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February 27 - March 20, 2019

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  • Nicole Schwenninger's avatar
    Nicole Schwenninger 3/20/2019 9:14 AM
    i really enjoyed this challenge! it was helpful for me to have an event with very specific goals broken up in manageable ways... as opposed to me just saying in my mind... wow, there are all these things i'd like to work on but i don't know where to start and it feels a bit overwhelming : p thanks for making positive changes feel bit-sized and totally do-able! and fun! : D  

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    Nicole Schwenninger 3/19/2019 10:09 AM
    watched an interesting, eye-opening food documentary last week entitled "Fed Up".  i'd highly recommend viewing; it really layed out the spiderweb of connections between the food industry, the usda, the obesity epidemic, political agendas, sugar addictions, etc.    

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    Nicole Schwenninger 3/18/2019 9:50 AM
    i just read an article about how the air-cleaning effects of certain houseplants once "proven" to be top-notch purifiers is actually pretty negligible, even if you fill your house with them.  of course, this is right after i "do a bunch of research", get all excited bc hey, at least i can have clean indoor air when the outdoor days are considered "dirty",  and proceed to fill my house with them...  #thejokeisonme #ohwellstillnicetohavehouseplants #greeningmyinnerspace  

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    Nicole Schwenninger 3/17/2019 10:04 AM
    i will never be able to comprehend the extreme apathy of someone littering (like carelessly tossing a cigarette butt) no matter how many times i witness it; it just completely boggles my mind! what i really want to do is walk over, pick it up, and hand it back to them (or toss it back in their car!)... but i def don't have the guts... all i can do is stare in dumbfounded disbelief  : O  

    • Laura Almendinger's avatar
      Laura Almendinger 3/18/2019 7:13 AM
      I wrestle with this all the time. One of my coworkers was walking behind a guy once who dropped a wrapper and she picked it up and was like, excuse me, I think you dropped this. She's the most cheerful, sweet person and I can only imagine he thought she was being sincere! They ended up having a whole conversation, apparently. But yeah, I haven't done it myself. I keep meaning to, though...

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    Nicole Schwenninger 3/16/2019 9:25 AM
    driving around through city traffic this morning, i was reminded of how totally awesome it would be if pittsburgh had a much more extensive light rail/streetcar system... there used to be one! (my mom talks about how she would take the streetcar to school)...  i'd LOVE to be able to efficiently run my errands via mass transit... instead of all those single-person vehicles piled up and adding to the poor air quality : P 

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    Nicole Schwenninger 3/15/2019 1:59 PM
    another future challenge idea:  howsa bout a good, ol' fashioned litter clean-up project?  there are SO many streets/neighborhoods/waterways in and around pittsburgh that could benefit from this one.  lotsa random garbage floating around  : p  the more bags of trash you pick up... the more points!   

    • Hayden Sloan's avatar
      Hayden Sloan 3/16/2019 11:08 AM
      I'm doing litter pickup for my volunteer challenge! There's also a neighborhood cleanup competition that I remember from last year, but the name escapes me! Garbage wars? Trash Olympics?? Something like that.   

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    Nicole Schwenninger 3/14/2019 5:50 PM
    i think a challenge idea for future events could be a commitment to purchasing goods via secondhand routes only... like thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, clothing swaps, online neighborhood "buy nothing" groups, etc... and i think purchasing clothing 2nd-hand could be its' own separate challenge! i get most of my wardrobe this way already, and i know it saves me a ton of money and is SO much easier on the environment. there are literally tons & tons of clothing/fabrics that end up in landfills every year  : (  

  • Laura Boling's avatar
    Laura Boling 3/13/2019 6:52 PM
    The challenge is going great! Big thanks to my sister, Nicole Schwenninger, for inviting me and my family! I've engaged my 3 kids kids and they're having a blast. My 4 year old, Leo, wore this shirt today and is super excited to be doing his part to save the planet :)

    • Lucy de Barbaro's avatar
      Lucy de Barbaro 3/14/2019 4:27 AM
      Wow, lots of dedication to the challenge! Please don't forget about energy use reductions we can make in our homes... it is a very much needed and overdue action to take to address climate crisis. For example: or deeper energy reductions like these:

  • Nicole Schwenninger's avatar
    Nicole Schwenninger 3/13/2019 10:25 AM
    i really appreciate receiving speedy feedback and answers to my questions regarding this challenge as we've been going along!! it's nice to know someone is listening and that my input matters (i couldn't figure out how to directly respond to those responses though? lol) thank you bunches!! (esp hayden sloan and gina johnson <3) 

    • Hayden Sloan's avatar
      Hayden Sloan 3/14/2019 10:50 AM
      aw thanks! Yeah, there isn't a way to reply to replies. We're putting it on the list for next time! 

  • Patrick Duffey's avatar
    Patrick Duffey 3/13/2019 9:38 AM
    Flight attendant looked absolutely puzzled when I refused to give her my trash (daily challenge to carry all my trash). Would have been better not to accept the little flight granola bar, but alas, it was my food for the day. Also, first time buying carbon offset for a flight. Was super easy 😊👍👌