EcoChallenge Day 13: Changemaker Stories

It is Day 13 of NWEI’s 9th annual EcoChallenge and we’re more excited than ever. This morning, we passed 12,000 participants – an all-time record. As of today we have over 630 teams and 12,000 people working to create change. Wow!

While it is true that EcoChallenge is winding down this week, our collective impact is adding up to some pretty impressive numbers. Thanks to this community of changemakers and the continued commitment to taking action.

Today, we’re highlighting just a few of the inspiring changemakers participating in this year’s EcoChallenge.

Peggy La Point, a member of Kink FM’s team, is only using muscle-powered transportation and public transit during the EcoChallenge. She’s also carrying her trash, eliminating plastics, and lobbying for reusables at her workplace. “I want to push myself to put my plans into action. That’s why two of my challenges involve getting my workplace up to speed with more reusables and recycling properly,” she shared. She’s also focusing on ‘needs versus wants,’ – only buying food and necessities during the EcoChallenge.

Students go to an Energy Education Center to rack up EcoChallenge points

Jennifer Frisella, who is co-heading up Delran Middle School’s EcoChallenge team, is a middle school science teacher and has engaged 261 middle schoolers in participating in the EcoChallenge this year. Last week she and fellow EcoChallenge team captain Jonathan Skvir led students on a visit to a methane waste power plant and Energy Education Center in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania where students learned about how trash can become energy.

Jonathan Skvir, fellow Delran Middle School EcoChallenge Team Captain and science teacher, is also heading up the EcoChallenge event and is focusing on cutting back waste, using only recyclable bags, and finding local recycling depots. He was excited to bring students along for his one-time EcoChallenge: visiting a waste management facility, where he and some of his science students “learned how landfill waste creates methane that can be used to create electricity.” Jonathan poses this question to his students: “Why not make small changes in your life if they can have a positive impact on your community or world?”

Debra Kennedy joined the EcoChallenge last year and focused on water conservation. She committed to taking five minute showers and was able to begin a new habit that stuck. “I’m celebrating one year of five minute showers. It DID become a habit and I smile to think of all the water I didn’t use,” she shared.  Missy Lucas joined the EcoChallenge in order to “make the world go round a little greener, a little brighter.” Her EcoChallenges this year include using public transit, choosing carbon offsets, connecting with new non-profits in order to be more involved in her community – and choosing clean and renewable energy.

There are so many exciting and inspiring stories of change – and you can check out some of them on the EcoChallenge participant feed. Thanks to all of this year’s EcoChallengers who are creating change and trying new habits. You can still join for the final days here!

Delran Middle School EcoChallengers, currently in 4th place, head on a field trip to learn about waste management as part of their EcoChallenge this year.
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