Go GREEN-2019 Challenge

April 01 ‐ 30

Go GREEN-2019 Challenge

Category: Body, Mind, Spirit

Category: environmental wellness
Rules: check in every time that you partake in an environmentally conscious activity or behavior to help make the world more “green” (see examples below).
Duration: one month
Completion credit: 15 check-ins = entered into raffle to win a prize!

Environmental wellness is the ability to recognize our responsibility in maintaining the quality of the natural world around us. How we feel about the environment and how harmoniously we live with the Earth impacts our overall well-being. Those with a healthy sense of environmental wellness incorporate ecologically responsible activities and awareness of limited natural resources whenever possible.

In this challenge, you are encouraged to make decisions and take proactive steps that are in alignment with preserving the environment. For example:

  • Ditch the plastic. Opt for glass, stainless steel, or other reusable water bottles.
  • Eat local. Take advantage of farmers’ markets, CSA (community supported agriculture), and restaurants that serve local foods. Not only do local foods have more nutrients (and more delicious!) due to being consumed closer to harvest, eating local foods also reduces pollution caused by transportation, processing, and packaging.
  • Turn it off. Whether it’s a water faucet while you’re brushing your teeth or the TV when you leave the room, if you aren’t using something, turn it off. Doing so will save a lot of water and energy. Added bonus: it will also lower your utility bills!
  • Engage in travel that is friendly to the environment. Walk, ride your bike, or take public transportation.
  • Clean green. Using natural or homemade cleaning products is better for you, your home, pets, and the environment. Most household cleaners have a lot of toxic chemicals in them.
  • Go electronic. Remove yourself from any unnecessary mailing lists and contact companies to receive information electronically.
  • Use reusable shopping bags. Keep a stash in your car for grocery trips. Take previous plastic bags back to the grocery store for recycling.
  • Take advantage of campus and community opportunities to recycle all types of materials, including small electronics, batteries, print cartridges, clothing, and shoes.

We look forward to reading all of the creative ways that USF employees are going green! Be sure to share your ideas and activities in the comments section.


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  1. we’re saving alot of money on water since we don’t have to water the plants with all of this rain!

  2. Since Jan 1, I’ve brought my reusablel straw with me everwhere I go… I’ve only used it twice, but that’s two less straws floating in the ocean or disintegrating into the earth.

    • every straw we don’t use helps!

  3. I bring my own travel mug with me everywhere I go. No more Starbucks mobile order. No straws, no plastic lids, no plastic/paper cups!!

  4. The plastic container for lunch are the reusable ones. I think it is important to note that as long as you are not creating additional trash, you are making one right step towards a sustainable future.