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The EMERALD ECOCHALLENGE helps you celebrate Earth Week!  Participation is simple. It takes just minutes to register and select from dozens of simple actions you can take during Earth Week. Then customize your selection to fit your lifestyle. By committing to an ECOchallenge, you’ll find out how to reduce your impact, create lasting new habits, and hopefully open up dialogues about sustainability in our community and with your family and friends too.

Whether the ECOchallenge is your first step toward a lower impact lifestyle, or you’ve been around the environmental block many times, we invite you to challenge yourself in your own way this April 20-27, 2014.  We all have important roles to play in creating a sustainable future. Register today, and join a growing community of people who are taking action on behalf of our common future.

Thanks to the wonderful people at the Northwest Earth Institute for inspiring this initiative.

Meet Some Participants

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Because I believe individual actions matter and I want to set a good example for my kids. 

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Because I believe in more fun, less stuff.

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I enjoy bike commuting so much that it doesn't feel like a challenge -- see you at the Knight Library bike racks!

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I am participating in Eco challenge because I must - because we must.

We, as global citizens, are realizing that we must move away from the “take-make-waste” model that has dominated much of the industrialized world towards a truly sustainable way of living. How do we do this? We must change policy. However, we must also change our behavior and habits. That is what Ecochallenge is about.

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There I am, visiting the storied Walden Pond last summer, standing before a reconstructed version of Thoreau's handmade cabin.  In "Economy," Thoreau writes, "The luxury of one class is counterbalanced by the indigence of another. On the one side is the palace, on the other are the almshouse and ‘silent poor.’ . . .  It is a mistake to suppose that, in a country where the usual evidences of civilization exist, the condition of a very large body of the inhabitants may not be as degraded as that of savages."  Our lives are not without limits.  They can still be rich without using up resources excessively, to the detriment of others here and throughout the world. We should choose wisely and consider the merits of simplicity in sustaining and enhancing our complex world.

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It's the right thing to do and I like a challenge!

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It's the right thing to do and I like a challenge!

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Because want to learn even MORE ways I can challenge my behavior and positively impact my community!

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