Go GREEN-2018 Challenge

April 01 ‐ 30

Go GREEN-2018 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 = 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. It’s a great time for Spring Cleaning! If you have large items, like couch, bookshelf, or other accumulated junk call SF or Oakland Waste Management and schedule a FREE bulky pick up. Recycling services will come straight to you and take care of business. Don’t leave your old junk on the streets, recycle them responsibly!

  2. I bring my lunch and pack regular silverware to eat with instead of plastic.

  3. I water my garden with grey water from my laundry. I also use cloth shopping bags, use Mrs. Meyers and Method cleaning products instead of more toxic cleaners. I commute to and from work on my bike and use my steel mug and water bottle for tea and water. I am looking for new ideas though. Any thoughts on how exercise can be greener?

  4. This morning, I led a bike train of 10 kids and 3 adults for Bike to School day. This helps the families realize it isn’t a big hurdle to bike to school instead of driving.

  5. Collected the water as my shower was warming up and used it to water my plants.


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