always nice to look on the plus side of things.   

    • Ashley Samek 3/15/2019 10:48 AM
      It's really amazing how much you realize that it's the little things in life that make you happy rather than all these bigger things that everyone thinks should make you happy. I've been doing the same challenge and just being outside for 15 minutes at lunch to take a walk and see the sunshine is enough to boost my spirits. Then again, seeing the sun even once in a week is a blessing in our area but it's those types of things that I think others should really stop and consider. This is one challenge I definitely want to keep doing once this event is over. 

  • Liane Amorino 3/15/2019 3:49 AM
    I read up on composting last night, thanks to Hayden's links.  The info was so interesting -- the science of it -- such as maintain a carbon to nitrogen ratio.  I also didn't know that you shouldn't put in items that likely have pesticide residue such as banana and orange peels.  I was also interested in the red worm composting for kitchen scraps.  That seems like it wouldn't be too difficult.  I just have to find room to put it. :)