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Erla Teli

Sustainability in Action

"Striving to live a consciously more sustainable life."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,648 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    72
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    210
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    65
    outdoor meals
    consumed
  • up to
    195
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    4.0
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    3,150
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    3,780
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Erla's Actions

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 64
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 3 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients per day.

COMPLETED 70
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 3 meal(s) per day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 65
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Ditch Microbeads

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Wash Only Full Loads of Laundry

I will conserve water by only doing full loads of laundry.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Ditch The AC

I will use a fan instead of a window air conditioner.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit and find out how I can get involved.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Hike

I will take a 60-minute hike in nature.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 56
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 72
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Eat Meals Outside

I will eat 1 meal(s) outside each day.

COMPLETED 65
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Take Nature Photos

I will take photos to capture my experiences with the natural world.

COMPLETED 44
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk each day.

COMPLETED 64
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Keep a Nature Journal

I will journal each day about my experiences in nature.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden or window pot in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Ditch The Halogen Desk Lamp

I will replace my halogen desk lamp with an LED bulb.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Register to Vote

I will register to vote with my state or local election office.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Disable Screen Savers

I will disable screen savers and will put the computer to sleep instead, saving up to 28% % more energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 4 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Watch A Water Documentary

I will watch a documentary about water and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Study Outside

I will replace 30 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 60
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

I will exercise daily for 45 minute(s) per day for two weeks.

COMPLETED 70
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 61
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once per day.

COMPLETED 59
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.

COMPLETED 41
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Erla Teli's avatar
    Erla Teli 11/05/2017 9:38 PM
    I had planned on going to the grocery store straight from class Friday afternoon but realized I forgot my cloth bags. Usually I would have gone straight to the store regardless just because I had a long day going from class to work back to night class. But I really have been trying to live more consciously and did drive the extra mile to stop by my house to pick up bags.

    • Harry Watkins's avatar
      Harry Watkins 11/08/2017 7:59 PM
      That is awesome, Erla! Our challenge is to work against the inertia of life's pressures to live with integrity based on our values and what we know. Nobody was watching you when you made this choice! Proud of you. 

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    Erla Teli 10/30/2017 2:19 PM
    This past week my roommates and I participated in an unintentional eco-challenge. Our dryer has been broken since last Monday and the new dryer doesn't come in until tomorrow. Everyone in the house has been air drying all their clothes, significantly decreasing our electricity usage. Air drying laundry is something I grew up watching my mom do whenever she had the chance (Chicago weather permitting). Our dryer being broken reminded me of this simple task working towards a more sustainable life and I purchased a clothes drying rack from Target! 

    • Jordan Lee's avatar
      Jordan Lee 11/03/2017 4:31 PM
      I love this! I do this now after being in Italy the past semester where we didn't even have a dryer in our apartment.

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    Erla Teli 10/11/2017 7:50 PM
    Today I got to work about an hour early and decided to park my car down the road near La Jolla Cove. It was a nice hour of relaxing time away from my phone (except for when I had it out to take these photos) enjoying the beautiful place we live in and the nature around us. 

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    Erla Teli 10/11/2017 11:10 AM
    I've started eating breakfast most mornings this month outside in our sun room. I eventually combined two eco challenges of eating outside and eating away from distractions of electronics into my breakfast time. I've been allowing myself a longer time for breakfast because it has become such a peaceful enjoyable part of my day!

    • Emma Rucker's avatar
      Emma Rucker 10/14/2017 2:14 PM
      This sounds like a very peaceful way to wake up in the morning. It does seem like those two challenges could easily go hand-in-hand.

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    Erla Teli 10/10/2017 9:12 AM
    My roommates have become very supportive of these ecochallenges, which makes it much easier for me seeing as some of the challenges effect the home I'm living in. It was a fun roomie activity replacing all the light bulbs in our house to LED lights last night. We have a significant amount of lights in our house so it did take a bit of time. But doing it all together was a bonding experience. It also initiated conversation on how we can make efforts as a house to be more eco-friendly. Our electricity bill with 7 roommates has been getting fairly high, after changing the light bulbs everyone has agreed to make a conscious effort turning off lights when leaving a room. It will be interesting to see if our electricity bill for next month is any lower.

    • Harry Watkins's avatar
      Harry Watkins 10/10/2017 4:22 PM
      That is awesome, Erla. I'm excited that your efforts are being noticed by your roomies!