April 1 - April 30, 2020

Seth James Farrell

Columbia Sportswear Company

"To rock this challenge and make an impact!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,305 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Seth James's Actions


Use Reusable Bags

Plastic bags can be mistaken for food by many wild animals. If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.



Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area while following CDC guidelines for social distancing.

One-Time Action


Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by prepping for 3 meal(s) each day, only buying the ingredients I need.


Action Track: Building Resilience

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 60 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside that follows CDC guidelines for preventing disease spread.


Action Track: Building Resilience

Use Muscle Power

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.


Fresh Water

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 8 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.



  • Seth James Farrell 4/30/2020 5:41 PM
    Great job everyone on this great challenge! Look at the awesome impact we made as the Columbia team!! Proud to be a part of it!!!

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  • Seth James Farrell 4/30/2020 5:32 PM
    One final Forest Park hike in the books for the Earth Day Eco Challenge!!

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  • Seth James Farrell 4/30/2020 11:22 AM
    Kinda bummed this is coming to an end! It has def been something to motivate and just something to do during this downtime, haha. Overall a great experience though!!

  • Seth James Farrell 4/28/2020 10:50 AM
    Another beautiful day outside! Wondering how you all are going to spend it?? I think I'll be going for a trail run through Forest Park myself!

  • Seth James Farrell 4/26/2020 9:14 PM
    Went on another hike through Forest Park and did the second section of the Wildwood Trail from East to West starting at the BPA Road Trailhead. I did an out and back trip from there to NW Germantown Road. It had poured most of the day, but as soon as the clouds parted and the sun came out I was on the trail. It was quite muddy in places, but overall a great hike and the colors were so bright and vibrant. The 6+ miles went by rather quickly. Hope you like a few of the dozens of photos I took.
  • Reflection Question
    Forests Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place?

    Seth James Farrell 4/24/2020 11:43 AM
    In our current climate, most of my time is spent at home, specifically in a handful of the same rooms, in what has come to feel like a twisted version of Groundhogs Day (which coincidentally is also my actual bday, haha). This time has also been spent almost entirely alone and staring at the same walls, which without real human interaction will inevitably drive a person a little crazy. Whether intended or not this has started to become apart of my home's sense of place and the view I have of it, which intern reflects directly on my own personal health. Enter the outdoors. I have always been someone that spends a lot of time outside, but of late I have been spending more and more of my time outside to counteract the negativativity associated with the aforementioned feelings of my "home sense", or so we'll call it. Hiking or trail running through forest park, going on long bike rides, or just simply sitting outside in the sun where walls don't exist have been a few of my constant companions in this battle with interminable isolation. Spending more time outdoors has become a release, an escape from mediocrity and a chance to clear my mind of the negativity that so easily creeps in when spending countless hours staring into contrasting sizes of technology. When outdoors I am not quite as lonely though I am still alone. My perspective shifts to a place of personal capability and thankfulness for what I do have vs. what I am lacking, causing the walls I have come to resent at times to become a safe place of shelter and nurturing upon my return home. This is how my time in the outdoors enhances my sense of place. It gives me a much needed sense of substantive renewal. 

  • Seth James Farrell 4/22/2020 4:19 PM
    Had a great 18.5 mile bike ride yesterday evening. It was an out and back from my place to the Washington Park Rose Garden. It was great to get on my road bike for the first longer ride of the season and a nice change of pace. It was funny to see all of the statues in the park wearing facemasks. You can see one of them if you zoom in on the panorama shot.
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    I also got to ride through some of the beautiful forest roads in the zoo area that are closed to cars currently and it was really quiet and beautiful.
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    • Andrew Keough 4/24/2020 12:44 PM
      Nice!  It is super fun during the Zoo Lights Festival, as you can see most of it from Jantzen Drive while you're bombing down the hill.

  • Seth James Farrell 4/19/2020 6:50 PM
    Just dropping a note to say how thankful I am for a few friends who went out of their way today to let me know how much I mean to them and to pick me up in a low time. Means a lot in these crazy times...Stay well and stay up everyone!

  • Seth James Farrell 4/15/2020 11:54 AM
    Yesterday was a beautiful day. Got another 5K run in and it was so nice and warm outside!

  • Seth James Farrell 4/12/2020 4:41 PM
    Went on a 7 mile hike through Forest Park yesterday. Started at NW Newberry Road Trailhead which is the start of the North end of the Wildwood trail. I hiked all the way to Firelane 15 and then up to Kielhorn Meadow. I headed back down Firelane 15 and through to Firelane 12. I then took the NW BPA Road back to the Wildwood Trail and looped back to the truck. I hadn't done this end of the Wildwood Trail in years. It was a beautiful day and all that would have made it better was some company...can't wait till the world normalizes a little and I'm not alone all the time. Thankfully at least I have my health. I forgot how many Woodpeckers there are in this park, as they were everywhere! Thought this tree that they had tagged right off trail was pretty cool. Took too many pictures with my Nikon to share them all here, but here a few unedited ones. Once I run the hundred or so I took through Photoshop I'll share back anything cool that comes out. Hope everyone had a great weekend.