February 27 - March 20, 2019

Jennifer Torrance

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

"To live a healthy and happy lifestyle; to restore more than I destroy; to try many new things"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 998 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    330
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    16
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    330
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    32
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    1,020
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    16
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    88
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Jennifer's Actions

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 16 hour(s) in my community.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

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

Waste

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Food

Join a Local CSA

I will sign up for a local CSA (Consumer-supported Agriculture).

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers for my lunches at work or school.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale, or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Eat Meatless Meals

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Healthy Sleep

I will commit to getting 60 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Jennifer Torrance 3/20/2019 6:21 AM
    I'm so thankful for the first day of spring! This challenge has given me a reason to set a lot of sustainable, health, and community goals for the future. I have really enjoyed having this challenge as a guide. Thank you Ashley and Meghan for getting us involved, and thank you everyone for your active participation! 

    • Meghan Scanlon 3/20/2019 6:28 AM
      Thanks for the thanks, Jennifer! :-) And for all of your ideas and input throughout the challenge.

  • Jennifer Torrance 3/19/2019 8:16 AM
    I got in an extra walk this morning. It was lovely - the birds were chirping, air was a little frosty, my neighbors were out and about. It would have been even more lovely if I hadn't been chasing my escaping cat the through bushes in my pajamas and rain boots.  But I'll take all the nature time I can get!

  • Jennifer Torrance 3/18/2019 6:38 AM
    I decided to plant my garden with native perennials and started to do a little research. Well, a little research turned into to-scale sketches of all possible gardening spaces and a 50 slide PowerPoint containing photos, growth requirements, and slides placed in order of bloom time. I only stopped because I ran out of garden space and possible plants. 

    #RESEARCHandscienceeducationteam 
    #baptisiacoreopsisandasclepiaseverywhereplease

  • Jennifer Torrance 3/17/2019 10:38 AM
    I spent the majority of the day outside yesterday, and despite the cold, it was one of the best days I've had in a while! Something to be said for a day outdoors

  • Jennifer Torrance 3/15/2019 9:05 AM
    I had a great chat with my next-door neighbor last night. We're thinking of doing a combined garden in our backyards! We started mapping out where we're going to build raised beds. I'm so happy to live in a place with such kind and generous people, and especially people who also like gardening! 

  • Jennifer Torrance 3/13/2019 7:50 AM
    Last night I was looking for a buddy to go on a walk with me, but no one was available. So I ended up going for a walk with someone a little unusual... 

  • Jennifer Torrance 3/12/2019 10:40 AM
    I got my roof assessed and inspected for solar panels this past weekend! It's a future project, but I'm making steps :)

    • Meghan Scanlon 3/12/2019 12:17 PM
      I hope to buy a house with solar potential. I check that out via Google's Project Sunroof.

    • Ashley Dean 3/12/2019 10:59 AM
      This is awesome, Jennifer! I have solar panels on my roof, I went through Solar City and I've had them for a little over a year with no problems. If you're also by chance looking into Solar City, or are curious, I'd be happy to share about my experience with them!

  • Jennifer Torrance 3/11/2019 7:35 AM
    I'm slowly realizing how difficult it is to get outside and walk for 30 min each day, especially when it's cold. I get outside every day, but rarely hit the 30 minutes of walking. I am going to try borrowing my neighbor's dog and see if that encourages me to stay outside longer and walk more!

    • Ashley Dean 3/12/2019 11:04 AM
      Jennifer I've had this same issue! It's certainly easier when it is a bit warmer and sunny, but I admit especially on work days I find it hard to find the motivation to get outside and walk! 

    • Jerry Crockett 3/12/2019 5:20 AM
      Do you listen to podcasts or audio books? Both of those can be great ways to make that time pass more quickly. We do have a dog, fortunately, which helps us...but prior to our pup, we would map out the route beforehand, too, as a way to try and ensure distance and time matched up. Good luck! 

    • Meghan Scanlon 3/11/2019 1:01 PM
      You and Ashley should become accountability buddies!