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Mercedes Salles

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"My mission in life is to find happiness, fulfillment, and value in living. To act as an instrument of positive change in my family, my work, and my community."


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Research a Wild Animal

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about a wild animal I find interesting, including their life cycle, habitat, ecosystem functions, and interactions with humans (if any!).


Fresh Water

Dishwasher Efficiency

I will scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher and only run the dishwasher when it’s full.


Action Track: Building Resilience

Connect While Social Distancing

I will connect with at least 2 person/people a day through phone call or video chat to support mine and other’s mental and emotional health during this challenging time.


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    Mercedes Salles 4/22/2020 2:05 PM
    Hooray it's Earth Day!! I've even got my roommate on board for helping me with my dishwasher challenge. She's making sure the dishwasher if full before running it. I've always done that however my part of the challenge is not rinsing every dish before putting it in. It's been tough using the "scrape" method but it's been working. :) 

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      Kate Barber 4/23/2020 12:19 AM
      I learned about the scrape method thanks to Eco Challenge and have been doing much better at putting this into practice too!

      Related note: I’ve recently started using an open trash bin in my kitchen, rather than one with a lid. Arguably, it’s kinda gross, but it’s making me more conscientious about how much waste I generate and opportunities to minimize waste.

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    Mercedes Salles 4/15/2020 10:02 AM
    Yesterday was my fathers birthday and we had a nice long chat. It was lovely.

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    Mercedes Salles 4/14/2020 1:13 PM
    I love keeping connected with friends and family during these stressful time. It's been helping so much. 

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    Mercedes Salles 4/07/2020 9:43 PM
    The hardest part of this for me is not rinsing my dishes off after using them. I am using less water to do this, though. 
    Action Track: Building Resilience Connect While Social Distancing
    How does connecting with others help your own mental and emotional health? How can it help support others?

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    Mercedes Salles 4/06/2020 3:08 PM
    I've been connecting with family around the world for a while now and simply having that online interaction has helped develop our relationship to new levels. I'm so appreciative for the tools we have. Having support from all over the world has helped my mental health tremendously. 
    Fresh Water Dishwasher Efficiency
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

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    Mercedes Salles 4/06/2020 3:07 PM
    Less rinsing, shorter showers, wash hair less, buy sustainable clothing, less coffee, no more almond milk, hand wash your car and don't leave the hose running...
    Wildlife Research a Wild Animal
    What interesting facts did you learn about the animal you researched? What are some of your favorite things about this animal?

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    Mercedes Salles 4/06/2020 1:57 PM
    I wanted to learn about an animal local to the PNW so I chose the Roosevelt Elk. It's one of the largest surviving elk, since mature bulls with full antlers included can easily exceed ten feet in height and length. They support our eco system with their diets by helping clear out old undergrowth to help with new vegetation. They were close to extinction (because of humans, of course) in 1917 so we introduced the Rocky Mtn Elk to the area to breed with them and now there are hybrids. Though this wasn't enough to bring the population back up. It is estimated that nearly 10 million elk lived in North America prior to 1500 and were reduced to less than 100,000 by 1907. 

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    Mercedes Salles 3/31/2020 8:34 AM
    Can’t wait to get started!