Over 150 Teams Gear Up for the 2016 EcoChallenge! Inspiring Stories from the Field

captureEcoChallenge 2016 is just around the corner! In exactly one month we’ll be kicking off our ninth annual EcoChallenge and we hope you will join us! With over 900 participants and 156 teams registered so far, we are gearing up for what will undoubtedly be our biggest, best EcoChallenge yet. Join us today, and engage your coworkers, family, or community in proving that small actions add up to real change!

Here are a few stories from participants and teams who are poised and ready to go:

Fort George Brewery in Astoria, Oregon is joining us for the first time this year, with a team of 22 strong already. Team members will be reducing food waste, cutting back on unnecessary purchases, engaging in water saving measures and curbing waste. Fort George’s Zack O’Connor chose not one EcoChallenge – but twenty-one! He’ll be using only muscle-powered transportation and implementing energy saving measures, as well as joining a CSA in October.

Mercedes Salles, Team Captain for the Ruby is the New Green EcoChallenge Team, will be volunteering in her community as well as completing an energy audit as one of her EcoChallenge actions. She was one of the first people to register and notes that “being registered for the event in advance has already made me super eco-conscious!” Her team is engaging in a friendly EcoChallenge competition with Pacific Continental Bank this year. And the heat is on – some Pacific Continental Bank team members are already trying on their EcoChallenge actions early – like Camille Staley who is already biking to work and Nicole Tessin-Mason who is “starting some of the challenges early and will try to continue to do them after the challenge.” She is cutting her shower time in half, turning off the water when brushing her teeth and washing her clothes with cold water to name a few actions she’s committed to!

1% for the Planet is joining us for the EcoChallenge this year for the first time too, and team members are committed to cutting back waste by saying no to disposable bags and cups, buying carbon offsets for air travel, and commuting by bike instead of car. The cities of South Bend, Indiana and Iowa City, Iowa are also joining us for the first time – with South Bend already kicking off an internal competition between departments. South Bend’s Alyssa Alstott is “so excited to get this challenge started and make a difference!” She will be saving water and energy and reducing waste during the EcoChallenge, while also focusing on simplicity.

University of Wisconsin La Crosse and Portland Community College are leading the colleges and universities registered so far. PCC’s Russell Lampton has already started his carpooling EcoChallenge and says he is “so ready to be Eco-Challenged! Time to get involved.”

Yes, indeed! If you haven’t yet, check it out and join us for what will be two weeks of great fun – and big impact! You can create a team and invite your network, or we’re always welcoming new people on the Northwest Earth Institute Community Team. We can’t wait to see what we’ll accomplish together in a few short weeks!





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