From October 2nd through the 23rd, Ohployees participated in The People’s EcoChallenge. This 21-day event was focused on environmental and social engagement. This event and others are hosted by ecochallenge.org, an organization that hosts challenges and discussion groups with research-backed actions to show a collective impact. Participants had the option of choosing challenges that addressed waste, food, health, transportation, energy, community, nature, water, well-being, or high-impact climate actions. Points could be accumulated from actions ranging from positive habit creation to installing solar panels.
Oh finished in 48th place in organizations with a total score of 6,853 points. The office had 22 participants completing 799 actions. Our collective team impacts included 600 minutes not spent in front of screens, 630 minutes of being mindful, 1,044 pounds or CO2 saved, 2,465 minutes spent outdoors and more.
Upon completing the challenges, participants were posed a discussion question. Below are some of Ohployee’s answers:
- When I ride my bike to work, I can interact with other cyclists on the road or at stop lights. In the car, you have less opportunity.
- Taking the MAX or other alternative transportation methods make it more challenging to get to places that are not near a stop. But taking the MAX downtown or to the Timbers games saves the headache and cost of parking. You notice a lot more when walking and biking, but it’s not so fun when it is cold or rainy.
- Walking allows me to smell and see more closely the beautiful gardens in my neighborhood.
- The slower pace (of walking) allows me to notice the small details and feel more connection to my neighborhood.
- Walking allows me to notice smaller details of my neighborhood and city, and generally improves my mindset.
- The production of beef taxes the environment by releasing greenhouse gases and methane into the environment. A better choice than beef is pork and/or chicken. However, selecting vegetarian options from a local sustainable farmer is even better!
- I think people in richer countries eat more meat because meat is considered a status symbol in western culture. Meat production requires a lot of resources and isn't necessarily the most protein rich food source anyways.
- Balance is not just important to sustainability, but crucial. To be sustainable, something must able to be maintained at a certain rate or level, and balance is the act of keeping two sides equal in measure or action.
- Repairing worn out clothing is a great way to show personality and creativity while acting out values. For example, repairing socks with a pretty colored or even metallic thread adds a personal touch to well-made clothing