Terry Murphy

Sustainable Floridians

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 348 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    14
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    7
    whole food meals
    consumed

Challenges

A Call to Sustainability

Learn About Local Issues

I will find out what local sustainability issues are most urgent in my region, including both social and environmental justice concerns.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Carry my Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

A Call to Sustainability

Research Local Organizations

I will learn what local organizations are working on sustainability issues and how I can get involved.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

A Call to Sustainability

Start a Sustainability Journal

I will start a sustainability journal, capturing my thoughts, concerns and learning about sustainability issues.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) free of processed foods each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Ecological Principles

Reduce My Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint and talk with my family or roommates about way we can reduce our negative enviromental impact.

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One-Time Challenge

Feed


  • Terry Murphy 5/29/2018 7:03 PM
     Two 72-hour weeks puts my values and goals on hold. It’s more about survival. I can understand now why those who barely get by find challeging one’s self in any area difficult. I didn’t care what I ate or how sloppy I got with my recycling, bringing my own cup etc. It was all about pulling myself out of bed to start again.  Not an excuse just better understanding of how and why not everyone can embrace a challenge. 

    • Chris Kane 5/31/2018 12:30 AM
      That's come up during different discussions on separate environmental issues and while at first I didn't get it, I do now.  And you're right - it's not an excuse - but it's a fact.  

  • Terry Murphy 5/09/2018 7:25 AM
    Why did I start the challenge: To re-evaluate my definition of sustainability and create goals that will take me out of my comfort zone. More importantly, to regain the momentum I had before getting into a relationship — a relationship where my partner is not in full support of my efforts. I chose actions that in part I am already doing but wanted to ramp up; had an interest in, but knowing the demands on my time would not be daunting, but doable.

    • Chris Kane 5/17/2018 4:35 AM
      Good Morning Terry - I just saw your post so I apologize for not getting back to you sooner' I see that a NWEI rep has contacted you so I'm hopeful that your questions have been answered; I'm glad that you joined our team and although we'e off to a very slow start I'm hopeful that we'll be picking up a little momentum here soon; I've done several of the eco-challenges in the past and I always get a lot out of them.  Hopefully I'll be a little more diligent about checking my feed here in case you have any questions or would like to chat about any of the challenges in particular.  Again  nice to have you on board

  • Terry Murphy 5/07/2018 5:45 PM
     I have never done a course like the before. Does anyone know how this works? It is described as "Interactive hour-long course sessions using the Northwest Earth Institute’s online meeting service." Is that facetime? A platform for responding via text? Please advise. I am also unclear as to what we should have prepared prior to the class. Sorry but things are crazy in my office and the plates are spinning. Thanks for any advise or guidance you can give. 

    Also for my plastic crusade: I brought as much used plastic from my partner's house that I could fit into my bag; I met a friend for breakfast and used the real silverware option (the ice coffee only came in a plastic cup, which was a bummer but Flour bakery is diligent about recycling and composting). I did my own juicing of organic veggies to avoid the store-bought juices in plastic containers; the pulp will feed my worms; and I asked for help from you all ... so I can be an asset to this online course! So send me your notes!

    • Hello Terry! We apologize that this was not made more clear for you. You should have received an email outlining how the meeting will be carried out, but if not, here is some information. For this online course we will be using the program Web Ex. The meetings will have both a visual and vocal component. Within Web Ex, there is a platform for responding via text; it is set-up like a group chat where you can ask questions and we will respond to you. You can log in with your computer to see the slides for Session 1, and we highly recommend you call in using a headset with your computer or with a phone that gives you the option to mute yourself. To log in online, please use this link:  https://nwei.webex.com/nwei/onstage/g.php?MTID=e97d3ad04c9b4751a72fa57c44e08840d

      The number to call in is: 

      US Toll+1-415-655-0002
      Access code: 668 885 686

      In preparation for the first meeting (5/9), please read Session 1 of Choices for Sustainable Living and be prepared to discuss the readings, as this will be an interactive course. If you have ordered your book but have not yet received it, please download the first session from our website.

      I hope this clears some things up for you. We are excited to kick off the course tomorrow. Looking forward to e-meeting you!

  • Terry Murphy 5/03/2018 4:26 PM
    My partner has announced she is eschewing k-cups and giving up her Keurig (yes!!) for a coffee maker that uses a gold filter so not even paper filters are need. I will have grounds for my compost. This is a huge step in our household. She is also gravitating toward my "homemade" seltzer made with my PUR filtered water instead of plastic jugs of water. I chose not to criticize nor condemn the Keurig, just continued to use my French press instead. (She is blind and a French press can be tricky when dealing with boiling water. The coffeemaker will be safe.)

    • Terry, this is wonderful news. Giving up the convenience of a keurig machine can be tough for some, but that is a big waste-reducer. Keep it up!

  • Terry Murphy 4/27/2018 4:08 AM
    I apparently have two challenges going at the same time, which means my efforts and the upcoming Sustainability online class will be a trifecta of sorts. I am hoping the NWEI course will keep the my momentum going as I always need a reminder, a boost, social support.