ARE YOU UP FOR THE ECOCHALLENGE?
This October, the Northwest Earth Institute invites you to take on a personal sustainability challenge, and join thousands of other participants as we prove that small actions add up to real change during the 2016 EcoChallenge. The EcoChallenge provides the tools and inspiration to turn intention into action, and gives you an easy, fun way to reduce your impact on the planet while contributing to a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable future. The idea is simple: EcoChallengers choose their challenge, set their goals and then take action for two weeks. The social support created by participating alongside thousands of other EcoChallengers, along with friendly competition and earning points for success, help to turn actions into habits over the course of the EcoChallenge. The ultimate goal is that EcoChallengers discover that taking action to reduce their impact and improve their communities is simpler than they thought, and sustainable in the longterm.
NWEI believes change should be fun, and created the EcoChallenge with this in mind. For over 20 years, NWEI has helped make change more possible, more social, and more fun by helping people connect with their communities and take action, together. In addition to being fun, EcoChallenge inspires participants to renew their commitment to green living. As Audrey, a participant in the 2015 EcoChallenge, said, “The EcoChallenge gave me a concrete reason to pay attention to what I am doing. I already do quite a few things with the environment in the back of my mind. This helped me get it to the front of my mind. My challenge had to do with energy efficiency, so I had specific goals associated with that. But I also noticed that I was mentally more present when I went to the farmer’s market, put kitchen scraps in the compost pile, bought organic, picked from my garden, saved water, and so forth.” The EcoChallenge launched in 2010, and over time new categories and actions have been added to give participants even more ways to take action and create an impact. A nature challenge was added in 2015, and this year NWEI is adding a simplicity challenge, which encourages participants to simplify their lives to reduce their impact on Earth. Currently participants choose a challenge in the areas of energy, waste, water, transportation, community, simplicity, nature or food (or “create your own” for those who want to take on a self-designed challenge). The EcoChallenge is free and open to everyone. NWEI invites anyone looking to make an impact or dive deeper into living sustainably to join the movement at EcoChallenge.org. Participants can sign up as a team captain and engage their workplace, school, neighborhood or community, or join the NWEI Community Team. ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? 2016.ECOCHALLENGE.ORG
Kerry Lyles is the Northwest Earth Institute’s Development & Communications Director and has been with NWEI since 2008. Kerry participates in the EcoChallenge with her family each fall, and has taken on challenges ranging from car-free transportation to zero waste living over the years. This year, her family of four will attempt a “buy nothing EcoChallenge”, and will endeavor to discover creative ways to reduce and reuse while avoiding any purchases other than food during the challenge.
Challenge Yourself Year-Round, Easily
If you’re a pool owner, you can extend the EcoChallenge year round by making sustainable choices with pool maintenance, and protecting your time and money. The Solar-Breeze NX is just one example of the many initiatives to make pool ownership better for the environment.