April 1 - April 30, 2020

Dawni Smart

Community Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 609 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    87
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    80
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    82
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    110
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    237
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    2,415
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    91
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2,295
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen

Dawni's Actions

Fresh Water

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Forests

Use a Reusable Mug

If possible, I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Wildlife

Support Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators, including monarch butterflies, to produce fruit. I will spend 30 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

People

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 10 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Connect While Social Distancing

I will connect with at least 4 person/people a day through phone call or video chat to support mine and other’s mental and emotional health during this challenging time.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Forests

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Wildlife

Research a Wild Animal

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning about a wild animal I find interesting, including their life cycle, habitat, ecosystem functions, and interactions with humans (if any!).

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate

Stay on the Ground

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 4 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

Bringing home unique souvenirs from trips you’ve enjoyed is meaningful, and giving people unique gifts from other places is fun. Seek souvenirs and gifts that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    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?

    Dawni Smart 4/30/2020 4:51 PM
    COYOTE - A very dominant wild animal where we live.  We see them cross the roads and hear them at night.  I have had a lot of friends lose their pets to coyotes, so I decided to try to get to know them a little better rather than automatically dislike them.  
    Interesting facts about our canine brother:  Like most dogs, they are EXTREMELY smart and cunning.  Despite the attempts of hunters to decrease the population, their population is higher than ever.  Knowing from experience, they team up to get their prey from "city limits" or just away from their home.  One coyote plays hurt while the others wait for the pet to respond.  It's very sly and sneeky the way they round up their prey.  Even though most people really dislike coyotes, they are important in our area to keep the natural order of things in the wild.
    As long as they leave my animals alone, I like them just fine :)
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

    Dawni Smart 4/30/2020 4:23 PM
    I totally believe what Rachel Carson said about needing the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development.  I have always very much in tune with nature, especially wind (my element), but living in the country helps me love my surroundings even more.  Mother nature is the most beautiful woman on earth (LOL) and I feel a need to help her beauty grow. 

  • Dawni Smart 4/29/2020 4:52 PM
    This Eco Challenge has been one of the best yet... for me.  Not only did I dive in strong, but I got so many people in my family involved also.  It feels good knowing that we are helping our local entrepreneurs, wild animals, plants and pollinators, keeping the environment clean and changing the way we do everyday things... I love it and I love being a part of it.  Thanks again for another opportunity to do some good.  
  • Reflection Question
    Wildlife Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs
    How do your consumption choices affect the health of wildlife and other communities?

    Dawni Smart 4/29/2020 4:41 PM
    This question doesn't really pertain to the task I did, so I will comment on local gifting.  I chose to buy a couple of gifts from our local entrepreneurs.  During this crazy time, our locals are losing business to Amazon, Ebay and really big online stores like that.  I'm not a hippacrit (can't spell).  I like Amazon as much as the next person, but our locals are suffering.  SUPPORT YOUR LOCALS BEFORE YOU GO GLOBAL :)  You never know what kind of unique gems they have to offer you.

  • Dawni Smart 4/28/2020 11:33 AM
    I'm starting to run out of litter to pick up in our area :)  Guess that means we are doing a great job keeping our tiny community clean.  Now if we could just start working on getting the Hwy cleaned up.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

    Dawni Smart 4/28/2020 11:31 AM
    TAKE THE TRAIN!!  It is now our favorite way to travel!!  The comfort they provide is outstanding.  Even though it takes a lot longer to get to your destination, it's worth it.  We took a trip to Seattle and back on the train and this weekend we plan on taking a train to Spokane and back.  The train we take even goes to Chicago!!  Planning a trip on a train is easier than planning via plane anyways.  WIN WIN WIN!  LOL
  • Reflection Question
    Wildlife Support Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

    Dawni Smart 4/28/2020 10:28 AM
    We live in an area that is rich with bees, butterflies and humming birds.  I chose to research which flower will help out our bees and butterflies.  Living in the Apple Capital of the USA and having a brother that hauls bees across the USA, we rely on our bees and try to take great care of them.
    Osteospermum flowers are good for the bees.  We planted the darker purple with the lighter purple and they look beautiful.  
    I am unable to find a picture of the "butterfly attracting" flowers and I cannot remember the name of them, but they are very small bright pink flowers with a touch of white in the middle.  Very colorful and eye catching.  
    We loved this challenge and fortunately, still have a whole other half of my garden to fill with beauty for our pollinators.

  • Reflection Question
    People Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Dawni Smart 4/21/2020 8:32 AM
    It is unbelievable how much trash gets thrown on the ground.  I live next to a highway and it's never ending.  USE A GARBAGE PEOPLE!!  We have wild life that comes down from the mountain to drink from the river.  I worry that trash can be harmful to our wildlife.  Plus, IT LOOKS TRASHY!!  Do the world a favor and PICK UP YOUR MESS! 
  • Reflection Question
    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?

    Dawni Smart 4/17/2020 9:15 AM
    I work in healthcare and today we had our ZOOM meeting with (almost) the whole department.  It's fun being able to see faces that you haven't seen in a while.  It lifts my spirits and makes the anxiety decrease a lot.  The group I work with is fun and awesome, so seeing them when I can is always nice :)
  • Reflection Question
    Forests Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place?

    Dawni Smart 4/17/2020 9:10 AM
    We live in an area where all we really have to do is walk or hike.  We have so many creatures around us that are all so important to our land/forest.  With the small creatures, the fresh air and just nature in general?  What a heaven we live in <3.  I'm so thankful for all the nature lovers that want to make this place even more beautiful than it already naturally is.