Impact Northwest, a non-profit serving children, youth, families and seniors with disabilities, has 23 people taking on EcoChallenges this year in the areas of sustainable food, trash reduction, water conservation, energy efficiency and alternative transportation. One Impact NW EcoChallenger, Beth Gibbs, is focusing on sustainable food and trash reduction through the following commitments:

  • Foraging (respectfully and with permission) for wild local foods.
  • Trying to make fermented foods and continuing dehydrating and freezing projects.
  • Bringing her own bags every time she shops during the EcoChallenge and having all produce bags be recycled or compostable.
  • Cleaning out unused appliances, items, and clothes, and donating unneeded items.
  • Cooking at home or dining in rather than getting take-out food.

And the Oregon National Primate Research Center has a 19 person team taking on a variety of EcoChallenges. From their blog: “We’ve recently launched a sustainability effort on our campus and are excited to incorporate the EcoChallenge as a way to engage our community members. We’ll be focusing on saving energy, reducing our water use, and increasing our recycling rates. The folks involved in our community garden will surely be considering the sustainable food challenge and we’re looking forward to exploring the challenge for alternative transportation.” 

One ONPRC EcoChallenger, Laura Schaefer, offered the following update on EcoChallenge outcomes: “One of my focuses for this EcoChallenge is to strengthen the recycling infrastructure here on campus and help foster a culture of sustainability…I’m looking forward to watching our recycling rates continue to increase and helping folks get all the right infrastructure in their labs. I’ve already helped set up a handful of new recycling stations this past week and am in the process of ordering new bins for some of our kitchen areas. Thanks for everyone’s continued hard work and dedication to making changes for the better during EcoChallenge…On October 3rd we set-up a new recycling station in the Grove Lab in the Research Building with new bins for co-mingled, glass, and tip box recycling!”

Tomorrow is the final day of the 2011 EcoChallenge! Thanks for the inspiring work you each are doing during these two weeks of action!